Knock It Off!
- Paper or plastic cups
- Small beanbag, ball, or stuffed animal
Read Psalm 51:10 to your children.
Write each word of the verse (or a phrase from the verse) on a cup. Arrange the cups side-by-side on a table so the words can be read. Take turns trying to knock off a cup. See if you can say the verse each time until all the words are missing.
God can create a clean heart in each of us and renew our spirit as well. Pray together, asking God to help each of you continue learning God’s truth through His Word, the Bible.
Searching for Truth
While the children aren’t looking, write each letter of the word, B-I-B-L-E on separate pieces of paper and hide them around the room. Invite them to find the letters and spell a word that will give us the truth.
The Bible is not filled with man’s ideas or opinions, but with God’s thoughts and truth. It teaches us about who God is and shows us the right way to live. The Bible has the power to show us our sin. Reading and obeying God’s words helps us follow God’s ways and teaches us how to love God and others too.
Do you believe the Bible can be trusted? It can! Reading God’s Word is the best way to protect yourself from teaching that isn’t true.
Shhh! Can you hear it?
- Basket or bag
Play a game to introduce the idea of listening to truth. Write one instruction for each family member on a slip of paper and put them in a basket or bag.
Ideas for instructions:
Say Create in me a clean heart (Psalm 51:10a).
Say Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Say blah, blah, blah.
Say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Say the words to your favorite song.
Say “Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon.”
Say the colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV).
Choose one person to be the listener. Invite everyone else to choose a slip with an instruction, but not show it to anyone. At the signal ‘go’ they are to repeat what is on their instruction slip over and over until you call time. Everyone should speak at the same time and as softly or as loudly as they like. The object of the game is for the listener to find the person who is quoting the Bible verse. When time is up, ask the listener to identify the one saying the Bible verse. If he guessed correctly, congratulate him as a good listener. Throw the slips back into the basket, choose a new listener, pick new slips, and repeat the game.
Talk about it:
What was your favorite part of this game?
Why was it so hard to hear the one saying the Bible verse? (There were so many talking; Some were shouting; etc.)
What are some things you listen to each day? (Parents, teachers, friends, music, TV, coaches, video games, reading materials, etc.)
We hear so many voices and it is sometimes difficult to tell which one is right. Everything we listen to influences us for good or bad. We want to listen to God’s truth in the Bible every day.