Adaptability

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These fun ideas require very little preparation, making it easy for you to share some simple but memorable lessons with your kids. Choose just one or two ideas that will appeal to your children.

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  • Baby, we were made for change

    Drama / Role play

    Dress up like a baby and have your kids care for your needs!

    Discussion point: Change is part of life, and some changes, like growing up, are necessary.

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  • Choose your own adventure

    Any time, Drive time

    Help kids learn to view change as an adventure rather than a frightening journey by telling a “choose your own adventure” story.

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  • Green stick versus dry stick

    Getting into nature

    Compare a dry, brittle stick with a fresh and flexible green stick and talk about the ways people can be either rigid or flexible in their attitudes.

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  • Life is a sweet treat

    Fun with food

    Bake some “surprise cookies” or “surprise buns” that have something unexpected in the middle.

    Discussion point: Life is full of surprises. We should thank God for the gift of life, even when it surprises us.

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  • Life is like a crazy carpet ride

    Physical activity

    Take your kids tobogganing or to a water slide! On the way home, use the questions for discussion to open up a conversation on trusting God when life becomes unpredictable.

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  • Me and you in a chocolate fondue

    Fun with food

    Let your kids help you prepare a chocolate fondue, and use it as a metaphor to help your children understand how God uses tough times to refine us.

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  • Sweet and sour candies

    Fun with food

    Have your kids close their eyes as they choose sweet or sour candy from a bag.

    Discussion point: We can ask God to help us see the sweetness in circumstances that seem sour at first.

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  • The art of enjoying change

    Science with a twist

    Have fun making some “changeable artwork” using milk. The results are spectacular!

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  • The tail doesn’t wag the dog

    Any time

    Send your power hungry or manipulative child the message that “the tail doesn’t wag the dog."

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  • Using your windshield wipers

    Drive time

    While you’re driving in heavy rain, pull over, turn off the windshield wipers, and watch the windshield become completely obscured by the rain.

    Discussion point: Strong emotions can obscure our view so we don’t think clearly or make good decisions.

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  • Wet chick, dry chick

    Physical activity

    Play a game of tag using a garden hose. Or if it’s wintertime, play tag with snowballs. Afterwards, talk about the value of taking refuge in God.

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