Sunday, December 1, 2013

2nd grade - 2 Thessalonians 3:3 - Hide the Word - December

2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

The one page of ideas for this verse can be located here.

The take home activity can be found here with different words, but the same concept. Pages 8-13 are the sheets for the children to hold up for this activity.

One of the activites, a perforation, has instructions that can be found here. Pages 3, 4, and 5 have the blackline masters for perforations.

The second page is the certificate to pass out to the children when they say the verse for the first time. Feel free to dress up the certificate.

Page 7 is the verse poster for this verse. We hang ours in the classroom as we introduce the verse.

Page 6 is a verse poster for the children to decorate while you discuss the verse with the class.

2nd grade - 1 Timothy 4:12 - Hide the Word - November

 1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Here is the one page idea sheet of activites for this verse.

Kids love to write on real objects. They think it's fun and really can't get enough of it. I know, I think it's silly, too, and I don't understand. I actually scoffed at the ideas to write memory verses on real objects, but the kids really seem to be interested in it, and use the object. All that to say, write this verse on sun glasses. The kids love the shades, and they learn the verse. You can find more information about writing the verse on sunglasses here.

The spin-a-verse activity is more fully described here. Please allow the children to decorate the paper plates with stickers, glitter, glue, markers, crayons, whatever. These white plates hurt my heart.

Page two in the packet is the certificate to give the children when they say the verse for the first time. Please copy onto pretty cardstock and decorate with stamps or stickers.

Page three can be copied onto cardstock and used to play concentration. It can also be used to create the spin-a-verse as discussed above and further in the packet.

Page four is the verse poster for this verse. We have these hanging in the classroom. We hang them as we discuss the verse for the first time.

2nd grade - 2 Timothy 2:15 - June - Hide the Word

2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Here is the one page of ideas for this verse.

Of course, this verse lends itself to workman fun games and ideas. The send home activity idea for this month is the hammer sequence you can find here.

The phrase cards referenced in the one page of ideas can be as simple as hand written phrases on note cards or as involved as computer produced worksheet. Pages 4 and 5 of the one page packet can be used for this.

Page two is the certificate to pass out to the children when the child says his verse for the first time.

The third page is the description of the work man hat the children can write on and wear. Be sure to get a class photo!

Page six is a worksheet for the children to decorate. You can use a die cut hammer to glue to the top of the page.

Take lots of pictures of your little workmen who do not need to be ashamed and who can correctly handle the word of truth.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2nd Grade - 1 Peter 5:8 - July - Hide the Word

Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Here's the one page of ideas for this verse.

The second page of the packet is the certificate to give the children when they say the verse for you the first time. We copy this onto card stock and decorate with stamps or stickers.

Page three contains instructions to create a lion puzzle.

Page 4 and 5 contain instructions for a class activity. The children or the teacher can cut the lines apart. If a class set is used, each child gets one line. They put each verse line in order. Do several times. If each child has his own set, put the strips in order several times together. Glue it to a construction paper after sequencing several times. Allow the child to decorate the construction paper.

Page 6 is the verse poster to hang in the classroom when you introduce the verse.

The home activity for this month is lion die cuts. Instructions and photos are here.

2nd Grade - 1 Corinthians 16:13 - September - Hide the Word

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Here is the one page of ideas for 1 Corinthians 16:13.

The second page of the packet is the black line master of the certificate given to each child when they first say the verse.

The third page of the packet is the description of the tile coaster activity for this verse.

Page four is the verse poster. At the beginning of every month, we hang this page in the classroom when we discuss the verse. We cut it apart and have the children put the sentence strips in order.

Monday, November 18, 2013

First Grade - 1 John 3:1 - February - Hide the Word

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1

Here is the one page of ideas for this verse.

The headband with heart ears is explained here. The headband here also has a cut up sentence on it for the children to sequence. Make sure you take lots of pictures of the children with their headbands on!!

Be sure you see heart things on sale, you stock up on all things hearts for use with this verse and other verses about love.

First Grade - 2 Timothy 2:22 - July - Hide the Word

2 Timothy 2:22 - Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Here is the one page of ideas for this verse.

The playing card game is described more fully here. The kids seemed to really enjoy it.

The fill in the blank verse worksheet for download is here.

Friday, November 15, 2013

First Grade - 1 John 3:11 - October - Hide the Word

This is the message you heard from the beginning, we should love one another. 1 John 3:11

Here is the one page of ideas for 1 John 3:11.

The instructions and photos of the photo sequence memory verse game are here.

The instructions for the plaster hearts magnet are here. Be sure to NOT double the recipe, as for whatever reason it doesn't work well.

Here are the shrinky dink instructions.

First Grade - 1 Samuel 16:7 - September - Hide the Word

"Man looks at the outward appearances, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Here is the one page of ideas for this verse.

You can locate the mirror and hearts information here.

The information about the x-ray lesson is here.

The ultraviolet bead lesson is so cool and is here. You can purchase the ultraviolet beads here.

The heart cookie cutter information and instructions are here.

First Grade - Matthew 5:44 - November - Hide the Word

"But I say unto you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44

Here is the one page of ideas for this verse.

The clothespin game is explained with pictures here.

The shrinky dink activity is explained here. We don't (yet) have the photos of the first grade doing it, so this is an older grade's verse, but the instructions are the same, of course.

This post here is the instructions and information about the wreath activity.

First Grade - 1 John 4:4 - June - Hide the Word

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  1 John 4:4

This is the one page of ideas for this verse.

See the sample here of the glow in the dark paint project. The verse is different, but the idea is the same. Please be sure you don't have the children paint every single word. That doesn't work well and will make everyone frustrated!

This is the photo of the mat with shapes for the children to match.

Here is a photo of the toilet paper tubes, also called the cylinder shuffle.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

3rd Grade - Ephesians 4:31-32 - January - Hide the Word

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

This is the one page of ideas for this verse.

See the picture here for the sample of the mail out. Be sure to crumple those hearts!

Here is the photo of the sample of the trash can poster. The black line master for the trash can can be found here. Also attached to this worksheet are the sort words.

The attachment here has several worksheets attached. The first page shows the magnets you can make. The black line master for this is here. The second page of the worksheet is a color sheet. The third page of the attachment is the lesson we taught. It does have a more lengthy lesson, but it can be broken up into several smaller chunks if you prefer.

The picture of the trash can with the verse written on it is here. I scoffed at writing the verse on real things, but the kids really seem to love it.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

3 year old - Matthew 19:14 - May - Hide the Word

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me . . . for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14

See here for the one page of ideas.

See the pattern of paper dolls here, and the final product here.


3 year old - Matthew 17:20 - March - Hide the Word

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed. . . nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

Here's a one page of list ideas for this verse.

See a picture of the send home puzzle with the verse on it here.

See a picture of the plaster plaque with a little one hand print here. You can also add a mustard seed in the palm of the painted hand for scale.

3 year old - Matthew 22:37 - January - Hide the Word

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

Here's the one page of ideas for Matthew 22:37.

See the heart magnet that we sent home with each child. So cute!

We also used the Old Testament Take Home Books that Move by Carson-Dellosa publishers. You can find that book here.

3 year old - 2 Corinthians 9:7 - July - Hide the Word

God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Here's the one page of ideas for this verse. Enjoy!!

3 year old - Proverbs 20:11 - September - Hide the Word

Even a child is known by his actions. Proverbs 20:11

This is the one page of ideas for Proverbs 20:11.

Here's a photo of the take home for this verse.

Enjoy this verse with your class!!

3 year old - Nahum 1:7 - December - Hide the Word

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

Attached is the one page of ideas for Nahum 1:7.

The second page is a sheet of words for the tents. Fold a piece of carstock in half and attach the words to one side as a take home for the children. See a sample picture here.

3 year old - October - Luke 6:31 - Hide the Word

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

This is the one page of ideas for Luke 6:31.

Here is where you can find the ruler for the send home for the month.
Scripture Adventures is a book that had alot of ideas for this particular verse. We used it extensively for this verse.

Enjoy this verse with your children!

3rd grade - Galatians 6:2 worksheets - Hide the Word

Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Here are the worksheets for Galatians 6:2.

The first page is a sheet to illustrate the verse.
The second page in the packet is an idea sheet for Galatians 6:2. We used this idea sheet when we taught this in a class, so it's a little longer than other idea sheets.
The third page in this packet is a service project homework coupon. Each child takes home one (or more) of the coupons. They fill out the coupon, and bring it back to class for extra homework points or a small prize.
Finally, the fourth page is a box you can create to help the children learn the verse. You can use this as a "roll the blank" game. Follow the link for the instructions to this game. It's super easy to do in class or at home.

Monday, November 4, 2013

3 years - Joshua 1:9 - Hide the Word - April

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Attached is the one page information sheet for Joshua 1:9.

A photo of the barbell card to send home is here. The second page of the one page information sheet (above) is appropriately spaced words taht can be used to draw barbells around and cut for the memory verse send home card.

3 years old - James 5:13 - Hide the Word - February

Is any of  you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone in trouble? Let him sing songs of praise. James 5:13

This is the one page information sheet for James 5:13.

The pictures here are of the hand work. One set is a drawing of a child singing, and the other side is a drawing of a child praying. Each child receives a set. Be careful if you add hair, as it can come off easily.

3 year old - August - Ephesians 6:1 - Hide the Word

"Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is good." Ephesians 6:1

Here's the one page information sheet for Ephesians 6:1.

The link is the picture of the "O" with cheerios. So fun!

3 year old - songs - Hide the Word

Attached are the songs for the three year old class for the Hide the Word verses. The songs are piggy backed onto familiar songs.

Have fun singing!

3 year old - June - Hide the Word - Mark 1:17 - one page information

"Come follow me," Jesus said, "And I will make you fishers of men." Mark 1:17

This is the one page information sheet for Mark 1:17.

The photo of the fish balsa wood is here. Glue a triangle and an oval together. Googly eyes make everything more fun!!

3 year old - November - Hide the Word - 1 Peter 5:7

1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your worries on him because he cares for you.

Attached is the one page of ideas for this verse.

Monday, October 14, 2013

3rd grade - December - Hide the Word - Ephesians 4:26-27

Ephesians 4:26-27 – In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Here's the one pager for this verse. You can see the sun worksheet here. Also, that link has a stop sign worksheet and a worksheet entitled, "When I am angry, I will ____." The worksheet homework about anger is here. The craft, with black construction paper and glow in the dark paint, is explained here. The instructions for making a magnet are here.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

3rd grade - November - Hide the Word - Ephesians 4:25

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Ephesians 4:25

This is the one pager for Ephesians 4:25. This lists some possible ideas for this verse. In this document, you will find the homework about lying. You will also find a sort activity and a class generated list and sort.

Enjoy this!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

3rd Grade - October - Hide the Word - Ephesians 4:23-24

to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:23-24

The one pager, here, gives a list of possible activities for this particular verse.

Find the butterfly stained glass sample and instructions here. Find the butterfly sort to mail home for the kids here. Butterfly foot print sample and instructions are here.

This link, here, has some further worksheets available for class. The second and third pages have vocabulary cards for righteousness and holy. The children can decorate the cards or add them to a vocabulary folder you create in class. There is a homework coupon for each child to fill out and return to class for a special prize. The page with the bubble "New" on it is for children to write the verse around it. The next page is a sample of the worksheet. Finally, the last worksheet is a fill in the blank worksheet. Each child comes up with a verb they will do instead of sin, since they are to put on the new self, to be righteous and holy. They will draw themselves doing this instead of sinning.

3rd Grade - May - Hide the Word - Galatians 1:10

"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10

Here's the one pager for Galatians 1:10 - the list of all ideas for this verse.

This file contains the worksheets for this verse. A description of the worksheets and what to do with each one is found in the one pager above. Also, the first page of this file includes a class lesson on this verse section. The applicable section is starred.

Friday, October 4, 2013

2 year old - Psalm 139:13-14 - November - Hide the Word

God made me. Psalm 139:13-14

This is the one pager for this verse.

Attached to the one pager, you will find a worksheeet entitled God made me. Click here for an example of what it looks like completed.

3rd Grade - August - Hide the Word - Ephesians 2:10

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

Here is the one pager that outlines possible activities for this verse for the class.

This link has worksheets for Ephesians 2:10. The first page is a mini viewer for the children to create. This worksheet has instructions attached to make in class. The second page is shapes to be made into a mobile, put in order, or decorated. The third page is a definition sheet for grace for the children to decorate with glitters, stickers, or other doo-dahs.

2 year old - Hide the Word - Monthly letter

This is a letter for the 2 year old class. Each month the teachers send this letter out to every child filling in the middle section. Sign the letter and drop this in the mail. The little ones will be so excited to get their letter each month, and the parents can work with the child at home to help reinforce the learning that occurs in the class.

Monthly letter for 2 year olds

2 year old - Hide the Word - Songs

Attached are the lyrics and the piggyback songs for the two year old class. Enjoy!  These songs can get stuck in your head pretty easily. Pretty soon you'll be singing them and hiding the Word in your heart, too!!

2 year old songs

2 year old - August - Hide the Word - God Loves me

God loves me.

This is the 2 year old phrase for August. Attached is the one pager for this month.

One Pager

See the link here for the picture sample.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Edible Ten Plagues

This is one our all-time favorite lessons!!!  I wish I could give credit to the creator of it, but I heard about it from Janell who heard about it from Susie, heard about it from...  Even though it is SUPER fun (and a little gross!) we still want the kids to know that the reason we are doing it is to learn that...
 Before and after eating each plague, we say the red poster together.  I also made the ten plague numbers.  They were in the workroom, so again, I cannot give proper credit.  I taped them to a huge baking sheet.  We give each child a plate, napkin and water bottle.  We encourage them to try eating each plague, but do not force anyone to eat anything.
 I forgot to take a photo of plague one... the Nile turning to blood.  For this plague, we bought sardines in tomato sauce.  The tomato sauce looks like bloody water and the sardine represents all the dead fish. Surprisingly, half of our kids tried them and liked them!

Here is plague two... gummy frogs!  We searched high and low to find these fellows and had to go to a Spec's to get them...
 Here are our gnats... they are really mustard seeds!
 Here are our flies... chocolate chips!
 Plague five... all the livestock died.  To make them, we used half a hot dog weiner and stuck 4 pretzel sticks in each weiner.
 Boils!!! This one is a little gross... a Ritz cracker, with a dollop of Cheez Whiz and a pepperoni on top!  The odd looking one is a wadded up Fruit Roll-up to accomodate a child with a food allergy.
 Plague 7... lightning and hail.  For the HOT lightning, we ate Hot Tamale candies...
 and the hail is ice cubes.
 Plague 8 was weird to make! hahaha  These are rice krispie treats that I made.  Once the marshmallows were melted and just before I added the cereal, I added a few drops of black food coloring and stirred it in well.  Then I added the cereal and pressed it into the pan like normal.  I tried to cut them into skinny strips.  It would have been cute to add black licorice legs... but it just did not happen this time.
 Plague nine... total darkness!  This year we used an Oreo cookie for the base.  Then I put 2 small dollops of icing on top of the cookie and added candy eyes.  I bought the candy eyes at Hobby Lobby in the cake decorating section.  Some years we have also baked a batch of brownies and used white chocolate chips for the eyes.
 The last plague... death of the first born.  The plate below was what we gave to each child... french fries in the shape of a doorpost and a dollop of ketchup at the bottom.
As we talked about the plague, the kids used one fry to "paint" the doorpost to keep away the angel of death.
 This was a HUGE learning experience for our kids!  They had a LOT of fun and learned even more!

1st Grade - October - Hide the Word - 1 John 3:11 - photo sequence

"This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another." 1 John 3:11
This is our mail-out game for October. The first year we trimmed the photos and mounted them on card stock (see sample above).  However, all the other years we have simply printed the photos and the kids love it just as much!

This game does take a little bit of planning.  About 3 weeks before the new month, bring your verse phrase cards and camera to class.  On the back write the name of the child who will hold each card.  Some years we even take a photo of Daesha and I holding a card! :)

The verse phrase cards are 8.5x11 sheets of paper with the verse phrases printed in a really large font.  Have the kids hold the verse phrase card in front of their belly and take their photo!

 Mail each child a complete set of everyone holding a verse phrase card.  Then they will put these photos in order.

1st Grade - Hide the Word - November - Matthew 5:44 - Clothespin Game

"But I say unto you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44

 This is our mail-out game for the month.  It can be used for practically any verse in the Bible!  It is also cheap and quick to make!!!  To make, gather several wooden clothespins for each child.  You need to use an ultra-fine Sharpie to write on the clothespins.  Write a verse phrase on each clothespin.
 Then the kids sequence the clothespins to make the whole verse.  They can clip them onto a ruler, a wooden spoon, the edge of a folder or book.

1st Grade - March - Hide the Word - James 4:7-8 - Magnetic sequence

"Submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:7-8
This is a great activity that can be used for practically any verse in the Bible!  It can be a mail-out game or in-class game.  There are two options of how to prepare this game...

Option 1 - Print words off computer onto cardstock to fit into punched shape size.  Then laminate cardstock with the phrases of the verse written on it.  Last, use punch to cut the shapes out of the cardstock. 

Option 2 -  Laminate blank cardstock then punch out the desired shapes.  Write the words on top of the laminated punched shape with a Sharpie.  This can be done with a variety of shapes.  The hand-held punches seem to work best.
 For both,  attach magnets to the back.  Have the kids put in order on a magnetic surface such as, file cabinet, cookie sheet, muffin tin, etc.

1st Grade - November - Hide the Word - Matthew 5:44 - Wreath

"But I say unto you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.: Matthew 5:44

This is a great in-class activity to have an application lesson for this verse.  Before class, the teacher cuts out the wreath from cheap paper plates.  Also tape the yarn for the hanger.  Die-cut enough hearts (or other shape) so that each child’s wreath is full.  (For Ellison die-cut, each child gets 5 hearts.)  Write the words for the verse on one heart for each child.  

In class, discuss verse and how as kids you can love your enemies.  Record their responses on a chart.  On the other 4 hearts, kids write their responses.  Glue all the hearts onto the wreath. 

1st Grade - February - Hide the Word - 1 John 3:1 - Headband

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God." 
1 John 3:1

Here's another headband!!! And this is one of my all-time favorite headbands to make with the kids!!!

Before class, make a cut-up sentence of the verse.  To make a cut-up sentence, either hand-write or print the verse off your computer.  Cut the verse into 2 word chunks.  Place one verse set in a baggie for each child.  Also, gather one sentence strip for each child.  Also make the antennae! To make the antennae, gather two pipe cleaners for each child.  Also cut-out 4 hearts for each child.  Tape the end of one pipe cleaner to one heart.  Then glue another heart on top of the pipe cleaner that is taped to the heart.

In class, give the kids their baggie of the cut-up verse.  Have them glue the words in order on the sentence strip.  A tip... fit and stapele the sentence strip to fit the child's head BEFORE sequencing the words.  Draw a pencil line at the temples after stapling it.  Have the kids glue the word cards inside the pencil lines... that way no words will be covered when the sentence strip is on their heads.  Once all the words are glued on, the teacher tapes the antennae at the temples on the inside of the sentence strip.

Make sure to bring your camera to class!  Take a photo of each child and a class photo to display on a bulletin board in the hall.  Make sure to hang a verse poster with your photos!

1st Grade - March - Hide the Word - James 4:7-8 - Balsa Wood

"Submit yourself to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:7-8

These balsa wood shapes are a new obsession of mine!  They come is all different shapes and sizes and are cheap! You can purchase them at Hobby Lobby. . Many shapes of wood are available, such as circles, hearts, stars, squares, peace signs and more.

Before class, buy the wooden shapes and gather fancy markers.  In class,  have the children write the verse on balsa wood.  You will want to note, the markers will usually run or bleed a little, so make sure the verse is short or there’s a lot of room. You need to make a sample before class so the kids can see the spacing.

The sample above uses glitter markers that resemble paint pens.  Before sending this home, you can affix magnets to the back or hot glue a ribbon loop at the top so the kids can hang their masterpiece!

1st Grade - April - Hide the Word -Proverbs 12:22 - Lego Stack-Up

"The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful." Proverbs 12:22

 This is an over-all HIT for the kids!!! Who does not like Legos?!?!?  In order to keep the cost down, we asked our Fa*eb*ok friends to donate old Legos or look for them at garage sales for us and it worked!  To make this game, write a verse phrase with a regular Sharpie on the side of the Lego.  For younger kids you can use Duplo blocks.  You may also want to number the sides or back so younger kids can self-check.  For computer people, you can also print the verse phrases on labels and stick to the blocks instead of hand-writing with a Sharpie.
 Depending on how many blocks you can collect will determine whether or not this is a mail-out game or a game that there is one set in your classroom.  The kids build the tower and repeat the verse several times.  As usual, sing the song and ask the kids what the verse means and examples of lying lips from the Bible and lips who were truthful from the Bible.

1st Grade - April - Hide the Word - Proverbs 12:22 - Lips on a Stick

“The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” Proverbs 12:22

This is an in-class activity.  Before class, die-cut 2 lips for each child.  Also gather 2 popsicle sticks for each child.  Cut at least 6 little strips for each child.  Tape the lips to the popsicle sticks.

In class, discuss the verse.  Have the kids label one stick “lies” and the other stick “truth.”  Brainstorm words we can say that are lies and record them on a chart.  Then brainstorm words we can say that are truth and record on a chart.  

Then have the kids go back to their seats.  Distribute at least 6 strips to each child.  On 3 strips have the kids write lying statements.  On the other 3 strips, have the kids write truthful statements.  Then they glue the strip onto the correct lips, as a speech bubble.

The photos below are examples and your students will come up with other fabulous examples too!!!

1st Grade- April - Hide the Word - Proverbs 12:22 - Pool Noodles

"The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful." Proverbs 12:22

 You can usually purchase pool noodles at the Dollar Tree.  One pool noodles gives you about 48 slices.  Make sure you use a sereated knife when cutting the noodles.  I bought a cheap knife at Dollar Tree to use exclusively for this game!

Write the verse on the side of each slice using a regular Sharpie. Then the children sequence the slices. Make your tower no taller than 10 slices.  You can also get a dowel rod to stablize the tower.

First Grade - Hide the Word - May - Proverbs 12:18 - Roll the Blank Game

“Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” 
Proverbs 12:18

This is a GREAT in-class game that can be used for any verse from grade 1-5!  Talk about versatility!!! It is also super cheap and easy to make.

Before class, make the game board.  You have a few options… you can print it out on white paper and have the kids write with a pencil on the paper.  Or you can laminate them and then let the kids write with a dry erase marker so that you can use them from year to year. They could also be slipped into a plastic sleeve like you would use in a binder.  The you keep the cube and marker all in the same sleeve.

Purchase the wooden cubes at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s.  For the first grade version, I used 1 inch cubes.  If the verse is longer, then you may consider larger cubes.  Write a verse phrase on each side of a wooden cube. 

To play the game,  the child rolls the wooden dice and writes the phrase he rolled in the appropriate blank on the worksheet. The child continues rolling until all the blanks are filled. If he rolls a blank he has already filled in, then roll again.

Kindergarten - Hide the Word - December - Verse Poster - Psalm 145:13b

Before class, print out a verse poster for each child.  In class, give them markers to trace the words of the verse.  As they trace the words, sing the verse too.  You can use any kind of fun marker… glitter, metallic, gel pens, etc. to add to the fun!

Kindergarten - November - Hide the Word - Verse Poster - Proverbs

This is an in-class activity… for brave teachers who love glitter!!!  Before class, print a verse poster for each child.  In class, have them trace the key words “hot-tempered” with glue bottles and then add red glitter.  Repeat with blue glitter on “patient.”  As you do this activity start a discussion about examples from the Bible of hot-tempered people and what happened.  Also discuss patient men and how their actions helped calm situations.

Kindergarten - November - Hide the Word - Proverbs - Verse Poster

This was one of my boys favorite things from Kindergarten!  The coloring book picture at the top is the mean chef from the movie Ratatouille.  He is a GREAT example of a hot-tempered man!!!  Before class, copy each child a verse poster.  In class, have the kids color the hot-tempered man as you go over the verse.  You can find the image by searching "Ratatouille coloring pages."

2nd Grade - May - Hide the Word - Ephesians - Bookmark

“Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand you ground and after you have done everything, you will stand.” Ephesians 6:13

This is an in-class activity.  We made these at our VBS this summer, so we used a different verse, but the activity is the same.  Before class, cut strips of card stock to be the bookmark.  Punch holes and cut the ribbon.  Print out the verse on paper.  Go buy the armor of God stickers.  These are Carson-Dellosa and were purchased at our local teacher store.

In class, have the kids glue on the verse card OR you can have the kids write the verse.  Then let the kids stick on the armor piece stickers.  They may also pick their color of ribbon and tie it on.


2nd Grade - March - Hide the Word - James 1:22 - Headband

"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22

This is a "must-do" in class activity!!!  ALL kids love headbands and with these huge ears, they are SUPER cute!  Before class, gather one sentence strip for each child.  Also cut one set of ears for each child.  Also make a sample, so that the kids can see the spacing of the words.
 In class, give each child a left ear.  Have them write the word on the ear.  For the sample, I used a blue marker, but you can use any medium you choose.  Then give each child a right ear and have them write the words on that ear.  Next measure the sentence strip and staple it the the size of each head.  Staple the ears over the temple spot on each side.
Look at that face!  Proof that this is AWESOME!!!  Bring your camera to class and take a photo of each child wearing their ears.  Also take a class photo.  Hang the photos in the hallway with a verse poster for the entire congregation to enjoy!

2nd Grade - January - Hide the Word - Lips on a Stick - Ephesians

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.” Ephesians 4:29

This is an in-class game or mail-out game.  To prepare, die-cut each child 6 lips.  For this sample, we used an Ellison die-cut and pink cardstock.  We also used tongue depressors.  Write a verse phrase on each lip die-cut.  Tape the stick on the back of each lip die-cut.

Then the kids sequence the lips in order to make the whole verse.  They can also set all the lips in front and pick up the lip as they say the verse, holding it in front of their mouth as they say the words.

2nd Grade - November - Hide the Word - Spin a Verse - 1 Timothy

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

This is a spin-a-verse in class activity.  Before class get 2 paper plates for each child.  Cut out a wedge from one plate.  Then use a brad to fix the plates together.  Also cut out  a set of word cards for each child.  The words are speech, conduct, love, faith, purity.  

In class, give each child a set of plates.  They write the whole verse on the top plate.  If time permits, they can also add various doo-dahs to the top plate.  Next, they glue one word card in the open wedge area.  Then spin the top plate to show the next opening wedge.  Glue in another word card.  Continue spinning and gluing until all the word cards are glued in.

After the word cards are glued in, let the discussion begin!  You can use this for a few different teaching approaches…  For one idea, have the kids get with a partner.  Each child “spins” to a word.  Then they tell their partner an example of how a Christian child can show that behavior.  For example, if they spin “speech” they may say that they can show an example of speech by using kind words when sometime is unkind to them.

For another approach, have the kids illustrate each behavior within the open wedge on the bottom plate.

For another approach, give each child a sheet of blank paper.  Have them fold the paper into 6ths.  Write one behavior in each box.  Then have the kids spin a behavior.  In the box that corresponds with the spun behavior, write an example of a person from the Bible who exhibits that behavior.

Happy spinning… and learning God’s Word!

2nd Grade - August - Hide the Word - Ephesians 4:12 - Puzzle

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16

This can be an in-class activity or a mail-out game.  To make this puzzle, die-cut 2 paper dolls for each child.  Glue one die-cut onto a colored rectangle piece of construction paper.  Write the verse reference at the bottom on the mat.  

For the puzzle pieces, use the other die-cut paper doll.  Write the verse on the paper doll with a Sharpie.  Cut that paper doll into random puzzle pieces.

 Tape a baggie onto the back of the mat.  Place the cut up paper doll into the baggie on the back of the mat for storage. The kids place the cut-up paper doll onto the mat to make the puzzle.  See below for a finished sample.

2nd Grade - November - Hide the Word - 1 Timothy 4:12 - Sunglasses

"Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
 You can either make these for the kids or have them as a give-away gift from you.  If the kids make them, make sure to have a sample so they can see the spacing.  All you need is one pair of sunglasses and a Sharpie marker for each child.
 Kids love unique real objects and they make a priceless connection for their learning!  For this sample, I used sunglasses from Oriental Trader.  However, I wish they did not have the spots on them!  It makes the words a little hard to read.  I would look in the summer at Dollar Tree or other bargain shops for plain sunglasses.
Take a class photo with everyone wearing their sunglasses to hang in the hall with a verse poster.  You could also take a photo of each child to display!