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A couple of Sundays ago we studied Naaman in Life Groups and we had a chance to talk about the supernatural healing of a horrible disease, Leprosy. Leprosy make a couple appearances in the Bible so it’s great to have a few different activities for when these times arise.

3rd Grade with Louise used these colored dot stickers marked with the letters that spelled out L-E-P-R-O-S-Y and they “spread” throughout the class.


Another class took pictures of Naaman and laminated them and glued them to popsicle sticks. Then they used dry erase markers to give Naaman his leprosy. Once they had talked about his disease, they could erase it and cure him.

How do you illustrate leprosy in your classes?

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If you attended any of the past several weeks of sermons by Dr. Fenton at Dawson you were treated to the amazing artistry of Louise Barbour. She teaches 3rd Grade Life Groups on Sunday and she often treats the class to drawing of their Bible Stories.

She even goes so far as to have them contribute scribbles to a blank pages and then she turns the scribbles into the story they’re learning. Amazing. This is not a skill that everyone can bring to their lessons, but we are able to share the videos from the sermons on lessons for kids. We will be posting these for the next couple of weeks for you to enjoy, and to maybe use to illustrate your lessons as they come up.

The first lesson is Jacob and Esau. Click the picture below to go to the video.

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Have an amazing artist teaching in your classroom? Share them with us below!

tic tac toe

Tic Tac Toe’s not just for Xs and Os. Why not have a TicTac Toe game going as an opening activity that helps set the stage for your lesson? Here, our own, Louise, used a paper plate as the game board with flower buttons verses seeds (or beans) in a garden version of the game helpful in setting the stage for a lesson of the Garden of Eden or Jesus’ Prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane.

You could use use other items to set your stage. You could use US pennies and a foreign coin (or plastic play money) before you discuss the money changers in the temple.

Or maybe you could cut some small shapes add glue and glitter to one set and sand to another set. You’d have grains of sand verses stars in the sky to illustrate a lesson on Abraham.

Feel free to share other ways you can shake up a game of Tic Tac Toe!

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