Gideon Bible Lessons, Crafts and Activities for Sunday School
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Gideon - Brave and Mighty Bible Lesson for Chidlren
Children learn how God gave good guy Gideon the strength to fight the mean men of Midian.
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"How Many Israelites Can You Find?" Color Sheet
What you will need:
What to do:
1. Before class print out the activity sheets and make copies.
In class ask your preschoolers to see how many Israelites they can find. Ask them why they think the Israelites might be hiding. Ask them if they have every been scared or hid when they were frightened.
Search and Find Words that Relate to the Bible Lesson
1. Before class print out the activity sheet and make copies.
2. In class have your children search for words that relate to the lesson. When a child finds a word ask him or her how the word relates to the Bible lesson. Keep playing until all the words have been found.
Words on the word search:
Horizontal - strength, pray, brave, angel, wheat, hide, lord, weak
Vertical - strong, obey, Gideon, scared, power, help
Color a Bible Verse Picture
Older children will enjoy coloring a Bible verse picture. A printable pattern for this craft is available to members and as an instant download above.
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Examine Wheat and Learn About Threshing and Winnowing
Bring in some sheaves of wheat. (You can buy these at craft stores. You will find them in the dried flower section. They are used in flower arrangements.) Tell the children that people in Bible times made flour for bread from wheat. First they had to separate the seed from the chaff (outer part of the grain). To do this they laid the wheat out on a cloth on the floor and beat it with sticks or had their animals walk over them. This was called threshing the wheat.
Once the chaff was knocked off, they had to separate it from the seed. To do this they would place a blanket on the ground and then throw the seed and chaff straight up in the air on a windy day. The wind would blow the chaff away while the heavier seed would fall to the ground. This was call winnowing the wheat. They would then pick up the seeds and grind them into flour.
Spread out a clean tablecloth on the floor or on a table. (You may want to do this outside on the ground.) Show the children the wheat. Show them how you can rub the seed cases (chaff) in your hand and the seed will fall out. Let the children try. (If you have very little children, you may want to give them a cloth to put over the wheat and then have them rub the cloth over the wheat on a paper plate. The wheat can be a little prickly.) Once the children have removed all the seed from the chaff, tell them to remove the long stems from the table. Show the children that if you blow lightly over the top of the plate the chaff will blow away leaving the heavier seeds. Once the seeds are separated, the seeds would be ground between two rocks to make flour. Tell them that in our story today a man was threshing and winnowing his wheat.
I discovered this website a few months ago and absolutely love it! It has so many good ideas that are practical, easy to follow, and lots of fun for kids. Everything in the lessons are written so clearly and I get excited taking one of these lessons to my group of first graders. Thank you for this invaluable resource! Karen
Find Gideon Lift the Flap Activity
Preschoolers will love trying to find Good Guy Gideon behind the flaps. This activity comes with three different printable character patterns so Gideon will be hiding in different places when the teacher changes the back pattern. Children will also be eager to see what is hiding behind the flaps including: a monkey, gecko, camel, lion, bison, dinosaur, gorilla, bears, and an alligator.
1. Before class print out and the landscape picture and character sheets.
2. Cut out the flaps on the solid lines.
3. In class place a character sheet behind the landscape pattern and have the children take turns picking a flap and lifting it to see if Gideon is behind the flap.
"Find Gideon" Card Game
1. Before class print out the two pattern sheets and cut the cards apart.
2. Cut out the Good Guy Gideon figure and tape it to the back of one of the cards. Use a tape that isn't very sticky, such as painters tape, so you can remove the figure and place it on another card.
3. In class have the children take turns trying to find Good Guy Gideon.
Let each child pick a card until someone picks the one Gideon is hiding under. Play again if all your children have not had a chance to play.
*If you don't want to use the cards, you can just hide a "Gideon doll" or a picture of Gideon in the room and see who can find Gideon first.
Bible Verse Review Games for 1 Corinthians 16:13
These Bible verse printables can be used in many ways to review the 1 Corinthians 16:13. The verse is broken up into four parts that are easy to remember using pictures.
1. Be on your guard; - Picture of a security guard
2. Stand firm in the faith; - Hiker standing on a rock
3. Be courageous; - Firefighter
4. Be strong. - Picture of a weight lifter
Relay Race 1 - Review the Bible verse several times before playing this game. Break your children up into teams of four. Mix up the pictures and place the pictures on the opposite side of the room from the children. On the word go a team of four children should run up and grab the picture cards, hold the cards in front of them, get in order of the verse and then each child says what is written on his or her card. The team that does it in the least amount of time wins.
Motions Bible Verse Review Game - Before you play review the motions for each card:
1. Be on your guard - Children put one hand out pretending to use a flashlight
2. Stand firm in the faith - Children hold both arms, hands in fist, above their heads.
3. Be courageous - Children pretend to be holding a firehose.
4. Be Strong - Children pretend to be making muscles.
Show your children the first card and have them say the words while they do the motions. Go over it several times until your children know the words. Keep playing, changing cards faster and faster, until the children know the verse and can say it without the cards.
Place the Children in Order - Mix up the cards and place children into groups of five. Show four child one each of the cards without showing the fifth child. The four children should then do the motions for their part of the Bible verse and the fifth child should tell them where to stand so that they are in order of the verse. The other children in class should say the Bible verse using the children to help them remember the verse.
Bible Verse Poster Coloring Activity
3. In class have your children color the Bible verse sheets with colored pencils and them glue them to the background sheet to make posters.
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"God is With Us"
Written by Nancy Foss
(Sing to the tune of "You are my Sunshine".)
God is with us.
He's always with us.
He will give you strength each day
And when your troubles begin to double
Just pray to God each day.
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"Trust and Obey"
Written by Nancy Foss
Sing to the tune of "This Old Man".
Trust and obey, Trust and obey.
Always live God's way.
Let love live in your heart today.
Always live God's way.
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I just wanted to let you know I used this lesson today on my Junior Church kids. I have a group of kids from 2-9 years of age. Sometimes it is difficult to say the least. But we made a cave from our chairs and a big blanket, and they loved it. Told them the story, the little ones were a little scared but they all enjoyed it. We also did the wheat, which was fun, but messy! Thank you for the wonderful lesson. Berni King
For my 2-6 year old Sunday school class today, I used the lesson
"Gideon - Brave & Mighty". I covered a table with
a blanket, and we used our imaginations to pretend that we were hiding inside a cave. I brought a flashlight, just in case someone was a little afraid. The lesson went very well. Since we were inside the "cave" the children listened very closely. They didn't want to miss anything.
For our craft, we made puppets using patterns from www.makingfriends.com
and we glued them to craft sticks. The children really enjoyed reenacting
the story with the puppets.
I made up a song that I think goes very well with this lesson.
Good Guy Gideon
Sing to the Tune of Michael Finnegan
There was a good guy
His name was Gideon
Hiding from the mean men of Midian
An angel came from God and said to him
"The Lord is with you, brave and mighty man"
Gideon loved God and obeyed him
Sending home thousands of men
Only three hundred was God plan
The Lord was with this brave and mighty man.
Thank you for another wonderful lesson! Theresa Bostick
I did the Gideon lesson last night with my kids (2-4 year olds) and they loved it. We built a cave using a table and some blankets and we crawled in to tell the story. I have a suggestion. We made torches using brown construction paper and orange tissue paper. I rolled the brown construction paper in to a cone shape and taped down the edges (You may have to fold down some corners of the page that stick up.). I rolled up a few pieces of tape and stuck them on the inside. Next, I crinkled a whole sheet of orange tissue paper and stuck it inside the cone. I wrote "Gideon's Torch" on the outside and the kids loved it. Thanks for all your hard work! Katherine Welch
My preschool Sunday school class recently did the lesson "Gideon-Brave & Mighty". The children colored the "How many Israelites can you find? (coloring sheet provided on your website). The children then made a "God is Love" pin. We talked about how God's love helps to protect Gideon from the mean and might men of Midian. The children really enjoyed the lesson. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas! Ella
I used this lesson with my boys. I used little figurines to show how Gideon thrashed his wheat. We would thrash, be silent to listen for any Midianites, and then thrash again, and then listen again. They really enjoyed it. Plus, to show how God used only a few men, I used colored buttons and put them on a pile on the floor. Some of more colors than others. We would take out certain colors until we only had a few of one color left. This helped make real how only a few men were used by God to defeat the foe. Thanks for your site!
Greetings from Australia! I am a children's minister and just wanted to thank you for a brilliant site! Keep up the great work! In Christ, Yvonne
Also see "Gideon Fights the Mean Men of Midian" Bible Lesson