A quick primer to develop little Miss and Mr.
Manners of your kids.
1. Don’t Be Cruel-Form two teams and have them line up
against opposite walls. Give each team sheets of paper and pencils.
Have them write on each sheet names kids call each other-nothing
When they’re finished, designate a line down the middle of the
room. On “go,” have kids wad up their papers and bombard the other
team with them without crossing the line. After five minutes, the
team with the most paper wads on their side of the room
Call time, declare the winner and ask: How did it feel to
be bombarded with paper wads? How would it have felt if those paper
wads had been the actual names written on the papers?
2. Manners Matter-Read aloud 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Read
verse 5 and say: Love has good manners. Is it good manners
to call people names? What are some other manners we need to have?
Why are manners important to God?
Give kids each a sheet of paper and a pencil. Say: I’m
going to read some situations that require manners. On your paper,
write the most mannerly thing to do in each situation from the
three choices I give you.
Read the following and add other situations:
1. A friend wears an outfit that others laugh at. You:
(b) ignore the friend;
(c) point out something good about the outfit.
2. Someone calls while your mom is in the bathroom. You:
(a) tell where your mom is;
(b) say your mom is busy and write a phone message;
(c) say call back later but don’t get the caller’s name.
3. At a friend’s house for dinner, you drop a pea on the carpet.
(a) pick it up with your napkin;
(b) grind it into the carpet;
(c) call the dog over to eat it.
4. In a restaurant, you get a piece of pork chop stuck in your
(a) try to dig it out with your fingernail,
(b) excuse yourself and remove it in the bathroom;
(c) loudly try to suck the meat out of your teeth.
3. May I Serve You?-Have four kids sit at each table and
imagine they’re in a restaurant. Serve (from the left) dishes of
ice cream, spoons and napkins. Encourage kids to “coach” each other
about appropriate table manners.
5. Get It Straight–Say: You need good manners in
almost every area of your life. Let’s make something that’ll help
you practice good manners at home.
From scrap paper, have kids each make a phone message pad for their
home. Have kids cut paper to an equal size, stack it and punch two
holes through the top of the stack. Then have them thread yarn
through the holes and tie it in a bow.
Close in prayer.