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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.

Droopy plants

Science with a twist

Observe how grass or a houseplant withers without water. Discussion point: God promises the wicked will wither away, but God cares for those who are good. View option

Emotional Charades

Drama / Role play

This is like the traditional game of Charades, except the players act out an emotion of their choosing. Goal: Greater awareness of how others are feeling. View option

Fruit faces

Fun with food

Arrange slices of fruit to create a face and review the fruit of the Spirit. Discussion point: The Holy Spirit helps us be kind to each other. View option

It's cool to be kind

Drama / Role play

Role play various scenarios where others may say unkind things, and practice gracious responses. Goal: Practice “blessing those who curse you.” View option

Kind solutions

Drama / Role play

Dial back tattling with suggestions that help kids solve problems cooperatively. Discussion point: We show love to others when we are patient and not easily angered. View option

Kindness is contagious

Science with a twist

Review personal hygiene rules that reduce the spread of germs. Discussion point: We should spread “kindness germs” everywhere; they quickly spread through a group. View option

Random acts of kindness

Serving others

Host your own “Random Acts of Kindness” week. Begin by surprising family members with acts of kindness, then extend the blessing to your community. Goal: Practice kindness. View option

Receiving kindness

Drama / Role play

Practice appropriate responses to compliments, and polite ways to decline an invitation. Goal: Learning manners and taking care not to hurt another’s feelings. View option

Serving others first is fun

Serving others

Run a family competition, racing to see who can be first to identify opportunities to say, “Serve my brother/sister/friend first.” Goal: Practice putting others first. View option

Shining kids

Any time

Reward kind deeds with a glow-in-the-dark wand or bracelet and read Psalm 37:5-6. Discussion point: God sees our actions and is pleased when we make good choices. View option

The kindness of animals

Getting into nature

Watch animals – cows, horses or cats – grooming each other, then take turns giving each other a back rub. Goal: Practicing kindness. View option

Water fun

Science with a twist

Shake up two bottles filled with water. One stays clean, the other goes cloudy. Discussion point: When difficulties “shake us up,” the state of our heart is revealed. View option