Monday, September 27, 2010

Wise and Foolish

This lesson is adapted from the CTR A lesson 36: "I am wise when I choose the right."

Purpose: To help children understand that we are wise when we obey the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Intro: Put different articles of clothing on incorrectly. For example, put a hat on your feet. Talk about how the clothing doesn't do us any good if we don't wear it correctly. When we wear a hat on our feet, it doesn't protect us from the cold, rain, or sun. It is foolish. When we wear it correctly, we get protected. We are being wise when we wear a hat correctly. You can let your kids take turns demonstrating how to wear clothes correctly.

Scripture story: Tell the story of the wise man and the foolish man found in Matt 7:24-27. Talk about how each man felt when the rains came. Explain that if we are wise and follow Jesus Christ's teachings, we will be happy like the man whose house stayed standing. If we are foolish, we will be sad like the man whose house fell.

Activity: On the sidewalk or a cookie sheet, set up two houses made of blocks. Build one block house on a large rock. Build the other on a pile of sand. Pour water on the rock and the sand and watch what happens! The house on the rock stays standing, and the house on the sand falls down.

Song: Sing "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man." Do the actions too of course. :)

Summary: We are wise when we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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