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Hands-on options

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.

Blind courage

Any time

Learn a little about guide dogs for the blind. Discussion point: We can trust God when we can’t “see” what lies ahead. View option

Courageous critters

Getting into nature

Study the fearless behaviour of the wolverine, the grison and the badger. Discussion point: We must resist temptation and ensure we are not an easy target for Satan. View option

God is my air bag

Drive time

Discuss vehicle safety devices like kiddie car seats, seat belts and air bags. Discussion point: Even though we can’t see Him, God is always there to protect us. View option

God is my flashlight

Drama / Role play

Teach kids the “fear stopper handshake” to help them overcome fear of the dark. Discussion point: Review some “fear stopper” Bible verses. View option

I wanna hold the hand that holds the world

Physical activity

Discuss some fear-inspiring natural events, such as tornadoes or earthquakes. Discussion point: Review Scriptures revealing that God controls nature. View option

Letter from God

Any time

Read a pretend letter from God that’s based on the story of Hezekiah. Discussion point: God wants us to trust Him, even when we are afraid. View option

Mashed potato mountains

Fun with food

Make “mountains” from mashed potato, dough or sand and act out Scriptures about God’s power over nature. Discussion point: God’s strength has no limits; He is able to protect us. View option

Priceless poppies

Creative crafts

Make your own remembrance poppies from coffee filters. Discussion point: We honour the courage and sacrifice of military personnel (both past and present). View option

Rocks and roses

Science with a twist

For this object lesson, you’ll fill a transparent vase with flowers, water, rocks and sand. Discussion point: God helps us overcome our fears. View option

Snuff out fear

Science with a twist

Light a candle and talk about how scary fires can be. Discussion point: Fear is like fire – it can easily get out of control; we can ask God to calm our fear. View option

Take time to remember

Drive time

Point out veterans’ licence plates and discuss the role of those who keep our country and community safe. Discussion point: We need to show courage and protect others too. View option

The gracious hand of God

Any time, Drive time

Tell the story of Ezra’s dangerous journey back to Israel and introduce a rhyme that helps kids banish fear. Discussion point: Even when we are afraid, God is with us. View option