Going Bananas

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Time: (10 minutes)

Children will pass a banana along a line to learn about
patience.

Have kids stand in a straight line. Say: Let’s see how fast we can
pass a banana up and back down the line. Here is the catch: You
can’t use your hands. You must hold the banana with your chin. Pass
the banana, chin to chin, up and down the line. If someone drops
the banana, you must start over.

Place the banana beneath the chin of the child in front of the
line. Show that child how to hold the banana between his or her
chin and chest. Odds are that the banana will drop to the floor a
few times during the game. Allow children to express frustration,
but redirect unkind words. If children have an especially difficult
time, modify the rules so kids can restart the game with the same
partner who dropped the banana.

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When kids have finished, gather them around you in a circle.
Ask:
• Was this game easy or difficult for you? Why?
• How did you feel when someone dropped the banana? Why?
• If you dropped the banana, how did you feel when you heard the
group’s reaction?

Say: It’s easy to feel impatient when things don’t go your way.
Sometimes people do things that make it hard for you to get what
you want. When we get impatient, we’re tempted to say things that
aren’t nice. We can make others feel bad. Today we’re going to
learn about an important fruit of the Spirit–patience. And we’ll
explore how we should be patient with others in the same way that
God is patient with us.

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