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Hands-on options

Hands-on options

These fun ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your kids. Choose just one or two ideas that will appeal to your children.

Blanket tag

Physical activity

Play a game of blanket tag to emphasize the idea that “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). View option

Camping with compassion

Drama / Role play

For this activity, you’ll set up a pretend campsite indoors and let your children practice offering comfort and reassurance to siblings and stuffed toys who are afraid of the dark. View option

Child sponsorship

Serving others

Sponsor a needy child to introduce your children to caring for the needs of someone beyond their immediate community. View option

Come alongside

Physical activity

While you are out walking together, this simple exercise will help you show your children the value of coming alongside a friend or family member to encourage them during a hard time. View option

Compassion clips

Drama / Role play

Have your children stage a series of mini puppet shows to help them practice verbalizing sympathy and support. View option

Compassion starts small

Getting into nature

Dissuade your children from killing insects, small animals and plants by adopting the family rule If God made it, we don’t hurt it. View option

Compassionate caregivers

Any time, Drive time

Talk to your children about the “caring professions,” such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, pastors and counsellors. Discussion point: God heals us from our spiritual illness of sin. View option

Lent beyond the Easter season

Any time, Drive time

Help your children understand how well off they are and introduce them to the idea of making “Lent” sacrifices in order to bless others who are in need. View option

Love like a dog

Any time, Drive time

In this activity, you’ll watch how your pet dog reacts when someone in the family is upset, and talk about body language cues that suggest someone is upset. View option

Mercy tales

Any time, Drive time

Tell your kids about a time when you were short of money, or in need in some other way, and someone helped you – or use the story provided here instead. View option

My sweet baby

Any time

Have fun showing your children photos of them when they were babies. Discussion point: Parents have tender compassion for their children, but God’s compassion for us is even greater. View option

Open arms

Serving others

Packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox is a great way to teach your children to care for others. View option

Operation worm rescue

Getting into nature

Toward the end of a rainy day, venture outside to conduct a “worm rescue.” View option

Salt water is special

Science with a twist

Make a raw egg float in salt water to illustrate how much God cares about our tears and sorrows, and how God shows us His compassion by carrying us in our times of sorrow. View option

Seeking God's heart

Any time, Drive time

At a family mealtime, or while on a long drive, put your heads together to write a family prayer asking God to give you His love and concern for others. If you wish, you can use this simple Celtic prayer as a model for your prayer. View option

The mercy rule

Any time, Drive time

Implement “the mercy rule” when you play board games like Trouble or Sorry!, and look for other ways to implement the same concept in your day-to-day life. View option

Walking in their shoes

Physical activity

The idea behind this exercise is to let your children go barefoot awhile so they can have empathy and compassion for children who do not own a pair of shoes. View option

Wet and wild water fight

Physical activity

On a hot summer day, have a water fight with your children, but be “merciful” in your use of the hose. Discussion point: As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. View option