Build a fort, play the giggle game, or shake a pop bottle into a volcano of fizz. Who would have thought learning self-control could be so much fun?

Review these ideas, plus plenty more, to create lessons that help kids:

  • control negative impulses, in dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • think through consequences before speaking or acting
  • walk away from troublemakers.

This lesson is also helpful for children who tend to overreact, have difficulty managing anger and lash out by shouting, hitting or biting.

Recommended resources

The Frog and the Plagues
by Troy Schmidt. B & H Kids, 2015. Ages 4-7.

Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook
by Stephen Elkins. Tyndale, 2015. Ages 4-7.

Keeping Your Cool: A Book About Anger
by Carolyn Larsen. Baker Books, 2016. Ages 4-6.

Adventures in Odyssey #54: Clanging Cymbals and the Meaning of God’s Love (CD)
Tyndale, 2011. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey: Life Lessons #5: Peer Pressure (CD)
Tyndale, 2005. Ages 8-12.

Auto B Good: Fruits of the Spirit (DVD)
Rising Star Studios, 2011. Ages 2-6.

Auto B Good: Traits of Faith (DVD)
Rising Star Studios, 2011. Ages 2-6.