Mission Possible: Using the movie A Bug’s Life to teach children
Movie Title: A Bug’s Life (G)
Start Time: 24 minutes, 55 seconds
Where to Begin: Hopper demands to know where his
Where to End: Hopper says, “Someone can get
The Critics Say: You can use this clip to teach
children about bullying, God’s care for us in difficult times, and
God’s love for us.
Plot: The grasshoppers visit the ants to get
the food they have extorted, just as they have done every year.
Hopper, the leader of the grasshoppers discovers that the Ants do
not have the food ready and demands they get it ready right
Review: The plight of the ant colony is similar
to the years of oppression the Hebrew slaves experienced in Egypt.
You can use this clip to help the children empathize with the
enslaved ants’ fear and frustration. Once this emotional connection
is built, it’s a small jump to understanding the state of the
Hebrews and how their loving God ached for their freedom.
Preshow: Secure a wide-open space at your
church where your children can play a tag game.
The Critics Say: Little children may find this
scene frightening. If you have young children in your class, you
might not want to show it.
Take the class to a place where the children have room to run.
Say: Let’s play Chore Tag. One person is “It.” If “It” tags you,
“It” will tell you a chore that you have to pretend to do. You have
to pretend to do that chore for “It.” I will choose another person
to be the “Rescuer.” The Rescuer’s job is to tag anyone who is
doing chores. If the Rescuer taps you on the head you are free.
Play several rounds of the game. Switch roles often to allow as
many children as possible to have a turn.
The Critics Say: If space is tight, have the
children “run” on their knees or “heel-to-toe.”
- How did it feel to be stuck doing chores?
- What was it like being the Rescuer?
- How would you feel if a stranger made you do his or her
Say: We are about to view a scene from A Bug’s
Life. The ants are slaves to the grasshoppers. The grasshoppers
make the ants collect food for them every year. The ants had an
accident and lost the food they were to give the grasshoppers.
Watch how Hopper, the leader of the grasshoppers responds.
Show the Bug’s Life clip.
- Do you think the Grasshoppers were treating the Ants
- How would you feel if you were an ant that lived in the
- How would you feel if your best friend was someone’s slave?
What would you do?
Say: There was a time when God’s special people
were slaves to the Egyptians. God didn’t want his people to suffer.
Let’s read what God did. Read Exodus 3:1-7.
- Why do you think God cared about the Hebrew slaves?
- How do you think Moses felt after God told him that he cared
about the hard times of his people? Why?
Say: God cares for us when we are going through
hard times, too.