Interactive Group Activities

by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "Come and See!"

Scripture Reading: John 1:43-51

COOKIE CHEWING: Divide the children into teams. The teacher will provide some chocolate chip mini bite cookies or another type of small cookies. Each team member will have to run to the cookie table and completely chew up one mini bite cookie and run back to the team. The next player do the same thing until each team member has had a turn.

SHARE RUN: Here is another relay game. The teacher will place a variety of items such as toys, books, or candy on a table. Divide the children into two teams and let each player go to the table and select one item. The child will then run back to the team and and describe the item selected to the next child in line. Continue until all the team members have had a chance to share!

SHARING MARCH: Let the children take turns being the LEADER for the Share March as the children march to their chanting the cadence: WE LOVE JESUS, YES WE DO; SHARING HIM IS GOOD FOR YOU; WE SHARE JESUS, YES WE DO; WE SHARE JESUS HOW ABOUT YOU?

PAPER AIRPLANES: Provide the children with paper to make a paper airplane. If the teacher does not know how to fold a paper airplane, you can find plans on Have the children write words from today's lesson and FLY their airplanes to SHARE the good news. You can let the children fly their planes back and forth to each other and each time a plane is caught, the child will read one word on the plane from today's lesson.

COOKIE POCKETS: Provide the children with paper to cut 2 round circles in the size and shape of a cookie. Let the children decorate their "cookie" and then staple or glue the two circles half way around the edge so that they form a pocket. The children will then write words about JESUS on small pieces of paper and place them inside the cookie pocket. Encourage the children to share their cookie with someone outside of their class.

CIRCLE WHISPER: The teacher will write a short sentence from today's lesson on a strip of paper. For example: Share the good news of Jesus; Share Jesus with a friend; Taste and see that the Lord is good. Have the children sit in a circle. The teacher will then choose a child and give them the strip of paper. The child will begin the game by whispering the words on the strip of paper into the ear of the child on his right side. Each child will then whisper the phrase to the person on his right. Continue to "whisper" until it gets back to the person who started the game and compare what was said at the end with what was actually written on the strip of paper.

GOOD NEWS BANNERS: Give each child a long narrow sheet of paper to make a GOOD NEWS banner. Give the children glitter, stickers, balloons, etc to decorate their banner. Use the banners to decorate doors and bulletin boards around the church.


SHARE A SNACK: Give children a cookie that has something special inside the cookie when baked - such as a candy or jam.

Song:  "Stop! and Let Me Tell You"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

Song:  "This Little Light of Mine"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track

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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