Now's My Chance!
Nobody like Sly-One. We will call him "Sly" for after all
he was a rat, and who likes rats anyway? He always told lies
and would steal anything you had in a flash! Sly would slink
around just looking for something to steal. But, he was clever
and cunning, and knew just how to trick you into thinking he was good
One day Sly was in the garden and saw that the door to the playhouse
had been left open a crack. Jane had been playing with her
dolls and a plate of artificial fruit. She had forgotten to
close the door properly and as Sly peeped in, his mouth watered at all
the delicious looking fruit lying on the plate!
Sly looked around and saw that all the other rats were busy searching
for food all around the garden. "Now's my chance," squeaked Sly,
"I will steal all this fruit before anyone sees me!"
Now's My Chance!
He crept into the playhouse and quickly picked up an apple in his big
teeth and scurried off to his den. Back and forth he went until
the plate was empty and all the fruit was hidden deep under his nest.
That evening as the other rats went past to their nests, Sly laughed at
them and shouted, "Suckers! "You'll never have enough food for
winter unlike clever old me!
Well, winter soon came and it was freezing cold. Sly's mouth
watered as he thought about all that lovely fruit! What a shock
he had when he tried to eat an apple. Poor Sly nearly broke his
teeth when he took a huge bite! All the animals came running
when they heard Sly scream, "Now I'm going to die - I've got nothing to
eat for winter!
The animals put their heads together, "What can we do to help poor
Sly?" The suggestions flew back and forth and then they decided
to share! Would you have given that greedy Sly any of your
supper? (Let the children respond
The rats rushed back to their nests and everybody brought back a little
food for Sly. He could not believe his whiskers at their kindness
and watched as his store of food grew and grew until there was plenty
to last all winter. What kind friends he had!
A Changed Rat!
Sly stammered his thanks, and do you know what happened to him? (Let
the children respond
). Yes, that sly old rat changed and
gradually learnt to love others. He was no longer greedy nor stole
Everybody was so pleased with him, so they decided to change his name from
"Sly One" to "Kind-One".
I hope boys and girls that you will not be foolish like Sly-One.
Ask Jesus to live inside you, because He wants to make you kind and
wants us to "Love one another".
Let's say that together, "Love one another" (Let the children
respond). If you love each other, then you will be able to
play happily with other children and with your brothers and sisters.