We officially kicked off our kids’ activity today. When we started out, it didn’t look like we were going to have many kids. One woman who came to help had brought all her grandkids, but other than that, we’d only had one girl arrive. By the time we had the first game set up, a few more kids trickled in. We had about twenty kids by the time we were done playing games! We brought a CD player out into the open lot and played some GoFish music while we waited for kids and during the games. The kids did a variety of relay races. They all seemed to have a great time with the activities they were asked to perform. We soon discovered, though, that even the adults needed to practice counting to three when everyone was asked to run around a bucket three times before racing back to tag the next team member.
After the games, everybody headed inside the church to watch a video and listen to a short lesson. All the kids did a great job of sitting still and listening. They had lots of chances to ask and answer questions and really seemed to love that. In our lesson this week we talked about the Bible. It is full of stories that are the individual pieces of an enormous and complicated puzzle. The teacher showed the kids several Bibles. One of them was a hollow book and she started pulling puzzle pieces out of the Bible. Each piece represented a different story… Jesus birth, Queen Esther, a talking donkey, walking on water, hungry lions, etc. The kids loved the stories and groaned when the teacher told them just enough about the puzzle piece to catch their interest, then said, “But I’m not telling you that story today…” Then she showed them a poster that was a finished puzzle made up of the stories she’d been showing the kids. They talked about the fact that the puzzle didn’t look like one completed picture. Then she explained that all the stories of the Bible fit together to show us an important message. She flipped the poster to reveal another puzzle poster that said “God’s great love for us”! She told the kids that when they come to our kid’s activities they’ll be learning many stories from the Bible that will teach them about God and His love for them.
Next, we brought the kids over to another room for snacks and a craft. The craft was a coloring page with a Bible on it and lots of puzzle pieces for them to glue on it. The kids were so creative putting their pictures together. Each one was unique. During the craft, the kids got to take turns going over to get their snack. They got to make their own trail mix with pretzels, M&Ms, marshmallows, raisins and peanuts.
Before sending them home, we took them back outside to play with water balloons. They did a bunch of relays, passed the balloons around in a circle and ended with a big water balloon fight. They had tons of fun! They even helped us pick up the pieces of balloon that were all over the ground before heading home. We can’t wait to see them all again next week!