A set of at least 15 various sized wooden blocks.
Label some of the blocks with things that make your kids feel bad.
Pens or pencils.
Small sheets of paper for every child.
A high value money note.
Grades 3 - 8 (9 to 14 years).
Let several children build a tower. The last block should be heavy so
that the tower will fall down. Explain that the bad things people
can say about us can break us down, just like our tower fell down.
We need to focus on Jesus and allow His love to build us up.
Give each child a sheet of paper and a pen or a pencil. Get them to
write down their answers to the following questions. (Ensure that
they know that this is confidential, and that they are not to discuss this
with their friends or show them their answers):
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?
- Write down three things that you like about yourself.
- Write down three things you don't like about yourself.
Now give them time to examine the things they don't like. Let them put
a cross next to anything they can't change. They should then put a
tick against things they can change, and write how they will go about
changing those things.
All Children Have Value:
Take a money note and ask the children, "Who would like this money?"
You should get lots of takers! Crumple the money and then ask, "Who
wants it now?" Again, the kids will all say, "Yes!" Now roll
it in the dirt and jump on it until the money looks terrible. Then
ask, "Who wants it now?" When the children say, "Yes!" then ask,
"But why do you want it? It's all old and dirty!"
You want the money because it has value. Each one of you also has
value! No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you've
been through, God still wants you because you have value. In John
6:37, Jesus promised that He would never cast out or discard any child
who loves Him. No, Jesus loves us. Just listen to what
Jeremiah 31:3, says:
"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with
God loves us very dearly and Deuteronomy 32:9, tells us that God keeps us
as the apple of His eye. If you are the apple of God's eye, think
of how valuable you are to God! You are much more valuable than any
amount of money. So look up and say to yourself, "I have value and
I'm special to God!"
Lastly, lead the children in prayer in which they ask God to help them love
themselves and accept themselves as they are.