Make a Joyful Noise Grades 1 and 2

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Creative and entertaining ways to actively engage children in
praise and worship through fun Bible activities and games.

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1. Musical Feelings — Have children sit in a
circle around you.

Say: Today we’re going to learn about different ways of
telling God how we feel through music. First, let’s sing a song
that asks God to be with us.

Teach children “Kumbaya” or another song that talks about
singing and praying.
Draw simple faces on a sheet of newsprint to represent happy, sad,
excited, prayerful, angry and other emotions.

Ask: How did the song we sang make you feel?

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Have children each go to the newsprint and point to the face
that best describes their feeling. Then play brief portions of
different musical styles — hymns, popular music, country, rock,
jazz or marching band. Or use an electronic keyboard with a
percussion option and play different rhythms using the percussion
button. After each selection, have the children use the newsprint
faces to tell how they feel. As the music plays, encourage children
to clap, move or dance to the rhythm of the song.

2. Make and Shake — Play music in the
background. Give each child two paper plates and crayons. Have
children decorate the bottoms of their paper plates with pictures
of musical instruments. After the children have decorated their
plates, help them each put eight to 10 dried beans between the two
plates. Have kids each press their plates together with the
decorated sides facing out. Then staple closely around the edges of
the plates to keep the beans from falling out to make a
tambourine.

3. Dance to the Lord — Choose a fast-paced
contemporary Christian song such as “Great Is the Lord” to play as
the children move and shake their tambourines. Ask the children how
the music makes them feel, and have them each point to the
appropriate face on the newsprint from activity 1.

4. Praising — Repeat the song from activity 3
softly in the background as you read aloud Psalm 150. Remind children that music is a
gift and that it can be used to give praise to God.

Pray: Great God, thank you for giving us music and
musicians. Thank you for the gift of your Word. Help us give you
praise through our music and our lives. Amen.

Share a snack with the children that makes them happy, such as
“joy juice” (orange juice) or something “a-peeling” like
bananas.

Grades 1 – 2

Margaret Hinchey is a children’s choir director in Colorado.
Jane Wilke is an early childhood educator in Missouri. Please keep
in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to
change.

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