Coping with unwelcome change can be hard, especially if it’s a big change like moving away, changing schools or losing a friend. Help kids adjust with the fun ideas in this lesson.

These adaptability-focused Bible stories and activities will help kids to:

  • hand their worries, sorrow or disappointment over to God
  • focus on all the blessings they still enjoy
  • trust God to bring good out of their situation.

You’ll also find this lesson helpful for kids who resist change in their routine or insist on having things their way.

Recommended resources

The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings
by Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2016. Ages 4-7.

Bible KidVentures: Stories of Danger and Courage
by Sheila Seifert and Jeanne Dennis. Tyndale House, 2016. Ages 8-12.

Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up: When You Fail
by Edward T. Welch. New Growth Press, 2018. Ages 3-5.

Halle Takes a Stand: When You Want to Fit In
by Paul David Tripp. New Growth Press, 2020. Ages 3-5.

Henry Says Good-Bye: When You Are Sad
by Edward T. Welch. New Growth Press, 2019. Ages 3-5.

It Will Be Okay
by Lysa TerKeurst. Thomas Nelson, 2014. Ages 4-7.

Jax’s Tail Twitches: When You Are Angry
by David Powlison. New Growth Press, 2018. Ages 3-5.

Raising Emotionally Strong Boys
by David Thomas. Bethany House, 2022. Adults. See companion book for boys ages 6-12 here.

Raising Worry-Free Girls
by Sissy Goff. Bethany House, 2019. Adults. See companion book for girls ages 6-12 here.

Someone I Love Died
by Christine Harder Tangvald. David C. Cook, 2012. Ages 4-7.

Tori Comes Out of Her Shell: When You Are Lonely
by Jayne V. Clark. New Growth Press, 2019. Ages 3-5.

What Do I Do With Worry?
by Dr. Josh and Christie Straub. B&H Kids, 2021. Ages 4-6.

Adventures in Odyssey episode 344: Letting Go (CD)
Tyndale, 1996. Ages 8-12. (Zacahary has to adjust when his widowed mom begins dating.)

Adventures in Odyssey episode 573: Back to Abnormal (CD)
Tyndale, 2005. Ages 8-12. (Grady has to adjust when his mom returns to work.)

VeggieTales: Noah’s Ark (DVD)
Big Idea, 2018. Ages 4-8.