Honest Abe Bracelets


In honor of the United States’ Presidents’ Day, celebrate the
Christian character of a great American leader. For each child,
you’ll need six pennies, a strip of 3×11-inch clear contact paper,
a 11⁄2×11-inch white paper strip, and an adhesive-backed Velcro
fastener strip. You’ll also need a Bible and scissors. Print the
text of Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very
little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with
very little will also be dishonest with much,” on one side of each
paper strip.

Help children each line six pennies along the long edge of their
contact paper. Then lay the paper strip, printed side up, on the
six pennies. Fold over the contact paper to cover the paper strip.
Seal the edges and trim away any excess. Fit the bracelet to each
child’s wrist, and attach the Velcro strip.

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Then relate this story about Honest Abe: “When Abraham Lincoln
was a boy, he was very poor. One of his family’s prized possessions
was the Bible. Lincoln loved to read the Bible. The truths he
learned in it stayed with him for a lifetime and helped make him
one of the greatest presidents in American history.

“Before Lincoln became President, he owned a little store in
Illinois. One day, a customer accidentally overpaid him six cents.
When Lincoln discovered the extra money, he walked six miles to
return it.”

Ask: “What do you think about someone who’s so honest that he
walked that far just to return six cents? What would you have done
if you had discovered the six cents? How do you think the Bible
shaped Honest Abe’s actions?”

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