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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.

Communication capers and body blunders

Physical activity

Introduce a number of games that remove one of our five senses. Discussion point: God gives every person different gifts and abilities; no one person is more important than the next. View option

Complimenting God

Any time, Drive time

Practice responses that help you acknowledge God whenever someone offers you a compliment. Discussion point: Honouring God, who made us, helps prevent us from becoming proud. View option

Every knee shall bow

Any time

Read a story about kings and queens to introduce the custom of kneeling before royalty. Discussion point: We can kneel when we pray to honour God and demonstrate humility. View option

I'm a star!

Drama / Role play

Take turns dressing up as someone famous, while others plead for your autograph. Discussion point: Pride blinds us to our own faults, and leads us to judge others, which is wrong. View option

Let's try to make snow

Science with a twist

Make “snowflakes” with paper or marshmallows, then try to make real snow from ice. Discussion point: Remembering how powerful and amazing God is helps keep us humble. View option

Power struggle

Any time, Drive time

Share this rhyme and introduce a variety of animals who only think they are big and strong. Discussion point: Verses from Job highlighting God’s might, compared to various animals. View option

Practice repentance

Science with a twist

Stain a cloth with berry juice, then remove it with lemon juice. Discussion point: Jesus’ sacrifice means our sins can be “washed away” when we repent. View option

Pride comes before a fall

Physical activity

Set up an obstacle course of soft pillows, then try to make it through blindfolded. Discussion point: Pride makes us blind to our sinfulness, and to wisdom from God and others. View option

Pride is sneaky

Science with a twist

While playing table soccer, try to get the ball into the mouth of a bottle. Discussion point: If we stay humble, honouring God, pride has a hard time getting into our hearts. View option

Proud and humble stuffies

Drama / Role play

Through pretend play, make “proud” stuffed animals trip over an obstacle. Discussion point: Pride leaves us unable to detect or hate our sin; it leads to disaster. View option

Spending time in God's presence

Any time, Drive time, Physical activity

During the course of the day, review Bible verses that emphasize the greatness of God. Discussion point: Remembering how powerful and amazing God is helps keep us humble. View option

Umbrella tag

Science with a twist

Play a game of tag, using an umbrella to identify a “safe” zone. Discussion point: Pride often leads us to disobey. Humbly following God’s rules, and man’s, keeps us safe. View option