Engaging Kids with The Big Picture Cards for Families
Each quarter The Gospel Project® for Kids Activity Pack contains activity pages and the Big Picture Cards for Families for preschoolers or kids. The big picture card pack contains 13 cards illustrated with the Bible story picture, the Bible passage, the unit key passage, the big picture question and answer, and the Christ Connection for each Bible story. Kids may take the cards home to remember the Bible story and the big picture question from week to week. But what are some fun ways to engage kids using the big picture cards in your Bible study hour?
If your church displays the Timeline Map or Small Group Visual pack, invite kids to line up in front of it. You can either play per quarter, or you may mix up all of the cards from the first to the current unit. Give the first kid in line a card and a piece of rolled tape. When you say go, the first kid will rush to the map or visual pack, attach the card to the matching Bible story picture, and then hurry back to tag the next kid in line. When all the cards are attached to the map or visual pack, invite kids to review the big picture question and answer for each story and how it points to Christ. If your church does not use the map or visual pack, simply invite kids to place the cards in chronological order.
Gather two sets of cards for one quarter. Mix up one pack and make a grid of cards with the Bible story picture faceup. Mix up the other pack and make a second grid of cards next to the first, Bible story picture facedown. Place a small sticky note over the Bible passage of the second grid. Invite kids to look carefully at the cards to find a match to a Bible story picture using the big picture question or Christ connection for that story. When they believe they have a match, they may turn the card over to confirm it. For non-readers, keep the Bible story picture faceup. When kids match the pictures, ask them the big picture question so they may supply the answer.
Gather one or more quarters’ big picture cards and shuffle them. Invite kids to line up, facing you. Hold up a card so the first kid in line can only see the Bible story picture. She may say the key passage verse or Scripture reference, the big picture question and answer, or a summary of the Christ Connection. Or, if you prefer, you may call out the big picture question and answer, and the kids will say which Bible story it refers to. If you have kids who are visiting or who have missed a few lessons, invite them to guess if that Bible story occurred before or after a previous Bible story mentioned. For older kids, you may turn the flashcard game into a Bible drill game. When you flash the cards, the first kid to find that Bible story in his Bible gets the card.
However you choose to use the big picture cards in class, make sure kids see God’s plan to redeem His people by sending His Son, Jesus—the promised Savior—to die on the cross to pay for our sins.