Use these Bible games for kids to help them learn about the wisdom God gave Solomon.
Solomon Bible Game 1: Leading with Clay
Set out clay.
Say: Solomon was a very powerful king. He was in charge of all the leaders in his kingdom, and Solomon encouraged them to worship God. They worshiped at a place called the Tabernacle, where they prepared burnt offerings and dedicated them to God. Let’s see what it’s like to be a powerful king leading people and telling them what to do.
Split the clay into equal balls, and give one to each child. Then have kids stand in a U-shaped semi circle. Choose a willing child to lead.
Say: The leader in this game will tell you what to do with the clay. As leader, you can choose anything safe and fun. You could tell kids to throw it to each other, flatten it like a pancake, or poke holes in it. Listen to the leader. If you do anything other than what your leader says, you’ll have to step out of the game.
Switch leaders every now and then. Everyone can get back in the game when you switch leaders.
Say: As king, Solomon had to tell thousands of people what to do, so he asked God for the wisdom to make good decisions.
- As leader in our game, how did you decide what to do with the clay?
- What’s it like to be a leader?
- Why does a leader need wisdom?
- Tell about other times we need wisdom to make good choices.
Say: Kings aren’t the only people who make choices. We all make choices every day, like what’s safe or unsafe or what’s the right or wrong way to behave and treat others. It’s nice to know that God knows what to do in every situation. That’s why we ask God for wisdom.
Solomon Bible Game 2: Tricky Questions
Here’s a fun Bible game for kids that’ll get them scratching their heads!
Say: The Queen of Sheba was surprised that King Solomon could answer all her questions. Nothing was too hard for him. Let’s see if we can answer some tough questions.
Ask the following silly questions one at a time, and let kids have fun grappling with answers.
- Why does round pizza come in a square box?
- If the earth is round, why don’t people on the bottom part of it feel like they’re upside down?
- Why is it called a funny bone, when it’s not funny to hit it?
- Why do people drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
- What hair color do they put in the driver’s licenses of bald men?
- Explain which of these questions was the hardest to answer.
- Tell about a time you had a hard time answering a question or knowing what to do.
- How has wisdom from God helped you know what to do in tough situations?
Say: The Bible doesn’t say what questions the Queen of Sheba had for Solomon. They were probably important questions she had, not silly ones like the ones we just answered. And when she saw the wisdom God had given Solomon so he could answer her questions, she was amazed. You don’t have to answer silly questions like the ones I asked for people to see God in your life. When you show wisdom in the decisions you make, people will be amazed by God’s wisdom in you.
Excerpted from “Royal Ball” for grades 1 & 2 in Group’s Buzz: The Instant Sunday School.
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