Adapting Activities for Older Kids
Every classroom is different, and every kid is different! The Gospel Project for Kids uses a variety of activities to reinforce the Bible stories and engage all types of learning styles. But when the activities provided just won’t work for your group, consider choosing one of the activity types below and adapting it to fit a specific Bible story.
Hands On: “Sculpt and Guess”
Supplies: clay or play dough
- Provide a golf ball-size lump of play dough for each kid.
- Invite kids to shape an element from the Bible story: a person, place, or thing.
After several minutes, invite kids to share their creations. Other kids may wish to guess what the others sculpted.
- Challenge kids to retell the part of the Bible story concerning their sculptures.
Game: “Everybody Move!”
Supplies: 6-cup muffin tin, buttons, masking tape, markers
- Use masking tape to number the muffin cups 1 to 6. Position the muffin tin on the floor.
- Form two teams and guide them to stand four feet from the muffin tin. Allow players to take turns tossing a button toward the muffin tin.
- If a button lands in a cup, the team must recall facts about the Bible story. For example, if the button lands in the cup marked 2, the team must recall two facts. For each fact given, award a point.
- Play until kids cannot recall any more facts.
- Option: Supply review questions. Kids will toss the button to determine how many points a correct answer earns.
Drama: “Who Am I?”
Supplies: index cards, marker
- Prepare index cards with the names of people from the Bible story. Stack the index cards facedown.
- Briefly tell the Bible story in your own words. Ask kids to name the main individuals in the story. What did they do?
- Choose a volunteer to pick a card. The rest of the group should ask yes-or-no questions to try to figure out which person is written on the card.
- Be prepared to assist the volunteer in answering the questions. When a kid guesses correctly, he may pick the next card.
- Tip: Use these activities with third through sixth graders.