Bible Truth: Jesus teaches me to be wise.
Bible Story: The wise and foolish builders.
Bible Study: Matthew 7:24-27
For a great visual and sensory experience of this parable round up these items:
- a clear shallow container
- a brick
- a hair dryer
- a spray bottle filled with water
It works best to build the foolish man's house a bit top and front heavy. I also left the back of the house exposed so that it will be easier to blow down when I tell the story. Fill the clear shallow container with sand.
|Jesus said that anyone who listens to His words, and obeys, is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.|
|A storm with lots of rain and strong winds came, but the house built on the rock was strong. It stood firm.|
|Then Jesus said that anyone who listens to His words, but does not obey, is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.|
|A storm with lots of rain and strong winds came, and the house on the sand came crashing down.|
Ask the children, "Do you want to be like the wise man who built his house on the rock, or the foolish man who built his house on the sand? When we listen to our parents and teachers, and obey them by doing what they say, Jesus said we are like the wise man."
wise and foolish charadesPlay this game to teach and reinforce the practical application of this lesson.
To prepare, use pictures (if they are available to you) of children being wise (i.e. sharing, helping, etc.) and pictures of children being foolish (i.e. fighting, stealing, etc.). If these pictures are not available to you, simply write the words on slips of paper. Put the pictures or words in a container from which the children will draw from. Also print out these happy and sad faces. Cut them out and glue a happy and sad face to either side of a craft stick for each child.
Engage the rest of the class to help them guess what the children are doing. (If you are using pictures, you can also show them the picture.) After they determine the action of the children, ask them if the children are being wise or foolish. If they are being wise they should show you the happy side of their craft stick. If the children are being foolish, they should show you the sad side of their craft stick.
coloring pageHere is a coloring page for this lesson to which you may add sand, and rock as suggested in the craft below.
rock paintingCollect enough smooth rocks for each child in your class. Allow them to paint their rocks however they like. When they dry, write on the rocks with a Sharpie marker, "I am wise when I obey."
wise & foolish buildersFor this craft you will need:
- this heading
- construction paper
- 6 craft sticks per child
- rock pattern contact paper (or gray / brown construction paper)
- craft sand (or sand / dirt)
To prepare, print and cut the heading into strips, and cut the contact paper into approximately 1.5" by 5" rectangles. (I'm using the contact paper because I already have it on hand. If you opt to use construction paper, cut it to the same size, then crumple and flatten it out to give it a more "rock like" texture.) Since there is a lot to glue for this project, you may want to glue the headings to the construction paper ahead of time.
In class, help the children glue the contact paper to the bottom left side of their paper, and sand to the bottom right side. Glue four craft sticks, in the shape of a house, on the rock. Then help them break two craft sticks, and glue them randomly over the sand.