1. Bible Activity: Bad Choices-Have
children sit in a circle on the floor. Have children each tell
about one of their friends.
*Say: Let's play Friendship Tag. I'll call out something,
and you must tag someone who fits what I said. For example, if I
say, "Tag someone wearing blue," find someone with blue on and tag
Call out clothing colors, hair colors, names, or physical
Afterward, *say: Jesus loves you. He is your friend. Jesus
had a special friend named Peter. They liked to spend time
together. But one day, Peter said Jesus wasn't his friend. This
made Jesus very sad.
Paraphrase the story from Mark 14:66-72. *Ask: Have you ever
made a friend sad? What did you do?
*Say: Peter made a bad choice when he said he didn't know
Jesus. But Jesus forgave Peter. We need to forgive our friends,
too, when they hurt our feelings. Let's practice telling our
friends that we're sorry and asking for forgiveness.
Form pairs. Have partners pretend they've been fighting over a toy.
Then have them apologize and ask for forgiveness.
2. Craft: Faces-Give kids each a paper plate. Help
them draw a happy face on one side of their paper plate and a sad
face on the other side. Give them crayons to color the edges of
their plate on both sides. Then have them cut the wavy parts of
their plate edges. Kids can alternate bending the cut parts forward
and backward to create hair for their faces.
Have kids take their faces home to remind them that they have the
choice to make their friends happy or sad. Encourage them to choose
to make their friends happy this week.
3. Food for Thought-You'll need: 1 1/8 cups peanut
butter, 3 1/4 cups powdered milk, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 cup
granola, spoons, and a large bowl.
Directions: Read aloud Matthew 16:13-19. Then tell children to make
Peter "rocks." Have kids mix together the ingredients and shape the
mixture into 1-inch rocks. As children eat, ask them to tell the
meaning of their name if they know it.
Ages 3 to 5
Contributor: Stephen Parolini
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