Lost and Found
Hide a few dollar bills or quarters in your children’s rooms without telling them. Assign a certain amount of time (30 minutes?) and tell them to clean their rooms as quickly as possible. You might even want to tell them that there is something hidden for them. At the end of the time, see if they found the money. (Let them keep whatever they find.)
What did you find?
Do you know what King Josiah and the high priest found in the temple? (The book of the Law; God’s Word, etc.)
Read Psalm 119:72.
What does this verse say the law is better than? (Thousands of pieces of gold and silver)
How could God’s Word be better than money? (It shows us the way to Heaven; it tells us how to have our sins forgiven; it tells us how to have a friendship with God; etc.)
Good things began to happen when God’s people found, read, and obeyed His Word!
Remember and Celebrate
Items needed: Five household items (Any five items will work.)
Teach children a way to remember different items. Place the five items in front of them. Invite them to make up a silly story about the items. (Example items: tomato, loaf of bread, shoe, toy truck, toilet paper; Example story: You were going to school in your toy truck when a giant tomato wrapped in toilet paper jumped in front of you. “Stop!” yelled the tomato. When you climbed out of the toy truck, the tomato grabbed your shoe and stuffed a loaf of bread in it and ran away.)
Take away the five items and see if they can name all five! (The story will hopefully help them remember the items better.)
We forget many things that we really need to remember. King Josiah and the people forgot God’s Word. They did not obey His rules and did not celebrate the Passover (an important way to remember God’s rescue from slavery). Remembering to celebrate God’s care for us will draw us closer to Him.
Celebrate God’s care for your family by sharing cookies and milk (or another yummy snack) and talk about ways God has cared for you.
Choose a phrase from Deuteronomy 26:17. Allow the children to pick a variety of ways to say the phrase (cowboy, snake, whisper, yell, etc.). Switch phrases and voices if you have time. Say the entire verse together.
This verse reminds us of our commitment to obey God and His Word. Pray together and ask God to help each of you obey His instructions.