Do your preschoolers know that growing in God is as simple as G-R-O-W? It is. We can grow in God by "G" - going to church. We can grow by "R" - reading the Bible and praying every day. We can also grow by "O" - obeying God and doing what He tells us to do. And we can mature in or walk with God by "W" - worshipping Him and praising His name. Second Peter 3:18 says this: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen!" The presbhool version of this verse would simply be "Grow in...Jesus Christ." Here is a fun Bible school activity to help your little ones learn this important truth. I call it "G-R-O-W Whack!"
Here's what you do:
For this activity you will need to prepare at least 10 cards for each of the letters G, R, O, W. Create these from colorful construction paper. On one side will be the letter. On the other side will be an X. However, one card will have a heart on the back. I suggest you laminate these for long-term use. You will give each child in your class 6 cards. If you have more than 6 children, you will need to make more cards accordingly. Place the leftover cards in a box or a basket. Within these leftovers, you must have at least one card of each of the letters. But make sure the card with the heart on it is not in the leftover box. You are now ready to play.
Here's how to play:
After introducing Second Peter 3:18 to your class, pass out 6 cards to each child, X-side down. Have them place their cards in a straight line. You, the teacher, will choose a card from the box. If it is a "G", say "G stands for going to church. This is how we can grow in God." (If it is an "R" card, say, "R stands for reading the Bible and praying every day." For "O", say, "O" stands for obeying God." For "W", say, "W stands for worshiping God.") Then show the card. Everyone who has a "G" card will whack it with their hand and then turn it over. If a child has more than one of the same card, he only turns one of them over at a time. Put the "G" card back in the box and choose another card. Continue drawing cards from the box until everyone has all their cards turned over. The child who turns over the heart card from the row of cars in front of them get to choose the cards out of the box on the next round of play.
Before playing this game, you might want to introduce the lesson in the following way:
Who can tell me some things that grow? (Wait for responses such as grass and trees.) Good job. Are you growing too? (Wait for responses of "YES".) Sure, you're growing. Did you know that we could grow in our friendship with God? We can. Growing in God is as simple as G-R-O-W. (At this point, show the children each of the letter cards and explain what each letter means as explained already.) Second Peter 3:18 says this: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen!" Let's play a fun game to help us learn more about growing in God and play a game called "G-R-O-W Whack!"
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Kathy Vincent is the director of a performing ministry for children called The Scripture Lady and has been traveling around Southern California for the past 15 years ministering to preschoolers and elementary aged children with the Word of God through musical, thematic presentations.
She is also a regular seminar speaker, author/creator of over 30 products for the Christian children's worker and a veteran homeschooling mom of two.