Monday, November 12, 2012

Activity C2 - Lesson 5: Hidden Messages

Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Green Unit C2
Lesson 5: Handwriting on the Wall (Daniel 5:1 - 30)

Create Hidden Messages - Materials Needed:
- Heavy white paper (one per student)
- White Crayons
- Watercolor paints
- paper cups with water (one per student or couple of students)
- paintbrushes
- paper towels

Give each student a piece of white paper. Distribute the other supplies evenly, asking kids to share if necessary. Invite older kids to write the Bible verse on their paper using white crayon: "Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!" (1 Chronicles 16:11). Younger kids can simplify their message by writing, "Seek the Lord!" or by drawing a large cross with a circle around it. Ask all students to prop their papers up against a wall. Then tell them to walk to the other side of the room. Can they see the writing clearly?
Next invite students to paint over their messages with dark colored watercolor paints. As they work, their words will become visible. Discuss with the students how it might have felt to see handwriting appear on a blank wall, as happened in today's story. King Belshazzar didn't see God or try to obey God's laws, even though he knew about God. Belshazzar was more interested in impressing his friends. Remind the kids that God cares about them and their choices matter to Him.

Activity - "Say What?"
Before kids arrive, write this phrase on the board: "Od-gay ares-cay bout-aay our-ay oices-chay." Invite kids to see if they can crack the code and translate the phrase. Crazy guesses are okay. Finally, explain that the words are written in "pig Latin", where the first letter of each word is put a the end of it, and the sound "ay" is added (the phrase says: "God cares about our choices." Today's story was about a king who learned this lesson through a strange message written on the wall of his palace.

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