Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Angels Watching Over Me"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:12-23

SNOW ANGELS: If there is snow, take a quick trip to the snow and let the children lie down and make a snow angel and head back to class to talk about angels!

ANGELS IN A JAR GAME: The teacher should have small plastic or paper angels made or purchased and have the children kneel on a chair and attempt to drop angels into a jar on the floor. After each child has had a turn, discuss angels watching over us!

COOKIE ANGELS: Make angel cut-out cookies for the children to decorate and while frosting their cookies and decorating, talk about what the children know about angels.

ANGEL, ANGEL WHERE'S YOUR HALO GAME: One of the children is given a pair of decorated angel wings made from cardboard to wear as "IT". The other children will form a circle around the angel who is "IT" and pass a small halo (made with garland, etc) around BEHIND their backs. (The child who is "It" should close his eyes while the others are passing the halo.) When the teacher says, ANGEL, ANGEL, WHERE'S YOUR HALO, the children will stop passing the halo and "IT" will try to guess WHO has the halo? If the ANGEL guesses correctly, then that person will be the next "It" and the game will continue!

ANGEL MUSICAL CHAIRS: Play this game like the regular musical chairs, but have ONE chair decorated with angel wings or with garland, etc. When the music stops, the child that is sitting on the ANGEL chair will be out and one chair is removed and the game will continue.

PIN THE HALO ON THE ANGEL: This can be played like PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY but children will take turns pinning the halo on an angel and talking about how Angels protect us. SING "Angels watching over me".

ANGEL ORNAMENT or WALL HANGING: Give each child a white paper doilie. Fold the doilie in half and then half again to make the "dress" of the angel. Use chenille wire to make the angel head and hook into the "dress'. Add tinsel or garland to the head as decoration.

ANGEL ART - Cookie cutter ANGELS: Trace around the cookie cutter onto construction paper and let the children either decorate several angels on their paper or cut the angels out and glue them onto another poster to decorate with glitter, sequins, gel pens, etc. TITLE the poster ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME!

PLAY-ACT STORY: Let the children play-act the story while the teacher reads about Herod, Mary, Joseph and the Angels. Teacher could also have the children in the story speak the parts. If possible, let the children to take their "Play" to another class to share.

ANGEL LAYERED BIRTHDAY CAKE: Make a birthday cake for Jesus and have an ANGEL on the top of the cake. Make a 3 layered cake - bottom layer could be chocolate to represent our sins; middle layer could be RED for Jesus' blood that washed our sins away; 3rd layer can be green for our Christian growth after knowing Jesus as Savior.

ANGEL POSTER: Give the children a typed-out paper with Psalm 91: 11-12 on it and let them glue it onto a traced angel on construction paper and decorate the edges of their poster to make a pretty border. Another option is to let the children can glue the verses on a piece of construction paper and draw angels around the edges.

Song:  "Angels Watching Over Me" - Black Spiritual

Lead Sheet (PDF) - Vocal part and text

Piano Accompaniment (MP3) Right click and save to your computer.

This song is in the public domain and may be 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 served churches in Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Michigan, and 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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