Pack Your Bags for a Lesson on Forgiveness

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Items to Pack: A Bible, a marble-sized piece of
Silly Putty for each child, and several pages of newspaper comic
strips.

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Tour Guide Tip: Collect comic pages for several
days. Cut comic strips apart so kids can work in pairs or trios.
One “egg” of Silly Putty holds enough for two children.

Fun Fact: Silly Putty was discovered during
World War II by researchers trying to make artificial rubber. It
was first marketed to the public in 1950. More than three hundred
million eggs of Silly Putty have been sold.That’s more than 4,500
tons!

Scenic Route: Make your own putty by mixing 1/2
cup white glue with 1/4 cup corn starch. For best results, add the
liquid starch 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing thoroughly before
adding more starch.

Ready to Go: Open your Bible and read Jeremiah
31: 34b and Ephesians 4:32. Say, “These verses remind us that when
God forgives us, he no longer remembers the wrong things we’ve
done. God asks us to forgive others just as he forgives us.”

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Give each child a piece of Silly Putty modeling clay, and
demonstrate how to transfer a picture by pressing the Silly Putty
over the comic strip. Show children how they can stretch the putty
to create different facial expressions on the comic strip
characters. Let kids create angry or mad faces from the comic strip
characters with the putty. Then have them squeeze the Silly Putty
into a ball to erase the picture. Give kids a few minutes to
transfer and erase several pictures.

Ask these questions:

  • Suppose you transferred a picture and never erased it. How is
    that like when we don’t forgive someone?
  • How is erasing pictures like God forgiving us?
  • How do you feel knowing that God doesn’t remember your
    sins?
  • How do you feel knowing that God expects you to forgive others
    just as he’s forgiven you?

Say, “When we don’t forgive someone, it is as if we have a
picture of that person’s sin in our heads. We keep looking at it
over and over. God asks us to forgive others and put those pictures
out of our minds.”

This activity was excerpted from Group’s Kids’ Travel
Guide to the Lord’s Prayer
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journey’s to the Ten Commandments, the Fruit of the
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