Beginning & End
Play a game of beginning and end (cause and effect) to learn about consequences.
Divide everybody into two groups (with each group sitting together). Assign one group to be the beginning (cause) who thinks up a situation and the other group who thinks of what might happen (effect). Start out nonsensical if you like and get more serious.
Some ideas to get you started:
– Nate lets the turtle out of its cage/it runs away to South America
– Rory ate the soap/she sang and bubbles came out of her mouth
– Dad sleeps through his alarm/He has to wear his pajamas to work
– Joey forgets his lunch/he has to eat the stale crackers in his desk
– Randi hit his brother/he has to apologize
– Angie stole a friend’s toy/she has to return it and confess
– Sam helped his dad and his dad paid him $5
– Libby shared her toy and made a new friend.
All our behaviors have consequences.
Bump, Bump, Bump
Have you ever felt that all-too-familiar bump, bump, bump when you hit those little warning bumps on the side of the road reminding you that you are getting too close to the edge?
As you are driving, talk to your kids about how consequences help us.
Why is it good to have those bumps at the edge of the road? (They help us know when we are getting too close to the edge; they warn us; etc.)
How do consequences help us do the right thing? (They remind us of the trouble that sin causes; they show us the bad that can happen when we do wrong things; etc.)
What are some consequences for wrong behavior? (Get in trouble; have to apologize; you lose people’s trust; bad things happen; etc.)
Thinking about the consequences that might happen when we do wrong things can help us do what’s right. Knowing that you will be punished for disobeying can motivate you to obey. Knowing that you will get a bad grade for not doing your homework can motivate you to do it. Just as the bumps on the side of the road remind us that we are veering off the road, thinking about consequences can remind us to do what is right.
Which Way Do I Go?
Pair up family members and designate one as the listener and the other as the guide. Blindfold the listener and tell the guide that he must direct his partner safely to a designated spot, using words but not touching him. (Take five steps and turn right. Walk straight ahead. Carefully, walk down three steps. Stop. ETC.) When the listener has arrived safely at the designated spot, switch roles.
Talk about it:
Did you like being the listener or the guide?
How did your guide’s instructions help you? (They helped you know which way to go; they kept you safe; etc.)
What might have happened if you ignored the instructions of the person guiding you? (I could have been hurt; I might have fallen; etc.)
What happened to the people of Israel when they ignored God’s instructions? (They suffered terrible consequences. They were conquered by another country; they had to leave their homes; many of them were killed.)
Read Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15.
What did God promise His people? (If they followed Him, He would bless them; if they would not listen, they would suffer the consequences and be cursed.)
God told them if they would follow His way that He would bless them, but they wouldn’t listen. Instead they went their own way and had to suffer. Following God’s way is always best.