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Brave Queen Esther

on September 10, 2012

This morning, I decided to pull out one of my lessons from this summer to share with you.  I found a big book on the story of Esther, so that is what I read to the kids to convey the story.  Flop.  They were bored and disinterested.  However, even though the story-telling was only so-so, the kids thoroughly enjoyed the activities that accompanied the story, so I pulled out the most effective pieces of my lesson plan and included them in this post.

Introductory Activity: Use a puzzle (floor size would be best).  Give each student a piece of puzzle.  Let them look at their individual piece.  Talk about how with just our one piece of puzzle we can’t see what the whole puzzle will look like when put together.  We can see bits and pieces of what might be the picture from our piece but as we begin to assemble the puzzle with our piece we see the bigger picture (Allow the children to put the puzzle together before continuing).  Explain that this puzzle is like God’s plan for each of our lives.  We only know such a small piece of God’s bigger plan.  When we are obedient and faithful to what God has asked us to do, He uses us to be a part of His bigger picture.

The King’s Scepter:   Have the children to stand side by side along one wall and think of something they really want to tell you, such as something that happened to them last week.  Tell them to not say their thoughts out loud yet.  Hold the scepter and crown, walk to the other wall, and face the kids.

Explain that when Queen Esther wanted to talk with the king, she had to wait until he held out his scepter to her, then she could walk over to him (If there is any confusion as to what a scepter is, explain that a scepter is like a beautiful stick).  Place a crown on your head and tell the children to pretend that you are King Xerxes.  Explain that the children can’t come to talk to you until you hold out your scepter and as soon as the scepter comes down, they must freeze.  For each round, I had the children race toward me in a different manner – i.e. crab walking, waddling like a penguin, hopping on one foot, etc.

Cool-Down Activity:  The kids loved singing “The Esther Song,” which is set to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

If you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet. (stomp 2x)
If you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet. (stomp 2x)
If you hear the name of Haman, if you hear the name of Haman, if you hear the name of Haman stomp your feet (stomp 2x)

If you hear the name of Esther clap your hands…

If you hear the name of Xerxes turn around…

If you hear the name of Mordecai shout hooray…

I hope that these activities might be helpful as you as you plan your lesson!

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