The review segment poses questions to see how well the children remember the content of the lesson, the Bible point and the Bible verse. But our focus, along with reinforcing a basic understanding and application of the lesson, is for kids to have fun! The link between fun and learning is strong. So, if a child answers a review question incorrectly, we still award points for trying. And we generally include the opportunity for bonus questions, if they care to attempt a challenge... and most do. How do you structure your review?
We'll often include a 'Minute to Win It' style challenge to win those extra points. And yes, the kids all clamour to be picked to answer the review questions and to attempt the challenge. The challenge doesn't have to involve a lot of extra planning or expensive resources. You can find some great ideas and resources for these types of challenges here...
Here's a simple activity, a fun challenge, that you could include for such a segment- a pom pom popper.
The concept is simple; shoot a pom pom a certain distance to gain extra points. You can use masking tape to mark out various distances with corresponding points.
Lay out a hoop as the starting point. Shoot the pom pom and gain the points. (I'd give the kids 3 attempts- it's not as easy as it looks.)
So now, all you need is your pompom popper. Although there are numerous instructions on the web for creating a plastic cup popper, this one from FrogsandSnailsandPuppyDogTail uses a pool noodle. (How versatile are pool noodles? I don't know what we did without them!)
It's a more robust popper and one that even younger children should manage.
And.... you'll only need 3 items to create one: a pool noodle, a balloon and some masking tape.
Oh.. I guess you'll need some pom poms, too. It's almost easy enough for kids to make their own.
1. Use a craft knife to cut a length of pool noodle approx 7cm long. I tried using a slightly longer length with little success.
2. Cut the end off a balloon and discard. Stretch the cut edge of the remaining balloon piece across one end of the pool noodle.
3. Wrap masking tape around to secure the balloon in place.
4. Tie a knot in the neck of the balloon... and you're ready.
Slip a pom pom into the popper. Pull back the knotted end of the balloon and ...let go!
Actually, you'll need to pull the balloon back quite a bit to shoot your pom pom far. I was a little tentative to begin with.