Wet chick, dry chick

Physical activity

Play a game of tag using a garden hose. Or if it’s wintertime, play tag with snowballs. Afterwards, talk about the value of taking refuge in God.

Here’s how the game works:

Gather an assortment of umbrellas or plastic shields of some kind, such as a large bucket or lid, then spread the shields around your yard. As long as your children are out running around, you can spray them with the hose. But they’re “safe” or “home free” whenever they shelter under one of the water shields.

If you’re playing snow tag, make some “home free” snow forts and place plastic shields around your yard.

Follow up your game by watching a nature video showing a mother duck or hen covering her chicks under her wings, then use the questions to guide your discussion.

Close by praying this prayer with your kids:

Dear God, sometimes when change happens or I am upset, I feel mad at You and I want to run away or hide from everything. Please remind me that You never want to hurt me and that the best place for me to be when I have pain or sadness is close beside You. I want to be a willing chick – one who runs to You for protection and comfort! Amen.

Questions for discussion
  1. What is an umbrella for?
  2. How are a mother duck’s wings like an umbrella?
  3. What could happen to a duckling if it refused to hide under its mother’s wing?
  4. Do you think the duckling feels less safe or more safe hiding under its mother’s wing?
  5. Who wants to comfort us when we are upset?
Key concepts

When we are sad, angry or hurting in any way, God wants to offer us comfort! The important question is, will we let Him, or will we be stubborn and sullen and choose to go it alone?

Relevant Scripture

Psalm 91:1-4 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ For He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”

Luke 13:34 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!”

Isaiah 40:11 “He will tend His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”