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Fill the Gap!
120 instant Bible games for Sunday schools and midweek groups
by Rebecca Parkinson
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Working with children is hugely rewarding, and yet we often deny ourselves the experience and the reward because - for whatever reason - we feel children are not "where we're at"; that today's generation is somehow beyond our reach, too sophisticated, complex or challenging.
Rebecca Parkinson's delightfully creative and engaging book will go a long way to eradicating such negativity. If you feel reading Bible stories with children is simply not enough, then get hold of this book instead and play some games!
Fill the Gap! includes 120 games for 60 different Bible stories taken from both Old and New Testaments. For each story there is one game for 4-7 year-olds and one for 8-11 year-olds. Importantly, none of the games need an extensive selection of resources but can be played with the kinds of things every children's corner is going to have. (For those of us who plan incessantly the author provides a list of common resources that could easily be kept together in a small box.) With each game there is a story reference, a recommended age band, a stated aim, full instructions and a helpful hint.
My sense is that the success of the book - in reinforcing the story behind each game - will depend on the activity leader telling the story more than once or perhaps telling the story several times as the game is played. Although not designed for school assemblies some of the action games could certainly be used in that context. A simple scripture index at the back of the book would be a useful addition.
Reviewer: David Ford (21/05/13)