Activity Array

Here you'll find an array of activities for elementary children that can be used in Children's Ministry, after-school programs, in the classroom and by homeschoolers.

Jesus Teaches as He Continues His Ministry

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What did Jesus teach? He had much to say about the Kingdom of God. He talked about the plan of salvation. Along the way he told many parables. These stories show us how much God loves us and wants us to be part of His kingdom and join Him in loving others and sharing the Good News!

These lessons loosely follow the GraceLink Primary lessons. Each lesson provides slides for the teacher of the lesson. Included in each set of slides are music videos, the Bible story verses from the Bible accompanied by pictures, activities to go along with the story, and many have a video of the story. I hope you find these helpful, as I have.

Other lessons from the four gospels can be found on the pages: Jesus Begins His Ministry, A Day in the Life of Jesus (events), and Jesus Heals.

Jesus and the Children — Let the Children Come to Me — Mark 10:13-16

Jesus was busy teaching. Was He too busy to see the children? The disciples assumed He was, but Jesus was not. He invited the children to come and He blessed them. Are we too busy to see the people that have come to see us; to ask about God; to ask for a favor? This lesson hits home for me. Oh to be like Jesus!

The Good Shepherd — God Cares for Us — John 10 and Matthew 18:12-14

Jesus wants us to know how much He cares for us. He told the story of the Good Shepherd. Like the good shepherd, Jesus (God) protects us from evil, provides us with food and water, finds us when we are lost and brings us to a safe place. Jesus knows us by name and we know His voice and follow Him. Jesus was even willing to die to save our lives. He gives us eternal life! He is the way, the truth, and the life. In this presentation, the kids build the setting of a sheep pen, grass and stream. Then with Lego people or other action figures, they illustrate or act out the story while it is read. There also is a craft, songs, and a game similar to Duck, Duck, Goose.

Action Figure printout and door hanger craft.

Lost Coin and Found Treasure — Luke 15 and Matthew 13 (This presentation is under construction)

Lost and Found — Luke 15 — Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Prodigal Son

This presentation combines the three Lost and Found stories in Luke 15. The lost sheep, lost coin, and the prodigal son teach us how much God loves us! Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. All heaven rejoices when even one sinner turns their heart towards God. He is so ready to forgive! During this presentation, the kids get to play hide and seek with objects, act out the story, and finish with a party, rejoicing that they too are found, saved, and very precious to God!

The Good Samaritan — Love One Another — Luke 10:25-37

What are the two greatest commandments? Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself. Who is your neighbor? Jesus responded with the story of the Good Samaritan. In this presentation, we read the account from the book of Luke. We reenact the story and learn some basics of first aid. The craft reminds us to love one another.

Jesus talks about FORGIVENESS — Matthew 18:21-35

In choosing to forgive, we are choosing to abandon our negative emotions associated with someone’s hurtful behavior. We choose to let God deal with them and celebrate his mercy towards each of us. In this presentation we look at the story of the unmerciful servant and why we should forgive and forgive s’more (Let’s make S’mores!) and forgive even 70 x 7 times! Have a backpack and cans ready along with S’more makings.

I want the best seat! Greatest is the one who is humble — Jesus teaches HUMILITY — Matthew 20:20-28, Luke 14:7-14

James and John (or was it their mother) requested that they be able to sit on either side of Jesus in His kingdom. At a banquet, there was a similar problem. People were clamoring for the best seats. Jesus stated “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Humility is our focus. Our craft is the toy pictured.

Last will be first — The Parable of the Vineyard Workers — Matthew 20:1-16

Will there be a reward for those who work for the Lord? Yes. But don’t be surprised if those who work less or join the work force later get the same reward. What does it mean to work for the Lord or work in his vineyard? God is interested in each of us producing much fruit. When we care for others and share God’s love, we are producing good fruit in us and others. In our craft we learn how to train grape vines. In the presentation we also talk about the importance of doing a good job at your work.

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders — Be Wise and Build on the Rock — Matthew 7:24-28

In Matthew 7:24-27 and Luke 6:46-49 Jesus tells a parable of a wise and foolish builder. Those who not only listen, but also do what God says are like the wise man builds his house on a rock. Our rock is Jesus. His words are true and are a firm foundation. He is a strong refuge. In this presentation we also learn about the Golden Rule and the importance of loving God and, like he does, love everyone. Activities include acting out the story of the wise and foolish builders using flour, water, and a little house. The house falls, but we use the water and flour to build a firm rock and foundation for another house.

The Parable of the 10 Virgins — Matthew 25

We have the hope and promise that Jesus is coming again! Jesus wants us to be ready when He comes. It seems like it is taking Jesus a loooooong time, but the time of His coming is getting closer! We need Him, his Holy Spirit, in our hearts and lives. Our prayer is that we will be forever faithful to Him. In this presentation the kids get to make little clay lamps. We put battery operated tea lights in ours. Just like it’s important to have an extra battery in case we have to have our lights on for a long time, it is important to keep Jesus in our hearts each and every day. He will give us the energy to live faithfully forever!

The Parable of the Great Feast — Luke 14

In Luke 14:15-24 Jesus tells a parable of a great feast. This is an invitation to accept Jesus gift of salvation and be in heaven for a banquet. The time is near, though we don’t really know when.

Author: Janelle C

I enjoy planning lessons, directing VBS and child care programs. Children's ministry is my passion. God Almighty is my strength and inspiration. For fun I choose hiking, canoeing, camping, cooking, and reading.

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