These three elementary Bible activities will help kids think about forgiveness, encourage them to use their spiritual gifts, and discuss committing their plans to God.
3 Simple Elementary Bible Activities for Your Ministry
Use this game to help kids think about forgiveness.
- a Bible,
- four ping-pong balls per child,
- paper, and
Form two lines; then give the first player in each line four ping-pong balls, two to hold in each hand. Place paper and markers on the opposite side of the room.
Say: When I say “go,” those holding the balls must run to the paper and write their full names while still holding the balls. Then they’ll run back and hand the balls to the next person in line. The first team to get everyone to the opposite wall and back wins.
Collect the balls, then repeat the relay. This time kids will write “forgive.”
- Talk about the difference between the relays.
Read aloud Ephesians 4:32.
- How is holding on to the balls in our race like holding on to unforgiveness?
- Why might you forgive even when you don’t feel like it?
Use this experience to encourage kids to use their spiritual gifts.
- a Bible,
- bulletin board paper,
- hole punches, and
Have kids sit in a circle. Tell them to use the supplies to create a super-suit for the person sitting on their right.
Say: Think carefully about special gifts or talents the person has. How can the super-suit you make boost your friend’s abilities? You may need to talk to your friend to get ideas. Allow time.
Read aloud Romans 12:4-8, and then invite kids to present their super-suits to the kids they made them for. Encourage kids to explain how and why they made the super-suits the way they did.
- Think about what the verses said. How can you use your super-suits to serve others?
- What do you think it means to be a living sacrifice with your special gifts?
3. A Full Plate
Use this devotion to discuss committing plans to God.
- a Bible,
- paper plates, and
Have kids each quickly draw on a plate the plans they have for the coming school year, such as sports, extracurricular activities, or specific goals.
- What do you think it means to have a “full plate”?
Say: Having a full plate is a way of saying you’re very busy.
Read aloud Proverbs 16:3.
- Look at your full plate. What’s a way you can do what this verse says?
- Are there things you’d like to add or take off your plate?
Have kids all throw their plates into the air and pick up someone else’s plate.
Say: Take home the plate you picked up as a reminder to pray for the person during the school year. Allow time for kids to pray for the other person, and then close in prayer.
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