Splinks for the week of March 29-April 4, 2020
Play 20 questions to guess something that has great value. Place a Bible inside a bag or box so kids can’t see it. Hold up the bag and invite kids to ask 20 questions (that can be answered with a yes or no) to see if they can guess what is in the bag.
Read Psalm 119:72.
What does this verse say about God’s Word? (It is more valuable than thousands of silver and gold pieces)
We don’t need to doubt the value of the Word of God. God’s Word is the most valuable treasure we can own.
Go to the grocery store and let each child pick out a favorite fruit. As you share it, talk about what that fruit needed to grow. (If you have older kids, you may ask them to find out something that others may not know about their fruit.)
For example: A pineapple plant starts from the pineapple itself (from the leafy top). Once the pineapple head takes root, it will take two to three years to bear fruit and it grows to be almost 4 feet high by 4 feet wide. Once it is matured, a large flower will grow in the middle of the plant and eventually be replaced by a pineapple itself. Once the pineapple is harvested, a new fruit will grow in its place the following year. That is a lot of work for one pineapple.
What does a plant need to grow fruit? (Good soil, water, sunlight, right temperature, etc.)
Growing fruit is a slow process (usually). When we plant the seed of God’s Word in our minds, it will produce fruit—not the kind we can eat, but good qualities and actions.
Read Galatians 5:22-23 aloud.
What are some of the fruit the Holy Spirit will produce in us? (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, meekness, and self-control)
The more we read and obey the Bible, the more we will see good things—fruit—in our life.
Items Needed: slip of paper with the name of a destination written on it (oak tree in backyard, dryer in laundry room, trunk of car, etc.)
Reward (treat of food, bag of cookies, small gift, whatever you like)
Hide a reward at a specific destination without the kids knowing it. Announce that there is a reward hidden for them but they must follow your instructions to get it. (All the kids can do this together or you can do it one at a time if you have a smaller family.) Verbally give clues (a little at a time – go ten steps and turn left; look until you find a yellow flower; go where there is something we use to cut the grass; etc.) or write them on slips of paper and give them at the appropriate time.
What might have happened if you had NOT followed the instructions? (We wouldn’t have found the reward; we would have wandered around; etc.)
Why are instructions important? (They help us find the way; they help us know how things work; they guide us; etc.)
Where are God’s instructions? (Bible)
Why is it good for us to obey God’s instructions? (So we can know the right way to live; so we can know how to get along with others; so we can know how to love God; etc.)
Read Psalm 19:9-11.
What do these verses tell us about God’s law/words? (They are true, fair, better than gold or honey, and there is a reward for keeping them)
God’s instructions are found in the Bible and there is a great reward when we follow them!