Help preteens understand how their daily
activities influence their lives.
You’ll need a Bible. You’ll also need a resealable plastic bag, a
chocolate-covered doughnut, and a powdered sugar-covered doughnut
for each preteen.
Form pairs. Have each preteen place a chocolate doughnut inside a
plastic bag. Tell kids the chocolate doughnuts represent them in
school. Tell them God wants them to be true to him, untouched by
negative influences. Ask kids to name positive influences in their
lives-activities, the Bible, or Christian friendships. Have them
trade bags with their partners.
Have kids each add a powdered sugar doughnut to their partners’
bags and seal them. Challenge kids to think of as many negative
influences as they can in one minute, such as certain music or
movies. Each time they name a poor influence, they can shake their
After one minute, return the bags to their owners.
Let kids examine their chocolate doughnuts. Ask: What happened to
your chocolate doughnut? How is that like or unlike how negative
influences in your life impact you? Read aloud Romans 12:2. Ask:
How can you resist worldly things? How can you surround yourself
with positive influences? What negative influences do you need to
eliminate from your life?
This article is excerpted from Children’s Ministry Magazine.
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