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Materials
  • Ball of play dough (Use play dough instead of clay because it is more porous and will flex more.)
  • A dozen children’s hardback books, about the same size and shape of a Dr. Seuss book
  • Marker
  • Cutting knife
  • Bible
  • One other big, heavy book
Preparation

1. Roll the play dough into a ball. Make a smiley face on it with a marker. Draw mom hair and eyelashes on the face, etc.

2. Use the knife to cut the top of Mom’s head flat as well as the bottom so the books don’t roll off.

3. Stack the books beside you from lightest to heaviest. The Bible should be second from the bottom, and the heaviest book should be at the bottom.

Lesson

Today is Mother’s Day. Let’s talk about moms for a little bit.

Put your smiling play-dough head down on the table.

Why do moms need good kids?

Let them answer.

In the Ten Commandments, God specifically says to honor your father and your mother. Why should parents get honor? They must have wanted kids and must have known what they were getting into, right?

Let’s watch what happens when we don’t honor mom.

Place a children’s book on her head for each thing you say:

1. She makes us food; we forget to say “thank you.”

2. She drives us everywhere; we rush out of the car and forget to say “goodbye,” let alone “thank you.”

3. She reminds us to do our homework so we don’t get bad grades. We don’t want to do the homework, so all she gets is a dirty look.

4. She cleans our room. We shrug it off like it got cleaned on its own.

5. She cleans the toilets. We think they cleaned themselves.

6. She asks for help with the dishes after dinner. We think that’s an imposition. We roll our eyes.

7. She walks the dog. We’re just glad she didn’t ask us.

8. We have clean clothes in our drawers. If she doesn’t ask us to help her fold, we think they got there on their own.

9. She vacuums. We complain that we can’t hear the TV while she’s doing it.

10. Our goldfish dies. She designs the little casket and funeral. We’re too upset about the loss of our friend to notice she is doing all she can to make us feel better.

11. And then… on Sunday, she takes us to church. She remembers that God also has expectations. She’s supposed to do all this thankless stuff without yelling.

This time, stick the Bible on the top of the stack. Kids should notice that her head is becoming misshapen.

And here comes Dad. Some days, Dad is really helpful. Other days, he’s either got too much to do or he needs a break.

Put the other big heavy book on Mom’s head.

Do we wonder why our moms sometimes get bent out of shape? What are some things we can do to help our moms instead of just assuming they are made of steel?

Each time a student states something they can do to help Mom, take one of the books off.

God made moms special. He made them to take the extra load. But that doesn’t mean they don’t run out of steam or feel unappreciated sometimes.

God helps moms. He not only gives them extra strength, but he gives them encouragement, love, healing, and understanding.

Reshape Mom’s head so she looks like herself again.

But sometimes he uses us to do that. If we are forgetting to be grateful for mom… If we are forgetting to help her… If all she ever gets is rolling eyes and no compliments… she can get very deflated!

Let’s spend some time today to think of how we can be more helpful to Mom and more grateful for her. Let’s start right now!

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This hilarious Mother’s Day game–of taping a human body with as many slips of paper as possible–will help students learn to appreciate and thank their mothers not just on Mother’s Day but every other day as well. They will learn what a makes the “perfect” mom and how they can truly thank her.

Materials

– Tape
– Paper
– Markers

Object

Children will create the perfect mom as fast as they can!

Introduction

Mother’s Day is the day that we celebrate our moms, grandmothers, aunts, and any other woman who holds a motherly title in our lives. Think about all they’ve done for you over the past year. It’s all countless. You can’t name everything they’ve done, but what you can do is thank them.

Tell them that you appreciate them. We’ll talk more about this later, after we play our game!

Instructions

1. If possible, divide the class into two even teams.

2. Choose one child from each team to be the mom and have them stand on the opposite side of the room.

3. When you say “Go!” the rest of the students will use the markers and paper to write up as many qualities as they can think of that make up the perfect mom (ex: great cook, excellent listener, lets you stay up late, etc.)

4. Once they have a quality, they will run to their team’s “Perfect Mom” and tape the quality to her.

5. One quality per piece of paper.

6. The students have three minutes to think up qualities and tape them to “Mom.”

7. After the minute, go through each quality and take away the trivial ones (ex: lets you stay up late, lets you watch whatever you want on TV, etc.) and leave the true qualities (excellent listener, caring, etc.).

8. The team with the most qualities left on their “Perfect Mom” wins.

Closing

Exodus 20:12 is the Fifth Commandment, which is, “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.” God wants us to appreciate our moms and dads all of the time because of all the stuff they give us.

As we learned in our Mother’s Day game, being a mom isn’t just letting you stay up late or giving you all the junk food you want. It’s about taking care of you, and making sure that you grow up to be wise and balanced. Thanking your mom should be more than having a warm feeling in your heart towards her. It should be shown by helping out – by making her day better instead of worse.

Show and tell your mom how much you love her! Not just today, but every other day of the year!

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This Easter game will help students understand that although life does not always go the way that they plan, they will be okay as long as they keep their faith. They will have fun “bargaining” with their classmates as they learn about the gambles we take in life.

Materials:

• Ten pennies per student

Object:

Be the one to end up with the least amount of change.

Introduction:

At Easter we remember the greatest gift that Jesus ever gave us. He rose from the dead in fulfillment of the Scriptures and made a promise that he would come back again someday. It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that people can understand his plan. It’s a little like this game.

Give ten pennies to each student.

You’re going to trade with your classmates. You will find a partner, then turn around so he can’t see your hands. Put the pennies you want to give them in your right hand, while keeping the other pennies in your left hand. Both of you say, “Go!” That means you will turn back around at the same time and reveal how many pennies you are willing to give away.

Listen carefully for the objective: At the end of the game, let’s see who has the most pennies.

Instructions:
  1. When you say, “Go!” students will begin to walk around the room and find their first partner to exchange money.
  2. Once they find a partner, both students will place their hands behind their backs and then at the count of three, they will reveal how much change they are willing to share with each other.
  3. Students may share one cent, five cents, no cents, whatever they are feeling in the moment.
  4. An exchange of coins will always happen unless both students reveal empty hands.
  5. Allow students to repeat the exercise with four students if you have that many; more if you do.
Closing:

Game over! Have everyone count their change. Let’s see who listened very carefully. I said, “At the end of the game, let’s see who has the most change.” I did not say whether that person would be the winner or loser.

Does anyone have less than 10 pennies? Those people are our winners! That means they gave more than they got. Jesus gave us his life so that we could have eternal life. We should be able to give a few pennies, a few minutes, a few prayers to others throughout our days to become more like him.

To celebrate Easter, let’s remember to ask ourselves this year when we lie down to sleep at night: Did I give more than I got at some point today? If not: What kind of giving can I do tomorrow?

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Children will giggle as they try to keep their pompom ball not on the straight and narrow, but on a twisted zig-zag racetrack. They will rush to be the first one to cross the line but they will also learn that patience is key to completing this obstacle course.

Materials
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Pompom balls
  • Straws
Object

Children will race each other to be the first one to successfully navigate a racetrack.

Preparation

Make two racetracks on the floor about three feet apart. Racetracks should zig-zag at points and be straight lines at others. Use the tape to form a center lane of floor in between two pieces.

Introduction

When Palm Sunday happened, no one was sure what it meant. They thought maybe Jesus would be crowned king of Israel. They sure felt let down and confused by Good Friday. They weren’t able to see the big picture. Many times, we are faced with a problem or time where we aren’t really sure what will happen next. Let’s see the solution by playing a game.

Instructions

1. Choose two students to go first and give each one a straw and a pompom ball.

2. Have students kneel at the starting line of their designated racetrack.

3. When you say “Go!” students will use their straw to blow their pompom ball forward.

4. The pompom ball must remain in the middle of the two taped lines.

5. If the ball exits the track, the student must take it back to the beginning and start o v e r.

6. The first student to get his ball successfully through the racetrack wins.

7. Rule: They can only blow on the pompon. They may not suck the pompon onto the straw and scramble!

8. Repeat with new students.

Closing

It was really hard to keep our pompom ball on the racetrack! Especially when we had all of those zig-zags to navigate. Even though it was very easy to get frustrated, the more we tried, the simpler the course got.

The longer you remain a Christian, the easier it will become to work with the power of the Holy Spirit

The next time you are faced with something that is frustrating and confusing, remember that the Holy Spirit is with you, and he is there to guide you into all truth, with strength and power. Jesus promised this to his disciples shortly after he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Let’s all pray for an opportunity to use the power of the Holy Spirit this special week, Easter Week.

(image source: https://handsonaswegrow.com/fun-kid-activity-lines-of-colored-tape/)

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This fun relay race combines two very important symbols of Saint Patrick’s Day: rainbows and shamrocks. Children will have fun digging through their own shamrock field and racing to form their own shamrock rainbow.

Materials
  • Colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Marker
Object

Children will sift and search through a colorful clover field to be the first team to complete a full rainbow.

Preparation

1. Cut out two shamrocks for each color of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. To save time, you can just cut out squares or diamonds.

2. Using a marker, write the name of the color that matches that piece of paper.

3. Cut out two more sets of shamrocks/squares but leave them blank.

Introduction

What are the two biggest symbols we associate with Saint Patrick’s Day? Rainbows and shamrocks.

Both of these symbols represent special things in our faith. Let’s look at the rainbow today. Each color in the rainbow characterizes the different natures of God:

Show one of the pages from the craft and have everyone say the attributes with you:

– Red is for his righteousness.

– Orange is for his joy.

– Yellow is his presence with every girl and boy.

– Green is for his mercy;

– Blue is his love.

– Violet is for his always watching from above!

Instructions

1. Choose two students to go first.

2. Spread all of the shamrocks on one half of the learning table with the numbered sides down, and be sure to mix them up.

3. When you say “Go!” the two chosen students will race to the table in search of the labeled shamrocks.

4. Once they find a labeled shamrock, they will place it on the other side of the table.

5. Once all shamrocks are found, the students will arrange them in red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple order.

6. The first student to correctly organize their complete rainbow wins.

7. Repeat with different students.

Closing

When you see a rainbow, think of the different colors being placed there by God to remind us of who he is. When we are struggling, let’s shut our eyes and think of the rainbow and know that God is aware of our struggles and wants to help us in every way.

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The groundhog was afraid of his shadow. Because we are children of God, we have nothing to fear!  This science experiment with light and shadows will get children thinking about staying close to the light of God.

Materials

Flashlights (two or three for the kids to share)

Optional: Cut-out shapes or use Popsicle-stick puppets

Instructions

1. Hand out the flashlights and turn out the overhead lights.

2. Ask the children to turn on their flashlights and aim them at different walls.

3. Experiment with holding the light at various distances from the wall while other children make shapes with their fingers or hold up puppets in between the light and the wall.

4. Observe the differences in the shadows. Are they blurry? Are they clear?

Explanation

The closer the object is to the light, the clearer its shadow will look on the wall. When you pull the object away, the light diffuses and makes the shadow appear blurry.

Application

We are like the puppets. The closer we are to the light, the more clearly we can see what God is doing with our lives. When we are far away, things can seem blurry and scary. Ephesians 5:8 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light!” Let’s remember to stay close to the light of God this winter season and his ways will be clear to us.

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Here is a great lesson that uses a rainbow to focus on God’s great attributes-which should bring peace to anyone who hears them, regardless of what circumstances bring.

Materials
  • Skittles, 25 for the activity (five of each of the five colors) and enough for your students to have five or six each
  • Clear or white dish
  • Water in a microwave-safe container with a lid
Preparation

Heat the water in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. The water should not boil but should be plenty hot for the experiment. Preserve heat with a lid.

Lesson

Today, we are looking ahead toward a new year! We do not know what will happen this year. People are not born to know the future. Why do you think it is that God doesn’t want us to know the future? Take answers.   Here is one great reason you can help them along with after a couple answers from them: Some pastors have pointed out that if, say, people knew their death dates, they would become very nervous and not live a full life that year. Others would behave very badly up until about three days before and then try to repent. In other words, the not knowing is often what makes our lives richer and fuller.

We can’t know what sort of a year we will have. We can pray for improved talents, improved living conditions, a baby brother or sister. We can pray for a new pet. We can hope to be better people next year than we were this year.

But we don’t really know what is coming, do we? Will our area be hit with a giant snow or rain storm? Will our moms get in a fender-bender on a slippery road? Will a loved one suddenly suffer poor health?

All these things happen to people somewhere, sometime. We don’t know if the things that happen will make us feel sad… or great! This is one of the reasons we love God and Jesus. They make us promises in the Bible that stay the same!

Whether the car stays in one piece. Whether we get an A in a class or a C or worse. Whether we get that pet or baby brother or go on living the way we were.

All human beings need to rely on some things that will not change.

Here are some favorites from the Bible:

There are five colors of Skittles. As you speak, or your assistant speaks, have children take turns placing Skittles on the plate, one color at a time beside each other to begin the ring.

1. Jesus does not change. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
2. God’s love does not go away. Psalm 136:1 says God’s love is eternal. In other words, it is always there.
3. God’s light does not change. 1 John 1:5 says God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
4. God never sleeps. Isaiah 40:28 says God does not faint or grow weary.
5. God understands everything. Isaiah 40:28 also says his understanding is infinite.
6. Proverbs 30:5 tells us that God is always truthful.
7. Hebrews 13:5 tells us that God will never leave you or forsake you. You can leave him. But he won’t leave you.
8. Psalm 18:30 says God will always protect us. His love is a shield.
9. God always forgives when you ask. 1 John 1:9 says he is faithful and quick to forgive, and he will make us clean again.

Count out nine Skittles to add in the appropriate colors and order:

10. God possesses all the Fruits of the Spirit, which he gives generously as we ask him. They include: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Count out seven more Skittles to complete your ring.

11. God never ceases to give the “seven supplements to faith” that Apostle Peter talks about in 2 Peter 1:5-7. They are virtue, knowledge, discipline, persistence, godliness, brotherly affection, and devotion.

There are actually many more wonderful attributes of God that are unchanging!

But we have now completed our beautiful rainbow ring of God’s colorful traits.

Is there anything God cannot do?

No.

Is there any spiritual gift he will not give to people who really seek him out?

No.

No matter what other goals we have for the New Year, we need to make it our foremost goal to get to know him better.

How do we do that?

Take answers.

The foremost is speaking to God lots in prayer.  We need to speak to God lots. Speaking to God—prayer is a little like this hot water.

Pour the hot water slowly, staring in the middle, until it gets behind all of the Skittles and they are halfway covered. Watch with students as the rainbow starts to appear.

When we speak to God, we become connected to him and to all his wonderful attributes. And whether we have storms or sun, good times or bad, great joy or great disappointments in the New Year, we need to remember this ring.

Let’s remember that God is always loving, always giving, always understanding, never leaves us, and as we are talking to him, we are soaking up his most precious gifts.

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If you are still exhausted from the Holidays, this is a great time to step back and let imaginations fly. This easy New Year’s Object Lesson using Play-Doh will have kids making promises to God for the New Year. But instead of promising to strive alone for perfection, which is stressful and based on our own efforts, they’ll find it much more freeing to commit themselves to the hands of the Great Potter.

New Year’s Object Lesson: Committing Ourselves to God’s Hands This Year Materials

– White Play-Doh
– Four Spiritual Laws, one copy of the printable list (follows the instructions below).

Reading

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the  work of your hand. ““Isaiah 64:8

“¦he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of  Christ Jesus. ““Philippians 1:6

Images 1-2 from An Educated Palate: “The Simple Beauty of Native American  Pottery”. Image 3 from “A Visual Glossary of Greek Pottery”

Lesson

What is a New Year’s resolution? Let them answer.

What are the most important kinds of New Year’s resolutions? Are they about grades? Talents? Being good? Many will say being good.

Actually, there is a much more important New Year’s resolution than having good behavior this year. It does have to do with God. But what should we be promising Him, if not good behavior? Let them try to answer.

Let’s start from the beginning, with the Four Spiritual Laws for Kids. Use the printout of the “Four Spiritual Laws with Object Lesson.” Read the pages, then
put them down in the middle of the teaching table where the kids can see them.

God loves mankind and created man to be His friends: “For God so loved the  world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should  not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Man decided to do wrong things and that made God sad because He couldn’t be close to man anymore. He is too good. He wants to be close, but we still do wrong stuff and think wrong thoughts, all of us sometimes. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23); “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).

God made a way to be close to man again. He sent Jesus to stand in our place and die for our sins. Anyone who believes Jesus took away their sins– past, present and future–can be God’s friend again. But that’s the only way God provided. You can’t get friendly with Him just by trying to be good; you’ll just mess up again. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6); “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8).

We must individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. Everyone is invited to do so. But you have to “sign on” with Him. It’s a decision. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12); “”¦if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved,” (Rom. 10:9); “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,” (Eph. 2:8).

Once we “sign on” with Jesus, He becomes our best friend. He promises to begin molding us and guiding us.

Isaiah 64:8 tells it like this: Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. ““Isaiah 64:8

The most important thing you can promise God for the New Year is that you will commit yourselves to His will for your life. As we walk with Him, He continues to shape us. Each year, we may not be able to feel the difference between what we are now and what we were at the last New Year. But God promises we are bigger. And we are better, so long as we continue to walk with Him.

Break off a piece of clay the size of a baseball. Roll it into a ball and lay it on the  table. As soon as we “sign on” with Jesus, we look like this. Then God begins to work on us.

Roll the ball around until it is soft, then begin molding it into a vase.

He increases our faith.
He shows us His love.
He encourages us to love others.
He encourages us to forgive.
He gives us patience, wisdom, persistence.

Stop molding.

Someday, according to Philippians 1:6,”¦he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Some days this year, we might not be able to feel God working on us. It may even seem like He is off somewhere and not paying attention. Not true.

Just like plants can’t be seeing growing, people cannot be seen changing in the hands of Christ. But we are. This year, let’s commit ourselves to letting Him work on us and believing He is doing it. It’s so much easier than committing to getting straight As. And it’s important because it continues on into eternity, and doesn’t end with a report card.

Let’s make vases today. Let’s see the process from God’s perspective and maybe as we mold, we’ll be able to almost feel His loving hands upon us, taking us exactly where we need to go in the life.

Spiritual Laws Printable List Spiritual Law #1:

God loves mankind and created man to be His  friends.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His  only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him  should not perish, but have eternal life” (John  3:16).

Spiritual Law #2:

Man decided to do wrong things and that made God sad because He couldn’t be close to man anymore. He is too good. He wants to be close, but we still do wrong stuff and think wrong thoughts, all of us sometimes.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23);
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).

Spiritual Law #3

God made a way to be close to man again. He sent Jesus to stand in our place and die for our sins. Anyone who believes Jesus took away their sins– past, present and future–can be God’s friend again. But that’s the only way God provided. You can’t get friendly with Him just by trying to be good; you’ll just mess up again.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to  the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6);
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that  while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8).

Spiritual Law #4

We must individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. Everyone is invited to do so. But you have to “sign on” with Him. It’s a decision.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12);
“”¦if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved,” (Rom. 10:9);
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,” (Eph. 2:8).

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In this object lesson, you are going to be decorating cupcakes along with the children, demonstrating that oftentimes we have to wait for the best things. You can make cupcakes from scratch or buy them without icing (or scrape the icing off) for this exercise. Hide each ingredient until you need it, and you’re kids will see that waiting on the Lord for the right time to reap can be fun and rewarding!

Materials

– Cupcakes that are not iced. (A couple fast ways to get these if you are in a rush: Ask at the bakery counter in the supermarket or use muffins such as chocolate chip.)
– Icing, pretty color
– Rainbow Sprinkles
– Smarties, Skittles or M&Ms
– Hersey bars (the kind with the rectangular pieces you can break off) or bitesized Hershey bars
– Icing knife
– Napkins

Preparation

Keep all ingredients except the cupcakes in a satchel or tote bag under the teaching table. Put the cupcakes on the table.

Lesson

Pass out the cupcakes and tell the students they can sniff them but not bite!

This month is harvest season for some farmers. In the spring, as the earth thaws after a long, cold winter, farmers plant their seeds. Before long, small green plants shoot up from the earth and buds form on fruit trees.

By summertime, the fields are knee or waist-high with greenery, and trees are forming buds and small fruit.

But it isn’t time for picking yet. If farmers picked their fruits and vegetables too soon, what would happen? The fruit would be sour and not ready.

We have to wait for good things. The Bible says quite a few things about harvest time. Jesus compared it to waiting on God for the right time to make choices and move ahead.

James 5:7 says, “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.”

Sometimes God requires patience from us. Like right now! How many of you would like to eat your cupcake? But it’s not ready yet! We are still harvesting it.

Get out your icing. Ice the cupcake and pass the icing knife and icing around so each student can have a turn. While they are icing:

Can you think of a time when you were waiting and waiting for something, and you were starting to think it might never happen? Let them give examples. Triggers: Recovering from an illness, parents were building a new house, adopting a pet, earning money for something special, improving at a sport or instrument”¦

Don’t eat your cupcake yet, but let me ask: How many of you feel ready to eat it, now that it looks so pretty?

But wait! It’s not ready yet! When God asks us to be patient, it is often that he has something better in mind than what we could get without patience. Let’s make our cupcakes a little better.

Get out the skittles or M&Ms and create a ring around your cupcake close to the edge. Pass them and let the students do the same on theirs.

Has anyone ever tasted a very sour apple? That means it was picked too soon. What other fruits have you tasted that were not ripe yet? And what did they taste like? Triggers: sour strawberries, tiny blueberries, anemic watermelon, sour apples, sour oranges, green bananas, hard peaches. Isn’t it better to wait until the fruit is ripe?

Now, who would like to eat your cupcakes? But they’re not ready yet! Patience is a virtue!

Get out the sprinkles and sprinkle the top of your cupcake. Pass the sprinkles so everyone can shake some out on their cupcake.

You’re noticing, I hope, that the longer you have to wait for this cupcake the better it gets. What else have we had to wait for? Has anyone ever broken a bone and had to get a cast? Did anyone ever have an operation or an illness where you had to stay in bed for a long time, or you couldn’t go out and play with your friends? Raise further questions: How long did it take you to get better? What did you do with your time? What did it feel like to finally get back to school?

Do you think these cupcakes are finally ready yet? Well, don’t eat them! If you do, you will miss the final topping!

Get out the Hershey squares or bites. Unwrap them and put a Hershey square in the very center. Pass the let the kids do the same.

Sometimes it can seem like God is not doing anything on our behalf. It can seem like he isn’t watching or doesn’t care. But that is not true. God is always working. Sometimes we don’t get our prayer answered quickly because there are many people involved in what we want. If your parents are building a new house, God is looking out for the builder and his family and all the workers and their families. God has to juggle everything so that the end result works out well for all parties involved.

Sometimes God wants to test our patience to make sure we are becoming stronger people. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Be patient, keep believing that God loves you, and keep treating others the way you’d want to be treated. In the end, you will reap your blessings. Like right now”¦it’s time to reap a harvest of cupcakes. Finally – you can eat!

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Middle school students can find themselves in some “quick sand” in school by picking the wrong friends or hanging out with the wrong crowd. This science experiment creating quick sand is fun and interesting and also drives the point home about friends.

Material

– One cup of maize corn flour
– Half a cup of water
– One large plastic container
– One spoon

Introduction

One thing we want to keep in mind when we go back to school is the importance of picking the right friends. You don’t want friends who will tempt you into doing wrong. We can all get tempted because a lot of time those kids are getting a great deal of attention, and we want to be a part of it. But if we give in to that temptation, we can find we’re in situations”¦ that are sort of like being in quick sand. Let’s make some homemade quicksand and see how it works.

Instructions

1. Mix the corn flour and water thoroughly in the container.

2. Stir slowly and drip the mixture from the spoon to show that it is liquid.

3. Stir it quickly. That will make it hard and allow you to punch the spoon into it.

4. The mixture will look hard, but after it is stirred if you drop a small object (like
a marble) into it, the marble will sink.

Explanation

If you add just the right amount of water to corn flour it becomes very thick when you stir it quickly. This happens because the corn flour grains are mixed up and can’t slide over each other due to the lack of water between them.   Stirring slowly allows more water between the corn flour grains, letting them slide over each other much easier.

Poking it quickly has the same effect, making the substance very hard.

But if you poke it slowly it doesn’t mix up the mixture in the same way, leaving it runny. That’s when it works in much the same way as real quick sand.

Conclusion

In wrong friendships, we often feel like we have the strength to withstand the temptations that these other kids put on us. Whether it’s cheating on tests, or bullying, or gossiping, or lying or stealing, we try to tell ourselves, “They might do it, but we won’t.” We just want to get close to all the excitement and attention people like this can sometimes stir up.

But we’re a lot like this marble. We sink. And before we know it, we’re not just doing one thing wrong but several. Let’s remember to pick our friends wisely.

Let’s pick Christian friends first who will help us stay afloat rather than sink into the mucky mire of wrong thoughts and behavior.

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