"The Honeyword Bible matches stick-to-your-heart devotions with 250 click-ers, concrete things that kids see or think about everyday." The "click-ers" are commonplace items that are familiar to kids. The hope is when they see the item in everyday situations it will remind them of the lesson they learned. The object click-er will click (or remind them) and the lesson phase will stick (or be remembered). Most of the following ideas have been taken from the Honeyword Bible and are matched with the RT lessons.
Explain that one of the things we will be doing this year in RT class will be finding treasure. Not like the kind pirates buried or treasure from sunken ships laying deep on the ocean floor. We will be searching for treasure more valuable than gold or jewels. We will be discovering treasure that gives us eternal life. Hold up the Bible and explain this is our treasure chest.
Proverbs 2:2-4, Click-er: Treasure Chest Whenever you see, read about, or think about a big treasure chest, let your heart dive deep for this lesson as it clicks and sticks: "I'm diving deep for treasure to keep."
Activity: Hide a Bible for each student before class. After sharing the above message, let them find them. Then explain that they will learn how to use a Bible and at the end of the year, they will each be given a Bible to keep for their own. Continue with the RT lesson explaining about the awards, rules and learning the Bible verse Eph. 4:32.
Psalm 19:9-10, Click-er: Honey Whenever you see, taste, or think about honey, let your heart enjoy the sweetness of this lesson as it clicks and sticks: "God's word is sweeter than honey, better than money."
Activity: Let the kids have a round cracker with some honey on it. Tell them to repeat the phase, "God's word is sweeter than honey, better than money." Then let them lick the honey off the cracker. Tell them this cracker reminds us of a coin and the honey is like God's word. Remember the word of God is sweeter, or more important, than money.
Hebrews 4:12, Click-er: Sword Whenever you see, play with, or think about a sword, let this lesson pop the wrong thoughts in your mind as it clicks and sticks: "The Word of the Lord is my Sword."
Activity: Pry open and bend a paper clip into the shape of a little sword, (Or use a toy sword). Now blow up some balloons and write words on them that are thoughts that the Word cuts away. Such as, lies, doubt, pride, fear, anger, revenge, unforgiveness, disobedience, hatred etc. Tape the balloons on the wall and let volunteers take turns popping the balloons with the paper clip sword. PS Don't use more than one Click-er idea per lesson. If you like them both use one this year and the other next year.
Genesis 1:1, Click-er: Ball Whenever you see, play with, or think about a ball, let this lesson roll through your mind as it clicks and sticks: "In the beginning, God's call got the ball rolling."
Activity: Ask a student to roll a ball across the floor. (It would be more effective if the ball looked like the earth). Then ask them who made the call to get that ball rolling? Did it just go all by itself? It needed someone to put it in motion. Our universe also did not just happen. God had to create it and He is the one who keeps it going.
Genesis 1, Click-er: Dice Whenever you see, play with, or think about dice, let this lesson roll through your mind as it clicks and sticks: "God was nice, He didn't roll some dice"
Activity: Ask the kids to pick a number, and then roll two large dice. Do this a few times and see that it is hard to predict accurately the correct number every time. Tell the kids how wonderful it is that God didn't leave the creation to chance, but carefully planned every detail.
Genesis 1:27, Click-er: Mirror Whenever you see, use, or think about a mirror, let your mind reflect on this lesson as it clicks and sticks: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, God's image is in us all."
Activity: Write the phase above on a poster board in mirror image. Ask the kids to try to read it. Then hold up a mirror and show them how much easier it is. Explain that when we are kind and forgiving, we allow God's love to be "reflected" off our life like a mirror reflects the way we look. Then everyone can understand God a little better.PS This also goes along with the idea that we were created to do good works Eph. 2:10
Psalm 139:13-14, Click-er: Knitting Needles Whenever you see, use, or think about knitting needles, let this lesson knit your heart and mind together as it clicks and sticks: "I'm knit to fit for life."
Activity: Look closely at a beautiful sweater to see how it is knitted. Thank God for how he took the time to personally knit you inside your mother.
Genesis3:1, Click-er: Snake Whenever you see, use, touch, or think a snake, let this lesson slither though your mind as it clicks and sticks: "I make a mistake when I listen to the snake."
Activity: Coil an old shoelace on a table. Pretend that the plastic tip is the head of the snake. While holding the tip between two fingers, remember a way Satan has tried to trick you. As soon as you think of one of his lies say, "I make a mistake when I listen to the snake." Then sweep the pretend snake off the table and step on it. That's a picture of God's promise in Romans 16:20 to "crush Satan under your feet."
John 3:16, Click-er: Gift Whenever you see, give, or think about a gift, let your heart unwrap this lesson as it clicks and sticks: "God's gift is my only lift to heaven."
Activity: Cut out a heart and write Jesus name on it. Then put it in a small box, and gift-wrap it. Tell someone about what you have learned about how God loves us and sent Jesus to pay for our sins. Then let them open the gift.
Romans 8:28, Click-er: Woven Cloth Whenever you see, feel, or closely observe a piece of woven cloth, let this lesson weave it's way into your heart as it clicks and sticks: "I believe in God's perfect weave."
Activity: Show the students the backside of a fabric with a design on it where the threads look messed up. However, when you look at the other side it shows a beautiful picture. Some times things look messed up to us, but God has a plan for good that we may not see right now. We need to trust Him and be like Joseph!