Acting and Drama Activities
Get kids up and moving with a quick skit. Kinesthetic and extroverted learners really benefit from putting themselves in the characters' shoes.
Act it Out
Have 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.
Walk a 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.
Bring action 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.
Tanis Harms has a web site at with skits arranged by topic and scripture. She even takes requests!