The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chapters 10-11: Spring and Aslan
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
Lesson 4 Outline:
A. Interactive Activity: Team Crossword Puzzle
B. Summarize Chapters 1-9
C. Read Chapters 10-11 of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
or the Chapters Summary
D. A Visit with the Professor: God’s Gifts
E. Travel Log: You’re Gifted
F. Bible Memory Games: Gifts
Verse: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
” 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
* Bold print designates modified verse for grades K-2nd
G. Discussion Questions
- Square of material or cloth napkin (1 per child)
- Wet-wipes (or close to sink)
- “Gift” Snack Ingredients:
- Plain cupcakes
- Thumbprint Flowers
- Give your children each a square of material or cloth napkin. Have them draw straight lines in one or more corners of the cloth to represent flower stems. Have them press their thumb into damp paint and press it several times around the top of each stem to make a flower.
- When Aslan returned to Narnia, Spring returned!
“Dear Lord, I thank You for making all of your children unique. As we look at some of the gifts given to the children in our story, use me to help these children you have blessed me with to identify their special gifts from You. May they be respectful as they discover the differences and the things that make them like their brothers and sisters.”
4A: Interactive Activity: Team Crossword Puzzle
- Crossword puzzle for each team
- There are two different crossword puzzles…one for Grades K-2nd and one for Grades 3rd-6th.
- Pens or Pencils
- Activity Set-Up:
- Put one crossword puzzle on each table for teams to work on together.
- As kids enter the room, assign them to the crossword teams.
- Instruct kids that they can use anything they want to find the answers.
- Each team to complete the puzzle wins.
Team Crossword Puzzle
: Put the following words in the puzzle below. (We put in one letter to help you get started!)
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Team Crossword Puzzle
5 The animals who were the children’s guides to Aslan
6 The true King of Narnia
7 Where the children were to meet Aslan
10 The first to enter Narnia through the wardrobe
11 Where the four thrones were
13 Mr. Tumnus was a _________
14 Lucy’s older sister
15 The Lion, the Witch and the _______________
1 The candy given to Edmund by the Wicked Queen
2 The Faun’s last name
3 The country Lucy found through the wardrobe
4 The queen of Narnia
8 The owner of the house the children were visiting
9 The brother that betrayed his brother and sisters
12 The oldest brother
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4C: Spring and Aslan
Chapters 10-11 Summary
Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Peter, Susan, and Lucy prepared to travel on foot by moonlight across the back side of the Dam where the White Queen could not travel by sled. They just had to find Aslan and the Stone Table before she found them! It was a long, cold journey and after many hours they found a dry cave where they could rest a few hours before morning.
When the small group woke up, they heard sleigh-bells. They came out of the cave to meet Father Christmas in a red robe bringing magnificent gifts! He also brought good news that the Queen’s evil magic was weakening as this was the first Christmas to happen in Narnia for a very long time. Father Christmas brought special gifts for each of the three children. To Peter he gave a shield engraved with a lion and a sword. He solemnly told him to use them wisely and well. Susan’s gift was a boy and arrows that would never miss and an ivory horn to summon help. To Lucy he gave a small bottle of juice from the fire-flowers to restore the life of a friend and a small dagger to defend herself. Then with a gift of hot tea with cups and saucers he shouts, “Merry Christmas! Long live the true King!” and the sled and reindeer are out of sight to deliver more gifts throughout the forest.
Meanwhile, Edmund is still in the Witch’s Castle and he is not having Christmas or Turkish Delight. He is having stale bread and being forced to get into the White Witch’s sled without even a coat to keep him warm. They are off to find his brother and sisters before they reach the Stone Table. Along the way, the Witch Queen discovers Father Christmas has come to Narnia and she is so angry that she turns all the friendly forest squirrels into stone statues. The farther they travel, the slower they were because with Spring the snow was melting and the sled was getting stuck in mud. The Queen was forced to abandon her sled and walk the remainder of the way towards her destiny. Of course, this only made her angrier for she saw even more signs of Spring such as flowers blooming, the sky getting bluer and bluer and the trees budding. The Wicked Witch knew that not only was Spring here, but so was Aslan.
4D. A Visit with the Professor: God’s Gifts
I am so glad to be with you today! I get so excited when I hear about Christmas and all special gifts that God has given to each of us! I get so excited when I hear children like yourselves using your special gifts! But I am getting a little ahead of myself. Let me back up.
Remember in our story how Father Christmas went about Narnia giving the animals as well as the three children special gifts? He seemed to know just exactly what each one would like and need! From food for the small wood animals to celebrate Spring to Peter’s shield and sword, Father Christmas gave just the right gift to just the right person.
For Christians, Father Christmas represents the Holy Spirit. After we become believers, each of us receives special gifts. In the Bible there are many references to these special gifts. Sometimes they are called spiritual gifts. These gifts include the gifts of healing, teaching, serving, encouraging, wisdom and knowledge to name just a few. You older children can use the concordance and look up some of the verses concerning these gifts.
Did you notice that in our story there was someone who did not receive any gifts? That’s right, Edmund did not receive any gifts at this time. Although he realizes that he was tricked by the wicked Queen and wished he had not gone to her castle, he has not given his heart to Aslan.
Now, if you look in your Travel Log, you will see a list of spiritual gifts. See if you can match them to the character that demonstrates that gift.
4E. Travel Log: You’re Gifted!
In our story today the children receive gifts that were not toys. They were tools and the children were expected to use them to help others. The Bible tells us of gifts we receive from our heavenly Father that we are also expected to use to help others. These are often called spiritual gifts. Below is a list of some of the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible. Try to match them to the character in our story that demonstrates that gift.
Hospitality Mr. Beaver
Leadership Mrs. Beaver
4F. Bible Memory Game: Gifts
- An open gift-wrapped box for each team
- A sheet of paper with the “Gift” snack items
- Ingredients for snack: *Note: Be sure there are 6 ingredients to correspond to the 6 parts of the Bible verse
- plain cupcakes
- Cups of water:
- cups (plastic or paper)
- water in pitcher
- A paper of the Bible verse for each team
- A snack table for each team
*Note: Color code each team’s Gift Box and Ingredients. This is done by putting each ingredient on a big piece of paper or cloth that match’s that teams’s Gift Box color. By doing this, each team will get the Bible verse parts to complete the relay.
- Prepare the Gift Box for each team and put high enough so the players cannot see in it, but can get a piece of paper out.
- Cut the “Gift” sheet in the six designated parts and put them in the Gift Box.
- Cut the Bible verse sheet in the six designated parts and tape one of the parts to each of the bottom of the snack ingredients. Place the ingredients in different locations around the room.
- Put each team’s snack table behind the starting line, beside where they will line up.
- Divide the group of players in as many teams as it takes so that there are not more than six players on each team.
- On “GO” the first player on each team runs to their Gift Box, reaches in and grabs a piece of paper. He/She then finds the ingredient written on it, runs with it to his/her team’s snack table, and takes the Bible verse part off the bottom of it. He/She places the verse part on the snack table, then tags the next player on his/her team.
- The second player runs to the Gift Box, grabs his “Gift” paper, finds his/her ingredient, and runs to the snack table with it. He/She takes the Bible verse from the bottom of his/her ingredient AND PLACES IT IN THE CORRECT ORDER IN REFERENCE TO THE PART OF THE VERSE ALREADY THERE. He/She tags the next player in line.
- Repeat step #3 until everyone has had a turn and the entire Bible verse placed in order is on their snack table. The first team that has completed everything wins.
Side 1: Side 2:
“GIFT” Snack Item: Cupcakes There are different
“GIFT” Snack Item: Frosting kinds of gifts,
“GIFT” Snack Item: Sprinkles but the same Spirit.
“GIFT” Snack Item: Napkins There are different
“GIFT” Snack Item: Paper Cups kinds of service,
“GIFT” Snack Item: Water but the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
4G. Discussion Questions
- Give an example of a spiritual gift of a man or woman in the Bible.
- How did that person use his or her spiritual gift for good?
- Identify your spiritual gift(s).