Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

Do the following math trick with your kids. You will always get the right answer.

What You Need:

  • Loose coins
  • Paper
  • Pencil

What to Do:

  • Ask each one to pick a few coins and hold onto them (make sure that the total of all their coins is less than $1).
  • Ask each one to take his/her age and multiply it by 2.
  • Add 5.
  • Multiply this sum by 50.
  • Subtract 365.
  • Add the amount of their coins.
  • Add 115 — final outcome:

Notice that the first two digits will be the person’s age, and the last two digits are the amount of the person’s coins. (If their age is single digit, it will be first digit -instead of the first two digits and the amount of coins will be the last two digits.)

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No matter how many times you do this, you will always get the same answer! No matter how much time passes, God’s Word is always true!

***If you have young children, teach them a few basic math truths. While you’re cooking dinner, put one spoon on the table and then another one. Ask them to tell you the number of spoons. Assure them if you add 1 plus 1 you will always get 2.

Are You Sure?

Many children lack assurance about their salvation and tend to want to invite Jesus in again and again.

One way I’ve explained this to children is by having one child go outside the room or house and knock on the door. I go to the door, invite the child in and sit down and begin to talk. As we are talking, I say to the child, “Come in, Susan.” Of course, she will probably say, “I’m already in.” Talk a little more and say again, “Come in, Susan.”

Explain that you only need to invite Jesus into your heart one time. You DO need to say, “I’m sorry,” when you sin, but Jesus does not leave you. Sin makes Him sad, but He is still in your heart.

Our assurance is based on Jesus and what He did on the cross (not on how we feel). 2 Peter 2:5-10 says that one way to be sure that you are a Christ follower is to keep growing (adding good things to your life – faith, knowledge, self-control, patience, goodness, kindness, love).

Find and Keep

Copy and cut apart the following promises (or write ones you like on pieces of paper) from the Bible. Hide one promise each day and let the kids find it. When the promise is found, read it aloud and thank God for His promise. Talk about each promise – what it means and why we count on God to keep His Word. Celebrate with a small treat each day, if you like.

  • “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b
  • “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things.” Jeremiah 33:3a 
  • “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the Sons of God, even to those who believe on His name.” John 1:12
  • “In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place, I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3
  • But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 4:19

Throughout history, God has given and kept promises. God cannot lie and will do what He says. (Titus 1:2)

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