Introductory Activity – Chair Movement Game
- Circle of chairs
Guide kids to sit in the circle of chairs. Give directions for kids to move right or left when certain statements apply to them. Kids should not move from their chairs if the statements do not apply to them. Here are sample statements and actions: “If you have a sister, move one chair to the left. If you have a dog, move two chairs to the right. If you have blue eyes, move one chair to the right. If you are seven years old, move one chair to the right. If you have more than one brother, move two chairs to the left. If you have a baby living in your house, move one chair to the right. If you have a teenager living in your house, move one chair to the left.” Make as many statements as you choose for the game.
After the game, ask: “What happened when two kids wanted the same chair?” Encourage kids to tell you how they decided what to do. Ask how they felt and how they one another. Tell kids that they will think about ways to treat others in today’s session.
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Game – Draw It!
- Large pieces of paper or large dry erase board, markers
Group the kids into two teams. Separate the teams and ask each team to list ways to show kindness and respect. They should think of specific ways or situations. After a few minutes, ask one team to choose a player to come to the board and draw pictures of one of the ways to show respect and kindness. The other team tries to guess what the player is drawing. After the team guesses the picture (or after a designated amount of time), switch roles. Alternate drawing and guessing tasks until each team has opportunities to draw and guess at least 3 times. (Continue alternating as time allows.) Talk about ways kids could treat others with kindness and respect this week at school and at home.
Craft – Bag Tags
- Plastic plates or construction paper, scissors, yarn or plastic rings, hole punch, fine-point permanent markers, colored tape
Talk about the Bible story. Think of ways kids could show kindness and respect to others at home and at school. Tell kids it is sometimes difficult to remember to show respect. They can create a reminder tag. Lead kids to cut shapes from the plastic plate (or paper). They can use tape to cover the edges of their tag. They can print words on the tags to remind them to show respect and kindness; talk about what words they could use. Lead them to use the markers or tape to decorate around their words. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and thread yarn through it to make a hanger. (Or use a plastic ring for a hanger.) Encourage kids to place their tags on backpacks, lunch boxes, or other bags to remind them to treat others with kindness and respect.
Introductory Activity – Verse Up and Down
- No materials needed
Say the Life Verse together. (Display the verse on a board or poster if needed.) Group the kids into two teams. Tell teams to stand and sit as they say each word of the verse. Tell Team 1 to stand on the first word and Team 2 to sit on the first word. Then Team 1 will sit on the second word and Team 2 will stand on the second word. Continue alternating standing and sitting as they say the words. Repeat a few times, increasing speed in saying the verse. Switch roles and do it again. Tell kids they will hear and think about another way to obey God’s commands in today’s session.
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Game – Word Scoop
- 12-15 table tennis balls, dishpan with water, slotted spoon or aquarium net, permanent marker
Print the words of the Life Point on the balls, one word per ball. Print other random words on the remaining balls. Drop all of the balls in the pan of water.
Talk about the Bible story. Say the Life Point. Guide kids to take turns scooping out a ball. Each kid can read the word; if he finds the first word, remove the word and set it aside. If the word is not the first word, he drops the ball back in the pan of water and passes the spoon to the next kid. Continue finding the words in order. After all the words have been found, place the balls in order and say the Life Point again. Talk about how Jesus showed respect and kindness to the woman. Encourage kids to talk about how they can show respect and kindness to others.
Craft – Kindness Hearts
- Wide clear tape, permanent markers, scissors
Help a kid cut a length of clear tape and lay it face up on a table. Cut another length of tape and lay it on top of the first, sticky sides together. Smooth as much as possible. Then the kid can draw heart shapes on the tape and color in different designs. When she finishes her hearts, she can cut them out. Tell kids that they can leave the hearts secretly for friends or family members or hand them to friends as a small gift. Talk about ways to treat others with kindness and respect.