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Jesus Calming the Storm in LEGO!

Whenever we do a Building Event with LEGO and Biblezone during the holidays, we make our first children’s club of the new term a Building Event as well. In this way, we try and make the step from coming to a Building Event to coming regularly to children’s club smaller and easier for the children. Here is a programme from our first week at children’s club after the Easter holiday.

When the kids came into our hall, we had two tables put together with normal bricks and vehicle pieces and the word “boat” built in Duplo bricks. We also had six small tables put together with Duplo bricks for the youngest kids in our club. I had made a PowerPoint presentation with pictures of different types of boats built in LEGO, which I had found on Google images. The presentation was running on a loop on the television. Also, I had printed some of them and laminated them to have on the tables as well.

“Today’s Challenge” was to build a boat. The kids went straight to the tables and 40 minutes later, when I said: “Stop building!” they found it hard to leave the building. I am always amazed how LEGO keeps the children occupied.

The story of Jesus Calming the Storm

Eventually we managed to gather the children for 40 minutes good Bible based teaching. It was all about Jesus and His power. The boat was looked at as a symbol of our lives and journey, where we can experience storms that rock our boats, but that Jesus has power to calm the storms in our lives.

We started with two songs.

Then we had the story of Jesus calming the storm and a quiz. You can find a way to teach the story of Jesus calming the storm and questions for the quiz in Child Evangelism Fellowship series called “Little kids can know God through His miracles” by using the following link:

The series is made for pre-schoolers, the text is free, available for all and with a few adjustments you can use it for older kids as well.

The quiz: I made 12 different boats in different coloured card. On the back I wrote the points 50, 200, 250, 300 and 500. I divided the kids into two teams and when a team answered correctly, they could pick a boat and see how many points they had won for their team. The team with the most points won.

A song

The Bible verse was part of Hebrew 13, 6: “…The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid...”

We ended the session with a prayer and returned to the building.

We used the last 15 minutes for some final LEGO building. I brought out the mini figures, which always encourages the children to play with their creations. The youngest kids played with their Duplo creations and Duplo men.

We took photos of the kids with their creations and made a display with the creations on one of the tables for the parents to see when they picked the kids up from club.

In the past, we have had prizes for the best creations, but it is always hard for us as club leaders to find a winner, because all children are do a great job creating and we have ended up giving all a prize.

The children in our club are used to building LEGO and have done it since September 2017, so a little over five months now. They know what “Today’s Challenge” is and they get started after a few instructions. Some of the children use the photos on the PowerPoint presentation, some of them use their imagination and experience with LEGO.

No matter what, we have found out that it is important that the grown-ups and young helpers are spread out between the children at the tables to engage with them, give them ideas for the building, find the right coloured bricks and just encourage them. It is just a great time to connect with the kids and get to know them and their family better.