Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I Share

by Kimber Bailey Scott
John 6:1-13

Before you start, place lots of goldfish and oyster crackers in a basket. Lay a napkin on top of these. On top of the napkin, lay 5 rolls on top. Also have a small whole fish from the grocery story on a plate.

There were a lot of people who were hungry. Ask them to pretend to be the people, rubbing their hungry tummies. Was there anyone that could share their food? There was! A boy came to Jesus. He had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. (as you tell the story, pull out the basket with the bread on top. Lay the fish on a plate beside the basket. The boy shared his food with Jesus. Jesus took the food and made enough for everyone to eat! Pray like Jesus did. Take the napkin off to reveal the crackers underneath. Pass out on a napkin and eat.

Copy a set of the sandwich pieces for each child and cut them out. (I got mine free at: ) Ask each child to glue their pieces on top of each other to make a paper sandwich. Cut the sandwiches in half. Ask each child to share one half with the sibling to their right (or with you). Each ends up with 2 halves that they glue onto paper plates. Why is it a good idea to share? How does God feel when we share? How do other people feel when we share? Who shared in our story? What did they share?

Give each kid a paper lunch sack. Take a walk outside. Gather things God shares with us that we can share with others (rocks, flowers, leaves, etc.). Then give each child a large piece of clear contact paper. Peel the backing off halfway and lay the plastic sticky side up. Let the child set his nature objects on the sticky plastic. Peel off the rest of the backing. Fold the sticky sides together with the objects in between. The children can take the pictures & share them with each other, Daddy, a friend, someone at church, etc. What are some things that God shares with us? What are some things we can share with other people? How does God feel when we share? What did the people in our story share?

Give each kid a paper plate, 4 large cheese crackers and 2 thin slices of apple. Show the children how to make sandwiches by placing the apple between the cheese crackers. Each child makes 2 cheesewiches. They share one with the person to their right. That way they have shared one but they get another one so they'll still have 2 but one's from someone else. What does it mean to share? How does it feel when someone shares with you? Tell about a time when you shared your food with someone else (homeless, family in need, etc.). Why does God want us to share? Who shared in our story? What did they share?

Seat all your kids in a circle but one will be in the middle. Give a hat to every child in the circle including the child in the middle. Use as many different kinds of hats as you can gather. Turn on some kid friendly music and have the kids pass the hats but the child in the middle is not passing, he/she is wearing their hat. When you stop the music, each child puts on the hat they are holding. The child in the middle chooses the hat the other kids are wearing they like most of all. The child wearing that hat SHARES, giving it to the child in the middle. Then they trade places. Keep playing.
What do you share here at home? What do you share with your friends? How does it make God feel when you share? Who shared in our story? What did they share?

Who wants to share? The Bible tells us "Share with others." Let's say those words together. "Share with others." Take turns sharing a Bible and ask each to say "Share with others." Hebrews 13:16

2 whole fish (from butcher section of grocery store - buy the day of or the day before)
5 rolls of bread or French bread broken into 5 pieces
Goldfish crackers
Oyster crackers
different kinds of hats
music/cd player/Ipod player
large cheese crackers
lunch sacks
clear contact paper
copies of sandwich patterns
glue/glue sticks
paper plates

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