Invoke the mercy rule during  a water fight, go on a worm rescue mission, or turn stuffed animals into “lepers” to find out how Jesus treated outcasts!

There are loads of fun ideas in this lesson on compassion to help kids:

  • have sympathy for the suffering of others
  • want to share what they have to meet others’ needs
  • be considerate of others’ feelings and be quick to comfort and encourage others.

You’ll find this lesson helpful for addressing selfishness, materialism, insensitivity to the plight of others and an unwillingness to forgive.

Recommended resources

The Berenstain Bears: A Neighbor in Need
by Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2011. Ages 4-7.

The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule
by Stan, Jan and Mike Berenstain. Zonderkidz, 2008. Ages 4-7.

The Legend of the Christmas Cookie
by Dandi Daley Mackall. Zonderkidz, 2015. Ages 4-7.

Otter B Free
by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady. Tyndale, 2022. Ages 4-7.

Otter B Kind
by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady. Tyndale, 2019. Ages 4-7.

Adventures in Odyssey Life Lessons #3: Compassion (CD)
Tyndale, 2005. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey The Fruit of the Spirit (4 CDs)
Focus on the Family, 2021. Ages 8-12.

VeggieTales: Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving (DVD)
Big Idea, 2009. Ages 4 and up.

VeggieTales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas (DVD)
Big Idea, 2013. Ages 4 and up.