Kids across the country are heading “back to school” in totally unprecedented ways. Social-distancing, homeschooling, online classrooms, masks, and more have become the new “normal” for kids around the world. Understandably, many children will be confused, stressed, and frustrated by all the uncertainties this school year brings. One way we can help is to teach and remind them about God who knows EVERYTHING; and we can use chameleon spit, snotbots, and kangaroo hands to do it! (Yes, there is a tiny bit of lighthearted animal spit and snot in this back to school activity. For a more serious look at helping kids cope with the changes and challenges caused by COVID-19 please read my article, Ten Ways to Love Kids In Crisis, and Ashley’s post, 5 Ways to Help Kids in Anxious Times.)
So, how does it work? It’s easy—just ask some random trivia questions to grab the kids’ attention and use that as a springboard to dive into Scripture and talk about our awesome God who knows everything. If you REALLY love this idea, you can download our FREE “What Do You Know?” Bible lesson to get instructions, a sample script, teaching ideas, and 40+ colorful slides to help you teach this back to school Bible lesson to kids in your home or Sunday School! I’m really hoping you’ll download the full lesson (and maybe even leave a positive review telling others what a brilliant resource it is, Hint! Hint!) so I’m sharing parts of the lesson below to whet your appetite. All you have to do is find some kids and ask the questions. (You don’t necessarily have to ask ALL of them, but please don’t skip the one about chameleon spit. It’s my favorite!) Depending on the size and age of your group, you may want to have them all simply shout out their response to each question or you could divide them into teams and have them work together to decide what their answer will be. Now let’s go!
What Do You Know?
Back to School Bible Lesson for Kids!
Do you know what a snotbot is? Do you know which dinosaur had the biggest head? I’ve got lots of questions like this and I want to see how many of the answers you already know. I’m going to ask the questions and let you guess the answers. Then I’ll tell you the correct answers so you can see if you were right or not. (Note: The answers to each round of questions are written in extra teeny tiny font at the bottom of the paragraph that comes after the questions. This makes it harder for you to peek ahead so you can play and guess along with your kids BEFORE you look at the answers. It’s more fun that way!)
Maybe you just learned something you didn’t know before. Did you know that never happens to God? He never learns anything new because He already knows everything. I have a lot more questions for you, but first I want to read a Bible verse about some things God knows about YOU. Listen closely and see if you can tell me what they are. [Read Psalm 139:1-4 from your Bible.] What things did the Bible say God knows about you? (To extend this lesson and make it even more interactive, you can have kids draw or write down what these verses say God knows about them.) God knows when you sit down and get up. He knows your thoughts and words even before you do! He knows about everything you think and do! Let’s all shout, “God knows everything!” Now it’s time to ask more questions and find out what YOU know.
(Round One Answers: B. Whales, Christ died for us, C. Dinosaur Green, A. 7)
I’ve got more questions to see how much you know, but first I want you to listen to some more words from the Bible to discover more things God knows about you. [Read Psalm 139:13-16.] What things did this say God knows about you? (To extend this lesson and make it even more interactive, you can have kids draw or write down what these verses say God knows about them.) God put your body together. He knows everything about you inside and out. He even knows your future! The Bible says God had everything that would ever happen to you written down before you were even born! Let’s all shout, “God knows everything!” Now let’s check out some more questions to see how much you know.
(Round Two Answers: D. 400x, C. 39, A. Dragon Red, C.Triceratops)
Most people wouldn’t know the answers to all of these questions. Even the smartest people in the world have millions and billions of things they don’t know, but God knows everything. Let’s all shout, “God knows everything!” He knows all about everything in the universe. He knows everything about you, even things you do that you think no one else sees. Knowing that God knows everything can bring a lot of comfort to you! But sometimes it might make you feel uneasy because God even knows the times when you don’t do what’s right and you sin. He knows the times your heart is angry at someone else. He knows when you look at things that aren’t pure or right. He knows we’re weak and can’t do right all the time. [Read Psalm 103:14.] God knows all of that, and yet still loves us! He knows that life without Him isn’t really life at all. He knows you need Him. He also knows the perfect way for you to be with Him forever! Jesus, God’s Son, died on a cross for your sin and came alive again on the third day so you can be with God forever! [Read John 20:31.] I’ll be over at (tell them where and when) and would be happy to talk to you about knowing Jesus. I have one more set of questions for you!
(Round Three Answers: B. Left handed, A. 27, C. Lucy, D. 8)
How many did you get right? Did you learn something new? Aren’t you glad God knows everything about EVERYTHING? Shout with me, “God knows everything!” God knows all about you and He wants you to know more about Him. Your mind isn’t big and strong enough to ever know everything about God, but He has given you the Bible so you can learn the most important things He wants you to know about Himself. [Read Psalm 119:130.] Because the Bible is God’s living book, you could study it your whole life and not discover all its treasures and riches! The greatest treasure you can discover by reading the Bible is knowing more about God. Sometimes when you read the Bible it might seem like reading hard test questions that you don’t understand. And that’s okay. But every time you read, you can ask God to help you understand something new about Himself—and He will! [Read Psalm 119:18.] If you’ve believed in Jesus to save you from sin, you’ll have all of eternity to learn more and more and MORE about God. I don’t know everything that there is to know about God, but I do know some things. If you have questions, we can look at God’s Word together! [Remind the children where and when to meet you if they have questions.]
(Round Four Answers: for the Bible tells me so, B. Red Panda, D. Marshmallow Monster, C. Ostrich)
That’s how it works! Knowing God sees and cares about EVERYTHING that happens to them can comfort and encourage kids and even motivate them to learn more about Him! You can add or remove questions to make it shorter or longer. You could make it even more exciting by borrowing a shiny blue jacket and randomly selecting two puppets as contestants to play along with the kids! (Or you could simply push play and watch the video below where I do that.) If you’d prefer to show a video of this lesson rather than teaching it all yourself, you can feel free to watch and share this one. (You can even print this FREE gamesheet for each kid to keep track of their answers and scores.)
Here’s one last question for you. How many of those trivia questions did YOU get right? I’m guessing you got at least three wrong. (If you got less than three wrong, please leave a comment below to let everyone know you are a brilliant genius…and that you might possibly have an unhealthy obsession with Crayola® crayons.) My point is, this activity is simple enough for kids, but also challenging enough to engage adults. This makes it a fantastic activity for family events in your home, church, or community. If you’re ever looking for a children’s sermon or object lesson that you’ll be presenting to a mixed group of kids and adults (perhaps a VBS finale, AWANA parent night, or just a church potluck where you’ve been asked to share a few words), I’d suggest you give this one a try.