Activity Ideas

These are all ideas that can be used at the end of the session with the children at the Guardians Club. They are deliberately simple and flexible, and are designed to take no longer than 10 minutes.

Quiz

What you need

  • Quiz wording
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Paper

What you do

Download the quiz words that match the Bible Quest you've been playing in the Club. (There are multiple-choice factual quizzes, with a possible high score of 10.) Quiz the children individually or in teams.

 

 

Felt, Said, Thought

What you need

  • Sticky notes in the shape of thought bubble
  • Speech bubble and heart
  • Pens

What you do

  • Give each child a thought bubble, speech bubble and heart-shaped note (you can buy sticky notes in these shapes).
  • Ask the children to think about a character in the story they were learning about
  • Encourage them to write down one thing that the character would have said, felt and thought at a certain point of the story. 
True or false

What you need

  • Signs saying 'true' and 'false'

What you do

  • Move into a larger space
  • Read out a statement about the story the children have been working on
  • If the children think it is true, they need to walk to the 'true sign'. If they think it is false, move to the 'false sign'.
Comic strip

What you need

  1. Comic strip paper
  2. Pens

What you do

  • Give each child an A4 sheet of paper with six boxes drawn on.
  • Give them 5 minutes to create a simple cartoon of the main events of the story, in the six scenes.
  • Invite them to share their stories with other people in their group.
Drama

What you need

  • No equipment

What you do

  • Ask the children to work in groups of two or three and make simple dramas about what happened in the story.
Question box

What you need

  • Question box
  • Pens
  • Paper

What you do

  • Invite each child to write down a question they have about the story.
  • Put the slips of paper into the question box.
  • Read out a few of these and try and answer some, as a whole group. The children will enjoy trying to answer some of the questions their peers have asked.
  • Remember, it’s fine not to know all the answers: be honest if you don’t!

Some useful links

Video

What you need

  • Projector
  • Tablet/laptop
  • Speakers
  • Animation of the story

What you do

  • Show a short animation of a version of the story.
  • At the Theatre of the Saga in Guardians of Ancora (tap on the video camera button at the Spire) you will find an audio story to go with every Bible Quest, at least one video story for most Quests, and songs for some.

 

Freeze Frame

What you need

  • No equipment

What you do

  • Ask the children to think about the various characters in the story.
  • Then suggest they depict an important part of the story as a freeze frame (that is, as if someone was taking a photo of the scene), each taking the part of one of the characters.
  • When they are ‘in character’, ask how they think that person might have felt.
What might happen next

What you need

  • Pens
  • Paper

What you do

  • Ask the children to choose one of the characters from the Bible story they’ve been playing.
  • Encourage them to draw and talk about what they think that person might do next.
Wow! and Eh?

What you need

  • No equipment

What you do

  • Ask all of the children to think about one thing that they have discovered in the story or done during the club that made them say ‘Wow!’  
  • Ask them to share this in pairs. Then share with the rest of the group.
  • Then ask them then to share anything that made them go ‘Eh?’ (at something they didn’t quite understand).
  • Again, share this in pairs and then with the whole group.