1) I purchased a package of Animal Crackers.
Make sure you purchase a package with the original artwork / 4 main animals in circus cages on the front. (I intended to buy a regular box…the old school one with the string handle, but my store only had Christmas decorated boxes so I went with the family size pouch type package).
2) I asked the kidz to name the 4 animals on the front of the box/package.
We wrote down entries on the board and a few were changed as we went along.
3) I then asked the kidz to name the animals included inside the box (not just on the outside).
Again, we made a list on the board and there was a good amount of laughter over some of the ideas. (A llama, really???)
4) I walked around the room and had each teen pick a cracker out of the package announcing which animal they got as they picked. (They were allowed to eat them after) We checked off animals as they announced what they picked and added any which were not already on the list.
5) I began the discussion by asking what Animal Crackers had to do with The Bible.
None of them knew, but they had a few guesses. The Noah’s Ark ones were expected of course, but some of them really made me chuckle.
Sample Discussion Questions-
-If the front cover of The Bible had 4 main things highlighted (like a review/preview of what’s inside) what would be on the cover?
-Is that all that is on the inside?
-What’s the difference between The Old Testament & The New Testament?
-How do you find what you’re looking for?
-Do you get ‘lost’ in the language?
-What do you do to understand what you’re reading or remember it after you’ve read it?
-If you understood where to find things easier, would you read The Bible more often?
(I hadn’t pre-planned questions, so I just went with the flow, but these are a few I remember asking for sure)
6) We had an open discussion based on questions and experiences shared.
7) I suggested to them that if they are ever ‘looking’ for a certain topic, how to find it easier by using resources designed to help us find them and I challenged them to attempt to read The Bible on a more frequent basis (now that the intimidation factor had been removed).
Did They Like It?!?-
They all really participated and enjoyed the discussion. There was a lot of ‘oohs & ahhs’ when I suggested tips, etc. on how to read/find things! I plan to frequently ask them how their ‘reading’ is going and to share their experiences with it. And, the package of Animal Crackers was empty as they left, so they enjoyed the snack variety as well! (: