Play a fun game in front of the kids, then model inclusiveness by welcoming the children into your game.
Discussion point: How bad it feels to be left out or unwelcome.
Set your children up to want to be included. Play an active, fun game involving yourself and another person within earshot of your children. Hopefully, they will come over and ask to be included. Model inclusiveness by saying, “Of course, we’d love to have you play.” Then play the game together.
Ask the following questions to debrief after the game:
Questions for discussion
- How did you feel when we included you?
- Was it fun to join in?
- How would you have felt if we had said, “No, we want to play by ourselves. Go away!”?
- When and where might you be tempted to exclude someone?
Explain that telling a child that he/she is not welcome to play can be one of the most hurtful things they could ever say to another child. It feels terrible to be left out. End by reading Luke 6:31 and then close by praying together.
“Do to others as you would want them to do to you.”