Use these great Father’s Day ideas in your ministry.
Preschool - Kindergarten
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- All in the Family — Show children a picture of your family. Talk about your family and lead children in talking about their families.
- A Special Gift — Have children do the motions
in parentheses as you tell this story from Genesis 37:1-11. Joseph’s father Jacob loved
him very much (cross your arms across your chest); Jacob thought
and thought about what gift he could give Joseph (point to your
head as though thinking); Jacob clipped wool from a sheep (pretend
to cut with scissors); Jacob dyed the wool many colors (pretend to
dip wool into several different buckets); Jacob wove the cloth
(pretend to push a weave forward and back); Jacob sewed a coat for
Joseph (pretend to sew); and Jacob gave Joseph a beautiful coat
(pretend to put on a coat). Afterward, ask: How did Jacob show his
son that he loved him? Do you think Joseph liked his new coat? Why
or why not? How does your father show you that he loves you? (If
you have children without fathers, ask about grandfathers or
uncles.) Have the children retell the story to each other, using
the appropriate motions.
- Sing a Song — Say: This Sunday, we’ll
celebrate Father’s Day. Let’s thank God for our fathers. Lead
children in singing the following song to the tune of “Mary Had a
Little Lamb.” Sing: Thank you, God, for my daddy, my daddy, my
daddy. Thank you, God, for my daddy. Thank you, God. Let children
suggest other family members to thank God for.
- Colorful Cards — Give children white card
stock. Have them each fold their paper in half to make a card. Then
have children tear or cut pieces of construction paper to glue to
the front of their card. Tell them they’re making colorful cards
for someone they love for Father’s Day — the same way Jacob made a
colorful coat for someone he loved. Have children deliver their
cards after class.
- Snack — See “Food for Thought.”
GRADES 1 – 3
- Mud Pit — 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.
- True Treasure — Have the children listen to
the story 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. What’s one way you know that God
loves you? Allow children to wash their hands.
- Father’s Day Acrostic — Write “Father’s Day”
vertically on a large poster. Have children work together to write
reasons to celebrate Father’s Day on the poster that start with the
letters in the acrostic. For example, F could be for “faithfully
meets my needs.”
- Dad Awards — Have children each make an award
for their father or another significant man in their lives. Provide
a wide roll of satin ribbon, glitter glue, and safety pins. Have
children each think of a characteristic they like in their father
or another man they look up to. Then have them create an award
featuring that characteristic. For example, a child might choose
the Best Sense of Humor award or the Best Listening Ear award. Have
children use the glitter glue to write that award on their ribbon.
Encourage children to present these awards after class.
- Snack — See “Food for Thought.”
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