Looking for an impromptu, meaningful way for the children in your small group to retell the Bible story? Check out this idea from blogger Mina Munns at Flame: Creative Kids Children’s Ministry for making pictures as an open ended Bible story response. In addition to a flat surface and old picture frames, all you need are some ‘bits and pieces’ like beads, chenille stems, yarn, buttons, cut-up drinking straws, paper clips, stones, a tissue, colored paper scraps, etc. (I once did this activity with a small group using random stuff from the bottom of my purse!) After the children have heard the Bible story, set them free to retell the story as they create a picture by arranging the bits and pieces on the floor or table and inside the blank frame (or a frame made on the flat surface with masking tape). Save time for each child to tell about their picture and take a photo of their work to email them as a reminder of their creation and as an invitation for them to share their story picture with their family (for a third re-telling!).
This would also be a wonderful intergenerational activity and an “at home” idea to share with families. Try it soon and let us know how it goes. We'd love to see pictures too!