Sunday, 23 March 2014

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Nursery Lesson Plan 23: I Can Do What My Parents Tells Me To Do

Lesson 23
Date: 23 March 2014
Time: 12.30-2.00pm
Concept area: Family
Theme: I can do what my parents tell me to do.
Key Bible verse: Exodus: 20:12 Obey your father and mother.

 
12.30-1.00pm: Activities and snack time.

Two activities stations:

1)       Playdough station – Make an ‘O’. O=obedience

2)       Coloring station – coloring page on O=obedience

Objective: Talk to children about obeying father and mother.

Guidance: As the children color the pages, ask them examples of how they obey their father and mother, and share to them how and why they should obey their parents.

1.00-1.45pm: Learning Bible verses through activity

http://ministry-to-children.com/obey-your-parents-lesson/

Getting Attention: Set up the circle and a few of the props while the children are watching. Do not make any comments except to say how excited you are about today’s lesson. The children will build interest and excitement to match your own.

Active Listening: Before you read the Bible verse, ask the children to listen carefully for the answer to these questions:

“What can I do to make my life better? What could I do to make my life worse?”

Then carefully read the key Bible verse:

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Ask the children if they can answer those two questions. Introduce the lesson by saying: That’s what we’re learning about today. I have a special name for this I call the “Circle of Blessing.” Can you repeat that with me? “Circle of Blessing.”

Let’s Talk about that Bible Verse: Ask for volunteers(children) to explain tricky parts to you. Use their answers as jumping off points to briefly clarify the meaning of this passage. Here are some parts chosen for elaboration:

  • honor your Father and mother (what does that mean?) it’s more than just obeying but treating them like important people with love & respect
  • commandment with a promise (what does that mean?) it’s the first of the 10 Commandments that comes with a specific promise from God, there is a reward if you do this right
  • go well with you (what does that mean?) that God will help your life work out better, not perfect but much better than it would be if you did not obey
  • live long in the land (what does that mean?) when God first said this it was talking about the promised land, but for Christians the promised land is mainly about heaven, if your parents teach you about Jesus you can have eternal life in heaven

·         Circle of Blessing Object Lesson: Invite a child to come up to the front of the room. Have them stand inside an imaginary circle of about 3ft diameter. Then say:

·         This is the circle of blessing. It’s a way to imagine the way obedience keeps us out of danger. Just like our Bible verse says, God will watch over us while we obey our parents. To move outside the circle is like disobeying. Moving outside the circle brings danger.

·         At this point surprise the child by showing them a squirt-gun (or water bottle that sprays a mist) that you previously had hidden. Tell them as long as they are in the circle they are safe, but outside the circle they are in danger. Demonstrate by shooting a jet of water outside the circle. Then ask the child to step outside the circle to the spot you just shot. Then give them a short blast of water. Then say:

·         When we obey our parents it’s like staying inside the circle, God will keep us safe. But when we disobey it is like stepping outside the circle. When we do that we cause bad things to happen to our lives.

Circle of Blessing Object Lesson: Invite the children to stand inside an imaginary circle of about 3ft diameter. Then say:

·         This is the circle of blessing. It’s a way to imagine the way obedience keeps us out of danger. Just like our Bible verse says, God will watch over us while we obey our parents. To move outside the circle is like disobeying. Moving outside the circle brings danger.

·         At this point surprise the children by showing them a squirt-gun (or water bottle that sprays a mist) that you previously had hidden. Tell them as long as they are in the circle they are safe, but outside the circle they are in danger. Demonstrate by shooting a jet of water outside the circle. Then ask a volunteer to step outside the circle to the spot you just shot. Then give him/her a short blast of water. Then say:

·         When we obey our parents it’s like staying inside the circle, God will keep us safe. But when we disobey it is like stepping outside the circle. When we do that we cause bad things to happen to our lives.

Agree / Disagree [understanding test]: Have the children respond as a group to the following questions. If the statement is right they should stand up, if wrong they should stay seated and cross their arms.

  • Disobeying is okay if you know your parents will say NO [disagree]
  • Since your parents put the kindergarden in charge of you, to honor your parents means to obey your teacher too [agree]
  • If you always obey your parents, your life will always be perfect [disagree]
  • Once you disobey, you can’t get back inside the circle [disagree]
  • When Jesus was a child, he always obeyed his human parents [agree]
  • God doesn’t care if we have a bad attitude when we obey [disagree]
  • God promised a better life for those who obey [agree]
  • It’s not really disobeying if you parents didn’t actually say NO [disagree]
  • When Jesus was a grown-up, he always obeyed his “Father in Heaven” [agree]
New Ways To Honor & Obey [new attitude test]: Ask the children to think of one way they could obey their parents better, tell them if they have a really good example you will let the act it out with the circle & the squirt-gun. If they have trouble, offer this example: “When I whine about dinner I am outside the circle of blessing [say this part outside the circle then squirt], from now on I can be thankful even when my parents don’t cook my favorite food. [move inside the circle on don't squirt]”

Closing: Lead the children in prayer thanking God for our parents. Ask for new hearts that help them obey.

1.45-1.55pm: Clean up time.

1.55 – 2.00pm: Parents to collect children.

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