Published: January 11, 2024
In this object lesson, kids explore the meaning of kindness as they build up and tear down block buildings.
- 8 wooden blocks for each pair
Form pairs, and give each pair eight blocks.
Say: With your partner, use five blocks to make a block building. Spread out at least an arm’s length from other pairs.
Allow kids time to build their structures.
Say: Now stand by your building and use your three extra blocks to knock down other buildings. You can protect your building, but you have only 10 seconds. Go!
After 10 seconds, ask:
- How did it feel to have others tear down your buildings?
- How does it feel when people tear you down with their words?
Read aloud Ephesians 4:29.
Say: When people are unkind to us, they tear down our feelings just as we tore down the buildings. When we’re unkind to others, we tear down their feelings. But God has called us to build up others.
- What are some things you can say to build up people and help them feel good?
For each answer, have children pick up a block and add it to another pair’s building. Lead the group in a prayer asking God to help them love and build up others.
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