Peace Be Still – Bible game based on Mark 4 for elementary kids will teach them about the different kinds of storms in life and how Jesus is ready to calm each one.
The Peace Be Still Bible game based on Mark 4 is a fun and active game that will pair nicely when teaching the amazing story of when Jesus calmed the raging waves of the sea with just three small words, “Peace! Be Still!”
The story of when Jesus calmed the storm is found in Mark 4:35-41:
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat.There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (NIV)
If you are like me, you might be wondering how was Jesus sleeping during a terrible, even deadly, storm? He could sleep because He is the Prince of Peace.
We must remember that Jesus never said we would never experience storms in our lives. But He did promise us that He would never leave us or forsake us. In fact, John 16:33 says this: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Jesus wants to give each of us great victory and peace in the midst of our storms.
Today, I want to share 2 resources to help you teach this great truth.
First, I want to let you know about my own Bible story song called “Jesus Calms the Storm.” You might want to use it to help your kids learn the main parts of the story.
Here is a sample video of the moves to this song:
Second, I want to give you a fun active Bible game to help your kids learn about the peace God wants to give them in the midst of the storms in their own lives.
The Peace Be Still Bible Game Based on Mark 4:
What you will need to prepare for the game:
I have provided you with 6 different kinds of “Storm” cards below. Print them off and cut them out and place them face down in a bucket or on a table from which the kids will pick.
Next, you will need to put together the “Peace” cards. I have given you 3 pages of “Peace” cards below to print off and cut out. Each page holds 8 cards. Out of all 24 cards, only one card is the “Peace! Be Still” card. You will need to print off ONE SET of cards for each team. I suggest that you glue each “Peace” card to a strong piece of cardboard or “Fun Foam.” You want these cards to withstand lots of handling and you don’t want the cards to get earmarked so that any cheating might occur. You may want to back each set of cards with their own color, ie, red for Team One, blue for Team Two.
Place each set of cards in their own bucket from which a child will pull. Mix them up well.
Finally, you will want to print off the 2 pages of twelve “Storm” stories that I have written for this game.
How to Play the Peace Be Still Bible Game Based on Mark 4:
First, you will want to share the Bible story of when Jesus calms the storm found in Mark 4:35-41.
Next, you will show the kids the 6 different kinds of “Storm” cards and the moves that go with each type of storm.
Blizzard – The kids will hug themselves and shiver plus whirl around in place. They will continually make shivering noises.
Tornado – The kids will place their hands to their sides and keep turning round and round. They will continually make whooshing noises.
Rain – The kids will move their hands from high to low and back again creating the falling of rain. They will continually say, “Plink!”
Hail – The kids will bob their heads up and down as if each plop of their heads is the falling of a hail stone. They will continually say, “Plop!”
Snow – The kids will hug themselves and shiver like they are out in the snow. They will continually make shivering noises.
Hurricane – The kids will keep their feet firm on the ground but sway back and forth like a palm tree in the wind. They will continually say, “Whoa!”
Next, divide your class into 2 teams. Have one child from each team stand in front of the buckets that hold the “Peace” cards.
Read one of the 12 stories on peace and then have a child come up and pick out one of the “Storm” cards.
On your word, “GO!” the kids in the class begin acting out the choice of storm, while the 2 kids at the “Peace” buckets must find the only card that says, “Peace! Be Still!” As soon as one of the children finds the correct “Peace” card, he will yell out “Peace! Be Still!” Everyone now stands still because the storm has ended. The team who picked out the “Peace! Be Still!” card first, gets 100 points for their team.
Keep playing in this way until all 12 stories have been told. Whoever has the most points, wins!
Printable Cards for the Peace Be Still Bible game based on Mark 4:
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