Mother’s Day Lesson: Preteen

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Use this Mother’s Day lesson with your preteens in Sunday school.

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1. Getting Ready: One week prior to Mother’s Day, have children make tea-cup-shaped notes inviting their mother to their room for a “TEA-RRIFIC” Mother’s Day Celebration. Staple a tea bag to each note. Mail notes to mothers of absent children.

Have children fold an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of poster board in half. Have children decorate their poster board with markers or paint. Have them write on one side, “I love you” and on the other side, “I won’t forget your advice.”

Help kids prepare a presentation for their mothers. Read aloud the story from 1 Kings 3:16-28 about King Solomon settling the dispute between two mothers.

Afterward, *ask: Does the real mother’s action seem like the most loving thing for the baby? Why or why not? How does your mother show her love to you?

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*Say: Solomon recognized the love of the real mother because her love was so great she wanted no harm to come to her child. Our mothers love us deeply, too.

Allow children to select props and rehearse lines to present this story as the initial skit in their Mother’s Day Celebration. Use the Bible text for any needed narration.

Have children brainstorm areas where it’s difficult to listen to and obey their mothers. Have kids prepare these areas as skits to present to their mothers following the King Solomon skit. Plan to recite Proverbs 1:8 between each scene: “Do not forget your mother’s advice.”

2. Curtains!: Now, you’re all ready. On Mother’s Day, have kids’ mothers visit your class. Your presentation may look like this: • Scene 1: Solomon Skit • Scene 2: A mother turns off a TV program a child is watching. • Scene 3: A mother refuses to buy her child something just because everyone else has it. • Scene 4: A mother doesn’t approve of her child’s friend. • Scene 5: A child grumbles about weekly chores. Conclude with children presenting their mothers with their message card. Mothers can display these on a dresser or counter.

3. Snack: Have children serve heart-shaped raisin bread and hot tea to their mothers. The bread can be topped with flavored cream cheese spread for an added treat.

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. Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.

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2 Comments

  1. gaye markham on

    Hi, I love your ideas, but I have a situation that I don’t think is all that uncommon. my daughter passed away 5 years ago ad our grandchildren are always in an awkward place when Mother’s Day rolls around. I wonder if you or any of your readers have ideas about how to make this something that children without mother’s, fathers on Father’s Day, feel like they can participate in? We have been in situations where they had them do something for me or my husband but it still felt less than everyone else’s gift and celebration. What about making the days more about women, or men, in you life that God uses to love you and make you feel special? Maybe there isn’t a good solution, maybe they just have to grow up and find their way through the heartache. It is just so sad to see the kids in that environment watching other kids express love like these children can only imagine. My granddaughter was 2 when her mother passed. She can’t remember having a mother and she watches and wishes for what she sees other children experiencing. Do you have any suggestions?

  2. Christine Yount Jones
    Christine Yount Jones on

    Gaye,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My children lost their father (my husband) at 7, 9, and 14. So I’m very sensitive to this issue also. It’s hard to grasp how they see things and what they feel during these days. It breaks my heart!

    In our publications, we usually try to mention honoring fathers or other special men in their lives. And the same with mothers or other special women in their lives. So the children who’ve lost a parent or who live in all kinds of mixed families can participate and honor whomever they want.

    We’ve found that to be a good approach. May the Lord bless you and your family with his comfort and presence!

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