An age old practice, Sunday school, traditionally, is a name given to informal education institutions, which teach children meaningful instruction concerning Christian doctrine. However, with time and commercialization, the concept has undergone some changes. Today, children are taught the lessons of life in an entertaining manner, through Sunday schools. Games, songs and crafts are most popular activities that children undertake in such a school. Right from teaching children the importance of listening and being focused to making them learn the values of life, each of the sectors is dealt with, keeping in mind the entertainment quotient. In the following lines, we have provided some interesting Sunday school activities that children would definitely enjoy and love doing.
Sunday School Games & Crafts
In the Tomb, Out of the Tomb
- To play the game, you first need to make a straight line on the ground. Mark the right side of the line as 'In the Tomb' and the left side of the line as 'Out of the Tomb'.
- Now, make the children stand in the right side of the line, while the leader stands in the left side.
- As the leader commands 'Out of the tomb' or 'In the tomb', the children would have to jump from one side to the other, accordingly.
- If a child jumps in the wrong direction or does not jump to the other side when it's a valid command, he/she is out of the game.
- The last player left in the line wins the game.
Note: The leader should try and get the players to miss jump by pointing to one side, as they yell to jump to the opposite side or by repeating the same side and/or changing the pace.
Red Light, Green Light & Obstacles
- This is an interesting variation of the classic game 'Red Light, Green Light'. You first need to place obstacles in the play area. For instance, you may stretch a rope across the room that the player would have to step over, a row of chairs to run around or boxes to crawl through.
- Make the children stand in a horizontal line, facing the leader. Every time you give the command 'Green Light', the players need to start moving towards you, overcoming all the obstacles.
- Whenever the leader commands 'Red Light', the players should freeze in their position.
- The first child, who reaches the leader is the winner. In case a child continues moving even after the 'Red Light' command, he/she needs to go back and start afresh.
Sunday School Crafts For Children
Making Your Own Drum
- Empty Oatmeal Box, with cover
- 2 Pencils
- 2 Spools
- Construction Paper
- For making the drum, first decorate the oatmeal box with construction paper and crayons. This would give a colorful effect to the drum and also make it vibrant and attractive to look at.
- Cover one of the ends of the box. Now, make a hole in the center of the cover and pass a long piece of yarn through it.
- Now, make a hole in the other cover as well and attach it to the drum, in such a way the yarn thread passes through it.
- Make sure that the yarn is long enough to hang around a child's neck and down to his/her waist.
- Now, to make the drumsticks, place spools at the ends of the pencils, securing them with glue.
- The lovely drum is ready to beat!
Stained Glass Bookmarks
- Thin Cardboard
- Different Color Tissue Paper
- White Glue
- Hole Puncher
- The first step would be to tear different colored tissue paper into small pieces.
- Next, using a paintbrush and white glue (thinned with a bit of water), stick the tissue paper onto a piece thin cardboard that is 8½ -by-11 inches.
- Once all the tissue papers are stuck, allow the cardboard to dry a little.
- Now, cut the cardboard into five 8½ inch wide strips, to make bookmarks.
- Using a hole puncher, punch a hole at the top of each of the bookmarks.
- String a yarn through the hole. Ideally, the length of the yarn should be 6 inches.
- The stained glass effect bookmark is ready to be used!!