PreK

Activity & Discussion

  • Plastic cup
  • Soil
  • Grass seed
  • Googly eyes
  • Permanent marker

See What You Say section.

Before the Activity: “Isn’t it amazing that God knows the number of hairs on your head? God made you, and you are important to Him. Even if you don’t have hair—because some people don’t—you are very important to God.” 

During the Activity: Write in permanent marker on the cup ‘God knows the number of hairs on my head! Put two googly eyes on the opposite side of the cup. Then scoop some soil into the cup and sprinkle some grass seed on top. Water and watch it grow over the next week.

After the Activity: Review the Bible story. God knows EXACTLY how many hairs are on your head and mine. He even knows if ONE hair falls out. Do you know what that means for you? It means YOU are important to God! No matter where you go. You’re important to God when you’re at the dentist. You’re important to God.  When you’re in timeout. You’re important to God. Even when you’re asleep, you are important to God! You’re important to God when you’re sad or happy or mad or even silly! God made each and every one of us, and we are important to Him. Who made you? [Bottom Line] God made me.”

Elementary

Activity & Discussion

  • Pens/pencils
  • Scrap paper
  • Index cards
  • Have all family members fill out index cards/slips of paper with random objects (ex. Bible, LEGOs, muffin tin, dog leash, good report card, hammer, art supplies, etc)
  • Ask each family member to pick an item or card out of the bag and then allow a couple minutes to brainstorm a few ways the item could be used to creatively love God and love others.
  • Allow time for each family member to share and discuss their ideas and then encourage kids to come up with an idea of something they could do this week.
  • Optional: To make it a competition, instead of kids selecting an item themselves, hold up an item or card and the first person to jump up gets an opportunity to suggest a way the item could be used to creatively love God and others. Award a point to each person that provides a “reasonable” way to use the item to do good works.

“Since we are made in God’s image, each of us reflects a bit of God and God’s creativity. It is important to remember God created you, so you can be creative, too. Figuring out what you are good at doing is a great way to discover how you can creatively help others. How can we figure out what we are good at? (Ask someone. Try different things. Ask God. Think about what you enjoy doing.) There are so many ways you can use your creativity to do good and help others. If you like to build things, you could use your creativity to build a tool box for a friend or build a fort for your brother. If you enjoy baking cupcakes, you could use your creativity to bake treats for your classmates or for a new neighbor. Maybe, you enjoy rap music and could use your creativity to write a rap praising God then share it with your family. God made each of us to do good works to help others out.”

 

Share a time when someone used the way God made them to help you or a time you did something that you’re good at to help someone and then have everyone else share. Then ask everyone the question “What are some creative ways you could praise God for how great He is?”