Monday, 9 September 2013

Nothing is impossible to God puzzle

It's great to tie the teaching in with an interactive game if at all possible and here's a game that helps to make a point!

I was thinking about the story of Abraham and Sarah and their puzzlement at the idea that God would give them a baby when they were so old.  This idea came to me.  It helps to illustrate the point that we, as humans, have difficulty understanding God's plan sometimes and don't know how to put the pieces together.  God has the solution though and what we find tricky is not hard to Him.

I've made up two sheets- one showing the solution and Bible verse from when Jacob has 3 visitors who tell him about the baby and one with some pentominoes to cut out and fit together.  I loved this activity when I was teaching!

Get the children to cut out the pentominoes and fit them together to try to make a large rectangle (a blank rectangle is also included).  If the children want to they could colour the pentominoes to make each shape more distinguishable.  This is a really hard puzzle and I would imagine that none of the children will be able to do it in 10 minutes!

After 10 minutes or so of trying, gather the children together and show them the coloured solution.  Perhaps they can then use it to put their pieces together correctly.

Talk about the fact that it was very hard to solve the puzzle and might have seemed impossible, but there was a solution.  Link this to the idea that God knows the solution to all the hard puzzles we have to solve in life, and what might seem difficult to us is not difficult to Him

To print off the puzzle sheets and solution, click here.

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