Lifeway Galactic Starveyors VBS 2017 Day 4 – Kindergarten Lesson and Activities
❏ “Bible Story Picture 4” (pack item 4)
❏ “Bible Markers” (pack item 6)
❏ “Clubhouse Wall” (pack item 7)
❏ “Star Map Overlay” (pack item 8)
❏ “Galactic Fact 4 and God Fact 4” (pack item 13d)
❏ “Time Line” (pack item 22) — Gather Cards 1–7. Set the remaining cards aside.
❏ “Sequence Game” (pack item 24)
❏ Self-stick notes
❏ Giant Inflatable Game Cube (005630803)
❏ CD and CD player
- Distribute “Sequence Game” cards and lead kindergartners to look at the side with the space objects.
- Ask: “Who has the sun?” Guide the child holding that card to put the card on the floor face up. Continue: “Who has Mercury? That is card number 2.” Continue guiding kindergartners to put the cards in order on the floor.
- Explain that the sequence cards show how close or how far away things in space are to the sun. Point to each card as you say the objects in order.
- Place “Galactic Fact 4” on the focal wall. Point to Earth, Mars, and Venus on the sequence cards as you read the fact.
- Remind kids that all of these things were made by God and can be seen with a telescope. Sing “Galactic Starveyors” (track 6).
REVIEW A BIBLE STORY
Read today’s “God Fact.” Invite a child to add the fact to the focal wall. Say: “God’s plan is best. God had a plan for Jesus.”
- Lay out the “Time Line” cards from Day 3 (Cards 1–4) one at a time. Invite kids to recall each part of the Bible story using the pictures as clues.
TELL THE BIBLE STORY
- Place the next “Time Line” picture (Card 5) of adult Jesus on the floor.
- Encourage kids to listen to find out God’s plan for Jesus.
- Open the Bible to Mark 15 and tell the Bible story in your own words.
TALK ABOUT THE BIBLE STORY
- Lay the next two “Time Line” pictures (Cards 6–7) of the cross and empty tomb beside the others. Encourage kids to talk about things they remember from the Bible story.
- Show today’s Bible story picture. Explain that God had a special plan for Jesus. Jesus died on the cross. In three days, God made Him alive again. No one is like Jesus!
- Tell kids they can pray quietly. Sit for a couple of moments in silence. Then pray: “Thank You, God, for Jesus. Amen.”
THINK ABOUT JESUS
- Lead kindergartners to sing “J-E-S-U-S” (track 3) and do the motions learned in music rotation.
- Turn the “Star Map Overlay” to show Today’s Point (God had a special plan for Jesus).
- Comment: “God had a special plan for Jesus. He promised to send Jesus. Jesus was born as a baby. He grew to be a man. He told people about God. He healed people and helped them. He did what God wanted Him to do. Jesus died on a cross. God made Him alive again. Jesus is alive today in heaven.”
- Encourage kids to think of things they know about Jesus. Call on each child to name something about Jesus. (It may be something just mentioned, something learned this week, or something else they know about Jesus.)
- Print each answer (even repeat answers) on self-stick notes and stick them to today’s “God Fact.”
FILL IN THE VERSE
- Pull six “Sequence Game” cards randomly and place them in the pockets of the Giant Inflatable Game Cube.
- Turn over the remaining sequence cards and put them in order, leaving spaces for the missing words (those now in the game cube).
- Invite a child to toss the cube and remove the card that lands face-up. Read the word on the card and encourage the group to decide where the card goes to complete the Bible verse.
- Repeat until all cards are added to the Bible verse. Then say the verse together.
READ ABOUT THE UNIVERSE
Supplies: Bibles; “Bible Markers” (pack item 6); “Book: Look at the Stars” (pack item 14); “Sequence Game” (pack item 24); books about planets, stars, nebulas, moon, and sun; backpacks and tote bags; tap light planets and clubhouse (from Day 1)
- Place Bibles and books in the bags. Place the sequence cards and tap lights inside the clubhouse.
- Allow kids to explore the books and Bibles as they choose. Talk about things they see in the books. Stress that God made everything in the universe.
- Help kids put the sequence cards in order. Point to each card and name the space object.
- Flip the sequence cards over and read the Bible verse. Say: “Jesus was with God from the beginning. Jesus obeyed God and His plan.”
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Play “Avoid the Black Hole” (pack item 19). When a child finds the black hole, encourage him to say Today’s Point (God had a special plan for Jesus).
- Talk about the plan God had for Jesus.
Jesus was with God from the beginning. Jesus followed God’s plan for Him.
SPELL ON A LIGHT BOX
Supplies: Bible, “Bible Story Picture 4” (pack item 4), light box (made according to instructions on pack item 23), magnet letters or foam letters, foam or cardboard star shapes, flat floral marbles
- Encourage kids to experiment with the materials on the light box.
- Help kids spell their names or other words they know.
- Help kindergartners find the letters to spell Jesus’ name.
- Look together at the Bible story picture and recall the Bible story. Comment: “God had a special plan for Jesus.”
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Lay sheet protectors on the light box. Encourage kids to draw and write on the sheet protectors with markers.
- Suggest they draw different scenes from today’s Bible story.
I can hear that God had a special plan for Jesus
CREATE SUNRISE PICTURES
Supplies: Bible, “Time Line” (pack item 22), coffee filters, washable markers (red, yellow, orange, pink), small bowls of water, paintbrushes, trays
- Invite kids to make sunrise pictures.
- Lead them to first color with the markers on coffee filters. Then place the coffee filters on a tray and brush water over the marker lines. The colors will run and bleed together.
- Remind kids that the women went to Jesus’ tomb early in the morning. They discovered that Jesus was alive again.
- Use the “Time Line” pictures to talk about God’s plan for Jesus.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
Provide puzzles about Jesus. As children work the puzzles, say: “Jesus obeyed God. He followed God’s plan for Him.”
I can learn about God’s plan for Jesus.
Supplies: Bible; “Bible Markers” (pack item 6); cylinder potato chip cans with lids; mirror paper or magnifying paper; permanent markers; star stickers; construction paper; colored, reflective, and clear tape; screwdriver or awl; scissors
- Punch a hole in the bottom of each chip can. Cut the mirror or magnifying paper into strips. (The strips should be slightly shorter than the cans and about 2 inches wide.) Cut the construction paper to fit around the cans.
- Give a child 3 strips of mirror paper. Help her tape the pieces together along the long sides. Fold on the tape seams to make a triangle prism.
- Lead the child to color the lid with the permanent markers. Suggest she make squares or solid shapes of color. • Help the child wrap paper around the can and tape in place. Encourage her to use the star stickers, colored tape, and markers to decorate the can.
- Complete the kaleidoscope by placing the prism inside the can and securing the lid.
- Invite the child to look through the hole in the bottom of the can to view the kaleidoscope.
- Open the Bible to the verse and read it. Talk about the plan God had for Jesus.
EXTEND THE ACTIVITY
- Encourage kids to use sharpened pencils to punch small holes on top of the constellations on Card 4 (Starveyor Kit). Allow them to hold the cards on top of flashlights and shine the constellations on the wall or ceiling.
- Remind kids that God had a plan when He created the stars and God had a plan for Jesus.
God had a special plan for Jesus.
Supplies: Bible, “Time Line” (pack item 22), “Sequence Game” (pack item 24), large homemade telescope (from Day 2), rotating target (from Day 1), shooting stars (from Day 1), Spinner with color add-on (from Starveyor Kit), CD, CD player
- Tape some of the verse words (from the “Sequence Game”) to the rotating target.
TOSS A VERSE
- Guide kids to take turns tossing the shooting stars at the target. When a child hits a verse word, remove it from the target and add a new word.
- Put the verse in order once all of the words have been hit.
- Lead the group to say the verse together. Invite the children to stand on the first word, sit on the second word, stand on the third word, and so forth.
REVIEW THE BIBLE STORY
- Lay the “Time Line” pictures together in a circle on the floor. Place the spinner in the middle of the pictures.
- Choose a child to pick a color from the Spinner, then spin. When the Spinner stops, talk about the picture closest to the chosen color.
- Choose another child to spin. Continue to spin and talk about the pictures.
- Help the group put all of the “Time Line” pictures in order. Remind kids that God had a special plan for Jesus. Jesus followed God’s plan.
- Pray and thank God for His plan. Thank God for having a plan for each of us, too. • Tell kids that God is always with them and will always help them.
- Sing “God Is With Me Always” (track 4). Teach kids how to say “help” and “love” in sign language (see diagrams). Lead kids to do these signs (and other motions learned in music rotation) as they sing.
Jesus was with God in the beginning. God made everything in heaven and on earth. Colossians 1:15-16
TIPS FOR DISMISSAL
- Follow your church’s procedures for dismissing children from VBS.
- Place each child’s personal belongings and take-home items by the door.
- Enlist one teacher to wait by the door to greet parents and quietly remove their child from the closing group-time activities.
- Thank kids for coming to VBS and tell them you look forward to seeing them the next day.
- Play the song again and guide kids to move around the room. Stop the music and tell kids to freeze. Look through the telescope and say: “I see Addison. God had a plan for Jesus. God has a plan for Addison.”
- Allow Addison to start and stop the music for the next round. She may also look through the telescope and name a friend. That friend gets a turn to start and stop the music.
- Continue playing as parents arrive
Bible Passage: Mark 15:22–16:7
Bonus Verse: In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them. 2 Corinthians 5:19a
The Point: Jesus gave His life to be my Savior.
And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place). They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lots for them to decide what each would get. 25 Now it was nine in the morningwhen they crucified Him. The inscription of the charge written against Him was:
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
They crucified two criminals with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: And He was counted among outlaws.] Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way, the chief priests with the scribeswere mocking Him to one another and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself! Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.
The Death of Jesus
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice,“Eloi, Eloi, lemá[j] sabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “Look, He’s calling for Elijah!” Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink, and said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take Him down!”
But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “This man really was God’s Son!”
There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem.
The Burial of Jesus
When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died. When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was placed.
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” Looking up, they observed that the stone—which was very large—had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressedin a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter,‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.’”