Peer Pressure: Ages 4 to 5

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Help kids stand up to their friends’ negative influences and
resist the temptations presented through peer pressure.

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1. Choices-Before children arrive, set out three
snacks. Cover each snack with a towel.

When children arrive, have them choose and stand by a covered
snack. Don’t reveal the snacks until all children have
chosen.

As children eat, ask: “How did you choose your snack? Did
you follow someone else’s choice? Why or why not? Are you happy
with your choice? Why or why not?”

2. Test of Fire-Say: “Let’s listen to a story about three
friends who did the right thing even when everyone else did the
wrong thing.”

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Paraphrase the story about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from Daniel 3. Then ask for volunteers to act out
the story. Make sure each child has a part-even if they’re just
flames in the fire. Tell the story again, with children acting out
each part.

Say: “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego obeyed God even when
all their friends chose to do wrong. God protected these friends.
He takes care of you also and he wants you to choose to do the
right thing, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did.”

3. Group Tag-Say: “Having good friends can help
us make good choices. Let’s play a game that shows that it’s good
to have lots of friends who help us make good choices. In this
game, the more people who are together the better chance they have
of catching others.”

Choose one child to be “It.” Have It chase children and try to tag
them. When It tags a child, that child holds hands with It, and
they both try to tag children. Children who are tagged continue to
be added to It. Stop play when all children are tagged.
Ask: “Was it easier or harder to catch people when more
people were added to your group? Explain. How can having good
friends make you stronger to make good choices?”

4. Are You a Puppet?-Give each child a paper lunch sack.
Have children each make a face on their sack, using construction
paper, yarn and markers. Form pairs. Read the following situations
one at a time. After each situation, have kids brainstorm the right
thing to do. Then have partners use their puppets to act out a good
choice for that situation. The situations: (1) you’re playing at a
friend’s house and she tells you to steal some cookies from the
cookie jar; (2) your parents tell you not to watch television, but
when they go outside, your sister tells you to turn it on anyway;
and (3) your teacher asks you not to run in the hallway, but all
your friends run.

Ask: “What could’ve been other good choices in each of
these situations?”

5. Patty-Prayer-Form pairs. Have partners sit knee to
knee. Have children slap their laps twice, clap once, pat each
other’s hands twice and clap once. While kids continue to do this
rhythm, pray: “Help us, God, to do what’s right.”

 

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