Seasonal Lessons: Labor Day

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Use this 15-minute Labor day lesson to help kids discover the
importance of work and rest.

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1. Work Zone-Decorate your classroom door with
a yellow, diamond-shaped sign that says “Work Zone.” Hand each
child a paint brush. Have buckets of water ready and *say:
I have a huge job for you. We’re going to “paint” the walls outside
the church. We have five minutes to get as much done as we
can-let’s go!

Have kids paint the walls with water for five minutes, then
gather inside.

2. A Day of Rest-Have kids pick a spot to sit
down and rest. Congratulate them on their hard work. Tell them that
God thinks work is a good thing. *Say: The Bible even
says, “Anyone who refuses to work should not eat.”

Have children act out the jobs they do at home, such as setting
the table or feeding a pet. Have others guess what the jobs
are.

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Tell children that God thinks rest is important, too. Read aloud
Genesis 2:2-3. Ask children how they and their
families rest.

*Say: God wants us to rest so we stay healthy. The
Sabbath is the day God set aside for us to rest and learn more
about him. We also celebrate a holiday this week called Labor Day.
It’s a day when workers get to rest. When we take time to rest, we
have energy to enjoy all the things God has given us.

3. Bouncy Babies-Give each child a pingpong
ball, two wiggly eyes, and a small box such as a bank check box.
Provide glue, yarn bits, markers, and other craft supplies.

Have children make their pingpong balls into “bouncy” babies.
Let them decorate their boxes as beds for the babies. As they work,
discuss the fact that it’s hard work being a parent. Ask them about
jobs their parents do at home or work. Leave artwork to dry during
snack time.

4. Snack-You’ll need: Frozen bread dough
(thawed), honey, and butter.

Tell kids to: Have each child take a handful of dough, form a
strip, and twist it. Tell kids that challah is the traditional
bread for the Jewish Sabbath. This twisted bread is similar to
challah. After the work of baking is over, rest together and talk
about any traditional meals or food kids have on the Sabbath.

5. All Tucked In-Have children gather their
bouncy babies and beds and sit in a circle. Remind kids once again
that God invites us to rest and that it’s important to rest from
our work. Tuck the bouncy babies in their beds and sing a lullaby
to help the babies rest. Thank God for giving us the gifts of work
and rest.

PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN

Carmen Kamrath is the associate editor for Children’s Ministry
Magazine.

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