It’s important to teach kids to respond to God’s Word every time they read it. A response can be a question, something that made you smile, or another story in the Bible that this reminds you of. Responding to God’s Word can also be something you do: acting out what you read, building the story out of Legos, or praying about something God said. There are no right or wrong answers, it’s about teaching your children to read God’s Word and respond to Him. Each week we will post new questions and activity ideas to get you started. Don’t feel pressured to get through them all– just pick a few that fit your family and see how they lead to great conversations about who Jesus is!

Mark 11

Response Activities:

  • Don’t Be the Donkey: Play this Indian card game with your family this week using a standard deck of cards. The first step is to hide one card from the deck (without looking at it). All the cards are equally distributed among the players. The youngest player starts by passing any card to the next player. The player who receives the card checks if he/she can make a set of two matching cards (e.g., two queens). If a set is formed, he/she places the set in the middle. If not, the player continues play by passing a card to the next player, and so on until all sets are formed. The person in the end who is left with one unmatched card is the “donkey”! Read Mark 11:1-10. What kind of reception does Jesus receive when He rides into Jerusalem on a donkey? How would you have responded?
  • Fold and Flip: You’ll need a few sheets of origami paper for this activity. Follow these instructions for making and playing “Ddakji”, a fun Korean game where you have to flip your opponent’s tile. Then, talk with your family about why you think Jesus “flips” the tables of the money-changers in the temple. What is He so upset about? 
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