Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams

Sermon Title: "The Happy Puppy"

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 5:1-12

HAPPY MUSICAL CHAIRS: Play musical chairs with some fun Christian kids' music and when the music stops, the children try to find an empty chair and everyone will say, I'M HAPPY. Continue to play as time allows.

HAPPY PUPPY RACING: Have all the children line up on one line. When the teacher says, "PUPPIES RUN," the children will get on all four's on the floor and race like a happy puppy to the other side of the room. Make sure children make happy puppy sounds while racing to the finish line.

HAPPY STICKERS: Give the children happy face stickers to decorate a card and color around the edges. Give a magnet to stick to the back or punch holes in the card add a ribbon or yarn as a hanger.

HAPPY INK PRINTS: Give the children ink pads to make many finger prints. Children can then have a contest to see how many different happy faces they can make on each print. Label or title the Ink prints TRUST IN THE LORD FOR HAPPINESS.

HAPPY FACE PAINTING: The teacher will paint a happy face on the childrens' faces or on their hands, depending on the desire of the child. The teacher might have a sheet with various styles of happy faces for the children to choose from for their own face painting.

HAPPY FINGERS: Give each child a thin marker or pen to draw a different happy face on each finger and to tell parts of our story using their fingers. As an alternative, have the children trace their own hand and draw a happy face one each finger or write things that Jesus said would make us happy on the fingers on the paper drawing. (Poor in Spirit, Pure in Heart, Merciful, Peacemakers, Gentle, etc.)

HAPPY FEET: Trace the child's feet and hang on the classroom wall with their names on the feet. Have the children write or draw a picture of ways to use their happy feet go and tell others about trusting in Jesus for Happiness.

HAPPY EYES: Give the children pieces of construction paper cut in various shapes to tape or glue onto a full size of construction paper. Have the children draw the shape of an eye on the pieces of paper they have glued onto the larger sheet and inside the circular part of the eye (the iris) use a colored marker to draw a smiley face and hang the "happy eyes" around the room.

HAPPY PLATE: Give each child a paper plate to decorate and color with happy faces, happy stickers, and happy words from today's lesson. Tape the decorated happy face to a dowel or long stick.


HAPPY SNACK: If McDonalds will provide the teacher with some empty Happy Meal bags, give each child one of those and let the child pick 3-6 small snacks to put into bag. If not, give each child a white lunch bag to decorate with HAPPY SNACKS and place a few little choices of snacks in the bag to take home. Children can write TRUST IN THE LORD TO HAVE HAPPINESS on the bag, as well as decorating with HAPPY stickers.

Song:  "I'm Happy All the Time"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Accompaniment Track (right click to save to your computer)

Song:  "If You're Happy"

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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