Starting Over

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This Bible activity teaches kids that even though we all make
mistakes, God love us and will forgive us when we ask.

Preparation: You’ll need an Etch-A-Sketch toy.

The Message: Have the kids in your children’s
ministry decide what picture you should draw with the Etch-A-Sketch
for this object lesson. When finished drawing the picture, have the
children who are participating in your Bible activity rate your
drawing. If you’ve ever used an Etch-A-Sketch, you know that
drawing a picture with curves is almost impossible. As you look at
the picture you’ve drawn, express your unhappiness over your
artwork. Then explain to the children that one of Etch-A-Sketch’s
greatest features is its erasing ability. Turn the Etch-A-Sketch
upside down, and give it a big shake.

Say: I made mistakes on my drawing. The
Etch-A-Sketch lets me start over. Sometimes we make mistakes in
life. God lets us start over too!

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