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Multistory Structures

An engaging Bible activity that will teach children the importance of friendship.

Topic: Friendship
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Game Overview: Kids will build multistoried buildings and learn how important support can be.
Game Type: Low energy
Supplies: Bible, stopwatch, index cards, sugar cubes, paper sacks, popped popcorn

Preparation: For each pair of kids, provide a sack of popcorn, a sack containing sugar cubes, and twelve index cards. Be sure to have extra popcorn to munch on later! Have kids form pairs, and hand each pair a sack of sugar cubes, a sack of popcorn, and twelve index cards. Say: You'll work with your partner to build two multistoried buildings. For the first building, use six index cards as six floors with layers of popcorn between the floors. I'll time you to see how fast you can build it. For the second building, use six index cards as six floors with layers of sugar cubes between floors. I'll time you to see how fast you can built that, too! Ready? Build your first building with cards and popcorn.

Time the first building project, and then time the second building project. Gather and admire the structures, and discuss the following questions:

  • Which buildings were easier to build? Why?
  • Which buildings will stand stronger and sturdier? Why?

Read aloud Luke 10:25-37; then ask:

  • In what ways did the Samaritan support the hurt man?
  • In what ways can you support your friends?

Say: Without supporting our friends, our friendships may tumble. Have kids blow on their popcorn towers to tumble them. But when we support our friends with kindness, understanding, and faith, we know our friendships will stand strong! Have kids gently blow on their sugar cube towers-the towers should remain standing.

Then eat some more popcorn and enjoy your friends!

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