Drama and Puppet Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for the Beatitudes
Post your Sunday School drama and puppet lessons, ideas, activities, and resources for teaching the Beatitudes in Sunday School or at home.
Beatitudes - Matthew 5:3–11, Luke 6:20–22. Blessed are the... Happy are the... etc.
Be sure to visit our Writing Team's Beatitudes Lesson Set!
It has a Drama Workshop lesson in it that creates a fun Beatitudes Gameshow
that gets recorded and viewed.
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Neil's Commentary about Teaching the Beatitudes:
The grammar and vocabulary of the Beatitudes can be difficult even for older children. The theology of the Beatitudes is pretty high concept too. If you move too fast or try to dive into each beatitude in every lesson, they get confused easily. This is why these workshops stay focused on teaching the basic content & vocabulary of the Beatitudes. The kids will turn 'blessed are the poor in spirit' into 'blessed are the poor' and that's ok. ... Luke did it in chapter 6! And the kids have their hands full just with the word 'blessed.' Our aim is to instill content and basic meanings that can grow with the kids.
Given that many of the concepts of the Beatitudes were taught by Jesus in easy to remember stories, you could make a case for NOT teaching the Beatitudes to younger kids at all, substituting the easier to digest stories instead. Blasphemy? No, Piaget.
See how many of the beatitudes the kids can remember. Then ... read the Beatitudes aloud with the class.
Secretly assign different Beatitudes to various groups of two or three students, one beatitude per group. Then give them 5 minutes to come up with a "silent skit" illustrating their Beatitude. They must also create a two to three sentence summary of what their beatitude means to them as kids, how they can live it out. They can dress up in costumes and use props...but their skits must be SILENT SKITS.
After a silent skit is performed, THE OTHER TEAMS secretly write down which beatitude they think the skit was about. They then show their guess to the group as they say it out loud (writing it down avoids cheating). The team(s) guessing it correctly and the skit team are awarded 3 points each. (The team with the 'closest' guess may only get one or two points depending on how close they got it right. You decide how precise you want their guesses to be based on their ability).
After all the teams have done their skit, now it's time for each team to share their "explanation" about their Beatitude. Have they read aloud their explanation and then let the class amd/or teachers decide to award one, two or three points based on the quality of explanation.
If time ... Pass the beatitudes slips around for a second round of silent skits.
A lesson from Neil MacQueen