Community Builders for Kids

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As children build good relationships with one another,
they’re better able to learn and pray together. Here are 4 fun ways
to develop group unity.

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Although children may be in the same class, they may not know
each other well. And they need to.

Your children’s relationships are crucial to their successful
learning. As children build good relationships with one another,
they’re better able to learn and pray together. They can open up
and trust others to help them grow. It’s the basic principle of the
body of Christ at work — even with kids as young as
preschoolers.

The following ideas build mutual appreciation, nurture group
identity, and develop an atmosphere of trust. Have fun leading your
kids into greater community!

CLIP ART

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Supplies: Paper clips.
Activity: Form groups of four. Have groups each
sit in a circle. Place four paper clips in each circle. Have group
members connect the paper clips, with each person using only one
hand. Then have them form the strand into a shape and stand up when
finished.

Ask: How well did you work together? What was
your best technique to connect the paper clips? What did you learn
about each other during this process? about yourself?


I LIKE

Supplies: None needed
Activity: Form groups of four. Read each statement
aloud and allow time for each group to agree on an answer. Each
group must agree to one answer that is true for all four of them.
For example, if three of the kids like ice cream and one doesn’t,
that group must decide on a different snack food that all four kids
like.

Read these statements:

  1. Something you like to do in the water.
  2. A snack food you like to eat.
  3. A story of Jesus you like.
  4. A subject in school you like.
  5. A place you like to go for fun.
  6. A holiday you enjoy.
  7. A sport you enjoy playing or watching.
  8. A TV program you enjoy.

Ask: How easy or difficult was it to agree?
Which statements were the most difficult to agree on? What was the
most surprising thing you all were able to agree on? What did you
learn about each other?


SHARED IDEA

Supplies: Paper and pencils.
Activity: This activity works best with older
children. Form groups of four. Give each group one sheet of paper
and a pencil. Tell groups they’re each going to draw their ideal
Sunday school classroom. (You could also have them draw a
playground, church building, or vacation spot.)

Explain that this is an activity where there can be no talking.
Groups will communicate through marks on the paper and eye contact.
Each person can draw only one straight line at a time. After each
mark, pass the pencil to the right for the next person to make a
straight line in silence.

After 10 minutes, have groups stop and discuss their
drawing.

Ask: How did you feel during this activity? How
well did your group work together? How close is your drawing to
what each person originally imagined?

Have groups display and explain their pictures. Point out any
similarities. (Note: This is also a great way to discover ways to
make your classroom more appealing.)


SHOE SCRAMBLE

Supplies: Kids’ shoes
Activity: Tell kids this is not a contest but an
opportunity to help each other. Have kids place their shoes in the
center of the room. Have kids form a circle around the shoes and
sit down. Have children count off by threes. On “go,” have all the
1’s find their shoes without using their hands. Have the 1’s each
find someone to put on their left shoe. Then have the 1’s each find
a different person to put on their right shoe. Kids can never touch
their own shoes. Then have them go back to their place and sit
down. Repeat this process with the 2’s and 3’s.

Ask: How did you feel during this activity? How
did you feel when someone helped you? when you helped someone?

Say: Think about one way the person on your
right has helped you or others. We’ll go around the circle and
thank God for that person and tell the way he or she has helped
others.

Bobbie Bower is a children’s ministry consultant in
Kansas.
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and prices are subject to change.

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