Bible verse games are great for preschoolers too! Here is one on John 3:16 called “Preach It, Preacher!”
Preschoolers love receiving gifts. Whether from Grandma Jane or Uncle Stan, they love getting presents. So, it’s definitely not too early to begin teaching them that God loves to give gifts and that He has many to give to all who love Him. Of course, the greatest gift God has given us is His precious son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16 proclaims this truth which says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Here is a fun Bible School activity to help your little ones learn how generous God truly is. I call it “Preach it, Preacher!”
Here’s what you do:
Bible verse games are fun and for this one you will need to prepare 3 posters that portray pictures of 4 different gifts God has given us. I have provided you with the lists below:
- God’s Son – use a picture of a cross
- God’s Love – use a picture of a heart
- A Home
- The Bible
- Sun, Moon and Stars
You will also need to make duplicates of all the pictures you placed on the posters. Finally, it would be extra fun if you brought in a small-sized suit blazer for the “preacher” to wear. Your kids will love this additional detail.
How to play:
After introducing the lesson, pick one child to be the “preacher”. Let this child wear the suit blazer. The rest of the class will be the “congregation”. Hand out the twelve duplicate pictures to the children in the “congregation”. Tell the class that they are going to pretend to be in church. The “preacher” is going to give a sermon about God’s wonderful gifts. You will give the “preacher” one of the posters and ask him to hold it up while “giving the sermon”. I suggest you say the following dialogue and have the child repeat after you:
Welcome to our church. (Child repeats after each phrase below.)
Today’s sermon is about God’s gifts.
God loves to give gifts!
Here are four gifts God has given.
God has given us ____________. (At this point, say the gift pictured in the image. For example, it might be the picture of a heart for God’s love. After each gift is described, the child who is holding the gift in the congregation is instructed to stand up and shout, “Hallelujah!” Then he or she could sit down. Follow this line of play for all four gifts. Pick a new child to be the preacher for each new poster. End the dialogue with the following: “God is good and gives good gifts.”)
Before playing this activity you might want to introduce the lesson in the following way:
Raise your hand and tell me the best gift you have ever received. (Wait for responses.) Wow! Those are great gifts. Did you know that God likes to give gifts too? It’s true! Our Bible verse found in John 3:16 says this: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Let’s play a fun game to help us learn more about other gifts God has given us. It’s called “Preach it, Preacher!”
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible lessons for your preschoolers: First & Favorite Bible Lessons for Preschoolers
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