The Name Game

Christmas candleHere is a fun game to play at Christmas, or any time. Everyone has a name, and each name has a meaning. Children are very interested to find out what their name means.

From online resources or libraries you can find information on what names mean. Find the meanings of the names of the children in your class, and type them in a column, combined with the names of people in a Bible story that you will study. The .pdf file shows a list of typical children's names with the names of those we meet in the Christmas story. Some names are good to talk about, as to why they seem to fit the person.

Click on the image to open the .pdf that is an example of a file you can create. The key to the game is on page 2.

This game is a good warm up to telling the story of Christ's birth. Significantly, Jesus means Savior.

This post ends the Sunday Fun series for now. Happy teaching!

Ten to Two

bikerFor primary and older, learning the Ten Commandments is elementary— even more so than learning to ride a bike!

Click on the image to download a .pdf that features a Write the Ten Commandments exercise, followed by a Write the Greatest Commandments page. The final page is a quiz to see if the children learned.

By seeing how Jesus condensed the Ten Commandments from ten to two, some children will feel that he understands their limitations!

In the Pdf, you will find a bold-type version of some commandments for very young children so that they are not overwhelmed. However, for classes with a range of ages or varying levels of skills, the more advanced students can write the entire Scriptures.

This exercise can take an entire class period or could be a one-per-class opening activity.

Lions Like Daniel

lionWith Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and so many others who show off their super human powers, a child can become apathetic about miracles in the Bible. Yet, the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den cannot help but impress and encourage a child who must endure bullies, overbearing siblings and even some less than stellar teachers and relatives.

Daniel 6 is one of the great chapters of the Bible. What adult has ever forgotten it once it became part of their literary background?

Click on the image for a .pdf with the chapter divided into narrations and parts so that everyone in the class will have a role to play in the drama. A quiz is included to test students' recall of the action. Another activity might be to have students look up passages that encourage Christians on how and when to pray. Daniel prayed three times a day. How often should we? (Luk 18:1; Luk 21:36; Rom 12:12; Eph 6:18; Col 4:2; 1 Thess 5:17; 1Pe 4:7)