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Hands-on options

Hands-on options

These ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your children. Read over the options at the beginning of your week and choose one or two that will fit your schedule.

Detecting temptation

Science with a twist

Discuss the importance of keeping fresh batteries in a smoke detector. Discussion point: Our conscience warns us that we are being tempted to sin; it’s important not to ignore it. View option

Fire safety rules

Science with a twist

Observe a campfire and discuss some fire safety rules. Discussion point: Review these parallel “sin safety rules” to help snuff out temptation before it’s out of control. View option

Firefighting

Any time, Drive time

Read this story about a firefighter, and review some important firefighting equipment. Discussion point: God’s Holy Spirit helps us overcome sin and temptation. View option

Firm footing

Physical activity

Go on a hike, helping each other over slippery, steep and rocky terrain. Discussion point: Sometimes it’s easy to “stumble” and sin; you can hold on to God for support. View option

Five-bell alarm

Creative crafts

Make your own “anger alarm” (resembling a fire alarm) to help kids determine whether their anger is righteous or unrighteous. Discussion point: Introduce skills to help kids manage their anger. View option

Flee from wrong

Physical activity

This fun adaptation of the game What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf? encourages kids to flee from unrighteousness. Discussion point: Fight temptation with prayer and God’s Word. View option

I'm thirsty. I'm hungry

Any time, Drive time

At snack time, talk about God’s desire that we “hunger” and “thirst” for righteousness. Discussion point: The role of confession, obeying God’s Word and the Spirit. View option

Learn like a dog

Any time

Observe dog trainers and the kinds of collars they use for large, disobedient dogs. Discussion point: Disobedience earns harsh discipline, but those who “hear and obey” please God. View option

Natural consequences

Getting into nature

Discuss these examples of how animals and plants must “obey laws” in nature to stay alive. Discussion point: Review God’s plan for personal salvation and the importance of obeying God. View option

Righteous rejoicing

Any time, Drive time

Use these song ideas to start an impromptu worship time, and review these verses about worship. Discussion point: We show we love God by praising Him often. View option

Righteous warriors

Creative crafts, Drama / Role play

Reinforce the idea that we can be “clothed in righteousness” with dress-up clothes that represent a cloak, breastplate and crown of righteousness. Discussion point: Review how to treat others “righteously.” View option

Shining righteousness

Getting into nature

Watch a sunrise and discuss the importance of starting each day with God. Discussion point: Don’t fret over another’s sin; talk to God about it instead (Psalm 37:5-7). View option

Simon Says

Physical activity

Play a game of Simon Says. Discussion point: We need to listen carefully to God’s instructions so we can avoid being tempted and tricked by Satan. View option

The weight of sin

Physical activity

Take a walk carrying a heavy backpack. Discussion point: Sin and guilt can weigh us down, but God forgives us when we confess our sins. View option

Thermometer fun

Science with a twist

Observe a thermometer in hot water and cold. Discussion point: Our emotions can make us feel “heated up.” We need to ask God to help us keep our emotions “cool.” View option

Tug of War

Physical activity

Enjoy a game of Tug of War. Discussion point: Sometimes we feel pulled toward sin. When we pray to Jesus, He will help us win against temptation. View option

We must confess, dirty clothes make a mess!

Other

Hide dirty laundry and try to “sniff it out.” Discussion point: Just as dirty laundry smells bad, our sin “stinks” to God. We stay clean by regularly confessing our sins. View option

Wise choices

Fun with food

At mealtime, offer a plate of rotten food along with wholesome food. Discussion point: It’s important to avoid sinful influences that "contaminate" our minds. View option