Responsible animal owners

Drama / Role play, Serving others

Pretend you are farmers, or use your family pets to explore the command from Proverbs 12:10 to care for animals well.

If you have a pet, review the importance of feeding and caring for your pet. Give your children some responsibility for caring for them: young children can check daily to make sure your pet’s water bowl is full and ask for help to fill it; kids can also help fill pet dishes with dry food using a measuring cup.

If you don’t have a family pet, have your kids set up a farm with their toys. Use the discussion questions to talk about the responsibilities animal farmers have. These might include:

  • ensuring the animals have clean water each day
  • growing or purchasing food for their animals
  • feeding their animals once or twice daily
  • keeping a clean sleeping area for the animals covered with straw or other bedding material
  • making sure the animals have proper shelter
  • providing immunizations
  • caring for weak or sick animals
  • overseeing the birth of baby animals
  • for dairy farmers, milking cows and goats once or twice daily.

Read Proverbs 12:10. In closing, pray together and ask God to help you care kindly for all animals.

Questions for discussion
  • What do your parents do to take care of you?
  • What kinds of things would a farmer need to do to care for his animals?
  • What do your parents do when you are sick?
  • How does a farmer get medical help for his sick animals?
Key concepts

Parents provide a home, healthy meals, snacks and drinks, and clothing for their children. Likewise, a farmer needs to make sure his animals are warm, well fed and have fresh water. Parents earn money so they can go to the store and buy groceries, while farmers need to either grow grain or hay or purchase food for their animals.

Kids trust their parents to care for them, just as animals trust their owners to take care of them. Trustworthy owners ensure that their animals have everything they need to remain healthy and comfortable.

Relevant Scripture

Proverbs 12:10 “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.

Note: To extend this activity further, organize a farm visit. Depending on how well you know the farmer, you can offer to help him or her do the farm chores.