Looking for Bible-based activities for your elementary classroom? Try these three simple ideas to help bring scripture points to life.
3 Simple Bible-Based Activities For Elementary Children
Bible-Based Activity: Tissue Hop
Use this game to help kids think about sin.
- a Bible and
- one facial tissue for every five kids.
Form teams of five, having each team stand in its own line at one end of your room. Give a tissue to the first person in each line.
Read aloud Hebrews 12:1-2. Say: Let’s play a game to help us think about this. One by one, each team member will balance the tissue on one foot while hopping across the room and back. If the tissue falls, the player takes two steps back, replaces the tissue, then continues hopping forward. See which team finishes first.
- How could you make this game easier?
- How was the tissue like the “sin” mentioned in Hebrews?
- What about sin causes us to move backward?
Allow time for kids to listen to God and pray about any sin that’s weighing them down.
Bible-Based Activity: Colorful Prayers
Use this devotion to encourage the practice of prayer.
- a Bible,
- one four-color paint sample strip per child,
- ribbon, and
- a hole punch.
Form a circle. Have kids write their names on paint sample strips. Then give the following prayer prompts, one for each color on the paint sample strips. After each prompt, allow time for kids to write, and then have them pass the strips as indicated.
- Write a goal you want to accomplish this year. (Pass right.)
- Write something you need help with at school. (Pass across the circle.)
- Write the name of a family member who needs prayer. (Pass left.)
- Write the name of someone who needs to hear about Jesus. (Pass across the circle.)
Read aloud Romans 12:10.
Say: One way we show love is by praying for each other. Your challenge is to pray for the needs people wrote on your strip—and three people will be praying for you!
Use a hole punch and ribbon to make the strips into Bible bookmarks. Encourage kids to pray about the needs daily.
Bible-Based Activity: Robo-Reps
Use this experience to show that God created us uniquely to serve him.
- a Bible,
- paper, and
Give each child a piece of paper. Have kids cut their paper into small shapes; then have them use the shapes and tape to create a two-dimensional robot.
Say: While you’re creating, think about what you want your robot to be able to do.
Have kids describe their robots and how their special characteristics help them do what they were made to do. Maybe the shape or position of an extremity gives it the ability to do something more effectively.
- How has God made you in a special way for his good works?
- What can you do to use your special characteristics to serve him?
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