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Hands-on options

Hands-on options

Put away the shopping list! You don't need exotic or expensive props to reinforce what your children are learning about courteous communication. These suggestions will help you create "memorable moments" from materials you have on hand. Choose one or two activities that will fit your schedule.

Communication capers - the cow and the parrot

Any time, Drama / Role play, Drive time

Share a knock-knock joke about the interrupting cow, and learn why it’s better to be a parrot, who repeats back information to show they are listening. View option

Family building project

Creative crafts

Build a model house together, earning each building block by speaking in a way that “builds others up.” Discussion point: The importance of encouraging others. View option

Fruity fun

Fun with food

Earn fruit for a fruit salad by speaking “words of life.” Discussion point: Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life… those who love it will eat its fruit.” View option

Garbage busters

Science with a twist

Compare some smelly garbage with “garbage talk,” and some “precious” coins with “precious words.” Discussion point: Our words reflect the attitude of our heart – either sinful or pure. View option

Life has it's share of spills

Drama / Role play

Observe how water spills from a glass. Discussion point: When life “shakes us up,” what’s in our heart will “spill out” in our words; fill your heart with God’s love. View option

Matching words and actions

Science with a twist

Play a simple game matching pairs of squares, triangles and circles. Discussion point: We need to show love by our actions; loving words should match loving actions. View option

Pudding fun

Fun with food

Have fun squeezing pudding from a bag, then try to put it back in the bag again. Discussion point: Angry words can hurt someone, and they’re impossible to take back. View option

The powerful tongue

Physical activity

Examine the truth of James 3:2-12 by watching a fire burn, a rider control a horse, or a rudder control a sailboat. Discussion point: We need to keep our tongue under control. View option