I love how the Bible is so visual and practical. And what is more practical than the clothes we wear? However, the Bible isn’t concerned that we are wearing Gucci or Versace. God’s Word encourages us to put on much better attire such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. If you don’t believe me, read Colossians 3:12 which says, “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Why not try this fun Bible school activity to help your kids memorize this great verse? I call it “Clothe Yourselves”.
Here’s what you do:
This game takes some preparation, but your kids will appreciate the time you spent. First, you want to make a large die. I went to my local box store and bought a 7” cube. I then went on my computer and created some nice colorful numbers, 1 through 6, and attached them on each side. (Trust me. You will use this die for many different games. The kids love the big, fun size.) Next, gather 2 sets of the following items of clothes: 2 hats, 2 shirts, 2 shorts and 2 pairs of shoes. I went to my local thrift store and bought oversized items for real cheap. Next, attach the following cards to each piece of clothing: “compassion” goes on the hats, “kindness” goes on the shirts, “humility” goes on the shorts and “gentleness” goes on one pair of the shoes and “patience” goes on the other. I put each set of clothes in separate buckets. Finally, you might want to write on a board of some kind the following: One equals compassion, two equals kindness, three equals humility, four equals gentleness, five equals patience and 6 equals Free Piece. You are now ready to play.
Divide your class into 2 teams. Pick one child from each team to be the one who is dressed. Have them stand in front of the class. Now say the following: Name some brand names of clothes that you really like. (Wait for responses.) Why do you think those clothes are so cool? (Wait for responses.) Did you guys know that God cares about how you clothe yourself? (Wait for response.) Well, believe it or not, He does. He cares a lot. And I am going to prove it to you. Listen to Colossians 3:12 which says, “As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” I don’t think you’ll find any of these clothes at the mall, but you can find them by getting to know God and by becoming more like Him. Today, we are going to memorize this Bible verse by playing a fun game called “Clothe Yourselves.” Here’s how we play. We have two teams and one from each team will eventually be dressed in all of the clothes that you see here. (Hold up each article of clothing. The kids will get a kick out of seeing how big they are.) One person from each team will get a chance to come up and say the Bible verse. If he does so correctly, he will get to roll this die. Whatever number he lands on, is the article of clothing he gets to dress his teammate in. If a six is rolled, you get to choose a piece that is not being worn yet. If you do not say the verse correctly, you sit down and the play goes to the next team. The first team to get their teammate dressed is the winner. Let’s have some fun!
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