Scripture: Mark 10:13-16
Introductory Activity – Inside Outside Circle
Divide the group into two groups of equal number. If you have an odd number of kids, enlist an adult to play to even out the groups. Guide one group to make a circle, facing out (backs to the center of the circle). The second group should form a circle facing the first one. Each child should have a partner facing him.
Tell kids to say something kind to their partners. Then say: “Outside circle, move right.” The kids in the outside circle should move right to the next child. Tell kids to say something kind to their new partners. Then say: “Inside circle, move right.” Repeat a few times. You may want to change up what is said (say something funny) or how it is said (say it in baby talk). Tell kids that today you will be talking about speaking kindly to everyone.
Live It Out – Odd Man Out
- Gather chairs, one for every child but one.
Talk about the Life Point. Name things that may be kind to say to people. Place the chairs in a circle and play a game like musical chairs. Play music from the enhanced CD while kids walk around the chairs. Stop the music in an unexpected place. All the children should try to sit down. Ask the child without a chair: “What is something kind you could say to a parent?” After the response, start the music again. Repeat, changing the person in the question to coach, younger brother, teacher, lonely child, and so forth. To change the game, remove 1-2 other chairs and ask all children with no chair to respond to the question (either individually or as a group). Encourage kids to speak kindly to everyone this week.
Introductory Activity – Text Face-off
- Gather paper and markers.
- Print S2EWK on a piece of paper.
Group kids into two teams. Give each team 5 pieces of paper and markers. Tell the teams to print texting abbreviations or lingo, one per page. Stress that lingo should be appropriate. To play the game, ask one team to hold up an abbreviation. The other team should tell what the abbreviation means. If the team guesses correctly, they get one point; if not, the other team gets a point. Alternate back and forth between teams to guess the abbreviations.
For bonus points, hold up the S2EWK sign. Teams can alternate guessing what the sign means. (Speak to everyone with kindness.) After several guesses, reveal the meaning. Comment that today you will talk about speaking with kindness. (Note that speaking with kindness includes what kids say in texts and on social media.)
Alternate Idea: Provide ready-made abbreviations for teams to use. You can find a list of abbreviations and other texting lingo online.
Live It Out – Speak Kindness Cube
- Gather a square tissue box, mailing labels, masking tape, markers, and index cards.
Use the Activity Page to talk about the Bible study and the Life Point. Talk about people that the kids encounter throughout their days (parents, teachers, friends, custodians, siblings, store workers, and so forth). Encourage them to talk about kind words they could say to these people. Guide kids to print kind words on the mailing labels. Attach the labels to the sides of the tissue box.
Use tape to create a toss line. Guide kids to stand a few feet away from the tape line and take turns tossing the cube across the line. Read the words on the top of the cube. The children can think of a person and situation in which they could say those words. Repeat this a few times.
Give each child a card. The children can write down one of the kind phrases and commit to using those kind words during the week. Pray and ask God to help you all speak with kindness this week.