11 - The sky's the limit


15 minute Story planner

Genesis 11
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 22
‘The tall tower’ see Printables

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' card one 

2. Starter question - 1 min
Are there any tall buildings near your home? A tall building with many floors can sometimes be called a skyscraper. The tallest skyscraper in London is The Shard. It is over three hundred metres high and has seventy-two floors. Inside The Shard there are offices, restaurants and even a hotel. The tallest tower in the world however is over eight hundred metres high. It took six years to build and is made of concrete, steel and glass. It has one hundred and sixty-three floors. 

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins

  • Pictures from the internet of tall buildings (make sure you comply with copyright regulations).

  • Bricks (either house bricks or toy bricks). Children’s French or Spanish phrase books or a few words translated into three or four languages.

On the Internet you could find translations for words such as ‘brick’, ‘carry’, ‘lift’, ‘hammer’ to demonstrate the communication problems the builders would have faced.

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 -  Play a game about building
You will need: lots of plastic cups or toy bricks and lively music with the means to play it.

1. Divide your group into two teams.
2. Give an equal number of cups or bricks to each team.
3. Explain to the children that they need to work together to build a tower.
4. Play the music while the children are building.
5. Intermittently stop the music and shout ‘scatter’. When you shout scatter everybody should run to touch the nearest wall. The last person to touch a wall is out.

The teams then continue building. One team will have one less person which will slow down the building of their tower. When everybody is ‘out’ the team with the tallest tower is the winning team. If you only have a few bricks play the music for a short amount of time before shouting ‘scatter’. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins  
Father God we think about the story. We imagine the people working hard to build the tall tower. Father we remember why they chose to start building. We remember that they had selfish thoughts. We remember that  they wanted to be famous and bring glory and attention to themselves. 

Father we think about what the Bible teaches - that you always want what is best for us. We remember that we are precious and loved by you but it is not good for us to try and bring glory to ourselves; it is not good for us to think that we are better than others; it is not good for us to be proud and want to be admired over and over again. 

Father help us to want to do things that bring glory and praise to you. Father, thank you that the Bible teaches that you deserve all the praise and all the glory. Father help us to work along side others to bring glory to you and to always do what is good and right.  Amen

Alongside this story, make a craft... 

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