Items Needed: baby paraphernalia – bottles, baby food, etc.
Hold a few contests to introduce the idea of growing. Fill baby bottles about a third of the way full and choose two of the kids to see who can finish it first. Pick pairs and see which pair can feed/eat the baby food the fastest. Throw a temper tantrum contest to see who can throw the best tantrum.
Congratulate the winners and talk about it:
Why did it seem strange for you to be drinking a bottle or throwing a tantrum? (that’s what babies do; I’m too old for that; etc.)
Just as we grow up physically and (hopefully) don’t do those things anymore, we are to grow up spiritually. We grow spiritually by reading and obeying the Bible. (1 Peter 2:2)
No Longer Fits
Dig out some old clothes that your kids have outgrown and lay them out for your kids to wear. When they realize that the clothes are too small, talk about ways that our spirit should grow.
What are some things we would like to ‘outgrow’? (saying mean words, losing our temper, telling lies, being selfish, refusing to say, “I’m sorry”, etc.)
What can you do when you see yourself doing things that don’t ‘fit’? (realize how it looks and choose to stop, ask God for help, spend time with God so you can be grow to be more like Him, etc.)
Outgrowing things is not so bad, after all!
Red Light, Green Light
Upper elementary students learned to use a stoplight to help them grow in maturity.
As you are driving, think up different situations and go through the steps with your kids.
For example: You want to go to a friend’s house, but you’re supposed to walk the dog.
- Stop and Think
Instead of running out the door and doing what you want, stop and think about what you are doing.
- Consider the Choices and Consequences
1. You could forget about the dog and then your dog might have an accident and then your parents would be upset because you didn’t do your chore.
2. You could walk the dog and then go to a friend’s house and everyone will be happier – you, the dog, and your parents.
- Go God’s Way
What do you think God would want? He would want you to obey your parents and so you choose to do what’s right.