G.U.M. We created an acronym for the word gum to illustrate the main teaching point of the day. GOOD UNTIL MEANINGLESS. We talked about how Solomon tried so many things to experience happiness and in the end, he called them all meaningless. The great thing was that the gum that kids had received when they first came into the service was getting nasty by then. They were asking to throw it out.....we talked about how gum is good until it's lost it's flavor (meaning).
Bubble Gum Assortment: We purchased any variation of gum that we could get our hands on. Some of these were used in games and some were used as prizes. Using a large bag, we placed purple and green gum balls into the bag. As kids came into our worship space, they reached into the bag to select a gum ball. This is how we created teams. If kids drew purple, they were on the purple team for the morning, etc.
Bubble Gum Guess: As kids were checking in for the day, we had a bubble gum guessing competition. We filled a large clear jar with a TON of colorful gum balls. The kid who came the closest to guessing the correct number, got to take the entire thing home at the end of the service. We also made a huge bubble gum ball machine that we placed in the kids foyer just to promote excitement.
Memory Verse Game: We wrote one word of the verse on sticks of gum. We put the gum into a bag along with a bunch of empty sticks to throw the kids off. Teams represented by one player had to race to put them in order.
Bible Story: To tell the story of Solomon, we used Bubble Gum Tape. To start, we had to unroll it carefully, then drew items on the tape (using a Sharpie) that described various parts of the story (hearts for when Solomon was trying to find happiness through harems, trees for the vineyards, etc). This allowed us to tell the story without looking at notes and just looking at the pics as they were unrolled.
How about you? Any fun ideas using bubble gum that you can think of?