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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.

"I love you this much" game

Any time

Take turns coming up with descriptive words ending in “er” to explain the magnitude of your love. Discussion point: Jesus’ love for us is so great, He was willing to die on the cross for us. View option

"I'm special" poster

Creative crafts

Help your children to recognize and celebrate their individuality by making a poster for each child that highlights the ways that they are unique. View option

Dealing with put-downs and compliments

Drama / Role play

We cannot change our looks or our inborn abilities. Unfortunately, much of the teasing that goes on is focused on these “unchangeables.” Here are some ideas to help your children deal with occasional teasing. View option

Diamonds in the sun

Science with a twist

In this “compare and contrast” exercise, you’ll examine the beauty of a diamond in the sun and liken it to a person who is reflecting the love of Christ. View option

Fab feathers

Science with a twist

Have your children each draw a picture of an animal they like (or find pictures). Talk about how God has given each of those animals special features to help them function according to His grand design. Discussion point: We shouldn't complain about the way God made us. View option

Favourite foods extravaganza

Fun with food

Enjoy a special family meal together, then surprise your kids by affirming the godly character traits you see in them. Discussion point: You’ll share with your kids the message “God delights in you!” View option

God is my bodyguard

Drama / Role play

For children who enjoy spirited play, this lesson about bodyguards is a fun way to help them find confidence in God's protection. Discussion point: We are highly valued by God, like precious princes and princesses. View option

God's little helpers

Creative crafts

In this activity, you’ll each make a hand-print poster. Then you’ll boost your kids’ self-esteem by letting them practice serving others. View option

God's love is like a drop of water: It goes on and on forever

Science with a twist

Conduct a simple experiment demonstrating the different stages of the water cycle. Discussion point: God’s love is like a drop of water in the water cycle: it never ends, but goes on forever. View option

Humans are unique

Creative crafts

In this activity, you’ll explore how each person’s fingerprints are unique, then create some fun animal drawings from your fingerprints. Discussion point: Every person God made is unique and special. View option

Jesus holds my hand

Any time

Choose a special discussion time to reassure each of your children that God is their Father in heaven and that He is always with them, ready to listen to their worries and to comfort them. View option

Light brigade

Creative crafts

In this activity, you’ll make a paper bag lantern for each child and light them up in a dark room. Discussion point: God’s light and love can “shine through us” to others. View option

Lost and found

Physical activity

Host a modified treasure hunt in your home by choosing five “treasured” items to hide, and share with your kids the message of salvation. View option

Love letter of affirmation

Any time

Write a letter to each of your children that’s patterned after Philippians 1:3-11 or 2 Corinthians 3:1-6 and reassures each child of your love, and of God’s love for them too. View option

Masked reality game

Drama / Role play

Using large paper bags or paper plates, help your children make a mask and act “in character.” Discussion point: Some people “wear a mask” all day long because they are afraid people won’t like who they really are. View option

Mirror gazers and window gazers

Any time

Share a story about Pearl, a very self-centred girl, and steer your children away from becoming overly focused on themselves (by being either prideful or insecure). Discussion point: God wants us to care about others and not be preoccupied with ourselves. View option

One leg, two legs

Science with a twist

Play this balancing game to show your children that objects are more stable when they have a wide base of support. Discussion point: We can place our confidence in God – a firm foundation for our lives. View option

Pin the arm on the person

Creative crafts

Make a cardboard model of each child’s body, then read 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 aloud while your children “remove” various body parts and consider the implications of their loss. Discussion point: God gave each person a different set of skills, and we are all equally valuable. View option

Song of assurance

Drive time

In this activity, you'll teach your children the song Jesus Loves Me and have fun singing it in different styles and as different characters. View option

The perfect balance

Science with a twist

For this activity, you’ll build a model balance scale large enough for stuffed animals to sit on, then find the perfect balance point between pride and self-doubt. Discussion point: God wants us to ask Him for help when our thoughts start to get prideful or anxious. View option

You're a treasure!

Physical activity

Play a game of hide and seek where the kids hide while you feign great distress at having “lost” your children. Discussion point: Emphasize to your children how much you love them, and how valuable they are to you. View option