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Bible Crafts and Learning Activities for The Wise and Foolish Builders Sunday School Lesson for Children

 

"The Lord is My Rock" Sunday School Lesson for Older Children

This lesson, based on the story of the wise and foolish builder, teaches children that Jesus is strong and dependable. If we put our trust in Him, He protects and comforts us in hard times. The following Crafts and Activities are available to members on The Resource Room.

Dry Erase Wise and Foolish Illustration for Bible  Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

 

An illustration on a dry erase board is used to present this lesson. Children pick between two houses that are drawn on the board and watch to see what happens to the houses when the teacher sprays the board with water.

 

 

"What Should You Build Your Foundation On?" Bible Worksheet

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Children color in the shapes that contain the letter "O" to reveal what they should be building their foundation on.

This activity sheet is available to members on The Resource Room. It goes with the Bible lesson "The Lord is My Rock" for older children.

 

 

Paint a Rock as a Reminder that Jesus is our Rock

Jesus is my Rock Craft for the Wise and Foolish Builders Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Smooth Rocks (If you don't have any smooth rocks in your area, you can buy them at craft stores or at your local landscaping store.)

Permanent markers

Acrylic paint

Paint Brushes

 

How to Make the Decorative Rocks:

1. Have your children paint the rocks and then write "Jesus is my Rock" on their rocks.

This craft goes with the Bible lesson "The Lord is My Rock" for older children on The Resource Room.

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Bible Verse Review Concentration Game

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Find ten medium size stones for every four to five children in your class. On each rock write one word of the memory verse. "The Lord is my rock . . . in him I will trust." (Instead of writing the words on the rocks yourself, you can use this as an activity in class and have your children write the words on the rocks and decorate them and then play the game.)

Note - If you don't have rocks, you can cut rock shapes from card board.

The object of the game is to pick up all the rocks in the correct order. Each child takes a turn picking up as many rocks as he can and turning them over. If he picks up a rock out of order, he turns all the rocks over and the next child takes a turn. The first child to pick up all the rocks in order wins.

This Bible game goes with the Bible lesson "The Lord is My Rock" for older children on The Resource Room.

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Standing on the Rock Demonstration

"Wise and Foolish Builders" - Standing on the Rock Learning Activity - Use this activity to reinforce the concept that Jesus is our Rock.

With this hands-on activity children will see more clearly what it means to make the Lord their Rock.

What you will need:

Paper Cups

Paper

Markers and Colored Pencils

Drinking Straws

Scissors

Tape

A Rock that fits snuggly inside the paper cup.

Preparation:

1. Before class print out the face and hand patterns. (To save time, you can just draw faces on the paper cups.) (Available to members on The Resource Room.) Cut them out and tape them to the paper cups to make people figures as shown in the picture.

2. Cut pieces of paper into 2" x 3" pieces and write the following words on the pieces: Fear, Bad Feelings, Fighting, Unforgiveness, Sadness, Jealousy, and Hopelessness.

2. In class place the paper cup figures on a smooth surface at the end of a table. Place one of paper cup figure on top of the rock. Test to see that the other paper cup figure moves across the table when you use a straw to blow on the bottom of the cup.

3. In class tell your students that you will be demonstrating what is it like to have God as their foundation or to put our faith in other things. Show your children the cup figure that is on the rock. Tell them that this figure represents someone who trusts in God, the other figure represents someone who puts his or her faith in other things. Ask your class what some of those things might be.  They may say things such as parents, friends, and good works.

Read the following situations (Available to members on The Resource Room.) Each time you read a situation have a child blow on the bottom of the cup figures using the straw.  For each situation ask your students what it would be like to have their foundation in God or in something else. Read the suggested Bible verse. After a child has blown on the cup figure not on the rock ask him to point out some of the words that our on the table that might describe the person in the situation you just read.

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"Pass the Rock" Game

Have the children sit in a circle around a table or on the floor. Give a small rock to one of the students and pick one child to be the guesser. Tell your children to try and pass the rock around the circle without letting the guesser see it. The object of the game is to fool the person guessing. The children can fake passing or pretend to pass it in two different directions. After a short period of time call "stop" and let the guesser try to guess whom he thinks has the rock.

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Building on the Rock Bible Lesson Series

 

This series of lessons uses blocks to present the lessons, to make crafts and activities that reinforce the lesson, and in Bible verse review games. You can find the complete lessons on The Resource Room.

Building on the Rock Bible Lesson Series for preschool and elementary children from www.daniellesplace.com where learning is fun!

 

 

The Wise and Foolish Builders - Lesson 1

 

This series of lessons uses Maxim Enterprise Playskool ABC Blocks with Bag (40-Piece) or Playskool C/N Blocks (80-Piece).

 

Building on the Rock and in the Sand

The Wise and Foolish Builder Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

 

Before class place clean sand in pie tins or cookie sheets. Find some large flat rocks or bricks. In class instruct your children to build houses and other structures on the pile of sand and on the rocks. (This activity is used to introduce the Sunday School lesson - The Wise and Foolish Builders. Available to members on The Resource Room.)

 

 

Building On Jesus Activity Sheet

Building on Jesus Activity Sheet for Preschool Children for the Wise and Foolish Builders Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

1. Before class print out the activity sheets and make copies. Make a sample craft for the children who do not know how to spell "Jesus".

This activity comes in both black and white and color. Cut out the blocks and house pictures and place them in the middle of the tables in your class.

2. In class have your children find the block pictures that spell out "Jesus" and the house picture and glue them to the Bible verse paper.

(This Activity Sheet for preschoolers and elementary children is available to members on The Resource Room.)

 

 

The Rain Came Down Activity Sheet

Wise and Foolish Builder folding paper craft

Use this craft to review the Bible Story

What you will need:

Paper

Scissors

Color Pencils

Tape

 

Children fold down the top of the picture to reveal the clouds and rain, and pull down on the tab to make the house on the sand disappear. This Craft is available to members on The Resource Room.

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The Rain Comes Down Activity

Rain Comes Down Hands-on Activity

 

Set up a "House on the rock and the house on the sand" display. Bring in a container of water and a quarter cup measuring cup. Read the following scenarios and ask your children if the person in the scenario is building his house on a "Rock" or in the "Sand". If the scenario describes someone who is not listening and doing what Jesus says, the child should spill the water from the cup on the house on the sand. Keep playing, asking questions, until the house on the sand falls down.

If you don't want to use sand, you can draw a picture on a white board using white board markers and regular, water soluble markers. Use the white board marker to draw the wise man's house and the water soluble markers to draw the foolish man's house, clouds, and rain drops. Have your children take turns spraying the white board with a spray bottle filled with water when they have answered a question.

Example Question:

1. Johnny's mother told him to pick up his toys before going to bed, but Johnny didn't want to so he just shoved them all under the couch. Is Johnny building his house on the rock or on the sand? - Sand - he wasn't listening to God's words that says, "Obey your parents."

More questions from this lesson are available to members on The Resource Room.

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Building According to a Plan

The Wise and Foolish Builder Activity - Following God's Plan Printable Sheets from www.daniellesplace.com

Children build churches from blocks using printable plans to reinforce the Bible concept that they should follow God's plan.

What you will need:

PlaySkool Natural Wood Blocks

Large toothpicks and glue

Tape

Paper

(Note: Children cannot make all seven designs using this 80 piece set. You will have to reuse pieces. Each 80 piece set comes with two of the larger top pieces (triangles) and four of the smaller triangle pieces, exactly what is pictured in the Amazon photo. You can substitute the half circles for the triangle shapes for the church roof.)

What to do:

1. Before class print out the plans and make copies. Glue toothpicks together to make small crosses. Tape the crosses to the large triangle shapes. (You can use the half-circle shapes for the tops instead of the triangles.) (There are Seven Different Church Plans available to members on The Resource Room.)

2. Place the blocks and the printed plans on the table.

3. Encourage the children to follow the plans to build the churches. Older children may want to draw their own building plans for the building they create. Encourage children to trade plans and see if their classmates can build their plans.

4. Remind your children that God has a plan for them and they can know His plans from reading the Bible and doing what it says with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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Watch the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

This video is available on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXWHLB1f6_U

Songs

The Wise and Foolish Builders

The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
And the rains came tumbling down!

The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
And the house on the rock stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rains came tumbling down!

The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
The rains came down and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand went SPLAT

So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
And the blessings will come down

Oh, the blessings come down
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayer go up
So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

"More Wise and Foolish Builders"
Sunday School Lesson - 2

 

"More Wise and Foolish Builders" Sunday School Lesson from "Building on the Rock" Sunday School Lesson Series from www.daniellesplace.com - Copyright 2014

This is the second lesson in the Building on the Rock Bible Lessons Series. This series of lessons uses Maxim Enterprise PlaySkool ABC Blocks with Bag (40-Piece) and PlaySkool C/N Blocks (80-Piece).

This lesson was designed for both preschool and older children, use the material that is appropriate for your children's skill level. The Complete Lesson is available to members on The Resource Room.

Bible Verse:

"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and under-standing." Proverbs 2:6

Scripture References: Genesis 5-11 - Noah and the Ark and the Tower of Babel

Teaching Concept: When we listen to God and follow his commands we will be rewarded for our obedience, but if we don't listen to God and do what we want instead, we will suffer the consequences. Children learn more about wisdom and how they can gain wisdom through the examples of more wise and foolish builders.

 

 

Build Towers

Place your children in groups of three or four and give each group the same amount of blocks. Tell them to work together to build the highest tower they can with the blocks. When the groups are done building compare the towers to see which group made the tallest tower.

 

 

"Who Were the Wise and Foolish Builders" Coloring Sheet

More and Foolish Building Activity and Coloring Sheet from www.daniellesplace.com

In class have your children color the picture. (This printable coloring sheet is available to members on The Resource Room.)

As they work ask them what they know about Noah and the Tower of Babel, who they think was a wise or foolish builder, and why they think that way. Tell your children that they will find out who the wise and foolish builders were during the lesson.

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Work on Block Puzzles

What you will need:

This series of lessons uses Maxim Enterprise PlaySkool ABC Blocks with Bag (40-Piece) and PlaySkool C/N Blocks (80-Piece).

Paper

Elmer's Rubber Cement (Optional)

 

What to do:

Tower of Babel  block puzzle for "More Wise and Foolish Builders" Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

1. Before class print out the block patterns, cut them out, and glue them to the ABC Blocks. If you don't have blocks, you can just print out the patterns onto card stock and then cut them apart, and have your children use the pieces like a flat puzzle.

*Note - If you use the Elmer's Rubber Cement, you can remove the pictures without damaging the blocks. The images will pill off, and you can rub the remaining glue off the blocks with your fingers. When using rubber cement, place glue on the block and the back of the image. Let the glue set for at least half a minute and then attach the picture to the block.

These Patterns are available in three different levels of difficulty and are available to members on The Resource Room:

Noah's Ark Block Puzzle for "More Wise and Foolish Builders" Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

Easy Puzzles - (Preschool Level - Two blocks for each puzzle) - Noah's Ark and Tower of Babel

Medium Puzzle - (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade - Three blocks for each puzzle) - Noah's Ark and Tower of Babel

Hard Puzzle - (Third - Fifth Grade - Four blocks for each puzzle) - Noah's Ark and Tower of Babel

2. In class let your children practice putting the puzzles together. Challenge them to put them together as fast as they can.

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Bible Lesson Review Games

Tower of Babel Toss Bible Lesson Review Game from "More Wise and Foolish Builders from www.daniellesplace.com

Use the following review questions to play one of the following games.

Game 1 - Building a Tower Game

Object of the game - to build the tallest tower

How to Play - Divide your children up into teams. Place some blocks or paper cups in the center of a table. Take turns asking the groups of children questions. If the team answers a question correctly, they get to add a block to their tower. If they are incorrect, they must remove a block or cup from their tower. If the tower falls over, they may not rebuild it, but start from what is left standing.

If you have older children, you can divide your children up into two teams and see which team can build the tallest tower by answering questions correctly.

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Game 2 - Tower of Babel Toss Game

Object of the game - to get the most points by throwing a penny on the game board and answering a question correctly.

Preparation - Print out the game board and tape the two patterns together. To make the game easier for younger children, you can place the game board against a wall and use cardboard to make sides. (The printable patterns for this game are available to members on The Resource Room in both color and black and white.)

How to Play - Divide your children up into teams. Give one player a penny and let him or her try to throw the penny on game board. Ask the child or team a question. If it is answered correctly, the team gets the points indicated on the game board. Keep playing until the children know all the answers to the questions.

Questions: (Adapt the questions to the age of your children.)

1. Last week we learned about two builders. What did we call the builders? The wise and foolish builder

2. Where did the wise man build his house? On the rock.

3. Where did the foolish man build his house? On the sand.

4. What happened to the house built on the rock when it started to rain?

5. What happened to the house built on the sand when it started to rain?

6. If we listen to God and obey, are we like the wise man or the foolish man?

(More questions on The Resource Room.)

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Block Puzzle Relay Race Game

Noah's Ark Block Puzzle for "More Wise and Foolish Builders" Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

Use the Noah's Ark block puzzle and the Tower of Babel Block puzzles to play a relay game, or timed game. Time your teams or individuals to see who can put the puzzles together the fastest.

 

 

Discover How to Gain Wisdom Cube Review Game

1. Before class print out the cube pattern. (Patterns available to members on The Resource Room.) Fold all the lines up and then glue the cube together with Elmer's Rubber cement.

2. Let your children take turns throwing the cube to find out how they can get wisdom.

3. After the child has thrown the cube, read the word on the top, ask the following question corresponding to that word and have the child look up the Bible verse to see if he or she has answered correctly. Keep playing until all the words have been reviewed. If a child throws a word that has already been review, just ask him the corresponding question to see if he or she knows the answer.

Bible Game - Children learn about Wisdon Bible Cube Game for the Sunday School Lesson "More Wise and Foolish Builders" from www.daniellesplace.com

Listen and Do - Listen to whom? Do what? The Bible tells us to listen to God's words and do what they say.

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:" Matthew 7:24

Look - Look for what? - The Bible tells us if we should look for wisdom like we search for treasure.

'Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hidden treasures;" Proverbs 2:3-4

Fear - Fear who? - The Bible tells us that we should fear God. When we respect God we can become wise.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7

(More Bible verses on The Resource Room.)

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Solomon - A Very Wise and Foolish Builder - Lesson 3

 

This is the third lesson in the Building on the Rock Bible Lessons Series. This series of lessons uses Maxim Enterprise PlaySkool ABC Blocks with Bag (40-Piece) and PlaySkool C/N Blocks (80-Piece).

This lesson was designed for both preschool and older children, use the material that is appropriate for your children's skill level. The complete lesson is available to members on The Resource Room.

Bible Verse:

"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." Psalm 127:1

Scripture References: 1 Kings 1-9, 1 Kings 11:1-13 - King Solomon Builds the Temple

Teaching Concept: God blessed Solomon with great wisdom and riches and choose him to build the first temple because he was pleased with Solomon. Solomon was known for his wisdom concerning right and wrong, and plants and animals, yet his foolish disobedience caused the eventual downfall of the temple and Jerusalem.

Really cool lesson! I love it when I can learn something new too. Thank you. Kayte

 

 

Children Make a 3D Picture of King Solomon's Temple with Pillars

King Solomon's Temple with 3D Pillars Bible Craft for Children from www.daniellesplace.com

 

What you will need:

Card Stock and White Printer Pater

Colored Pencils

Tacky Glue (Don't use school glue because it isn't sticky enough.) and Scissors

How to Make:

1. Before class print out the Pillar Patterns and King Solomon Patterns (This page also has patterns for the next activity) on to white paper and cut them out. (Patterns available to members on the Resource Room.)

2. Print out the Temple Pattern onto card stock. (Patterns available to members on the Resource Room.)

3. In class have your children color the temple, pillars and King Solomon. Tell them that the pillars were made out of bronze; the door to the temple was made out of carved wood and overlaid with gold. The outside of the temple was cut stone.

4. After the children have colored their pictures, fold back the sides of the pillars and roll them into cylinder shapes so that they are rounded. Place glue on the picture where the pillar should go and on the folded edges of the pillars. Stick one side of the pillar to the paper pressing it down and then stick the other side to the paper. Use a pencil to stick the other side of the pillar to the picture, by placing the pencil inside the pillar and pressing the folded edge down to the picture. Do the same for the other pillar.

5. Fold back the bottom of King Solomon so it he stand up in front of the temple.

 

 

Use Blocks to Build Replicas of Solomon's Temple or Parts of the Temple

Solomon's Temple Building Block Learning Activity from www.daniellesplace.com

1. Before class print out pictures of King Solomon's temple from the Internet. Place them on the table with the blocks.

2. Print out the Temple Pattern onto card stock (Heavy paper). You can color the temple before class or let your children color them in class. Glue the temple pictures to cereal boxes or other boxes so they will stand up. Do not cut off the bottom of the pattern it is raised so that three blocks can be placed in front of the temple to make steps. (Patterns available to members on the Resource Room.)

3. Print out the Capitals and King Solomon Pattern (If you haven't printed them out for the other craft). Color the capitals, cut them out and tape them to the top of short cylinder blocks. Cut out King Solomon, color him, and fold back the tab so he will stand up. Instead of using the paper King Solomon, you could use wooden pegs instead. (Patterns available to members on the Resource Room.)

4. As your children arrive tell them that they will be learning about a very wise and foolish builder who built a temple for the Lord. Ask them to use the blocks to build a temple similar to Solomon's temple. Answer any questions they may have about the pictures.

To build the steps as shown in the picture use the long rectangular blocks to make the center steps. The first step is one block high the second, two blocks high, and the third is three blocks high. To make the sides of the steps use the short rectangle blocks piling them up similar to the center steps except make them one block higher than the center blocks.

 

 

Boaz and Jachin Bible Verse Review Game

Build Boaz and Jachin Pillars Bible Verse Review Game for King Solomon Bible Lesson from www.daniellesplace.commBefore class write the Bible verse on pieces of masking tape and cut them apart. Use the capital patterns from King Solomon's pillar craft above. Stack five or six blocks on top of each other making two pillars with capitals on the top. (I had to use one block that was twice as tall as the others.) Cut the words apart and stick them to the cylinder-shaped blocks. Tape the words on the block pillar in order so that the first six words "Unless the Lord builds the house" are on the first pillar from bottom to top, (put "Unless the" on the taller block) and the second five words "the builders labor in vain Psalm 127:1" (Put the words "the builders" on the taller block) on the second pillar.

Older Children - Before the game explain to the children that the names of the pillars, Boaz and Jachin, had meaning other than just a name. Boaz means "by His strength" and Jachin means "God will establish". So the pillars give God the credit for the building of the temple meaning Solomon would not have been able to build it without God's help.

In class separate your children into teams and time them to see which team can build the two pillars in the shortest amount of time. If you have colored blocks, you may want to change the words around so that the children who haven't played yet don't memorize the blocks in order of the colors.

Younger Children - If you have younger children who can't read, you can just use the blocks to build two pillars. See which team can build the highest pillar.

 

 

Bible Lesson Review Game

Break your children up into teams. Using the cylinder-shaped blocks take turns asking the teams questions from this lesson and the previous lessons. If a team gets a question correct, a team member gets to add a block to the pillar. The team with the highest pillar wins. If a team member knocks over part of the pillar, he may not rebuild the pillar. The team must start from the highest block left on the pillar.

 

 

“Hiram, Another Wise Builder” - Lesson 4

 

"Hiram, Another Wise Builder" Sunday School Lesson from www.daniellesplace.com

This is the fourth lesson in the Building on the Rock Bible Lessons Series. This series of lessons uses Maxim Enterprise PlaySkool ABC Blocks with Bag (40-Piece) and PlaySkool C/N Blocks (80-Piece).

This lesson was designed for both preschool and older children, use the material that is appropriate for your children's skill level. The complete lesson is available to members on The Resource Room.

Bible Verse:

"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" Colossians 3:23, KJV

Scripture References: 1 Kings 6-8, 2 Chronicles 4 - Hiram Builds the Temple Furnishings

Teaching Concept: Children learn from Hiram's example that it is wise to do everything as though they are doing it for the Lord.

 

1. Children Use Blocks to Build a Wall Around the Temple Courtyard

In class show your children pictures of Solomon's temple and point out the different sections: the courtyard, the porch, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies. Have your children use blocks to build a wall around the temple pattern. If you don't have blocks, you can use pieces of cardboard. You can also use the two pillars from last weeks lesson.

 

2. Children Color a Picture of Children Doing Things and The Bible Verse.

Colossians 3:23 - Bible Verse Coloring Sheet for Sunday School
Colossians 3:23 - Bible Verse Coloring Sheet for Sunday School

As the children work on their pictures talk about what the children are doing in the pictures and how they can do these things as if they are doing them for the Lord.

 

3. Bible Lesson Review Game

Break your class up into two or more teams. Collect all the furnishings from the temple template and place them in a pile. Pick one team to start, and don't let the other team/teams watch as you time the team to see how long it takes the team to place all the furnishings in the temple. You can also have them build a wall around the temple to make the game last longer. If a furnishing is out of place, tell the team to correct the problem before you stop timing. The team that finishes in the shortest time wins.

 

4. "Grab the Block" Bible Verse Review Game

1. Before class write words from the Bible verse on pieces of masking tape and stick them to the blocks. (Make more than one set of blocks.) Place the blocks in the center of the table so that all the children can reach them.

2. As you say a word from the verse tell your children to grab only the blocks with the word you say. Say words that don't belong to the verse to confuse the children. Or say the words in the wrong order so children who grab too soon will have to listen more carefully. If a child grabs a block before you say it, or grabs the wrong block, he must put all his blocks back on the table. Keep playing until all the blocks are taken.