Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title:   A "Rock Concert"

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-40

ROCK SWEEPING: Divide the children into teams and run a relay with each child sweeping a rock to the finish line, then picking up the rock and running back with the rock and broom to the next player. Continue playing until all players have swept the rock. Tell the children to listen carefully to our Bible story today to find out about a ROCK CONCERT!

ROCK TOSS: Give each child a rock and a sticker to place on their rock. Each sticker must be different to identify the child's own personal rock. Let the children divide into teams and play a ROCK TOSS similar to a game of horseshoes. Mark off a large circle on the ground if children are outside, or tape an area on the floor if playing indoors. The object of the game is for the children to see which player can toss their rock nearest to the center of the circle.

DONKEY RELAY: Organize the children into pairs and tie a rope loosely around one child's waist and let the other child lead the "donkey" around the room and back and then switch and let the other child be the "donkey". The children can walk or crawl on all fours when they are the donkey! DISCUSSION: How would you have felt if Jesus had chosen you as his donkey? How would you have felt carrying Jesus to Jerusalem? Why do you think Jesus chose a donkey and not a camel or a horse?

PALM BRANCH MARCHING: Give children a real branch or a paper cut out Palm branch. Let the children march around the room as some Easter music plays and as the teacher shouts, "BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! PEACE IN HEAVEN AND GLORY IN THE HIGHEST!" (Luke 19:38) The teacher may wish to say a phrase and let children echo the phrase. This activity could be done for the worship service with the children marching up the aisle. They might sing "Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah!" and let the congregation sing "Praise Ye the Lord!"

ROCK CONCERT: Give each child a rock. Divide the children into small groups and give them 5 minutes to make up a song or chant and tap out the rhythm together on the floor as they perform for the other groups.

BIBLE HOPSCOTCH: Let children play HOPSCOTCH. In each hopscotch square, put words for today's lesson such as KING, PRAISE, LORD, ELIJAH, HEAVEN, GLORY, etc. The teacher can have painted rocks for the children to choose from for their part in the game.

ROCK PAINTING: Provide some smooth stones for the children to decorate using permanent markers to write PRAISE THE LORD, BLESSED BE THE LORD, HALLELUJAH, or other praises of their choice. Read, recite and memorize together the Bible verse today and SING Hallelu, Hallelu, Praise Ye the Lord!

WALL ROCK PRAISES: Before class time, the teacher can draw a large rock on poster board and attach it to the classroom wall. Lightly color the rock gray or brown. During class time, after the lesson has been taught, give the children bright colored markers to write PRAISES all over the big rock. When everyone has a PRAISE on the rock, let children gather around the rock and as the teacher points to a praise, children will shout out that praise and continue until all the praises have been shouted out!

SNACK TIME: POP Rocks candy if you can find it. If not, label a container as "Rock Candy" and fill it with a variety of hard candy for the children to enjoy.

Song:  "Hallelu, Hallelu"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Accompaniment - Right click and save to your computer. (Two measures introduction and sing twice.)

Song:  "Praise Him, Praise Him All Ye Little Children"

Words and Music (pdf)

MP3 Piano Accompaniment

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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