Children’s Session: Making Good Choices

Children’s Session: Making Good Choices

Introductory Activities

Magnetic Attraction ‘Explore together the objects that are attracted to a magnet and which ones are repelled. Explore what happens when two magnets are brought close to each other. Discuss together the sort of things we do that are attractive to God and what things we have done that are not. How do we choose what to do and not to do?

Sand Wilderness You will need: lots of play sand, stones, toy spiders, lizards, etc. Hide the items in the sand before letting the children play. As you let the children play in the sand, tell them to find the hidden items in the sand. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 Days. Think about what it would be like in a wilderness area going without food. Talk about what you might find in the desert.

Don’t Touch Leave an open box of celebrations on the table with a note beside it saying don’t touch! The challenge is to see if the children make the right choice or give into temptation.

Main Activities

Marshmallow Game Get the children one at a time to put as many marshmallows into their mouths that they can: no swallowing is allowed in this game. The leader counts and when the child has enough in their mouth they have to keep them there for 30 seconds before spitting them out into the bin. If they have put too many into their mouth they won’t be able to hold on for 30 seconds.

Game: Good Choices/Bad Choices This is a circle game. Print out and cut up the following statements and place in a bowl. Have children decided if the statement is a good choice or bad choice.

    • You take your brother/sister’s toy without telling them
    • You go out to play without asking your parents
    • You walk away when someone tries to start a fight with you.
    • You stand up for yourself
    • You call your friends names like ugly or stupid
    • Tell your family that you love them
    • Doing your homework and handing it in on time
    • Keeping a promise
    • Doing something that your parents have told you not to do
    • Staying up past your bed time
    • You get angry at your mum because she didn’t buy you something you wanted
    • You give up your seat on the bus for an older person to sit down
    • Giving some money to charity

Object Lesson: No more that we can bear.

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This Challenge teaches that God will help us get through difficult times and temptations.  He never allows us to go through more than we can bear, and He never leaves… The challenge is to place a wooden skewer through the balloon without it popping. The first step is to inflate the balloon until it’s nearly full size and then let about a third of the air out. Tie a knot in the end of the balloon. If you carefully examine the balloon you’ll notice a thick area of rubber at both ends of the balloon (where you tied the knot and the opposite end). This is where you will pierce the balloon with the skewer … but not yet. Keep reading. Dip the tip of the wooden skewer into the cooking oil, which works as a lubricant. Place the sharpened tip of the skewer on the thick end of the balloon and push the skewer into the balloon. Be careful not to jab yourself or the balloon with the skewer. Just use gentle pressure (and maybe a little twisting motion) to puncture the balloon. Push the skewer all the way through the balloon until the tip of the skewer touches the opposite end of the balloon where you’ll find the other thick portion of the balloon. Keep pushing until the skewer penetrates the rubber. Breathe a huge sigh of relief and take a bow! Ta-Da! Gently remove the skewer from the balloon. Of course, the air will leak out of the balloon, but the balloon won’t pop.

Craft: Homemade Bouncy Balls

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Just as the ingredients will react and change in this craft, we too can be changed by those around us or the situations we find ourselves in. Combine 1/2 Tsp of Borax, 4 Tbsp of Corn Starch, 4 Tbsp of warm water in a small bowl, mixing until all ingredients are dissolved In a separate Bowl Combine 1 Tbsp white glue and 1 Tsp Fluorescent or Glow in the Dark Paint. Mix well until the paint is completely blended into the glue. Once the ingredients of both bowls are well mixed, combine the two bowls.  Allow the ingredients to react by themselves for a minute before stirring them.  As you stir a sticky hard, slimy material will form.  Take the material, and continue to work it with your hands, rolling and shaping it into a ball As you roll the material, it will lose its sliminess and become dry and rather hard, yet still mouldable. Once you have formed 6 separate balls, break them apart – Take the 6 pieces and work the varying colours together. Notes about the bouncing balls:

  • The material of the bouncing balls is very similar to slime only thicker.  The balls lose their shape if left to sit.
  • Placing your bounce ball material in the refrigerator before playing helps the balls to hold their shape longer.
  • These balls are different from store bought bouncing balls.  They do not bounce nearly as high nor do they bounce on all surfaces, but a big part of the fun is the experience of making the balls.
  • When play time is over you can store your bounce ball material in a zip-lock bag in the fridge for future play. Next time you are ready to play just pull out the material and and re-form it to make bounce balls

Adults should handle the borax and/or closely supervise older children.  Borax is not meant for consumption and should be kept out of the reach of small children who may be tempted to taste.  The same rule applies to the borax bounce ball material

Craft: Toilet Roll Ninjas

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We need to protect and guard ourselves from temptation. Materials you need: toilet roll cores, paint, straws and a black marker First draw the slot for the ninjas’ eyes. Then paint – leaving the slot clear. Use a black marker to add the detail of the eyes and eyebrows. Tie and know a coloured straw for the belt and add a black straw for the sword.

Craft: 3D Hand Art

For this project, you’ll need: a ruler a black marker felt tip pens a white piece of paper Here’s how you do it:

  1.  Trace your hand and some of your wrist on a piece of paper.
  2.  Using the ruler, make straight lines on each side of your hand, avoiding the inside of it.
  3.  On the inside of your hand, make curves with each beginning and end lining up with the lines created by the ruler.
  4.  Colour in your picture.

Review

The review can happen at the time or later – this can be done individually or with others.

Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:

  • Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
  • What went well and why?
  • Has each child been able to reflect, even a little, on good decision making?
  • What is there for you to learn from this session?
  • What might you do differently another time?

 

 

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