Scripture Lady (aka Kathy Vincent) has a wonderfully vibrant ministry to children.
Her goal is to get kids excited about the Bible – and judging by the videos on her site, God is helping her to do just that, through Bible memory work, song and activities.
Hers is definitely a site worth visiting. And once you are there, why not sign up for Kathy’s free email newsletter. She sends out tips and ideas that don’t appear on the web site, and every one is a tried and tested winner!
With Kathy’s permission we are sharing one of her email goodies with you today. She has entitled this one…
Sail on Sailor – A Fun Scripture Activity for Your Elementary Kids
Scripture Lady writes:
“There is something thrilling about being on a boat. Whether in a little canoe out on a quiet lake or on a sailboat out in the middle of the ocean, boating is a beautiful way to enjoy God’s creation.
The Bible has some interesting ship stories. Here is a list of 9 Bible passages about boats. You will use them for the following activity: Genesis 7:1, Exodus 2:3, Jonah 1:3, Luke 5:3, Matthew 13:2, Matthew 8:24, John 6:21, Acts 27:41 and Matthew 4:21-22.
For this idea, I suggest you obtain a kiddie pool filled with water. Next, if you can, purchase 12 toy plastic boats (your local dollar store will probably have some) and with a permanent marker, number each one with a number from 1 to 12 and set them afloat in the pool. Now, you will need to create 2 charts – one for your eyes only and the other for all the children to see. The first chart should be written out as follows:
- Genesis 7:1
- Exodus 2:3
- Ship Sunk!
- Jonah 1:3
- Ship Sunk!
- Luke 5:3
- Matthew 13:2
- Matthew 8:24
- John 6:21
- Acts 27:41
- Ship Sunk!
- Matthew 4:21-22
The second chart that the children can see, should contain these 9 different captions:
Moses’ Basket Boat
James’ and John’s Boat
Parable of the Sower was Told
Jesus calmed the Sea
Jesus Came Here after Walking on Water
I actually wrote my on pictures of boats I found on my computer.
To play the game, divide your children into 2 teams. Have a child from the first team “fish” a boat out of the pool. He will look at the number on the boat and tell it to you.
You will look on the first chart and see whether the child will read a verse or whether his ship has sunk.
If his ship sunk, the play goes to the next team. If he is to read a verse, he does so from a Bible and then tries to pick the caption that matches the passage he just read. If successful, he gets 50 points for his team. The team with the most points wins! Happy sailing!”
Thanks for that fun activity idea, Kathy!
If you like this idea, why not go on over to ScriptureLady.com, have a look round for more great ideas and then join her email list.