Here are 4 ways to help explain how God wants us to make
wise choices for ourselves.
1. FOLLOW ME
When children arrive, lead them in a game of Follow the Leader.
Then have kids sit on the floor in a circle.
Ask: "What things did we do? Were those right things to
do? What are some wrong things to do? Would you follow me if I did
something wrong? if I drew on the wall? if I threw toys?"
Say: "It's good that you wouldn't follow me if I did
something wrong. God wants us to do the right thing even if other
people do wrong things. Today we're going to talk about doing
(If children say they would follow you and do wrong things,
explain that God doesn't want us to do wrong things even if others
do. Focus on how it's not always easy to do the right thing, but
don't scold the children.)
Paraphrase Proverbs 3:5-6, saying: "God wants us to make
good choices. The Bible says to ask God to help you and he will
help you make good choices. Let's ask God to help us make good
choices as we play."
Have kids pray each line of the following prayer after you : "Dear
God, help me choose (pause) to do what's right. Amen."
Have children make choices of which toys to play with. As children
play together, affirm their good choices by saying things such as
God helped Lanissa choose not to hit Paul, or God helped Luis
choose to put away his toys.
After 10 to 15 minutes, lead kids to the craft area of your
3. PAINTED THUMB PRINTS
Have children each make a thumb print with washable tempera
paint. Let children choose which colors of paint and posterboard to
After the prints are done, have children show their prints. Point
out the differences of each print's size, shape and colors.
Say: "God has made each of you special and different. You
are big enough to choose what color of paint or paper to use. You
can choose to do right things or wrong things too. God wants you to
choose to do right things-even if friends want you to do wrong
4. CHOOSY PEOPLE
Display a variety of snacks and places to sit. Say:
"God helps you choose to do the right thing. Let's choose some good
Show kids the things to choose from and affirm their ability to
make good choices.
Close in prayer by having kids repeat each line of the following
prayer. "Pray Dear God, as you lead us, help us choose to obey you.
Julie Shaffer is a preschool director in Colorado. Heather
Ward is a former elementary school teacher in Texas.
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