Did you know that Jesus first disciples were fishermen?
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
While they fished using nets, kids may be familiar watching people fish using fishing lines as a sport.
That gives me an idea for a way to keep kids out of mischief. They’ll have fun while learning bible verses at the same time. It’s inspired by a game I used to play as a child.
You’d need a magnet, a ruler and string to make a fishing rod.
Make the fishing rods
- Cut a string about 12 inches long.
- Tie one end of the string to the magnet
- Tie the other end of the string to a ruler.
That’s it. A fishing rod for this game.
Making the fish
- Fold coloured paper in half and draw half the fish shape with pencil. Cut out the fish.
- On the front of the fish, draw a friendly face. Staple on a paper fin of a contrasting colour.
- On the back of the fish, write a bible verse.
- Put a metal paper clip at the mouth of each fish, so that the magnet can pick them up.
Play the bible verse fish game
- Dangling the magnet from the fishing rod, the kids take turns to catch a fish from the table or floor.
- When a child catches a fish, he or she reads out the bible verse behind it. The group can discuss the meaning of the verse. The child who catches the fish gets to keep it.
Did you know that Jesus fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes?