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Paper dolls or cookie people

Paper dolls or cookie people

Decorate paper dolls, or cut out cookie dough people using a cookie cutter.

Discussion point: God made people with individual differences, and everyone has value to Him.

Cut out paper dolls and have your children decorate them. After they are done, use the discussion questions below to begin a dialogue about favouritism and accepting individual differences.

Explain that just as none of the paper dolls are alike, God made people with individual differences as well. People can be similar or very different, but no two people will ever be exactly alike. Explain that we find it easy to choose a favourite paper doll, but God does not choose favourites – He loves all of us exactly the same.

You can do the same activity with “roll and cut” cookie dough. Roll out the dough and have your children make at least ten cookies using the same cookie cutter. These can be compared afterwards, just as you compared the paper dolls. Once again, no two will be alike, and even the rejects or the “funny-looking” ones will taste good. The dolls and cookies can also be used to role play inclusive and exclusive playtime activities.

Questions for discussion
  • Can you find any two paper dolls that are the same?
  • Which is your favourite doll?
  • What kind of food do you enjoy eating most?
  • What kind of activities do you enjoy?
  • What is your brother’s/sister’s/friend’s favourite food/hobby?
  • What would our family be like if everyone were the same?
  • Does God have favourites?
Relevant Scripture

Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.’ ”

Romans 2:11 “For God does not show favoritism.”

James 2:8-9 “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”