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 is God With Us

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Jesus came to this world to walk in our shoes. He came because He promised He would. He came because He loves us and wants to be with us forever. There are so many experiences found in the Bible! This section focuses on the stories found in the gospel books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

I have found that having pictures and scriptures for the story especially during the restrictions of Covid-19 very helpful in teaching the lesson. It’s also great with Zoom.

The lessons are organized into three sections: A Day in the Life of Jesus (events); Jesus Teaches; Jesus Heals; and Parables that Jesus Told

A day In the Life of Jesus

Gabriel comes to Mary and Joseph. Baby Jesus is born in Bethlehem

This Power Point presentation tells the story of Jesus birth part 1. Gabriel speaks to Mary and Joseph. For the craft, kids can make their own nativity characters so that they can tell the story, too. At the end they’ll have a full nativity set. Get your set at sprintimetreats.blogspot.com While they are coloring and cutting the characters out, Christmas carols will play. It finishes with a birthday party for Jesus.

Shepherds Worship Baby Jesus

Wise Men Follow the Star to find Jesus.

A Night Time Visitor — Nicodemus Talks to Jesus

The most quoted salvation verse, John 3:16, is here in this story, Jesus talks to Nicodemus. He also talks about the importance of being born again. We are invited to be part of God’s family. We ARE part of His family, when we accept Him as our Savior. We show this by being baptized. This slide presentation includes the basic lesson, songs, a craft, and an invitation to become a child of God.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus — Jesus invites Peter to Walk on Water too

This is such a fun interactive story. Encourage the kids to pretend they are on a boat. Bring a fan and maybe a spray bottle to add wind and water to the experience during the storm. Have them get out of the boat like Peter. This slide presentation also includes songs, a craft and more. Keeping our eyes on Jesus is like a tight-rope walker focusing ahead. Try it.

Jesus’ Transfiguration

This presentation starts with a show and tell. After kids share their bright and beautiful objects, we’ll talk about how God is brighter and more glorious than all these. He is brighter and more glorious than the son. Peter, James, and John were privileged to see Jesus, Moses, and Elijah in all their heavenly glory.

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry

This Bible story can be found in all the gospels. We’ll have fun praising God in skit or with action figures made by us! God is worthy of our praise! Jesus is amazing! Let’s praise them for all they do. The action figures are not original.

Jesus Heals

Widow of Nain, “Stop Crying.” Young man, “Get up

This Bible Story slide show tells the story of how Jesus brought the Widow of Nain’s son back to life. You can find it in Luke 7:11-17. It includes an a challenge to determine if a person is happy or sad by looking at their eyes; a craft for Thanksgiving, thanking God for life and His many blessings; along with songs and praise.

Jesus Heals even on the Sabbath

In John 5:1-15, Jesus takes time to visit where the disabled hang out. He offers healing. Jesus still offers to heal us physically, emotionally, and most importantly, spiritually. We take time to ponder what it would be like to be a paralytic and play I Spy. We learn about muscles and bones. We have an opportunity to accept God’s healing.

Jairus’ daughter and woman – Mark 6

Jesus gives life and healing. Though we may die …. just wait … Jesus is coming! We will arise and rise to meet him. Praise God! This presentation celebrates God’s healing power and resurrection morning. The nature nugget is the opossum. The message is reiterated through songs, retelling the story, and a tic-tac-toe game.

The Leper who returned and said Thank you! — Luke 17:11-19

Praise God for His many blessings, for life and health, and for His love for each one of us! We’ll take the opportunity to thank God during this lesson in song, prayer, discussion, and by making cards to give to those who cooperate with God in helping us get well when we are sick.

Jesus Teaches — parables, stories, and wise words

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.

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 Great Feast

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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