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.

Everyone loves presents: God's great gift!

Drama / Role play

Gift wrap an empty box to symbolize God’s wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. Discussion point: We can pray to receive the Holy Spirit; He grows self-control in us. View option

Fizzy mess

Science with a twist

Shake a bottle of pop and watch the fizz “boil over.” Discussion point: When we lose self-control, we can hurt others; go to a parent, or to God, for help. View option

Giggle game

Physical activity

Take turns trying to make someone laugh, even when they’re trying not to. Discussion point: Sometimes it’s not appropriate to laugh, but to be quiet, respectful and self-controlled instead. View option

Like a city

Physical activity

Research how a fort is constructed, or build your own fort. Discussion point: When we lose self-control, our guard is down; it’s easy for Satan to attack us. View option

Praying and preying

Getting into nature

Consider the self-control of predatory animals as they stalk their prey. Take turns pretending to be both hunter and prey. Discussion point: Review scenarios where you need to show self-control. View option

Self-control scenarios

Any time, Drive time

Discuss five scenarios where exercising self-control may be difficult. Discussion point: Jesus understands what it’s like to be tempted; the Holy Spirit helps us grow in self-control. View option

Smart self-control

Any time, Drive time

Give your children some candies, and promise they’ll get more later if they save some. Goal: Practice self-control; identify situations that trigger loss of control. View option

Ugly tempers on display

Drama / Role play

Video your child whining, complaining, or in a full-blown temper tantrum. Discussion point: Review Titus 3:1-2 and discuss the importance of “doing good,” and being “peaceable and considerate.” View option