June 14th - June 20th
Teaching your kids the scriptures can feel very daunting and uncomfortable. However, it doesn't have to be!
God created kids to learn best through play (and let's be real... doesn't it seem like a child's main goal in life is to have fun?!) Therefore, I have provided some fun activities for you to do with your kids throughout the week. These activities are all designed to further reinforce the story they learned on Sunday. Check them out below and try a couple (or all of them!). I hope these activities bless you and your family all week long :D
Bible Story Video
Display a person figure for your toddler to see. Hide the figure in plain sight, and encourage toddlers to look for it. When a child finds the figure, guide him to bring it to you. Briefly review the Bible story and play again.
Say: Gideon was hiding from the Midianites at the start of our story. God was with Gideon and gave him courage. God helps us obey Him. Jesus saves us because we cannot save ourselves.
Work a Puzzle
Print the Bible story picture onto paper. Write on the back the story point. Read it to your child. Cut the picture into four pieces. Guide your toddler to work the puzzle.
Story Point: God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.
Say: God’s people turned away from Him again. God was with Gideon and gave him courage. God helps us obey Him.
Pain with Chalk and Water
Ages: Toddlers and Preschoolers
Provide dark construction paper, paintbrushes, cups of water, and colorful chalk. Guide your child to paint water on their paper. Then they will use the chalk to draw on the wet paper. Write the story point on your child’s paper. Set the art aside to dry.
Story Point: God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him.
Say: God’s people turned away from Him again. God was with Gideon and gave him courage. God made a fleece wet and dry to show He would be with Gideon. God sent Jesus to be with us forever. God helps us obey Him.
March in an Army
Invite your toddler to pump their arms and legs as they march with you to the music. Call out a simple left-right cadence. When you say “Company, halt,” toddler will stop. Guide your toddler to shout the story point with you.
Say: God was with Gideon and gave him courage. God helps us obey Him.
Play Out Afraid and Not Afraid
Ask your child to show you how they act when they are afraid. Choose an action to show being afraid such as hugging themselves and shivering. Ask your child how they act when they are not afraid. Choose an action to signal “not afraid” such as standing straight and tall. Give realistic scenarios and ask them to show “afraid” or “not afraid.” You might say, “How would you feel if you came home and saw a fire at your house?” Other suggested scenarios: a dog growling, riding a roller coaster, hearing loud noises, your friend sneaking up on you, jumping in a swimming pool, or riding a horse.
Say • In our Bible story this week, a man named Gideon was afraid. God told Gideon that he would save the Israelites from their enemies. Gideon’s family was weak, and he was the youngest son. He wondered if he could do what God wanted him to do. Listen to the story and hear what happened.
Give each preschooler a sheet of paper. Invite boys and girls to use markers to decorate their paper. Consider providing stickers if available. When a child finishes decorating, roll her paper so that one end is slightly smaller than the other end. Tape the paper in place. Retell the Bible story and encourage children to blow their trumpets at the appropriate time.
Say • Gideon did not think he could help the people of Israel, but God promised to be with Gideon. Gideon obeyed God, and God fought for the Israelites. When the Israelite army blew their trumpets, everyone in the Midianite army ran away. God gave Gideon victory!
Play With Water
NOTE: You might want to do this activity outside.
Give your child the two washcloths. With the spray bottle, lead your child to try to spray water on one of the cloths without getting the surrounding area wet. Then lead them to try to spray water on the surrounding without getting the second cloth wet. Retell the part of the Bible story about the fleece.
Say • God helped Gideon believe He would use Gideon to rescue His people. God wants us to know that He will help us, too! He knows that we choose to sin and we cannot save ourselves. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and save us. Remember our big picture question?
Knock 'em Down
Ages: Early and Upper Elementary
a stack of plastic cups
hollow plastic baseball (or something similarly lightweight)
Gather your family on one side of the room. Stack plastic cups on the far side of the room. Allow the everyone to take turns tossing hollow plastic baseballs at the cups, trying to knock them over. You may form teams of people and make it a competition, or play a version where one person aims for a specific cup and the others must try to hit the same cup.
Say • In our story this week, we learned about a man named Gideon. God used Gideon to defeat the enemies of God’s people. One of the first things Gideon did was knock down altars to false gods.
Wring it Out
Ages: Preschool and Elementary
Fill a bowl with water and place a large sponge in the water. Place an empty large measuring cup next to the filled bowl. Allow each person to take turns lifting the sponge, holding it over the empty measuring cup, and squeezing it one-handed. Record how long it takes each person to fill their measuring cup. Whoever fills it the fastest wins.
Say • Sponges are very good at absorbing water. Fleece, another word for sheep’s wool, can also absorb water. Today we will learn about a time God gave a sign with fleece and water.
Ages: Preschool and Early Elementary
paper towel roll (1/child)
red, orange and yellow tissue paper
Provide your child with an empty paper towel roll. Help them push red, orange, and yellow tissue paper into one end so that it flares out the top like flames. Use tape to secure the tissue paper.
Say • God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him. He asked a young son from a weak family to lead an army. Then God reduced the size of the army twice! When Gideon went into battle with torches, pots, and trumpets, it might have seemed they had no chance to win. But God threw the Midianites into confusion, and they fought against themselves. When Gideon’s army defeated their enemies, everyone knew that it was really God’s victory. In a similar way, when we trust Jesus, we experience victory over sin and death—not because of our obedience or good work but because of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection on the third day.
Ages: Upper Elementary
Give your kid a metal washer. Provide permanent markers for them to write a word or Bible reference on the washer. (Examples: trust; faith; love; 1 John 1:9; Isaiah 12:2; 2 Corinthians 12:9)
Cut a 3-foot length of cord for each bracelet. Cut the cord in half so each kid has two 18-inch pieces. Thread the two ends of a length of cord through the washer and then back through the center loop of the cord to secure the cord to the washer. Repeat on the opposite side of the washer with the second length of cord.
Help your child to tie on the bracelet and trim any excess cord. Encourage them to wear their wristbands as a reminder of God’s strength and power
Say • In our Bible story today, God showed Gideon that victory comes from Him. We obey God’s call on our life not because we think we have what it takes, but because we trust Him to work through us for His glory and our good. God doesn’t need the biggest and the best to accomplish His plan. In fact, He often uses the weakest and least of people to do His plans because that is what gives Him the most glory.
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