Unit: The Bible Is True
Session Title: Daniel Chose to Obey
Life Point: The Bible has truth and meaning for people.
Unit Verse: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
Weekly Bible Verse: “Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and statutes I am giving you today.” Deuteronomy 27:10
Bible Passage: Daniel 1
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Craft: Story Mural
Have each child take a large piece of paper and draw the story across the large piece of paper. You could even break the story up in sections and write a part of the story at the top of each paper and then have each child draw that section of the story.
Craft: Fruit Bowl Placemat
Cut out different types of fruit (we have fruit die cuts downstairs in the preschool resource room). Then draw a bowl (half circle) for each child. Then have the child cut the bowls out and glue the bowl to a larger piece of construction paper. The children will pick out the fruit that they would like to include in their fruit bowl. On each piece of fruit they can they can write a way for them to make wise choices and then they can write the weekly Bible verse on the basket or the space above the fruit bowl. One of the leaders in your room can laminate them in the Preschool area while you share the Bible story so that they can be used as placemats. If you would like to laminate you will need to turn on the laminator before class starts. It needs about 20 minutes to heat up.
Snack: Fruits and Vegetables Tasting
Bring in different fruits and vegetables for the children to taste. You could also bring in dried fruits. Just remember to put a sign up for allergies.
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Game: Scavenger Hunt
Hide vegetables (real or plastic) in small batches around the room; hide at least one vegetable per kid. Allow the group to move around the room together, searching for the vegetables. Give instructions such as “look higher,” “look lower,” “move to the left,” “turn around,” and so on. When kids find vegetables, they may each claim one and bring it to you. Allow kids to hunt until each kid has claimed a vegetable.
Game: Mystery Bags
Place a variety of different vegetables and fruits into opaque plastic bags, one kind of food per bag. Invite a child to reach into the bag and feel the mystery food. She will then describe what she feels, and the other kids will guess what the food is. If they are correct, select a new volunteer, allowing him to reach into a new bag and describe the next food. If they are incorrect, allow the kid feeling the food to guess what it is. If she is incorrect, open the bag and show every-one the food. For more of a challenge, consider prepping the foods in different ways before placing them into the bags. You can try slicing, peeling, or chopping different foods to make them harder to guess.
Game: Toss the Fruit
Form two teams of kids. At one end of the room, place two baskets. Instruct the kids to line up at the other end of the room. Provide toy fruits and vegetables for each team, one per kid. Kids will take turns tossing their vegetables or fruits into their team’s basket. If a kid misses, he must toss again until his fruit or vegetable lands in the basket and stays in. Then that child will move to the end of the line, and the next kid will toss her fruit or vegetable.
Game: Tossed Salad
If you are using chairs, place them in a circle. As kids arrive, give each one the name of a vegetable (carrot, zucchini, lettuce, onion, celery). Tell kids to stand (or sit) in a circle. Choose one kid to stand in the middle of the circle. Call out a vegetable; kids with that name will switch places. The one in the middle tries to get one of the vacated places. Whoever ends up without a place stands in the middle. After a few turns, call out two vegetables to switch. Call out: “Tossed salad!” Everyone switches places. Comment that vegetables will be a part of the Bible story.