Tot Camp 2015 – Week 5 – Kindness

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Let’s go going on Week 5 – Kindness!!

**As a reminder, most of my ideas are taken from this blog, which has a great devotional thought for moms at the beginning of the post. I also love the way this blogger opens up her lessons with an intro and closes them with three main points and a prayer, so those pieces always come from this blog. I also took great activity ideas from this blog. (And then sometimes I added my own ideas in parentheses.)**

Also, every day we practice our unit memory verse with this video.

And then we add a memory verse specific to the fruit of the spirit for that week.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Day 1: 

Intro from Grace for Moms:

What to share with your child: This week, as we continue to learn about the fruit of the spirit, we are focusing on the fruit of kindness. Do you know what it means to be kind? What do you think kindness looks like? {let them answer} This week we are going to talk about how God is kind to us and asks us to be kind to others. Kindness is one of the most important attitudes we can have because it shows others Jesus’ love. When we are kind, we not only bless others, we also bless God.”

Day 1:

Discussion from Grace for Moms:

Discussion: Ephesians 4:32 tells us to, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” God showed us great kindness by sending his son to love us and die for us. He continues to show us kindness daily as he takes care of us. It is because of God’s kindness that we can be kind to others. When we are kind to others, we share God’s love.

Discussion from Wind in a Letter Box:

Continued Discussion: Read this verse: “A kind word is like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” – Proverbs 16:24

What is nice or good about honey? What kind of things do we do with it? Why do we like it?

Activities: Do this activity below, where we talk about how the effects of our words cannot be undone.

“Wrinkled heart project: This is a way to help kids understand what they say can’t be taken back.  Write this saying down first, and then crumple it up.  Have them attempt to flatten out the paper, and talk to them about when saying hurtful things, it is like trying to get the wrinkles out of the paper, you can try to make it look or appear better, but it will not go away completely.”

Trace the word “kindness” and add our heart, which says, “Before you speak, be smart. It is hard to fix a wrinkled heart.”

Extra Activity: Honey Snack – Two options:

1: Honey Nut Energy Bites

2. 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Day 2:

Discussion from Grace for Moms:

Discussion:

But what about when someone is unkind to us? How should we respond? The Bible says in Matthew 7:12, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” This is often called, The Golden Rule and it’s a great way to live. Even when someone is unkind to us, we can be kind to them. It might be harder to respond in kindness when someone is being mean but when we do, we’ll be surprised that how we treat that person often helps them to be more kind.

Sometimes when we are busy or distracted, it can be hard to notice when someone needs our kindness. But God is always with us to help us see the needs of others. Philippians 2:4-5 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” In other words. . .God wants us to not only look out for ourselves but to look out for others as well. And we can do this when we have Jesus in our heart. We will notice the kid at school who is playing alone and invite them to play. We will see the person being made fun of and stand up for them. We will offer to help serve others when they are in need. And when we do these things, we are sharing the love of God.

Activity: Perform a random act of kindness. Lots of great ideas listed on this blog.

Day 3:

Discussion from Grace for Moms:

Discussion: Kindness is a behavior. When we show love and concern for others, we are being kind. We can do this by saying something nice, including someone who is being left out, or helping someone who is in need. Read the story of The Good Samaritan together in Luke 10:25-37. This is one of the Bible’s best examples of kindness. A man was lying on the side of the road hurt and in need. Several people walked right by him without stopping to help. Then finally, a man who was a Samaritan, stopped and showed the man great kindness by helping him.  Jesus ends the story by saying, “Go and do likewise.”

Activity from Wind in a Letter Box:

Activity: Reenact the story using dolls and discuss – Which of the people should we be more like: the ones who walked past the man or the one who stopped to help? Who are we supposed to help?

Make a plan for three ways to show kindness that day.

Wrap up from Grace for Moms:

3 TRUTHS TO SHARE WITH YOUR CHILD:

1. God shows us kindness because he loves us and he asks us to be kind to others.

2. When we are kind to others, we are sharing God’s love. (And he can help us be kind to others even if they are not kind to us.)

3. God can use us to show kindness when someone really needs it.

Pray this Prayer:

God, thank you for the kindness you show through your love, acceptance and care of us. May we spread that kindness to others every day. Help us to see those in need and show us how to respond in kindness. Help us to show others kindness even when they aren’t kind to us. May kindness become something our family is known for as we continue to spread your love in this way. We love you. Amen.

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