Two identical tongues cut out from coloured cardboard.
Coarse sand or fine gravel.
Spread glue thickly on one tongue, cover with sand or gravel and leave it to dry.
Grades 1 - 7 (7 to 13 years).
How many of you know this rhyme - "Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but words will never harm me." How untrue that is. You may
not SEE the hurt, but lies deep someone's heart and can never be
forgotten! Psalm 34:13 says:
"Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies."
We often say unkind things to each other when we are angry and don't care
how the other person will feel. But, once the words have been said,
they cannot be taken back, and the damage is done.
I need you all to help me and listen for any nasty words that come out of
my mouth (Carry on talking, but include nasty words or insults you
have heard the children use, so that the children can point out the
hurtful words to you
(Alternately, pre-arrange with the other teachers to act out a
fight with you).
You see children, when you say things in anger, they leave a scar.
It doesn't matter how many times you say, "I'm sorry," as the wound is
still there. It lies deep someone's heart and what you said can
never be forgotten!
I want to show you my tongue after all those nasty things I said (Display
the sand/gravel tongue
). I'm not very proud of my tongue as
it's very rough (Hold the tongue against their cheeks so that they can
feel how rough it is
I'm going to ask Jesus to guard my tongue and help me say only kind and
nice things. Thank you Jesus, and now I have a smooth new tongue!
(Display the second tongue). I hope your tongue is like this
one and not like that ugly rough one!
Controlling Your Tongue:
Proverbs 10:19, has some very wise words for us to take to heart.
"When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is
The next time you want to say something nasty, say a little prayer in your
heart. Ask Jesus to guard your tongue, and help you to only say
kind and nice things to other people!