Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams
Sermon Title: "Soli Deo Gloria"
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:19-20
MUSIC NOTES BIBLE VERSE: Give children a piece of paper. The teacher can have large music notes drawn on the sheet and make a copy for each child. Let children copy the words of the Bible verse today onto all their music notes. Several words could be on each note and add the Bible verse reference, as well. Children can then trace the notes with bright markers. Recite the verse together several times.
SINGING RELAY: Divide the children into two teams. Children will run to the teacher across the room and SING a note or make a music sound and run back to the team to continue the relay. If teacher desires, a word from our Bible verse today can be given to the child to SING in a music tone and return to the team, to continue the relay.
SONG ADDITIONS: Let children sit in a circle and begin to “sing” ONE word “EACH” of the Bible verse. This may cause a few giggles along the way, but the children will enjoy SINGING their Bible verse together. If there are fewer children, then each child could sing one PHRASE, and then continue to sing the phrases.
TAPE RECORDING: Have a tape recorder available for children to sing a few favorite songs on the tape recorder. Then rewind and let them listen to themselves singing. There may be a couple children that want to sing a solo or a duet together to be recorded as well.
SONG DECOUPAGE: If there are any old hymnals available, tear out pages for songs that the children may know and let them trim the edges with special scissors (if available) and glue onto a piece of thin wood. COVER the top of the song page with a lot of glue and let dry. Let children glue on a hanging hook to hang in their homes.
DRUM BUILDING: Give each child an old coffee can or something similar. Leave the plastic lid on the top. Let children cover the drum with 2 pieces of construction paper and decorate the sides of the drum with yarn that can be glued onto the paper at different angles. If desired (for looks), give each child a round piece of cloth that will cover the top of the drum and hang over the sides. Hold down with a large rubber band or tie a piece of yarn around the cloth. Provide children with two small wooden dowels to beat the drum. SING a song together with the drums quietly beating in the background.
MUSIC HEARTS: Children can cut out hearts and glue to a piece of paper and add the music sticks and music flags to the sticks, etc to the side of each heart to make them look like “heart music notes”. Write GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY, or GIVE THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER FOR EVERYTHING, etc. Some heart stickers could decorate the page!
“GLORY TO GOD” PLACEMATS: Give a large piece of construction paper to each child with markers, and stickers. Encourage children to write TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY, in bright markers. Children can then have the teacher help them put on clear contact paper and take the placemat home to be used at meal time.
DRUM TREATS: Let children pick a few hard candies from a bowl to place inside their newly made drum. The shaking sounds will add to another song while singing, as well as being a delicious treat for the children!
SING A SONG: To God Be The Glory, or In My Heart There Rings a Melody!
Song: "Praise Him All Ye Little Children"
This song is in the public domain and may be freely downloaded and reproduced for religious or educational use by churches, schools, home schoolers, and other non-profit organizations.
|About Carol Williams|
|Carol and her husband have been in the ministry for 35 years. They have served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and for the last 14 years in Indiana. Carol loves to work with children so you will find her teaching in Junior Church and children's Sunday School. She also has clowning ministry in which she is known as Bubbles tc (the clown).|
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