Kids learn alot through play. It's why we include so much of it as part of our Sunday services.
If downloading the attached Activity Ideas list is not convenient for you, a sample of the activity ideas are listed here in a format that should be easy to read off your phone.
Given the wide range of ages and learning styles of the kids in your families, there are lots of options. Just choose the ones that your kids will like best!
If your Sundays feel too full having an adult service and a kids' service -- these can be done throughout the week too!
Place a large cup in a plastic container. Give each child a small cup of water. Guide them to work together to fill the larger cup. If you only have one child, take turns helping with the small cup.
SAY • Paul told the people to be kind to one another. We work together at church.
Have the family pair off. Give each pair a bandanna and explain that they will stand side by side and tie the bandanna around their two middle legs. Give the kids a few minutes to practice getting used to moving while tied together. Then hold a series of races to see who can walk the fastest as a “three-legged person.”
SAY • It can be hard to cooperate with others. You cannot control what another person will do, but you must work together and communicate with each other to succeed. In a similar way, the church is made up of many different people. We don’t always agree, but we can focus on the gospel that unites us in Jesus. Paul wrote that Christians are joined together by faith in Jesus.
Invite a kid to draw a character from her favorite TV show. Challenge the other family members to guess which show she chose based on the character she draws. Once a family member guesses the show correctly, let the first kid explain why she chose that show as her favorite. Allow other kids to draw characters from their favorite shows as time allows.
SAY • We all have small differences in our tastes in TV shows, movies, music, food, and other things. No matter what, it is important to remember that Christ unites all believers, no matter what TV shows they like or don’t like. Today we heard about a church that got distracted by the differences between people in their body.
1) What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
2) What does the story teach me about myself?
3) Are there any commands in this story to obey? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
4) Are there any promises in this story to remember?
5) How do they help me trust and love God?
6) How does this story help me to live on mission better?
1) Act out the story. If you need more people, get your kids to include some stuffies!
2) Draw the story—Comic Book Style
3) Create the story—use playdough to create each scene of the story