We absolutely love our jr. church kids. For the past few months, Q and I have taken on the responsibility of running the 4 and 5 year-old jr. church, along with two other adults. We've been going through lessons from the life of Moses. We usually have them do a coloring sheet after the lesson, but every once in a while, we try to think of things that are different that they can do to help them remember what they've learned.
For the first lesson, "baby Moses", we made clay babies wrapped in a basket and placed on a little blue sheet of paper that represented water. Each child got one color of clay for the basket and another color for the baby. They really loved these and they all turned out so cute!
When they learned about the crossing of the Red Sea, my husband had the kids act out the story. One group of kids were the Israelites, another were the Egyptians, and the last group was the Red Sea. When Moses and the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, the children who were the sea, moved aside to let them go through. But, when the Egyptians started crossing, the sea "captured" them and wouldn't let them go.
We like to give the kids a snack during the last part of jr. church, so on the day that they learned about manna, they actually got to eat some. Well...it wasn't exactly manna, but we thought it was pretty close! They got to enjoy frosted corn flakes as a special treat that morning.
As we continue to work our way through the life of Moses, we may have more ideas on how to make the lessons come alive. I'll keep you posted on more things as time goes along.