Introductory Activity – Family Roles
Materials: no materials needed
Tell your children that everyone brings different roles and talents to their family. On the whiteboard, write PARENTS, SIBLINGS, and YOU across the top. Ask: “What role do your parents have in your family? What talents do your parents have?” Write down their answers. Ask: “What role do your siblings have in your family? What talents do your siblings have?” Write down their answers. Ask: “What role do you have in your family? What talents do you have?” Write down their answers. Reassure your children that sometimes being a part of a family is hard, but God helps us know in the Bible how families should function. Say the Life Point together.
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Game – Role Reversal
Materials: paper, pencils
Distribute a piece of paper and an pencil to each child. Instruct the kids to write down common directions parents give their children. Then tell them create statements of how they wish parents would give those specific instructions. Direct them to act out each of the statements with their group. Say the Weekly Verse together.
Craft – Family Picture
Materials: paper, crayons or colored pencils
Give every child a piece of paper and crayons or colored pencils. Instruct them to draw and color a picture of their family on the front of the paper. On the back, direct them to write down one thing they love about each of their family members. Encourage them to put their drawing in a prominent place at home to remind themselves of how God put their family together. Pray with the kids, thanking God for each child’s family.
Introductory Activity – Family Prayer
Materials: paper, pencil
Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Explain that praying for our family members is one of the best ways to show that we love them. Instruct them to write down a prayer for each of their family members. After writing their prayers, direct them to fold them and put them in their Bible or pocket. Encourage them to share their prayers with their family members after class.
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Game – Tallest Tower
Materials: various items from your house (items like books; nonbreakable plates, bowls, or vases; etc.)
Before class, choose various items from your house for children to use to build towers. In class, place the items in the center of the floor. Form two teams of kids. Tell them to work together to build the tallest free-standing tower. Allow each team to alternate choosing one item until all the items have been chosen. Give the teams five minutes to build their towers. The team that creates the tallest tower is the winner! Explain that families are supposed to function as a team, and the Bible helps families know how they should work together. Say the Life Point together.
Craft – Family Collage
Materials: magazines, newspapers, construction paper, glue sticks, markers
Give every child a piece of construction paper and ensure everyone has access to the other materials. Instruct them to write the Life Point on top of their paper. Tell them to cut out pictures that show how a family should function together and glue them to their paper, creating a collage. Allow several volunteers to share with their class why they chose their pictures.