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The book of Ruth is a beautiful, Hebrew short story which focuses on Ruthís unselfish loyalty to Naomi and Boazís commitment to these two widows. The story is primarily about Naomiís transformation from despair to joy due to the self-giving love of Ruth and Boaz. 

You might ask, "Why is this story important for today's kids?"  I'm glad you asked! The story of Ruth is ultimately about God's love and provision for those who are part of God's family, not because of birthright, but because of their faith and loyalty in God. In this story we also learn about Boaz, Ruth and Naomi's Kinsmen Redeemer. It is he who paid off their debts and restored their relationship in the community. In turn, Jesus is our Kinsmen-Redeemer, who has brought us out of slavery to sin, cancelled our debt and has restored us, giving us a hope and joy for the future.

Learn more about teaching the Book of Ruth to children.

   
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Vineyard Workers Game

(You might decide to play the game before the lesson.)

Set Up: Establish a large circular playing area. Mark it off using flags, ropes or hoses. In the center of the playing area spread items such as various sizes of balls, blocks, cardboard tubes, etc. Give each player a large paper bag. Have them write their name on it.

How To Play: Tell the players the object of the game is to pickup as many items as possible in the amount of time they are given. Have the players line up on the outside edge of the circle. Place bags behind each player. Number off the players 1-4 so that each player will be numbered 1, 2, 3, or 4. Tell them you will call out one of the numbers and the players with that number will be given a few seconds to pick up some of the items from the center of the circle and place them in their bag. Players may only grab one item at a time, then return to the circle to put it in the bag, and return to the field to collect another item. (During play teacher may call out different modes of entering the circle. For example, hopping, skipping, broad jumping, etc.) Players may continue to collect items until the teacher blows a whistle or yells stop (give the players a few seconds). Teacher then calls another number and play proceeds as before. Vary the amount of time for the different numbered players to collect items. Be obvious that some players are receiving more time to collect items than other players. 

Get the Parable of the Vineyard Workers Bible Game

I was intrigued with the Amazing Parable Race description [and purchased it]. It allows me to add another resource to my "bag of tricks" for very little additional cost . . . huge plus! I have many of your resources and appreciate the quality of the materials you provide. For a broadly graded class, I find I can easily reach the youngest and the oldest (Preschool through 5th grade) children. Thank you! ~ Lauren F.

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Bible Game: Off to the Races

Before the game: Give each player a Ping-Pong ball, colored pencils, and/or permanent colored markers. Have the players decorate their Ping-Pong balls. If you are studying a particular theme, have players draw designs to coordinate with it. (e.g. Noah's Ark animals, faces of people from the Bible, etc.) Players may draw their own free-style designs too.

Set up: Designate a course for your race. It should be wide enough for all the players to line up at the start line side by side, and approximately 15' in length. It needs to be a smooth course, preferably a carpeted area. Mark off a start line and a finish line at the opposite end of your course. Give each player a straw and the Ping-Pong ball they decorated.

How to play: At the go, players use their . . . Get this Bible Game.

Bible Games for Kids & Christian Skits    


Christian skits based on the Gospel of Mark Bible books game
Mark: Bible Skits               Bible Stack-O! 

Christian skits based on the book of Ruth Bible Games Explosion 52 Year-round Bible games
   Ruth: Bible Skits            Bible Games Explosion!

 

   
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Do you know all Ten Commands? 
Can you say them in order? 


Learn them in minutes!

The commandment # corresponds to the # of fingers: 

#1. God is # 1 
(hold up one pointer finger). 

#2. Don't worship idols 
(two fingers "bow.")

#3. Don't misuse God's name (three fingers over mouth).

# 4 - 10 are just as easy to memorize in order!


The commandments are numbered according to the Hebrew Scriptures. Get the Ten Commandments' bookmarks.
 

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