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19. Baby Moses

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Materials Needed

  • brown construction paper (1 sheet per person)
  • glue
  • small bowl or round-bottomed cup
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • small scraps of material
  • crayons
  • children’s Bible

Setting The Stage

God looks out for us just as he did for baby Moses. As you are putting together the basket as well as making baby Moses, take the time to show each child that he or she is loved and cared for by God.

Project

The end product will be a brown basket lined with a scrap of material and a paper doll that serves as Baby Moses. While you are working on the project you can read the story from a children’s Bible or tell it in your own words. The story is found in Exodus 2:1-10.

Details To Include When Telling The Story.

  • There were so many of Joseph’s descendants, (called Hebrews) in the land of Egypt that the Egyptians decided to make them all slaves. Even so the Hebrews were still so many that the Pharaoh (not the Pharaoh from Joseph’s day) ordered all the baby boys to be killed.
  • Moses was born during this time and God was looking after Moses. Moses’ mother put him in a basket and hid him in the reeds beside a river. It was not long before the Pharaoh’s daughter came down to the river to take a bath. When she heard the baby crying she fell in love with the little boy and wanted the baby to be her own son.
  • Moses still got to go back to his own mother for a few years. During this time Moses’ mother taught him about God. Then it was time for Moses to go and live in the palace with the Pharaoh’s daughter.

The Way To Make The Basket And Baby.

  • Cut the brown construction paper into 1 inch strips
  • Weave the strips together making sure that you put a drop of glue wherever two strips touch each other.
  • Follow the diagram to make the weaving easier.
  • Continue the weaving until you have a large enough space to curve and form a small basket.
  • While the glue is still wet curve the woven paper over the bottom of the cup or bowl.
  • Cut out a small paper doll and color it to look like a baby.
  • Once the glue is dry, trim the excess brown paper to give the bowl the appearance of a basket.
  • Line the basket with a scrap of material and place the doll inside.

Memory Verse

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD.

While reviewing the verse talk about the plans God has for each one of you and how he will look after us just as he looked after Moses.

Prayer

Thank God for looking after each one of you.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

20. Moses The Leader

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Materials Needed

  • one hanger per child
  • construction paper in red, green, brown, black and white
  • a hole punch or sharp object
  • string

Setting The Stage

Moses did become the leader who freed the Jews from their slavery in Egypt. During this lesson you need to communicate to your children that Moses was a good leader for God even during the difficult times. The telling of this story is found in Exodus 5 - 12.

Project

Your children will be making a mobile with the ten plagues hanging from the hanger. Each plague will have a picture the child has drawn, colored and cut out. A hole is punched in the top of the cutout and a string threaded through and knotted. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom of the hanger. Each cutout should be hanging at a different level.

Explain:

  • Moses went before the Pharaoh and said, (adult calls out) “Let my people go!!” Pharaoh said, (together have the children call out) “NO!!”
  • Because Pharaoh would not obey God, God had to send some plagues. Those who loved God were not affected by the plagues. But those who did not want to obey God suffered because of the plagues.

Below are the plagues, drawings to be made and dialogue that needs to occur. Note: While cutting out each plague, discuss with your children why each event would be so terrible.

Plague 1. The river which was their water source was turned to blood (cut out a one inch curvy strip of red paper)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 2. Frogs all over
(a green frog)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said…
Children - No!

Plague 3. So many gnats that it was hard for people to breathe
small brown flying creature)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 4. Swarms of flies
(black paper)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...

Children - No!

Plague 5. Cows all got sick and died
(white paper on which black spots are drawn)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 6. Oozing sores all over the body
(white paper doll figure with colored sores)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 7. Hail and fire that destroyed their food and their homes
(red for the fire and white for the hail)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said …
Children - No!

Plague 8. Locust which ate the rest of their crop
(green in color but it looks like a beetle with larger wings)

Adult Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said…
Children No!

Plague 9. Darkness that was so dark you couldn’t see or do anything.
(black cloud)

Adult - Moses again said, Let my people go! but the Pharaoh said ...
Children - No!

Plague 10. Death of the first born son
(white paper doll with his eyes closed)

Note: These plagues did not happen to anyone who was willing to obey what God asked, but Pharaoh did not obey. Pharaoh’s first-born son did die and finally the Pharaoh let the Hebrews go. If the Pharaoh had obeyed God none of this would have happened. Moses did obey God even though many people were very angry with him. In the end it was wonderful because the Hebrews were free to go to their own land. It was good that Moses was a leader for God.

Prayer

Ask God to help each of you be a leader for God with each of your own friends.

Related Topics: Children's Curriculum, Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Devotionals

21. Jericho

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Materials Needed

  • different colored sheets of construction paper
  • magazines with lots of pictures (one per child)
  • stapler or tape
  • markers or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue

Setting The Stage

As a family you are constructing a magazine that could have been made by the people inside the wall of Jericho. In Joshua chapters 2, 3 and 6 we see the Israelites finally coming to take over their land – the land that God had given them. The people in this land were not willing to follow God. Except for Rahab. You will want the pages to illustrate how the people felt as they waited to see what was going to happen. The lesson is for everyone and will remind your children how important it is to be on God’s side.

Project

Each person receives a piece of construction paper and a magazine. A pair of scissors and some glue will need to be shared among you. Each person is to receive an assignment chosen from the ideas section below. Look through the magazines to find a picture that best depicts the emotion of the person for whom your child is writing. Only the picture is necessary, but if the older children would like to write a sentence or two, you will find some ideas below.

Details:

Before you begin the magazine you need to share a few details about the story with your children.

  • God was giving the land to the Israelites. The people there needed to side with God and obey God, but they didn’t want to do that.
  • The first city the Israelites were to take over was Jericho. Jericho had a huge wall around it and when the gate was closed no one could get in or out.
  • Spies were sent to see what the city was like. Rahab, a woman inside the city of Jericho, decided to side with God so she hid the spies. She helped them escape in a basket down the side of the wall.
  • Rahab was told she would be saved along with her family.
  • Rahab had to wait for a while and keep a red piece of cloth hanging out of her window so the Israelites would know which place was hers.
  • The Israelites set up camp outside the walls and started to march around the walls every day.
  • The Israelites were told by God to sound the trumpets and the walls would fall down. The city of Jericho would be theirs.

Ideas:

1. “How Strong Are Our Walls?” written by the Gate Watchman

(Picture of a worried man, Lego blocks, wooden blocks, fence around a yard)

Older children can write a few sentences about how the watchman might feel anxious about whether the bricks are strong enough or if there is a hole in the wall.

2. “How Did They Get Away?” written by the Policeman

(Picture of a policeman, boys or men running, someone peeking around a corner, a room with no one in it)

Older children can explain how the policeman is concerned that he let the spies get back home without catching them.

3. “The Trumpets Will Sound” written by the Court Composer.

(Picture of any musical instruments, someone singing, people marching in a row)

Older children can talk about how loud it will be when the trumpets blow and what will happen when the walls fall down.

4. “Waiting, How Hard It Is!” written by Rahab.

(Picture of a basket, rope, red piece of material, woman looking for something, someone sitting and waiting)

Older children will understand that Rahab sided with God, but now she has to wait inside the wall until God sends the men for her. She has to be patient and trust God. Let them write about that.

5. Make up your own. There are also the points of view of Rahab’s family, the king, the army who wants to fight or the common person who does not understand what is happening.

Finished Product:

Make a cover for your magazine. The magazine could be called “The Jericho Wall”. Put it together with a stapler or tape. When it is all together, take the time to read it as a family and talk about the fact that the Jews outside the camp were concerned as well, but they had sided with God and they knew that they could trust God.

Finish the devotional by sharing with the children these details:

  • The wall did fall down when the trumpets blew.
  • God did give the city to the Israelites without them even having to raise a sword.
  • Rahab did go to live with the Israelites.
  • Years later we see that Rahab became the great, great grandmother of King David.

Prayer

“Help me learn to side with you, because I know that in the end you always win!”

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Christian Life, Devotionals

22. Gideon

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Materials Needed

  • pebbles or tiny wads of paper (15 per child)
  • glue
  • 2” x 2” piece of cardboard (one per child)

Setting The Stage

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they find it easy to relate to Gideon. Gideon was a man who was faced with a frightening situation. His immediate reaction was cowardly, but when he saw God’s power and accepted God’s strength he bravely faced the challenge. During this devotional you will help your children understand that there are frightening situations we try to face alone. When we know that God is with us, we can bravely face these same circumstances.

Project

#1 Mimes

Each person is to think of a situation that frightens them. If a younger child needs help, whisper some ideas in his/her ear and let the child choose. Once each person has decided on a situation, take turns pantomiming each choice. The rest of the family will try to guess what each situation is. When everyone has had a turn, discuss each situation so the children will remember their choice throughout the remainder of the devotional.

Note: An adult should go first to demonstrate to the children what they need to do. Younger children might need to use some words to communicate their chosen situation.

#2 Places To Cook

Ask the children to find all the places where you can cook a meal in the house. Have them take you for a tour to point out each place.

Examples:

Stove

barbecue

fireplace

microwave

camp stove

Have them list any other cooking locations not found in your home. When they have finished the list ask them if someone could cook meat on a big stone. Pretend you are convinced of this possibility. When they become adamant that this couldn’t happen, have them sit down and share the following story about a time when a stone was a place for cooking.

#3 Story Of Gideon From Judges 6

This is a story about a man who was very afraid in a situation just like we are sometimes. Gideon and his people were being cruelly ruled by the Midianites. The Midianites were a group of people who were bullies; they were always stealing and hurting the Hebrews. An angel of the Lord came to tell Gideon to stop these bad people. The angel found Gideon hiding from the Midianites instead of being brave. Gideon was so afraid he told God, “I am the smallest and the weakest and I can’t do it!” He needed to see God do something to show his power. The angel told Gideon to put the meat and sauce he had on a rock. The angel touched the rock with his staff and fire came out of the rock, burning the meat. When Gideon saw this he knew that God could do anything. Gideon went out, destroyed his enemy’s altar and built an altar to God to show that God was with him. The bullies were amazed at how brave Gideon was and eventually they stopped being mean.

#4 Discuss

Ask your children the following questions:

  • Like Gideon you are afraid in a certain situation.
    What situation did you act out earlier that makes you afraid?
  • God showed his strength to Gideon by burning the food on the stone.
    How does God show his strength to you?
  • What did Gideon build to show the bad people that God was with him?

#5 Build An Altar

Each of you will build a little altar as a reminder this week that God is with you. As you face the situation that makes you afraid, remember to be brave in God.

a) Glue seven pebbles in a small circle on the center of your piece of cardboard.

b) Glue five pebbles on top of the seven allowing the circle to be a little smaller.

c) Glue three pebbles on top of the five again allowing the circle to be smaller.

Make sure the glue dries before you move it.

Prayer

Have each child pray for their own ...

... fearful situation

... way in which they have seen God work

... approach to the situation with God’s help.

Memory Verse

Judges 6: 16a
The Lord answered, “I will be with you.”

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

23. Ruth

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Materials Needed

  • flashlight
  • piece of white paper
  • crayons
  • dress-up clothes (optional)

Setting The Stage

You will literally be doing just that - setting the stage - for an old fashioned movie. The effect is quite good and easily achieved. All the lights are turned off. An adult holds the flashlight and shakes it very quickly back and forth on the person acting. To make it look like an old fashioned movie the person acting must say their lines while jumping or wiggling. The purpose of all this fun is to communicate that we need to make God our God just as Ruth did in the book of Ruth.

Project

There are three or possibly four roles in this movie. Children may put on dress-up clothes to add color to their role playing. If there is a shortage of people, make this devotional a “family and friends devotional” so their friends can be a part of the experience.

Note: An adult will need to tell the children their lines and allow them time to repeat each line while acting.

Ruth

a foreigner whose husband has died. She is returning with her mother-in-law to Naomi’s homeland.

Naomi

Ruth’s mother-in-law whose husband and sons have died and is returning to her homeland.

Boaz

a relative of Naomi’s who is very rich and eventually falls in love with Ruth.

Extra

person in the city who is mean to Ruth and is also a worker in the fields for Boaz.

Lights off and a darkened room. Flashlight on. Stage ready for the first act. (Note: Hold the flashlight still between acts. When the players are in position start wiggling it again.)

Act I (Naomi and Ruth)

Naomi:

I have to go home. I no longer have a husband or sons, boo hoo!!

Ruth:

I will go with you.

Naomi:

But you don’t know anyone there.

Ruth:

I will make your people my people and your God my God

Naomi:

Okay, let’s go!

Act II (Ruth, Naomi, and Extra)

Naomi:

We’re home!

Extra:

OOOO! Who is that girl with Naomi? We don’t want her here!

Ruth:

The people are not very nice to me, but I still want to make your people my people and your God my God.

Naomi:

Well, I am too old to work, so you will have to go work in the fields.

Ruth:

Okay, here I go!

Act III (Ruth. Boaz and Extra)

Ruth:

It has been a long day picking up this food, but I know Naomi will be happy with all I have.

Boaz:

That girl Ruth is a hard worker. I will have to tell my men to make sure to leave her lots of food.

Extra:

Here, Ruth, have some more food. Boaz, my boss thinks you are a hard worker.

Act IV (Ruth and Naomi)

Ruth:

Look, Naomi, I have lots of food. Boaz was looking after me.

Naomi:

Boaz? Why he is a relative of mine. You know you should marry him. He would make a good husband.

Ruth:

I would love to marry Boaz.

Act V

Ruth:

You are very kind, Boaz

Boaz:

You need a husband, and I would like to be your husband but there are some people I will have to talk to first.

Ruth:

That is fine.

Boaz:

I will talk to the people, and then I will let you know.

Act VI (Ruth. Boaz. and Naomi)

Boaz:

Yes, everything worked out and I can marry you.

Ruth:

Wonderful! I knew God would look after me.

Naomi:

That is because you made my God your God.

The End (everyone takes a bow)

Memory Verse

Ruth 1:16b
Your people will be my people and your God my God.

On a piece of paper write this verse in the following way using a crayon and some creative drawings.

Your (picture of a person) will be my (picture of a person) and

Your (drawing of a crown) my (drawing of a crown).

Hang this on the fridge so you can review this verse throughout the week.

Prayer

We need to be like Ruth and make God our God. There are lots of things we can put before God (friends, television, toys). but if we want God to be first in our lives we need to make Him the most important person. Now is a good time to talk to God about this.

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24. King David

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Materials Needed

  • five paper plates or five pieces of construction paper
  • string
  • hole punch or pointed object
  • markers or crayons
  • scissors

Setting The Stage

Nothing is impossible with God. In this story found in I Samuel 17, we see that David was able to kill a lion and a giant because God helped him. The story will be acted out by the members of the family, but first you will take some time to make five different masks.

Project

The masks can be drawn on the paper plates or you can cut the pieces of construction paper the size of the paper plate and use that. Once the face is drawn, holes need to be punched on either side near the middle so the string can fit around the head just above the ear. Make sure not to punch the holes too close to the edge or the plate will rip. You will need to take some time to adjust the string to the child’s head before you knot it in the second hole. These are the five masks to be made.

There are three scenes to be acted. Whoever is playing a particular role needs to wear the appropriate mask for those lines. Some roles can be doubled (played by one person). For example, one person can play the lion and the Israelite and another person can play the sheep and Goliath.

Note: An adult will need to tell the children their lines and allow the children time to repeat the lines while acting.

Scene 1: David looking after the sheep (David, Sheep, Lion)

Sheep:

Baa, Baa.

David:

(singing to God) Jesus loves me this I know ...

Lion:

Roar - I am going to eat a sheep.

Sheep:

Help! Help!

David:

Help me, God! (takes out his pretend sling shot and swings it over his head. He lets go and everyone watches the pretend rock fly through the air and hit the lion.)

Lion:

Ouch! (dies lying on the ground)

David:

Thank you, God, for helping me save the sheep from the lion.

Scene 2: David fighting Goliath the giant, an enemy of the Israelites (David, Goliath, Israelite)

Goliath:

(yells) Who will come and fight me?

David:

Why wont anybody fight Goliath? God would help that person, I know!

Israelite:

He is so big and we are so little and everyone is afraid.

David:

Well, I am not afraid and I know God will help me.

Goliath:

(yells) Who will come and fight me?

David:

I will!

Goliath:

What? Youre only a boy!

David:

Yes, but God will help me (David takes out his pretend sling shot and swings it over his head. He lets go and everyone watches the pretend rock fly through the air and hit Goliath on the head)

Goliath:

Good shot - I guess God did help you! (grabs his head and falls down dead)

Israelite:

Yea David, Yea God!!

Scene 3: David Made King (David, Israelite)

David:

(kneels down on his knees) Yes, I will be king with Gods help.

Israelite:

(taps Davids head) You are crowned king.

David:

I am glad that God has helped me because nothing is impossible for God.

The End

Song

“Only a Boy Named David”

(use original tune or do it in a chant style with a catchy beat)

Only a boy named David, only a little sling, only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing. Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook. Only a boy named David, but five little stones he took. And one little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round. One little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round. Round and round and round and round and round and round and round. One little stone went through the air and the giant came tumbling down.

Memory Verse

Luke 1:37
For nothing is impossible with God.

Prayer

In his or her own words let each person communicate this thought to God: “When I have a tough job to do I should not try to do it in my own strength but with your help, God.”

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25. Elijah

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Materials Needed

  • four or more large house plants or kitchen chairs
  • large couch cushions or blankets a bowl of your favorite finger food as a snack (example: a bunch of green grapes)

Setting The Stage

God provides help in strange ways. You can see this truth very clearly in the story of Elijah. Turn your living room into a ravine oasis. The plants can line a pretend stream or the chairs and cushions can act like ravine walls with the pretend stream running down the middle.

Project

Pretend you are Elijah. Before you enter the ravine oasis explain to the children that Elijah was a man who loved God and God gave him messages to tell other people. Sometimes his messages made these people angry. In our story some people were so angry at Elijah they tried to kill him.

The details of this story are in I Kings 17.

Elijah was running and running

Everyone runs in place.

Finally he came to a ravine with an oasis where he could hide.

Get down on your knees and crawl into the ravine making sure you don’t get wet from the water in the pretend stream.

Elijah was so glad to be there. I bet the first thing he did was to take a drink of the water.

All lean over and scoop up some pretend water in the palm of your hand and sip it.

Elijah would be so thankful to God that I am sure he would want to sing to God.

At this time sing your favorite song to God; one you all know from Sunday school or one that you have learned in these devotionals.

After Elijah sang do you think he told God, ‘Thank you”? I am sure he did and so pretending we are Elijah let’s say thank you.

Let each person say a few words in thanks. Example: Thanks for the water. Thanks for keeping me safe, etc.

After a little while Elijah probably started to get hungry, but look around. There doesn’t seem to be anything to eat. Who do you think brought the food to Elijah?

Start making bird sounds until they say the right answer.

That’s right, it was the birds. God knew Elijah needed to eat and there was no food here, so God sent the food.

As they are guessing birds, pretend you are a bird and fly to where you have hidden the bowl of finger food. Fly back to the group with the food and let them enjoy it.

Elijah was safe, and even after he finally left this special place, God continued to keep Elijah safe.

Song

Sing your favorite praise song to God. You can repeat the one you sang earlier or you can sing another favorite.

Prayer

Thank God for the way he takes care of each one of you. If you have specific examples now would be a good time to share them. Thank God specifically for them.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

26. Esther

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Materials Needed

  • food for a meal or a snack
  • table and chairs for a pretend restaurant

Setting The Stage

In the book of Esther we hear of an incredible thing that happened in the land. A young Jewish girl has just become the queen. This young girl’s name is Esther, and she does some wonderful things. During the serving of food the adult, who is the server, will share the details of the story. The lesson here is that no matter how young you are you can be used by God to do some very special things for other people.

Project

This can be tea time or meal time. Some ideas for what to serve are suggested below, but you may use your own favorites. Make sure that whatever you serve you do it in stages so you can tell the story in stages

First Course: Small Bowl Of Favorite Soup

Server’s story (told as you serve. Speak enthusiastically as if you have a great secret you want to share): “Have you heard about that young teenager, Esther? The one who is now queen? Did you know that she is probably only 13 or 14 years old? Well, the king sure thinks she is beautiful. Did you know she won the position of queen by winning a sort of beauty contest? There were lots of girls who wanted to win, but Esther was so beautiful and nice the king loved her the first time he saw her. Well, enjoy your meal!”

Second Course: Fruit Pieces Or Salad

Server’s story: ‘Was your soup good? While I serve you the next part let me tell you what happened. No one knew that Esther was a Jew. You see Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, told her not to tell anyone that she was a Jew. Of course, Mordecai was a Jew as well. Mordecai hung around the castle in case Esther needed him. It was during this time the king’s right-hand man, Haman, got angry at Mordecai. Haman decided not only to kill Mordecai but to kill all the Jews. He asked the king if it was okay, and the king passed a law that on one day all the Jews were to be killed. Now this was a problem because, of course, the queen was a Jew too!! I’ll tell you more when I am back with the next part of your meal”

Third Course: Hot Dogs With Potato Chips

Server’s story: “Are you wondering what Queen Esther is going to do? Well, I think she wondered too, but she got a message from her Uncle Mordecai and he reminded her that God had given her the position of Queen so she could help other people. The problem was if Esther went to the king and told him that she too was a Jew, she could die. If she didn’t say anything, then all the Jews would die, but she might not die because no one knew she was a Jew. That would be a hard decision to make, wouldn’t it?

Fourth Course: Ice Cream

Server’s story: “I don’t want to make you wait any longer to find out what happened. The queen went to the king and the king was glad she told him about the situation. The king was so upset with Haman that he had Haman killed. The king changed the law so the Jews didn’t have to die after all. That was a tough job for Queen Esther to do, but I am sure glad she did it because I have a lot of friends who are Jews. Wall, enjoy the rest of the meal and I will be back to get your money when you are done.”

Pay Time $$$

As you collect the pretend money, challenge each person to learn to be like Queen Esther. Ask each one how they can help a person in their life. Remember each response.

Prayer

When you are finished collecting the money, stop and say a prayer for each person around the table. In the prayer ask God to help them help the child mentioned earlier so they will be like Queen Esther.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

27. Daniel And The Lion’s Den

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Materials Needed

  • toothpicks
  • four small bowls and a spoon
  • food coloring

Recipe For Icing

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup icing sugar

Blend the above ingredients together while slowly adding the icing sugar. Separate the icing into four equal portions. Place each portion into separate small bowls and add a different color of food coloring to each bowl. Stir until the color is uniform.

Recipe For Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 21/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together the margarine and sugar. Add the eggs. Beat until smooth. Add the milk and vanilla. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until smooth. Lightly flour your counter top and roll your dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut the cookies into the shape of Daniel, King, two or more bad men and two or more lions using a dull knife and your imagination. Bake them at 3750 F for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before using.

Setting The Stage

Sometimes we can go through a whole day and not even think about taking time to pray to our God. In this story found in Daniel 6 we see that Daniel has the privilege of praying taken away from him. Daniel’s response is a commitment to pray, no matter what. This should be our motto and one you will want to communicate to your family.

Project

Once the cookies have cooled you can begin devotions. Have the cookies, bowls of icing and toothpicks on the table. Let each person choose a person or an animal cookie shape. Not only will they decorate the shape they have chosen, but they will also play that same role as the story is being enacted. You can give them the details of the story while you are decorating the cookies.

Details:

  • Daniel was a Jew who was a captive in one country while his family lived in another country. He was such a smart man he was asked to help the king a lot. Even though Daniel was a long way from home, he had not forgotten God.
  • Daniel loved to talk to God and everyone knew it. If you looked inside his window you could see him kneeling down to pray. He did this three times a day.
  • A bunch of men who also worked for the king did not like Daniel and they wanted to kill him. So they tricked the king into making a rule that no one was allowed to pray to anyone except the king. If anyone disobeyed this rule they were to be thrown into the lions’ den to be eaten by the lions.
  • Daniel could not obey the rule because he loved to pray to God. So Daniel was thrown into the den of lions. This made the king sad since he really did like Daniel, but a rule is a rule and even the king could not break his own rule.
  • Surprise!! The lions did not eat Daniel because God closed their mouths. The next morning the king found out Daniel was alive and he was so happy. The king decided to throw the bad men into the lion’s den and those men were all eaten by the lions.
  • The king then made a new rule that everyone was to pray to Daniel’s God because he was the real God.

Drama:

  • By now the cookies should be decorated and you all should be ready to act out the story.
  • Keep the acting simple. You can give them the idea and let them try to figure out what to say.
  • Have Daniel praying and the bad men talking about wanting to kill Daniel.
  • The bad men are with the king making the rule about only praying to the king.
  • Daniel says he will still pray to God.
  • Daniel is thrown into the lion’s den and the king is sad.
  • The next day Daniel is still alive and the king is happy.
  • The king throws the bad men into the lions’ den and they are eaten.
  • The king makes the new rule that everyone is to pray to Daniel’s God.

Once the story is over, enjoy eating the cookies together.

Song

“One Little, Two Little, Three Little Lions”

(use the tune of “One Little Two Little Three Little Indians”)

One little, two little, three little lions, four little, five little, six little lions, seven little, eight little, nine little lions, ten little lions in a den

The adult calls out, “Did they eat Daniel?” In response the children call,
“No!”.

Prayer

Ask God to help you remember to pray to Him everyday this week.

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28. Jonah

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Materials Needed

  • partially-filled bathtub or sink
  • large sponge or plastic bowl
  • three small plastic or paper people
  • pretend money
  • grapes

Setting The Stage

The lesson you want to communicate is that when people are bad we need to help them to be good instead of being happy when they get punished. Talk about this lesson before starting on the project.

Project

1. The adult will play the role of coordinator and everyone else will pretend to be Jonah. Have each room set up beforehand so you can move from station to station without interruptions. Make sure each child has some pretend money in a pocket.

Explain to them that they are about to experience what Jonah did in the story as recorded in the Bible in the book of Jonah. When it comes time for the children to say their lines, tell them what to say and have them repeat it.

2. Kitchen (Jonahs Home) - Adult plays God and stands on kitchen chair. Others pretend to be Jonah, who is fixing dinner.

Adult calls out: “Jonah, go to Nineveh and tell the people that I am sad they are bad.”

Children call out: “No, those people are mean.”

Adult says: “Jonah decided to go to Joppa and from there take a boat to another city called Tarshish, which was a long way from Nineveh.”

Together run to the bathroom where the boat awaits you.

Children call out while running: “I’m not going to obey God.”

3. Bathroom (Port at Joppa) - Have everyone stand around the tub or sink. Large sponge or plastic bowl is the boat. Adult, have each child pay you pretend money.

Children say: “Ticket for Tarshish please.”

Once everyone has a ticket, explain that the three plastic or paper people are Jonah and two boatmen. For the rest of this section have the plastic people act out the scene with the adult saying the lines.

Jonah: “Excuse me, here is my ticket. May I please go on the boat?”

Boatmen: “Sure, hop on.”

Jonah: “Disobeying God has made me tired, so I think I will lie down and go to sleep. God will never find me here.”

Put all three onto the sponge or bowl and push them into the middle of the water. Explain that they set sail and soon a big storm came. Have the children lightly splash waster onto the boat so that it causes a storm in the tub.

Boatmen: “Why is God sending such a storm? Someone must have done something wrong. Let’s draw straws, and whoever gets the short straw must be the one that has upset God.”

Explain that they all drew straws and Jonah got the short one.

Jonah: “Sorry men, I have disobeyed God. Just throw me over the edge of the boat into the water and the storm will stop.”

Explain that this is what they did, then drop the plastic Jonah into the water. Switch roles. The children are to pretend that they are in the water. Have the children hold their breath and swim to the bedroom.

4. Bedroom (inside big fish) - Climb onto the bed. Leave the light off and door slightly open so there is only a little light entering the room.

Explain that everybody has just been swallowed by a big fish and you are in the fish’s stomach, so you can now breathe (let breath out). Have everyone comment on what it would be like to be in the stomach of a big fish (dark, wet, smelly).

Adult says: “Now, once Jonah realized that he was inside a fish, he knew God had sent this fish to save him. But Jonah still had to stay inside the fish for three days. What do you think Jonah did for those three days?”

Allow the children to give their answers, but try to encourage at least one of them to say ‘talked to God’ or ‘prayed’ because that is exactly what he did. Have everyone get on their knees, on top of the bed, and have each child say a sentence prayer, one that they think Jonah might have said (guide them when necessary). Then have everyone go to the door and explain that God made the fish sick and the fish spit Jonah out onto the beach. Say 1, 2, 3 open the door and let everybody jump out of the bedroom and onto the “beach” ready to walk to Nineveh.

5. Living Room (Nineveh) - Walk around the living room, as Jonah would have walked around Nineveh, calling out the message over and over to the people.

Children call out: “Say you’re sorry to God. You shouldn’t be so mean.”

Everyone walks over to the couch and climbs up on it.

Adult says: “Jonah really didn’t think the people were going to say they were sorry. He was sure God would punish them instead. So he was just going to sit up on a hill and watch what God was going to do to them. You know, while he watched, God let a vine grow over him to give him shade. Let’s pretend it was a grape vine and enjoy some of the grapes.”

Bring out the bowl of grapes and eat them while discussing what God is probably going to do.

Adult says: “You know what? The people said they were sorry so God forgave them. That made Jonah angry. God told Jonah he should be happy because the people didn’t get punished. Eventually Jonah realized that was true.”

Review the lesson mentioned in Setting the Stage. Ask each child to think of one person he/she can help this week.

Prayer

Have each child take a turn saying this prayer:

Dear God, help me not to be happy when (name) gets in trouble,
instead let me help (name) learn to do nice things so that (name) won’t get into trouble. Amen.

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