Father’s Day Activities

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GRADES 4 – 6

  1. Pairs Matchup — Before children arrive, think
    of several pairs of words like salt and pepper, bread and butter,
    or bat and ball. Write each word on a separate 3X5 card. When
    children arrive, tape a card to the back of each child. Have the
    children ask questions about the item on their back to discover
    what the item is. Then have them each find their match. Children
    with matching pairs become partners.
  2. A Famous Bible Pair — Read aloud 2 Timothy 1:1-7 to tell about a famous New
    Testament pair: Paul and Timothy. Explain that we don’t know much
    about Timothy’s father. Note that he may have died or just not
    lived with the family. He also may not have been a Christian.
    Explain that Paul regarded Timothy as a spiritual son. After the
    Bible story, have pairs create a definition of a good earthly
    father and a good spiritual father.
  3. If I Were a Father — Read the following
    situations one at a time. With their partners, have children
    discuss what they’d do in that situation if they were a father.
    After each situation, have children report what they’d do. The
    situations: I’ve caught my son lying to me for the fourth time this
    week; my 12-year-old daughter wants to date an 18-year-old guy; my
    children have had a rough day at school today; and my son is still
    struggling in school. Afterward, ask: How easy or difficult was it
    to answer these questions? Did you and your partner agree or
    disagree on these questions? Explain. How easy or difficult is it
    to be a father? What could you do to show your appreciation to your
    father on Father’s Day?
  4. Super Tops for Dads — Give each child a
    painter’s or baseball cap. Provide an assortment of paint pens,
    glitter, and fabric paints. Have children each decorate a cap for
    their father or another important man in their lives.

Close in prayer, thanking God for fathers and other men in our
lives.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

You’ll need: Gingerbread man
cookie cutters, sandwich bread, blunt knives, peanut butter, cream
cheese, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, decorator sprinkles, cups,
and milk.

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Directions: Have children use the cookie cutters
to cut out man shapes from the bread. Encourage children to use the
spreads and toppings to decorate their “fathers.”

Serve with milk or fruit juice. As children eat, have them describe
characteristics of a great father.

Walter Norvell has worked with children for 19 years.

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