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Hands-on options

Often we are consumed by the busyness of day-to-day living and we forget to look for opportunities to teach our children God-honouring character traits. These ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your kids. Read over the suggestions at the beginning of your week and choose one or two that will fit your schedule.

"Shalom, peace be with you"

Drama / Role play

Discover the meaning behind the Hebrew greeting, "Shalom." Discussion point: Introduces important concepts about how God works to restore peace, beginning with the Fall. View option

Celebrate unity!

Fun with food

Reward spontaneous demonstrations of peacemaking with a small treat. Goal: Practice harmony. View option

Discord detectives

Drama / Role play

Take turns being detectives who identify the causes of arguments and strife. Discussion point: We need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with forgiveness and love. View option

Environmental awareness

Getting into nature

Examine the harmony of nature, and how human behaviour can disrupt our environment. Discussion point: When we sin against others, we “pollute” God’s plan for harmony. View option

Harmonious relationships in nature

Getting into nature

Explore some symbiotic, mutualistic and parasitic relationships among animals. Discussion point: Disharmony is harmful to others, just like a parasitic relationship. View option

Harmony hop

Physical activity

Host a three-legged race, and encourage cooperation to reach the goal. Discussion point: When we ask in prayer, God will help us cooperate with others. View option

Love covers sin

Science with a twist

Perform a simple experiment with vinegar and soda, to create “fizz,” then snuff out the fizz with water. Discussion point: Responding in love calms a brewing fight. View option

Music to my ears

Any time

Practice singing off-key, then singing in tune, and discuss how bickering is like discordant music. Discussion point: It’s more enjoyable to live in harmony with others. View option

Peacemaker parade

Physical activity

Take turns being “Peace Police” who identify peacemaking in your home. Hold a musical procession each time you discover peacemaking. Discussion point: The Holy Spirit helps us get along with others. View option

Please, may I have the crust?

Fun with food

Discuss the truth of Proverbs 17:1 “Better a dry crust...” and make up similar “proverbs.” Discussion point: Good relationships are much more important than material possessions. View option

Salty snacks

Fun with food

Enjoy some salty snacks, then compare positive “salty talk” with “sour talk.” Discussion point: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt…” View option

Singing songs of peace

Any time

View a selection of songs that will help your family celebrate love and harmony. Goal: Practice harmony. View option

Walking in the light

Physical activity

Go for a walk on a dark light, or spend time in a dark room. Discussion point: God wants us to “walk in the light” by showing love to others. View option