Interactive Group Activities
by Carol Williams & Charles Kirkpatrick

Sermon Title: "Show and Tell"

Scripture Reading: John 1:29-34

SHOW AND TELL ME: Let the children take turns in a show and tell "activity"... each one doing something different. A child will come to the front of the room or in the middle of a circle and will SHOW the class something and the classmates will TELL what the child is doing.(Such as hopping, skipping, eating, jumping, walking like an elephant.) Keep the game moving so that each activity takes 60 seconds or less.

SHOW AND TELL GRAB BAG: The children will run to a grab bag and hold an item up and TELL 3 things about that item. Keep this game moving so that no one gets bored and so everyone has an opportunity to pick a grab item. (The teacher will fill the grab bag with items such as candy, gum, small toys, clothing, books, knick knacks, etc.)

BANNER TO SHOW AND TELL: Give each child a long piece of butcher paper, markers and stickers. Children will draw pictures and add words of something from the Bible or from our story today and will show the class their banner and tell about their drawings/words.

PAPER PLATE PIN WHEEL: Give each child a paper plate that can be colored and then cut curved slits around the edge of the plate - about every 2 inches. On each slit, the children write words from today's lesson or words from today's Bible verse. Children can then tape the pin wheel paper plate onto a stick or dowel and share with the class.

SHOW AND TELL CARDS: The teacher will have a Bible cards made with pictures representing a story, character, or event from the Bible. The children will pick a card, show it to the class and tell what they know about the Bible character or the story. The teacher can ask questions for an application whenever possible to share God's Love and children to help the children to understand HIS LOVE.

JESUS NECKLACE: Give the children plastic string and bead letters to spell JESUS and to string the necklaces and tie around the child's neck... to let others know about JESUS.

JESUS CAPS: Buy plain, inexpensive, colored caps at a retail or hobby store. Let the children use cloth paint pens and write JESUS on the cap or decorate them with gel pens with dots and squiggly lines. Children will enjoy wearing their caps to tell other's about JESUS.

SHARE A SNACK: The teacher will hold up a gift wrapped treat and TELL about it without telling the children what the treat is. (You could have several different kinds of treats.) After TELLING about the treat, the children may raise their hand if they'd like the treat that the teacher was TELLING about.

Song:  "Since Jesus Came Into My  Heart" - Rufus McDaniel & Charles H. Gabriel

Song Sheet (PDF) - Music and lyrics

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

Song:  "I Love to Tell the Story " - Katheine Hankey & William G. Fischer

Song Sheet (PDF) - Music and lyrics

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

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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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