Elementary (1st – 3rd)

Sunday, August 2

Weekly Parent Guide

ACTIVITY:Animal Acting

What you need:
Nothing

What you do:
Tell your child, “Let’s play a game.” Say, “I’ll tell you an action, and you can act it out. After that, tell me an animal that does that word you just acted out. For example, if I say, ‘Bounce,’ you would bounce up and down. (Bounce up and down.) Then, you’d tell me an animal that bounces—like a rabbit or kangaroo! Sound good? Let’s do it!”

Use the following words to play your game. We’ve suggested some animals for each word, but your super-creative kid may think of others, too!
slither (snake)
gallop (horse)
fetch (throw something and
allow them to bring it back)
(dog)
roar (lion)
climb (monkey)
swim (fish)
bathe yourself (cat)

To make the game more fun, have your child come up with some animals on their own. Then, you pretend to be that animal.

Talk about the Bible story: 
o The people in today’s story didn’t know how everything would turn out, but they knew Someone had a greater plan. Who was that Someone? (God)
o There are things we can’t see, but we know they’re there—for example, air, the wind, or your heart. How do you know those things are there? (You can breathe air; you can feel the wind; you can feel your heartbeat)
o How can you get to know Jesus even though you’ve never seen Him? (Read the Bible, talk to someone who’s older and believes in Him)

Prayer
“Dear God, thank You for these stories of the faithful people who came before us. Help us to learn from them and discover how we can have faith and grow closer to You. Thank You for sending Your one and only Son to show us who You are, and to make a way for us to have a relationship with You. We love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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