When your class time is over and the sermon isn’t,
whaddaya do? Try a Plan in a Can!
It’s Sunday morning and you’ve just finished
your entire lesson. You check the clock, and while the service
should be ending…you hear no music, see no parents coming down
the hall, discern no sounds of the benediction. What you
do hear is your senior pastor, still excited about the
message. And then you quickly begin trying to figure out what
you’re going to do with a room full of kids and no lesson left —
without letting them see you sweat.
The temptation may be to run; it’s not easy to think of creative
and interesting ideas to keep kids engaged when you have extra time
on your hands. But don’t run — think of it as an honor that God
chose you to have a few extra minutes with your kids.
You might be thinking, Holy buckets! Are you kidding me? I
signed up for one hour. It’s been an hour and 20 minutes and these
kids are just staring at me. Well…they should be. You’re
pretty special. You’re the one person God selected for this moment.
Every extra minute kids get with you is his gift to them.
And you? You need a survival kit. A bucket of back up, a plan in
So we’ve created two kits you can build on your own and store in
your room. When you have extra time with kids, don’t sweat it-just
pull out your plan in a can and get busy! And just in case you’re
wondering, Why call it a can? Why not a box or a bin or a
bucket? It’s because for those times when you’re wondering if
you’ll be able to keep kids’ attention and bust their boredom, the
name is a sweet reminder that yes, you can!
PLAN IN A CAN: GAMES GALORE!
• Faithful Faces cards (printed photos, poster board, adhesive,
and a laminator or clear adhesive vinyl) held together with a
• Christian music CDs for kids
• Black light lamp
• Two large happy face images
• Two colors of plastic clothespins (enough for three per child;
available at Dollar Stores)