Customizing Activities For Your Sunday School Class
No single list of suggestions can match your needs specifically. Be flexible
when reading a suggestion and see how it can be customized to fit your class. Do
you have a large class? Just one student? Readers? Preschoolers? A Mix? Make the
ideas better to fit your needs. Pay attention to what succeeds and what doesn't.
Try something you're not good at -- the kids may be great at it!
Make more than one set of activities, and break the class into
teams or groups. Juniors love to compete, especially boys against
girls. Or bring more than one activity, set up stations, and have
groups rotate through them.
Use this chance to have discussions about the lesson and how it
applies to them personally. Participate with the class when they do
arts and crafts.
Give them plenty of chances to move. Make them stand to answer
questions. Attach activities to the wall and have them walk up to
participate. Place answers around the room and have them stand in
the corresponding spot to make their choice. Give them a reason to
move around acceptably. (e.g. for true and false questions, make
them stand in front of a "true" or "false" sign. It's always been a
hit with any age group I've tried.)
Encourage students to do their lesson homework
Use lesson book questions to encourage homework. Allow students
who have done the lesson to use their homework during an activity.
Students who have not must rely on their memory. This is more subtle
than calling on students who have not done the work and embarrassing
them. Bible baseball was
designed to be played using the questions from a classbook.