1. You Are Special-Give kids each five "special" tickets. You
can make these by writing "special" on ticket-like pieces of
construction paper. On "go," have kids race to get rid of all their
"special" tickets. To get rid of one of their "special" tickets,
kids must each find one other person, tell one thing that's special
about themselves and one thing that's special about that person.
Once they do, they can give one "special" ticket to that person.
Continue playing until kids' original five tickets are given
Afterward, [point] say: You've given away all your "special"
tickets, but you got even more. We've got some pretty special
people in our group.
2. Specialty Item-Give each person a small paper bag. Tell kids
to each find an object in the room that's most like them and
secretly put it in the bag. For example, someone may choose a book
because they love to read or someone may choose a Kleenex tissue
because they like to help hurting friends. Gather all the bags.
Read aloud 1 Thessalonians 5:11-15.
[point] Say: The Bible teaches us to encourage each other. As we
remind each other of all the wonderful qualities we have, that
helps build positive self-esteem in each of us. The objects in
these bags represent wonderful people who God loves. I'll open one
bag at a time. Guess who chose that item. You'll get three
Have kids explain why they chose their items. Make positive
affirming comments and help kids do the same.
3. Me Oh My-Have each person take the object they chose and draw
around it with a pencil on a sheet of paper. Provide craft supplies
such as crayons, glue, scraps of yarn, fabric and sequins. Have
kids use the craft supplies to make the outline of the object look
as much like themselves as possible. When kids are finished, have
them each display and explain their creation.
4. Prayer Line-Have kids line up behind one another in a circle.
Have children each lay their hands on the child in front of them.
All together, have kids pray aloud and thank God for the person in
front of them. After two minutes, have kids each turn around, place
their hands on the child in front of them and pray aloud for that
person. Close with a big amen and a one-minute back rub.
Contributors: Sheila Halasz, Jennifer Wilger, Amy Nappa and