GRADES 4 – 6
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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
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,
Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
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.