Fun Activities To Do In Religion Classes

Activities to do in class and in the community to show and teach religious values.

One of the best ways to teach your religion class is to include fun activities that embody your values in an "everyday life" kind of way.

One activity you can do is the "pictures" activity.Ask your students to draw pictures of some loving or giving act (give suggestions like helping a friend, giving someone a compliment, etc.).Once they have completed their pictures, ask them to explain what they have drawn, then offer their picture to someone else in the room.It is a sign of loving and giving from one student to another.(Tell your students that they can't give their picture to the same person they received a picture from.)

Small skits - Put your kids in small groups and ask them to do a skit about whatever your current lesson is.Choose a group leader and ask that person to demonstrate good behavior and help the group.Then, ask the rest of the class to be a good audience as the skits are performed.

Large skits - This involves the whole class.Break down the kids into groups and give them roles.Assign a director, assistant director, costumes person, and props person.Invite a couple of people to help write the skit (give them an outline of what the skit should be about).Encourage them to help each other as they explore the religious values through the skit.

Write a song - Choose harmony yourself (or ask someone who knows about music to do this) and let your students make up the melody and lyrics.Choose some people to play instruments and some to sing.Emphasize cooperation, whatever lyrics you choose (which should be about whatever lesson you're trying to teach), and helping each other.Your students may be amazed at what they come up with.

Class finger painting - Ask your class to finger paint a mural together about their religious values.Plan to donate it to a nursing home or other place that will enjoy your students' efforts.

Jewelry - If your students have never made rosaries before, encourage them to do so.If they have, make bracelets that embody your religious values (get different beads, some that may have writing on them, and assign each color to represent a value you hold.Give each student a decorated piece of paper that explains what value each color represents).Students can make their own bracelets, or they can make one for a friend and exchange them.

Singing - Teach your class to sing a few religious songs, and take them to a nursing home to perform them.The residents will enjoy it, and the students will too.Afterwards, give them time to talk to the residents and visit.Think about asking some children to bake cookies or other treats to bring along and offer to the residents.

Community issues - Find something in your community that needs fixing.For example, maybe a local charity desperately needs donations.Organize your students to collect donations and help out the town.If it's a item the town needs, encourage your kids to solicit donations to purchase that item.

Everyday acts - Have a chart that's dedicated solely to loving or giving acts.Explain to your students that they should do one nice thing for someone else everyday, without expecting anything in return.This may be paying a compliment, helping a friend with their homework, feeding the dog without being asked, or anything else.Each time the student commits a good deed, they can put a sticker on the chart.At the end of the year, throw a party for the students to celebrate their good deeds (but don't mention that you're going to do this; surprise them).This shows them that they DO get rewarded in the end for doing good things, even though they're not doing the deeds to work towards that reward.

Videos - Watch everyday shows (cartoons, etc.) and ask students to look for values or Commandments that the characters broke or upheld.Discuss how the characters could have made better choices, or how they really helped each other.

Tapestry - Occasionally churches ask religion classes to design a tapestry to be part of a specific ceremony.Have your students decorate ones with the values they think are most important (let them illustrate them in pictures or words), then donate the tapestry to the church for everyone to see.

Christmas ornaments - Have your students make several Christmas ornaments.Some, they can take home to their families (maybe give as a gift to mom or dad).Some, they can sell to community members.With the money they make on the sale, take them shopping and ask them to pick out presents for kids whose families don't have much money.Include with each of these presents an ornament.

There are several great things you can do with your religion students, to both explain the values to them in the classroom, and to take those values out into the community.Be creative, use these guidelines, and see what else you can come up with!

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