Children's Resources

The World Mission Council has a lot to offer children and young people, from providing opportunities to get involved with twinnings, to learning about the issues our partners across the world are facing.

Here you can find resources to help children engage with the World Church; including five day holiday club resources, and some games and songs from across the world.

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WM Airways

This new Holiday Club takes you on a journey around the world to visit some of our Partners and the work they are doing. Follow the story of Moses and his journey with God, through daily themes of peace, hope, love, joy and justice. It's everything you need to run a full five day holiday club, including Bible studies, games, crafts, dramas and lots more!

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Professor Potty

This fantastic resource gives you everything you need to set up a Holiday Club for children in your area. It includes craft ideas, games, Bible studies, 5 days worth of stories, songs, and even a manual on how to make a Time Machine!

Children's Resource Pack

Here is a selection of activities that can be used with children’s groups to give them some understanding of the world church. We hope that you find them useful.

Musical Mayhem

In most parts of the world, music is an important part of church and community life. In CH4 there are a number of hymns and songs from around the world. A great song to use with children is this traditional African song (CH4 – 516) that has been translated into English:

We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching, marching
We are marching Oh Oh
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching, marching, marching
We are marching Oh Oh
We are marching in the light of God

You can use other variations such as :
We are dancing in the light of God
We are dancing in the light of God
We are dancing in the light of God
We are dancing in the light of God
We are dancing, dancing
We are dancing Oh Oh
We are dancing in the light of God
We are dancing, dancing, dancing
We are dancing Oh Oh
We are dancing in the light of God

You could try hopping, skipping, running, jumping or ask the children to come up with their own ideas. With this song you can encourage the children to sing along but also to march, jump or dance their way round the hall as they sing.

It is also a great song to use homemade musical instruments to accompany your singing.

Paper Plate Tambourines

You will need:

  • 2 paper plates per child
  • Stickers / pens
  • Pasta
  • Stapler
  • Cellotape

Instructions:

  • Get the children to decorate the back of their paper plates.
  • Cut out strips of crepe or tissue paper (approx. 8 – 12 inches) in different colours.
  • Glue the strips one inch in from the edge of the inside of one of the paper plates.
  • Staple the two plates together with the decorated sides facing outwards leaving a 2 inch gap.
  • Put a handful of large uncooked pasta shapes in through the gap and then staple closed.

Your tambourine is ready!

Cup/Bottle Shakers

You will need:

  • 2 plastic or polystyrene cups
  • per child or an empty small
  • water or juice bottle
  • Rice / pasta
  • Stickers
  • Cellotape

Instructions:

  • Get the children to decorate their cups/bottle with stickers
  • Add some rice or pasta.
  • Glue the strips one inch in from the edge of the inside of one of the paper plates.
  • Cellotape the two cups together or replace lid on bottle.

Yours shakers are ready!

Pot Drums

You will need:

  • Small terracotta or plastic planting
  • pots
  • Paper
  • Elastic bands
  • Paints / stickers

Instructions:

  • Get the children to decorate their pots with either paint or stickers
  • Cut a circle of paper that is approx. 2 inches larger than the top of your pot.
  • Put over and secure with an elastic band.

Your drum is ready!

Goat Ludo

There are 35 million people all over the world who are living with a condition called HIV. If people living with HIV can get medicine and keep taking it they can live for a long time. However many people lose their jobs because of stigma or illness. By providing ways for people to be able to generate income for themselves again not only provides for their own needs. As a result they feel happier about themselves and how they contribute to their community.

Why not play Goat Ludo with your children. It’s a fun way of helping the children understand more about the Amity Goat project. This supports people living with HIV to have their own goats and so be able to generate income. The project is run with support from the Church of Scotland HIV Programme.

Download Goat Ludo

Soup

In most of parts of the world, ‘soup’ can provide a healthy nutritious meal for people who don’t have a great deal of food.

If you have a number of children then you could play ‘soup’.

Split your group in to 4, send a group to each corner of the room, give each group the name of a soup ingredient such as onion, potato, carrot etc.

One person, the cook, remains in the middle. They could wear an apron and have a ladle to make them stand out.

The Cook calls out “I am making a pot of soup and I want to add onion and she stirs the pot and makes the onions run around the room, cook keeps calling until all the ingredients are in the pot and running around as she stirs. The cook then calls ‘soups ready’ and catches an ingredient who then swaps places with the cook. The game begins all over again.

Bike Beetle Drive

In countries like Malawi, Bangladesh, Ghana and India a bike is a very popular way to get around. Ministers in our partner churches use a bike to visit people in their congregation or if they have more than one church. Doctors and nurses can use a bike to go into villages to visit patients and make sure they have the medicine they need. And in some countries people use bicycle ambulances when they need to get to hospital. It can often be a bumpy trip as roads are poorly maintained.

While you encourage the children to think about the differences in transport systems around the world, you can play ‘Bike beetle’.

To play this game you should download our bike template (see below).

As the children throw the dice they should colour in the part of the bike that corresponds to the number they have thrown.

6 frame, 5 handle bars, 4 wheel x 2, 3 pedal, 2 seat, 1 mud guard x 2

The first person to colour all of the bike is the winner.

Download Template available from the World Mission Council.

Skittles

There are lots of things that happen in the world that mean things aren’t fair or equal. Help your children think about some of these as they try to ‘knock’ them down.

You will need skittles either bought or made using empty plastic bottles with a little pasta, rice or sand to form a weight.

Print off the ‘words template’ (see below).

Cut out the words and attach a word to each skittle. Alternatively you can simply write the words on strips of paper and stick them to the skittles.

The words are:

Thirst, Hunger, Homelessness, Violence, Displacement, Fear, Persecution, Discrimination, War and Poverty.

Each time a child knocks down a skittle they are given a card that tells them something about the word and why we want to ‘knock it down’.

Download Cards from the World Mission Council.

Fairtrade Snap

Many people in the world don’t receive a fair price for the goods that they produce. They are paid low wages and often have poor standards of living. They cannot afford education for their children and many children are required to work to help their families earn a living.

Fair trade means that the person who grows or makes something is paid a fair price. This means their quality of life should improve, as well as the long-term prospects for their children.

Help the children learn more about some Fairtrade products by playing fair trade snap.

Download Cards available from the World Mission Council

HIV Hoopla

Help children to learn more about the work of the Church of Scotland HIV Programme and the projects run by our partner churches by playing HIV Hoopla.

Make your own hoopla or use one you already have.

Hoopla instructions:

  • Cut out the centres of 6 paper plates.
  • Paint each ring a different colour.
  • Make your stand with the inside of a kitchen towel attached to a piece of card. Every time a child gets a ring over the stand they are given a card.
  • 6 cards can be collected in total.

Download cards available from the World Mission Council.

Farm Animal Bingo

In many parts of the world climate change means that it is becoming more difficult to grow crops and look after animals because of changes in weather. This makes life very difficult for people in countries like Bangladesh and Ghana.

Many of our partner churches are involved in projects that help people to buy animals like goats, chickens or pigs that give them a way to earn money and feed themselves and their families.

As you play farm animal bingo with you children, encourage them to think about all the ways we can earn money to support ourselves and be thankfully that many of our partners want to help people to have that same opportunity.

You will need bingo cards and something to cover each square, enough for each child to cover all their squares. The leader calls out an animal and if the child has it they cover it. The winner is the person who has all their squares covered.

Download the bingo cards.

Fruit Word Search

Fruit plays an important part in the lives of many people around the world whether they are farmers to sell in the markets or for people who grow them to eat.

Encourage the children to think about the different places fruits come from as they try the fruit word search. For the youngest children there is a picture board, you could ask them to point to the different fruits as you call them out.

You may also want to have a fruit plate available to let them try different fruits.

Download Word searches

Nutrition Dominoes

Good nutrition is so very important to us all. If we don’t have a well-balanced diet we are more likely to pick up infections and become ill. Many of our partner churches work with people who struggle to have a well-balanced diet.

To help they support nutrition programmes. One of these programmes is in Usisya in Malawi where the church works in a remote area where people have difficulty growing enough food to feed everyone in the village. A number of the children living in the village were malnourished and so they are now provided with food supplements and their families are supported to become more self-sufficient.

Play Nutrition Dominoes with the children while they are encouraged to think about what a healthy well balanced diet means to them.

Download Nutrition Dominoes.