Father’s Day will soon be here. To help you in your planning, here are some fun and easy things you can do with your kids this Father’s Day.
Feats of Strength
Have kids form pairs. SAY: We’re going to discover how strong you are by trying a series of challenges. Your first challenge? One-Legged Elbow Wrestling! Have partners interlock their right elbows and hold one foot off the ground at the same time. When you say “go,” kids will attempt to push their partners off balance. The challenge ends when the first person in each pair has to put his or her foot down to keep from falling. Allow time.
Have kids switch partners. SAY: Next? Flat-Bottomed Back Wrestling! Have kids sit on the floor, back to back and with elbows interlocked, with their knees raised close to their chests. SAY: On “go,” the first person to get his or her partner’s right shoulder to touch the ground wins. Ready, go! Allow time.
Have kids switch partners again. SAY: Last? The Toe-to-Toe Hand Pull! Have kids sit on the floor facing their partners with toes touching. SAY: Interlink both your hands with your partner’s hands. On “go,” try to lift your partner off the ground by pulling back on his or her hands. The challenge is over when one person leaves the ground. Ready, go! Allow time.
Once kids complete all three challenges, encourage them to share which events they were strongest in. Applaud everyone’s efforts.
ASK: • Tell about a time you felt strong.
• Other than physical strength, what are ways people are strong?
• Who’s the strongest person you know—and what makes that person so strong?
SAY: Father’s Day is a day we recognize all the great things about our dads, including their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength. Father’s Day is also a day to recognize that we have an amazing, strong, and powerful Father in heaven—God, who loves us very much and is stronger than anyone.
Close in prayer, thanking God for being a strong Father and for giving kids great dads and men in their lives.
Set out a dishpan full of mud. Make sure the mud is wet enough for children to plunge their hands deep into it. Mix in several coins with the mud. When children arrive, tell them there’s money in the mud—all they have to do is dig for it and it’s theirs. Require each child to dig for the money.
Afterward, ASK: • How did it feel to dig in the mud for hidden treasure?
• How does it feel to have mud on your hands now that our search is over?
Don’t allow children to wash up. SAY: Today we’re going to learn about a young boy who left his father to hunt for a better life. Let’s see what happened to him.
Have the children listen and stand up when good actions and attitudes happen and sit down when bad actions and attitudes happen. Read aloud Luke 15:11-32 from a modern translation. Review the story by letting the children describe times they stood or sat.
ASK: • What was so special about the way the father in this story loved his son?
• What happened to the son when he wouldn’t receive his father’s love?
• How is what happened to him similar to the way you feel with mud on your hands?
• Who in your life loves you the way the father in this story loved his son?
SAY: Jesus told this story so we’d understand that God loves us the same way the father loved his son.
ASK: • What’s one way you know that God loves you?
Allow children to wash their hands.
(This idea was submitted by Sharon Noble from Iwakuni, Japan.)
Our children created a unique card for Father’s Day. Using their thumbprints, the children created pictures of sheep. They then drew a shepherd and glued this poem (my original writing) to their picture:
Children are just little lambs
Needing love and care.
We have a Heavenly Shepherd
Who is with us everywhere.
But even on this Earth,
God gave us shepherds, too.
He knew just what I needed.
I’m so glad He gave me you!
Inside their cards, children glued the preprinted words to Psalm 78:5-7 (New Century Version): “The Lord made an agreement with Jacob and gave the teachings to Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children. Then their children would know them, even their children not yet born. And they would tell their children. So they would all trust God and would not forget what he had done but would obey his commands.”
For those children in our congregation who don’t have dads living with them, we encouraged them to give their cards to people who had been like shepherds or fathers to them.
What are you planning to do in your ministry for Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!