Introductory Activity – Walk the Line
- Masking tape
Tape two long parallel lines on the floor, a few feet apart.
Tell kids they will walk the straight tape lines without stepping off. Choose two volunteers. Turn the volunteers around 2-3 times. Then lead them to the lines to walk on them. Lead each kid to have a turn to try and walk the line. Ask kids how they felt when you told them they were going to walk on the lines. Ask how they felt after you turned them around before walking the lines. Tell kids they will think about attitudes today and how those attitudes can honor God.
Live It Out
Game – Odd Man Out
- No materials needed
Group kids into pairs; if you have an even number of kids, enlist an adult to play the game, too. Guide each pair to stand back to back. Ask the kid who is left over to stand with the pairs. Say: “Switch!” Guide kids to stand back to back with a new partner. The individual child can move to stand with a partner. Each time there will be one player left over. Say switch several times for kids to continue to change partners. After a few turns, ask the “odd man out” a review question. He can answer it or ask a pair for help. Switch a few more times and ask another review question. Continue until you have reviewed the Bible story. Talk about attitudes. (Ask how kids felt when they were the odd man out.) Say the Life Point.
Craft – Thought Balloon Magnets
- Paper cut into thought balloon shapes, markers, gel pens, magnetic tape, scissors
Precut the thought balloon shapes (like in comic strips). Guide kids to print the Life Point on the shapes. They can draw pictures about the Life Point, too. As they work, talk about how they can have thoughts and attitudes that honor God. Talk about the Bible story, too. Help kids put a piece of magnetic tape on the backs of their thought balloons. Tell them to place their reminders on refrigerators or other places to remind them about their thoughts and attitudes at home.
Introductory Activity – Don’t Say It!
- Paper squares or index cards, pencils, timer
Ask each kid to write down the name of something she sees at home, at church, or at school (computer, clock, football, necklace, orange, cup). Kids can write their object names on paper squares, one object per square. Each kid can make multiple cards. Collect all the paper squares and mix them. Group the kids into two teams. A player from one team will try to get her team to say as many of the words as she can in 15 seconds. She cannot say any form of the actual word but can use other words to describe what the word/object is. After her time is up, choose a player from the other team to describe words. Continue alternating teams until all words are used. Say: “The things we say and do and even think can impact others. Today we will think about how we can honor God with our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.”
Live It Out
Game – Table Hockey
- Button, large craft sticks, masking tape
Tape off a goal at each end of the table. Also mark the center of the playing surface.
Group kids into two teams. Assign a goal to each team. Give each kid a craft stick. Place the “puck” (button) on the center mark. On your signal, kids will take turns tapping the puck toward the other team’s goal. If a team scores a goal, they can answer a review question (for 1 point). Or ask the team to describe a situation in which a person’s attitude or thoughts honor God (for 2 points). Say the Life Point together at the end of the game.
Craft – Card Journals
- Note cards or heavyweight paper cut into squares, markers or pens, hole punches, chenille stems
Give each kid 5-7 cards (or more). Lead kids to write the Life Point on a card and the Life Verse on another card. Tell them to make decorative borders around their remaining cards. Talk about the Bible story and how thoughts and attitudes can honor or not honor God. As a kid completes her cards, help her stack the cards in a neat stack. She can punch holes along one side of the cards. (She may need to punch cards in smaller groups.) Help her thread a chenille stem through the holes in her cards and bind them together into a journal. Tell kids to notice times this week that their thoughts or attitudes honor God. They can jot down the circumstances and their responses on the blank cards. Challenge them to add additional cards to the journals as needed.