Using the God’s Creation Flash Cards, tell the children that they are going to play “Simon [or insert name] says!” Explain to them that when you call out an animal from the flash cards, and you say “Simon [or insert name] says” first, that they are then to act out that animal around the room. If you don’t say “Simon [or insert name] says” first, then they are not to change what they are doing. If they do whatever you say without saying “Simon [or insert name] says” first, then they are to sit down and cheer for their classmates until the game starts over. Whenever you say “Simon [or insert name] says” and give them an animal from the flash cards to pretend to be, once the children are acting out that animal, read to them the statements from that animal’s flash card. An example might be, “Teacher Kathy says act like a chicken.” Then once the children begin to act like a chicken, speak over them the statements from the flash card about the chicken. If you didn’t say “Teacher Kathy says” first, and the children act like a chicken anyway, remind them to sit on the floor and cheer for their classmates until the game starts over.
This game will not only remind the children of God’s promises and the identity that He has given them through a fun game, but it will also help to build their abilities to listen for a direction and quickly obey, with positive memories and truths about themselves and God associated with that exercise.
God’s Creation Flash Cards: This set of 20 colorful flash cards each featuring a different animal. Each card has a first person passage of life-giving truth to be spoken aloud by child or caregiver. God’s Creation Flash Cards are a great tool for teaching animals while speaking truth into a child’s life at the same time! Cards can be printed and laminated for hands-on use or viewed on a digital device.
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