The play section for the story of the 10 lepers is a great chance to reinforce counting activities or play maths based games.
group balance – write some large numbers of a set of cards and shuffle them. Gather the children together and explain that the first number is the number of people in a group and the second number is the number of hands or feet to be touching the floor. The group then gathers and works out how to balance with the number given. having a limited amount of room by using a hula hoop can make this exercise harder for older children. small groups can just use the second number.
Musical chairs – I think more than half of the lessons on this story have suggested this game, it links in so well and it’s a firm favourite. Old favourites are often reassuring to younger or new children. If you have a small number of children why not get them to share something that happened to them that week when they are the last person standing, make sure you thank them and then return to the game.
What’s the time Master – this is a nicer version of what’s the time Mr wolf, and so the rules may well already be familiar to the children. The Master (wolf) holds a treat, biscuits perhaps, and rather than shout out ‘dinner time’ and chase them he shouts out ‘prayer time’ and they all have to kneel down.
Dominoes – make a giant set from foam or card and play as a group, it’s a good thing to leave out as an option for distracted children to go back to as well.
Board games – Play Ludo or a counting board game. The teams of pieces will tie in nicely to the story.