Sackcloths are used several times in the Bible as people repent for their wrong doing. This is a great way of bringing that idea into today.
Kids used the welcome time to add words of repentance and praise to God to clear/white garbage bags. Then they were cut to fit over their clothes and they wore them through the lesson.
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!
Paper bag characters are a simple a fun way to bring your Bible lessons to life and the variations can go from single character scene reenactments to whole unit reviews. Here are some possible variations, but we’d love additional submission in the comments.
- Groups kids together in small groups depending on the story. Have them each create a paper bag character. Then when they’re finished, have them retell the story together as a small group.
- Have each child create their version of the same character (Examples: Joseph (with his coat), Job (after illness had struck)).
- Have each member of the class make a character for a unit review. Give them a name and a description to glue to the back. (Examples: Judges, Kings)
- Have the class create a whole scene to reenact. (Example: Jesus’ Birth, Last Supper)
Kids love this activity. Let us know if you have other creative uses for paper bag characters in your classes.