A fun Bible activity that will help kids honor Dad on Father's
Theme: Father's Day
Preparation: You'll need a Bible. Make one "blue ribbon" for
every eight kids, and have tape on hand to attach the ribbon to
children's clothing. You'll also need a"Certificate of Honor" for
each child, markers, and chalkboard and chalk or newsprint.
Experience: Have kids form a circle. Choose one
child to stand in the middle of the circle, and tape the ribbon you
made before class on his or her chest. Then say: Right now we're
going to honor (child's name). Each of us will say something we
like about (child's name), and then we'll all clap. I'll start.
Begin by saying something such as "I really like Sandy's big
smile." Then lead everyone in a round of applause. Have the person
on your left go next, and continue around the circle. Have the last
person to say something be the next person to stand in the middle
of the circle. Continue until all the kids have been honored in the
center of the circle.
Ask kids to sit down, then ask: • How did it feel to have others
saying nice things about you?
• How did our words and actions honor the person in the
Say: There are some people in our lives God wants us to honor.
Let's take a look at the Bible to see who they are.
Have someone read aloud Deuteronomy 5:16. Say: This verse talks about
both parents, but since we're celebrating Father's Day this week,
we're going to talk about honoring our fathers.
Ask: • How is what we did in honoring each other like the way
God wants us to honor our fathers?
• How is it different?
Say: Saying nice things and clapping are not the only ways to
honor someone. Lets think of some other ways.
Response Ask: • What kinds of things can we do to honor our
As kids answer, make a list on a chalkboard or newsprint. Keep
going until you have a list of at least ten positive things kids
Give each person a "Certificate of Honor" and a marker. Have
kids personalize their certificates, mentioning things their
fathers do for them and also listing a couple of things from the
list you just made, promising to honor their fathers in specific
Closing If it's possible to have fathers present, have kids give
the certificates to their fathers, thanking them for all they do.
If fathers can't be present, encourage kids to take the
certificates to them later.
End the devotion with prayer, asking God to help kids honor
their fathers in a special way during the upcoming week and in
everyday ways all year long.