Hands-on options

These ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your children. Read over the options at the beginning of your week and choose one or two that will fit your schedule.

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  • Celebrate the joy of Christmas

    Creative crafts, Drama / Role play, Drive time, Fun with food, Serving others

    Check out a number of ideas for celebrating Christmas and the joy of Christ’s birth at any time of year.

    Discussion point: Jesus’ birth was God’s gift to bring joy to all people.

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  • Find God’s promises in a pot of gold

    Physical activity

    Make a rainbow with a garden hose, and find a pretend “pot of gold.”

    Discussion point: God’s word is more valuable than a pot of gold.

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  • Finding joy in nature

    Getting into nature

    Get outside and enjoy a summer storm, analyzing snowflakes, viewing a sunrise/sunset, going for a quiet walk or observing a caterpillar.

    Discussion point: Includes talking points for each activity.

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  • Helium and the Holy Spirit

    Science with a twist

    Inflate some regular balloons, and have fun trying to keep them in the air.

    Discussion point: People try to find joy through momentary pleasures; God’s Spirit provides lasting joy.

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  • Joy in obedience

    Any time, Drive time

    Bless a child with words of affirmation or a small treat when they are obedient or make good choices.

    Discussion point: Obedience to God’s commands brings joy.

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  • Joyful bubbles

    Any time, Physical activity

    Blow bubbles, and share a story about a girl who got everything she ever wanted.

    Discussion point: We can have all our hearts desire and still feel empty if our goal is to please ourselves.

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  • Popcorn dipping party

    Fun with food, Physical activity

    Here are three zany ideas to create an evening of rollicking fun as a family.

    Discussion point: Pray together, thanking God for the joy of being in a loving family.

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  • Rejoicing in the rain

    Getting into nature

    Go for a walk in the rain, and follow these ideas to make your walk joyful.

    Discussion point: It’s easy to be negative about the rain, but we should be thankful for it.

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  • Sharing joy

    Serving others

    Surprise someone with kindness, then say “Share the joy!” Then it’s their turn to do something kind for another.

    Discussion point: Ask God who you can serve in a special way.

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  • Short circuit complaints

    Any time, Drive time

    Every time a family member complains, have them think of something to praise God for instead.

    Discussion point: The importance of doing things without grumbling or arguing.

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  • The most wonderful wedding

    Drama / Role play

    Plan and act out a pretend wedding ceremony, or stage one for stuffed toys.

    Discussion point: An amazing “wedding celebration” will take place when Jesus returns for us.

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