Acting and Drama Activities
Get kids up and moving with a quick skit. Kinesthetic and
extroverted learners really benefit from putting themselves in the
Act it Out
students act out parts in the story. Narration can be done by you, one
student, or as choral reading. You don't need lots of props or costumes, and
you don't have to do the entire story. One scene done with one prop can have
a great impact.
||Do a "TV news"
broadcast of a Biblical event with interviews of witnesses, etc.
Variation: publish a newspaper covering events in your lesson.
with Biblical characters or scenes as the subject.
Guesstures: Bible Edition
challenging version of split-second Bible charades, this
fast-action game requires quick thinking! Describe words found in the
Bible for your teammates using just gestures. But hurry! After a few seconds,
the timer makes the word card disappear! Four or more players, ages 8 and up.
Mile in their Shoes
Blindfold a student, hand them an object from a bag you've prepared
before. See if they can identify it. Give each student a turn. Then discuss
what it was like for those Jesus healed.
||Do a "This is
Your Life" segment on a character.
Leader and Simon Says can teach students about discipleship and obeying God.
Variation: have students follow your directions as you say, for
example, 1) all students wearing blue stand up, 2) all students with brown
eyes, clap your hands, 3) everyone whose name has an S in it, jump up and
down, 4) if you have a dog, raise your hand; etc.
figures or dolls to class with robes to simulate Bible characters. Have the
students act out the story with the dolls either while you tell it or
afterwards as a review.
Puppets can act out a story and interact with the students.
Hand Motion Stories
|Make up simple verses with hand
motions to summarize a story.
See examples: Noah, Garden of Eden,
Tower of Babel and Jesus blesses the children!
||Tanis Harms has a
web site at
http://www.church-skits.com/ with skits arranged by topic and scripture.
She even takes requests!
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