Fun with food
Create a “temptation in the garden of Eden” experience for your children by forbidding them from trying one type of fruit. Discussion point: Adam and Eve’s story shows the importance of resisting temptation and peer pressure.
Create a “temptation in the garden of Eden” experience for your children by forbidding them from trying one type of fruit.
Discussion point: Adam and Eve’s story shows the importance of resisting temptation and peer pressure.
You will need small bowls and a variety of sliced fruit, with each type of fruit presented in a different bowl.
Call your children together for snack time. Give them each a small plastic bowl and invite them to select fruit for a snack. Let them know, however, that one bowl of fruit is “forbidden” and they cannot choose from that bowl. (The forbidden fruit may be a favourite, or an unfamiliar fruit.)
As your children go off to fill their bowls, this is your cue to leave. Let your children know that you are leaving for a few minutes to start a load of laundry, use the washroom etc., but will return shortly to pray and eat with them. Give them a minute or two to collect their snack.
Watch your children from a distance, unseen. On your return, invite your children to enjoy their snacks as you talk through the discussion questions:
In life, sometimes it will be easy to say no to temptation and at other times it will be much harder. Temptation can be even more difficult to resist when another person is trying to convince you that the sin isn’t really wrong. This is what happened to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. A snake tempted Eve, but you may have friends who try to get you to go along with them in doing something wrong.
It’s good to have a plan in place ahead of time so you know what to say and how to avoid giving in to peer pressure. The first thing you should do is ask God to give you strength and wisdom so you can make the right choice. The prayer doesn’t need to be long. It can be as simple as God, please help me make a righteous choice. You can also practice what to say to your friends. Here are some ideas.
Genesis 3:1 “
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden”?’ ”
I Corinthians 10:13 “
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”