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10 Fun Ideas For A Friendship Lesson

12 Feb
  1. HappyRoll out butcher paper on the floor. Have kids write words that describe a good friend or draw pictures of someone being a good friend.

2. Tell a personal story of when someone was a good friend to you. Include what actions they took that made them a good friend and how it made you feel.

3. Memorize a bible verse. Make up actions to help the kids remember the words. Or better yet, have them create their own actions.

“A friend loves at all times.”  Proverbs 17:17

“Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Luke 6:31

4. Watch the Friendship Soup video

5. Discuss in small groups:

Why are arguments a part of friendship?

How do you think God wants you to deal with arguments in a friendship?

How can you disagree with someone in a kind way?

6. Make Friendship Soup. Put out bowls of snacks- goldfish crackers, pretzels, dried fruit, cheese puffs, Chex cereal, etc.  Each child spoons some of what they want into a bowl to make their own soup.

7. Make friendship bracelets and trade them with each other. Instructions can be found on these sites:

Cool and Easy to Make Friendship Bracelets

Basic Friendship Bracelets

8. Create an obstacle course. Divide kids into pairs. One child must close his/her eyes while the other ones leads through the course. Practice trusting a friend during this activity.

9. Tell a Bible story about friendship. The JellyTelly Parents blog has a good post with ideas.

10. Play Guess the Mood. Print off pictures of faces or tear them from magazines. Have the kids work together in teams to divide the pictures into similar emotions.

 

What ideas do you have to build friendship in your church, organization or family?

 

 

Make These Fun Christmas Story Snacks

12 Dec

Day 11 and 12: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

Yesterday was one of THOSE days in ministry. So how about two different snack ideas to do with the kids? We did both of these to complement Dirty Jobs Bethlehem, our Christmas curriculum.

Graham Cracker Manger

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Supplies: frosting, graham crackers, pretzels, Cheerios

Form a manger using graham crackers and frosting. Put a mixture of pretzels (hay) and Cheerios (oats) inside the manger.

When we did this snack/craft, we found the kids experimenting with different ways to make the manger. They also made people out of the pretzels and crackers.

Shepherds in The Fields At Night

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Supplies: Graham crackers, frosting, white chocolate chips, M & M’s

Optional: Buy or make white frosting. Drop green food coloring into the frosting to make a green field.

Spread a layer of frosting on the graham cracker. Place the white chips on the frosting to represent sheep. Place the M & M’s on the frosting to represent the shepherds watching the sheep.