IMG_20141116_140248_114There is no greater privilege than learning about God! In fact for me, boring and Bible do not belong in the same sentence. That is why I am posting free companion activities for my Bible study and prayer guide called Weave Your Word in Me (80 Bible Lessons for Tweens Woven Within the Lord’s Prayer) … to help you and your children catch my love of life-centered biblical learning.

I have compiled interesting, theme appropriate videos from the web, designed topic enriching puzzles and projects, and gathered a potpourri of inspiring music and art to help bring each Bible lesson to life for you and your upper elementary kids.

Enjoy God forever! — Susan Case Bonner

 

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21a — Twelve Disciples Music Video

Jesus Called Twelve Apostles — Increasingly, it was plain that Jesus was a teacher who had been sent from God. As a result, there were many people who followed him whenever they could to listen and learn from this great man. These people were called disciples which means learners. Jesus specifically chose twelve of these […]

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21b — I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (Video)

No Turning Back — All of Jesus’ twelve apostles (except for the traitor Judas) devoted their lives to the mission Jesus gave them nearly 2,000 years ago — even though they suffered persecution, imprisonment, or death for preaching and teaching about him. This type of commitment to follow Jesus no-matter-the-cost has been an evidence of […]

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21c — Which Apostle Am I? (Game)

Clue Me In About Jesus’ 12 Apostles —   Here’s How the Game Works Instructions: Bible clues are listed below for each of Jesus’ 12 apostles. The clues begin with the least known facts about an apostle and advance to the most known. Use a cover sheet to reveal one clue at a time and […]

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22a — Wind, Waves, and Growing Faith (Videos)

Stretch My Faith, Lord! — Jesus was an outstanding teacher, because he used real life experiences to teach his disciples about who God is and what it means to have faith. His disciples seldom knew they were in Jesus’ classroom until the event was over. The following two stories are from Mark 4:35-41 and Matthew […]

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22b — What is Faith? (Video)

The Simple Facts About Faith — Watch this interesting video produced by knowingjesus888 that explains faith in simple terms. Then fill in the blanks below based on what you learn. Faith is not  b _ _ _ _. Faith is not a leap into the  d _ _ _. Faith is a leap into the  l _ _ […]

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22c — Origami Boat (Craft)

Fold a Boat with a Quote — The Bible teaches that it’s not how much faith I have, but what I place my faith in that matters. Like Peter in the Sea of Galilee, are my eyes fixed on Jesus or the strong waves surrounding me? God’s fondest desire is that: 1) I remember that […]

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23a — Two Amazing Miracles (Mark 5:21-43)

Jesus, the Giver of Life — Watch this dramatic retelling of two amazing miracles through which Jesus gave new life to two different women (produced by truestorymaker). Be amazed! My Prayer Dearest Lord Jesus, What can I say? I am amazed by you! Amen.

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23b — Facts about Breathing (Video)

God’s Amazing Breath of Life — How many things do we take for granted everyday? Well, breathing is definitely one. Watch this scientific explanation of how our lungs work produced by Emma Bryce through TED-Ed. Then marvel at the amazing detailed system God put in place to keep us breathing — or in the case […]

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23c — Ordinary People Video

God Makes Us Extraordinary — Be reminded of how God takes ordinary people and gives them extraordinary faith — to accomplish amazing things that only HE could imagine and bring to pass. (Video produced by tejadac.) My Prayer Dearest Father, May I never forget that you are in the business of doing extraordinary things through […]

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24a — Transfiguration of Jesus (Bible Art)

Jesus Showed His God-Look (Mark 9:2-10) — Jesus took Peter, James, and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured (transformed) before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.   And there appeared before them Elijah […]

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24b — Steve Harvey Introduces Jesus (Video)

A Glorious Introduction — When Peter, James, and John went up the mountain with Jesus in Mark 9:2-8, they saw him transform before their eyes from his human-look to his God-look. In other words, they were allowed to see the living God in all his glory. It was as if they were being introduced to […]

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24c — Listening to Bird Songs (Video)

The Learned Skill of Listening — Listening is such an important skill that over and over again in the Scriptures we are strongly encouraged to practice it. 1 — What was the one message that God communicated to the disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration? “This is my Son, whom I love. L _ _ _ […]

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25a — Lazarus Come Out! (Bible Art & Video)

Jesus Revealed His Identity to the World Through Friends — Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary, were good friends of Jesus. They lived in Bethany near Jerusalem and opened their home to Jesus when he was passing through. The Gospels record their encounters in Luke 10:38-41, John 11:1-44, and John 12:1-11. Their special friendship […]

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25b — Waiting for God (Bible Meditation)

Why Does God Make Us Wait? — Waiting can be really hard — as Martha and Mary discovered when they were waiting for Jesus to come heal their brother Lazarus. (John 11:21) Here are four reasons God makes us wait: 1) Every stage of our life story is important — not just the active parts […]

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25c — Wait on the Lord (Craft)

A Reminder to Wait on the Lord — Here is an easy craft idea for making a poster or bookmark with the theme of waiting on the Lord. 1) Choose a design. Use this link to see one idea. http://lifessweeterwithchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/02/word-wednesday.html?m=1 2) Assemble card stock along with your choice of colored pencils, markers, or crayons. Click here […]

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26a — Heart Crossword Puzzle

The Lord Looks at the Heart — I Samuel 16:7 states, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NASB) This means that God can see my inward person and knows all about me. Instructions: All the words in the following crossword puzzle […]

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26b — Clean Heart Parable (Video)

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord — Watch the following created by Jubilee Worship and then discuss how a person’s life or heart can be like the car in the video. My Prayer Dearest Father, Help me to see my life as you see it. Cleanse me from the inside out. Amen.

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26c — Origami Dollar Bill Heart

Treasure of My Heart — Jesus taught in Matthew 6:21 (KJV): “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” This means that the things I most value show what I look like inside. God’s fondest desire is that: 1) He will be the treasure of my heart. 2) My relationship with him will […]

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27a — Jerusalem Map

Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus, 1st Century A.D. — 1) Read about the places below where Jesus went during his last days on Earth. 2) Label each place using the numbered locations on the map of Jerusalem at the Time of Jesus. Click here to print this map. 3) Click here to print a […]

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27b — Garden of Gethsemane

Go with Jesus to Gethsemane —   According to the Scriptures, the Garden of Gethsemane is a grove of olive trees near Jerusalem where Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas Iscariot. It was a predictable place for Judas to lead the Jewish leaders to find Jesus, because he knew of his Master’s custom to […]

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27c — How to Make Olive Oil Video

Ancient Way of Making Olive Oil — To understand the life and times of Jesus, it is helpful to learn as much as we can about that area of the world — what people did, how people thought, even what natural resources were available and how people used them. The major crops of Israel at […]

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28a — Jesus is Innocent Video

Innocent Yet Convicted — Watch this great video produced by Kidswise of Australia. Then list the five people who admitted that Jesus is innocent. My Prayer Dearest Father, If Jesus had lied about being your Son, then yes, he would have been guilty of a very serious crime — but he didn’t lie. Jesus is […]

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28b — What is Truth? (Video Quiz)

Fact or Feeling? — In the following video game by Thomas8april, you will be asked 9 random questions. Answer true or false based on your first reaction of how you feel about the question. How many questions did you get right? Are feelings and first reactions helpful in understanding truth? Is truth based on how […]

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28c — Harmony (Art & Music)

True Harmony with God — Harmony means “a pleasing agreement between two or more things.” It can apply to music and to relationships. Jesus made harmony with God possible by taking our punishment on himself, then offering us acceptance and forgiveness in its place. It began with his arrest and trial where he was forsaken […]

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29a — If Jesus Had Twitter (Video)

Jesus on Twitter — Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if Jesus had Twitter? Watch and see. My Prayer Dearest Father, Count me as one of Jesus’ followers! Amen! (Shared on Youtube by Igniter Media.)

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29b — Jesus Was Here (Video)

Archeology Confirms Jesus Was Here — Even though Jesus lived on Earth more than 2,000 years ago, there still remains strong evidence for assigning exact locations to some of the events of Jesus’ last week. Three of these Bible locations are: 1) Golgotha — the Place of the Skull where Jesus was crucified 2) A […]

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29c — Cross of Christ Word Search

Words of the Cross — Instructions: Circle the 38 words associated with the cross of Christ. Click here for a printable copy of this wordsearch created by SundaySchoolResources.co.uk. My Prayer Dearest Father, Thank you that Jesus’ death was not just words or ideas written down on a piece of paper. It was a loving, unselfish, painful […]

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30a — Evidence of Jesus’ Resurrection

Science, Art, and Jesus’ Resurrection — Even though no human being was inside the tomb to see Jesus take his first breath, open his eyes, and remove his grave cloths — that does not mean he did not come back to life. To the contrary, the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection is very strong for two […]

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30b — Resurrection Timeline

Make a Resurrection Timeline — Instructions: Below is a picture column to the left and a timeline column with Bible passages to the right. The timeline column is listed in order. The picture column is all mixed up. Read each Bible passage. Then select and match the correct picture for that time slot. Click here for a […]

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30c — Resurrection Video

Resurrection: The Dead Come Alive — For all you budding theologians who like to think deeply about the meaning of Jesus’ death and resurrection, here is a lofty activity for you. 1) Watch the following video by Chris Powers/Full of Eyes about the dead coming back to life. 2) Then read the 5 Bible passages […]

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