Safari Safari
Quest Quest
Motion Motion
At Home At Home

Motion eGroup Week of January 7

Brain Games

Virtue: Knowledge: Learning something new so you can be better at whatever you do

Main Point: Discovering What God says is the most important thing

Bible Story: Wise Men Discover Jesus Matthew 2:1-12

Memory Verse: “You word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105, NIV

Engage

BRAIN WARM-UPS

WHAT YOU NEED: Warm-Up activity cards (2 sets), whiteboards (2), whiteboard markers (2), leader card

WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What is the coolest thing you’ve learned recently?
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the favorite part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?

Once you have five to six kids begin playing “Brain Warm-Ups.”
Seat kids in a circle. If you have more than eight kids, split them into two groups and give each group a separate set of supplies.
Give kids one of the Warm-Up activity cards, a whiteboard, and a whiteboard marker.
Encourage kids to work together to read and answer the question on the activity card. They may use the whiteboard and marker to write or draw as they work out the answer.
Once kids have answered the question, check their answer. If they’re wrong, encourage them to try again. If their answer is correct, give them the next activity card.
Continue until all cards have been completed.

Modification for first and second grade groups:
Work together to read and answer the questions as a group.
Offer hints or guidance as needed to help kids get the answer if they are struggling.
Cards marked with this brain symbol contain simpler q questions and may be better for younger groups.

BIBLE STORY ACTIVITY

4×4

WHAT YOU NEED: masking tape, Bible, question cards (16), green brain bulb cards (8), pink brain bulb cards (8), brain stress ball

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
This week we begin a new series called Brain Games, where we’ll learn about building knowledge, especially knowledge about God’s Word. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and learn about a group of men who used their knowledge of God’s Word in an important way!

WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Matthew 2. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read Matthew 2:1-12 aloud.
Place a question card in each square of the 4×4 floor grid.
Divide kids into two teams. Give one team the green brain bulb cards and the other team the pink brain bulb cards.
Explain kids will try get four of their brain bulb cards in a row on the grid by rolling the brain stress ball onto the grid and answering a question about the Bible story.
Instruct the green team to roll the brain stress ball onto the grid. If it lands on a grid space, read the question from the question card on that space and encourage the green team to answer. If they answer correctly, tell them to put a green brain bulb card on the space. If they don’t, place the question back on the grid.
If the brain stress ball lands on a space that already has a brain bulb card or does not land on the grid, the other team may choose one of any remaining questions for them to answer.
Answers are on the cards; kids may not read cards themselves.
Repeat for the pink team. Continue until a team wins by getting four brain bulb cards on the grid in a row.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The wise men spent years gaining knowledge. They knew the star signaled a king had been born and they had to follow the star to worship Him. But HAVING knowledge and APPLYING it are two different things. The wise men knew where the star would lead them, but they had to act by following it. God gave you the Bible so you can learn who Jesus is, but you have to read it to learn about Jesus and know Him personally.”

GROW

WHAT IS IT?

WHAT YOU NEED: activity cards (10)

WHAT YOU DO:
Instruct all of the kids to stand in a line side-by-side on one side of the eGroup space. Choose one kid to be the leader and stand on the opposite side of the space.
Hold up the activity cards without letting kids see the pictures. Tell kids the cards have pictures on them that represent well-known stories or people from the Bible.
Ask the leader to choose a card from the stack. Remind the leader not to say what is on the card.
The rest of the kids should then take turns raising their hands and asking yes or no questions to figure out what is pictured on the card. Remind kids to wait to be called on before asking their question.
Each time someone asks a question or takes a guess, they take a step forward.
If an individual kid takes enough steps to make it to the person in front and no one has guessed what’s on the card, the kid who chose the card reveals what’s on it and the kid closest to them becomes the new leader.
If someone guesses the card correctly, everyone goes back to the start and the kid who guessed gets to pick a new card.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“The best way to discover things about Jesus is to read your Bible and know what it says. In this game, you had to find things out by asking questions. If you want to know what the Bible says and you don’t know, you can always ask questions. It’s important to ask questions because discovering what God says helps you know Jesus.”

Discussion Questions:
“There is a new kid in your class. How do you get to know him? (talk to him, ask him questions, ask him to play, etc.) Have you ever been the new kid? What did you do to get to know other people?”
“Can you do the same things to get to know Jesus? Why or why not? How do you get to know Jesus?”
“Sometimes we learn about people from their friends or family. Who could you talk to in order to learn more about Jesus? How do you know that person knows Jesus well?”

GROW

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal, pens, grid sheets, timing device

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned we can get to know Jesus by discovering what God says in His Word. When you spend time in God’s Word and learn how to live the way He wants you to, you can see God do great things through you! I want you to share one thing you’ve learned about Jesus from God’s Word that is special to you. I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.
SUGGESTED PRAYER:
“God, thank You for Jesus. Thank you that He (read what kids know about Jesus from the journal). We know everything about Jesus is good and that You have given us the Bible to teach us about Him. Help us to learn about Jesus through Your Word and through the people who teach us about Him. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Let’s stretch your brains a little more and see if you can think of words no one else can think of!”

WHAT YOU DO:
Give each kid a grid sheet and a pen.
Tell kids when you start the time they’ll need to fill in words for each category that start with the letter at the top of the column (i.e. under “J,” “Names,” they could write “John”).
Kids will earn a point for each word they write down that no one else thinks of; no points are awarded if any other kids write down the same word.
Set the timer for three minutes and start the timer. Let kids fill in words, encouraging them to be creative.
After three minutes, stop the timer and have one kid read through what they wrote in one category of the grid. Tell the other kids to cross out any words they wrote in that category that are the same. Repeat for the remaining categories.
When this is done for all categories, go around the circle and let kids read any remaining words (not crossed out).
Each kid scores their own sheet by awarding themselves one point for each answer that wasn’t crossed out. The kid with the most points wins!

MEMORY VERSE

HEAD TO LARGE GROUP AFTER THIS ACTIVITY

WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kit, word cards (5 sets)

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, Psalm 119:105, tells us God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. That means God’s Word is meant to guide us and help us see the right way to go as we walk through life. Let’s memorize this verse so we can remember to let God’s Word guide us.”

WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage children to use tools from the Bible tool kit (Bible highlighters, sticky notes, and/or Bible bookmarks) to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who don’t have a Bible they will receive a memory verse card at the end of the worship experience so they can still practice it at home.
Choose one of the memory verse activities: “Brains On, Sight Off” or “Verse Practice.”

BRAINS ON, SIGHT OFF
Split kids into teams of two or three (up to five teams).
Give each team a set of word cards. Explain teams will compete to be the first to put the words from the memory verse in order. The tricky part is that the kid arranging the word cards can’t see them; that kid will have to keep their eyes closed while the other teammate(s) tell them how to rearrange the word cards.
Instruct each team to choose which kid will keep their eyes closed. Remind these kids to play honestly and fairly — no peeking! Tell kids to close their eyes and listen for instructions from their teammate(s).
Instruct the other kids to shuffle their words cards and then spread them on the floor in front of the kid whose eyes are closed.
Signal teams to begin and encourage teams to give verbal cues to help their sightless teammate put the word cards in order.
The first team to get all the word cards in order wins!

VERSE PRACTICE
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat each phrase of the verse after you
PAIR UP: After practicing the verse together, have kids pair up to practice the verse.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.