Lesson: Ideas on Cooperation

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PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN
Bible Activity: Working Together-Teach children these
words to the tune of “Here We Are Together”: When we work together,
together, together, When we work together, we’ll find
everyone.

Choose one player to be “It.” Have all the other children hide. It
looks until he or she finds one friend. They join hands in a circle
and sing, “When We Work Together.” Now they’re both It. Each It
finds one friend. The four join hands, circle and sing. Continue
until all children are found.

Craft: Made by Everybunny-Read aloud the first line of Ecclesiastes 4:9. Then say: We’re going to
work together today to make something special for each of us. We’re
going to cooperate.

Form the following six work stations with children divided evenly
at the stations. Begin the craft at station 1 and pass it on to the
next numbered station. The stations: (1) Roll up a 6×6-inch fabric
scrap; (2) Secure a rubber band at the center; (3) Tie a 12-inch
ribbon over the rubber band; (4) Glue wriggly eyes to the upper
part of the scrap; (5) Glue on a 1/2-inch black pompom nose just
above the ribbon; and (6) Glue a cotton ball to the back of the
bottom area.

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Afterward, tie a bunny to each child’s wrist, using the excess
ribbon. Each time, say: You worked together to make this bunny. You
cooperated.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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.

Contributors: Patti Chromey, Kathy Downs, Nancy Dunn and Cindy
Newell

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