In this guessing game children are provided clues to guess story-related items hidden from view. This can help create interest in what the Bible story is about before the lesson even begins.
The Bible Stories used in the video examples are:
- The Parable of the Great Pearl
- The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus, and
- The Parable of a Sower and Seeds
- Any item that relates to the Bible story you are teaching. For example:
- Something to conceal the item. Suggestions include:
- Box or Basket
- Empty Ice-cream container
- Paper or cloth bag
- As you read the Scripture and prepare your lesson choose an item that is either mentioned in the Bible or that clearly relates to the story.
- Before class place the item inside whatever you have chosen to conceal it with.
- Guide the children in taking turns feeling what is inside. They shouldn’t call out the answer but wait until everyone has had a turn.
- Reveal the item and let the children guess how it might relate to a Bible story.
- You can then tell them about the item in a number of different ways. Here are some examples using a stone to relate to the story of the resurrection.
- Tell them that the item reminds you of a Bible story and how. “This stone reminds me of a big stone that was used in the burial of Jesus. Let’s read the story to learn about it…” OR
- Tell them to listen to the story so they will discover how the item relates. “This stone reminds me of a stone that is in our Bible story today. I am going to set this stone on the middle of the table. I would like you to listen very carefully as I tell the Bible Story. When someone hears me tell about a stone then pick up the stone and show all of us.” OR
- Find the item in the Bible- listening. “As we read the Bible together let’s see if we can find a stone mentioned.” (Matthew 27:57-66 below)
- Find the item in the Bible- reading review. Print the verses from the Bible and provide a copy for each child. “Read the verses and circle the word ‘stone’ if it is in the story.” (Matthew 27:57-66 below)
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.
The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
Matthew 27:57-66, NIV