Use this Bible lesson to teach preteens about the positives and negatives of cooperation.
Bible Activity: Cut the Co-Op–Have kids cut out stories in newspapers or magazines that show people cooperating to do something wrong. Then read aloud Genesis 11:1-9. Discuss how cooperation can be misused.
Towering Symbols Craft–Provide boxes of toothpicks and glue. Form groups of three. Have group members work together to build a symbol of praise to God, such as an altar or a cross. Afterward, display the symbols in your room.
Snack–You’ll need: sandwich ingredients, blunt knives, plates and napkins.
Directions: Line up ingredients on a table at the children’s level. Assign a child or two to each ingredient. Or assign more than one ingredient to a child. Have children work together in this assembly line to make sandwiches. Cut sandwiches into fourths, and let kids enjoy their cooperative efforts.
FOR ALL AGES Plan a special visit to a nursing home. Have kids work together to plan a program that includes singing, prayer, a Bible story and a simple craft. Prepare refreshments together. As kids cooperate, compliment them on how well they’re working together.
Check out this creative devotion to add to your lesson.
Contributors: Patti Chromey, Kathy Downs, Nancy Dunn and Cindy Newell