So this lesson has been on my heart for a while, probably because of the fundraiser we just did.
The one thing I want the kids to understand with giving is that it should be of the heart. Yes, kids love competitions but it’s so important that they understands that’s not the actual reason why we give and while Patty and I have been talking with the elementary about the many areas the church uses the money that we give we have yet to talk about this lesson and since the fundraiser just finished I believe now is the perfect time to discuss this. The very last thing I want is to have a fundraiser and teach kids that we give to get.
Give the children 10 coins. These can be real pennies, play coins or candy coins. On the table have labels along a road. Tell the children you are taking a walk. Explain that at every stop they will need to lay out the amount required in front of them. At the first stop tell the children, “Here you pay rent for your house. Lay down three coins.” The next stop is for house supplies of water for washing and drinking, oil for the lamps and straw for bedding, which takes two coins. Give up one coin for food, another coin for clothing and other expenses. Taxes come next with one coin, leaving two coins. Show there are three places left to spend their coins. They can buy a treat at a store, save their coins at a bank or give them in the church offering box. Discuss what they can do and what they would do. Read the story from Luke 21:1–4.
Notes: You can use Bible bucks for this activity if you would like or just regular pennies if you think you have enough.
Game Idea #2:
Have two students stand at the front of the room blindfolded or with their backs towards the class.
Have the rest of the class pour objects into containers and have the two blindfolded students guess what objects were poured. Continue this until everyone has had a turn or split them up into teams and continue until a team wins.
*We have funnels and red containers in the youth supply room that can be used for this game.
Objects to consider:
Small Rocks, Loose change, Buttons, Beans, Rice, PomPoms, Beads
If you take something from the youth supply room please put it back where you found it, thank you!