Read in 1 min Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Kids' sermon/message Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Children’s Message: Starting Over After a Mistake This Bible activity teaches kids that even though we all make mistakes, God loves us and will forgive us for our mistake when we ask. You’ll need: an Etch-A-Sketch toy. The Message: Starting Over After a Mistake 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 with my drawing. The Etch-A-Sketch lets me start over. Sometimes we make mistakes in life. God lets us start over too! For this Bible lesson, tell the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32. Then read aloud 1 John 1:9. Ask: Describe what is a sin. What does it mean to confess our sins? What happens when we confess our sins? Looking for more children’s messages? Check out these posts! And for even more ideas and daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!