Use this Mother’s Day lesson with elementary-age kids in your Sunday school.
l. Before Class: Draw a door and windows on several assorted colors of construction paper to represent Bible-time homes. Hang these low enough for children to see in various places on the wall. Place many 8-ounce cups under each Bible-time house. Keep one cup for yourself.
2. As children arrive have them sit in a semi-circle on the floor. Hold a cup as you paraphrase the story of Elisha, the widow, and the oil pots from 2 Kings 4:1-7. Ask children to retrieve the “oil pots” from the Bible-time homes. Continue until all the cups are placed in the inner circle.
*Ask: How did the mother in our Bible story save her family? What might’ve happened if the sons hadn’t obeyed their mother? What happens if we don’t obey our mothers?
3. I Obey: Write “obey” on one half of a chalkboard and “disobey” on the other half. Set a cup under each word. Give children each a handful of raw macaroni and have them line up in front of the chalkboard. Tell them that you’ll read a statement and they should place one macaroni in the cup that best represents how they respond — whether they obey or disobey. Then they should go to the end of the line. Allow all children to respond to each statement.
Use these statements: When my mother asks me to clean my room, turn off the television, help with the dishes, take out the trash, stop fighting with my brother or sister, tell the truth, go to bed, brush my teeth, and eat my vegetables.
After the activity, see which cup has the most macaroni. Then read aloud Ephesians 6:1.
*Say: God has given parents the task of teaching children right from wrong. Children have the responsibility to obey their parents.
4. Jug of Love: Give each child a plain paper cup. Have the children decorate their cup with glitter and sequins. Fill each child’s cup with a few Hershey’s Kisses. Encourage children to decorate a small piece of construction paper for a card and write the note: “A kiss and a hug in a jug.” Have children punch a hole near the top of their cup and card and attach the two with yarn. Tell kids to take their cups home and give them to their mothers for Mother’s Day.
5. Snack: You’ll need: Sliced raisin bread, butter, cinnamon, and heart-shaped cookie cutters.
Directions: Help children cut a heart shape in their raisin bread. Then spread butter on the bread. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Tell kids that this is a snack they could make for their mothers today (with a little help from Mom).
Robyn Kundert is a Sunday school teacher in Nebraska.
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