Peer Pressure: grades 3 and 4

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Help kids stand up to their friends’ negative influences and
resist peer pressure.

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1. Single-Minded-Say: “Today we’re going to
discover how we have the choice to stand up for what’s right, but
sometimes friends try to get us to do what’s wrong. When friends
try to get us to do something we don’t want to do, that’s called
peer pressure.”

Form pairs. If you have an uneven number, form one group of three.
Using string, tie partners together side by side. Tell children
they can’t talk during this game.

Then call out the following commands and give children time to
follow the commands: run to the side; hop up and down; lie on your
side; go around in a circle.

Afterward, read aloud James 1:5-8. Then ask: “How difficult
was it to work together? What does it mean to be “double-minded”?
How was this game like being double-minded? Is a double-minded
person more or less likely to give in to peer pressure? Explain.
According to James, how can we be “single-minded”?

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Say: “Having two brains working together is like being
double-minded. There are two minds thinking two different things.
Let’s play the game again where you can talk and see what it’s like
to be single-minded.”

Play the game again and allow children to talk.

Then ask: “Was the game easier or more difficult when you
could talk? Explain. Was this more like being double-minded or
single-minded?” Explain. “How can talking to God help us be
single-minded? How can we stand up for what’s right if we’re
single-minded?”

2. Stand-Up Poster-Lead children in brainstorming times
they didn’t stand up when they should have and times they’ve seen
others pressured to do something they shouldn’t have. List these on
a sheet of newsprint.

Form groups of no more than four. Give each group a sheet of
posterboard, construction paper, scissors, markers and transparent
tape. Have groups each choose and create a stand-up scene that
depicts one of the situations on the newsprint list. Children can
make their scenes 3-D by bending and taping the bottoms of cut-out
figures to the posterboard.

When groups are finished with their stand-up posters, have them
each explain their poster and tell what would’ve been a good choice
in that situation.

3. Taking a Stand-Reinforce this stand-up theme by leading
kids in singing “The B-I-B-L-E” from First Sunday Sing-A-Long or
“Stand Up” from Kids Praise 3 (both by Maranatha).

Then serve children Oreo cookies. Encourage them to twist the
cookies apart and eat each side separately so they’ll remember to
be single-minded instead of double-minded in making future
choices.

Have children each name one area to be single-minded in. Then close
in prayer.

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