WHAT YOU NEED:
Paper, writing utensil, “prize” (could be a treat, favorite snack, small toy, etc.)
What You Do
Choose at least five places in your home to hide your “clues.” Think: the sofa, inside the fridge, the pantry, beneath a kitchen chair, in a toy box/bin.
Then, tear your paper into five strips. On those strips, write down clues that will tell your child where the next clue is hidden.
For example: “Where do we keep your favorite stuffed animals?” That clue would lead your child to the toy box (or their room). There, they’d find another clue leading them to a new location in your home. The last clue should lead them to a spot where they find their prize.
Once you’ve hidden the clues, say, “I’ve set up some different clues for you. I’ll read the first one, and you have to figure out where it leads you. There, you’ll find another clue that leads you to a new spot. At the end of the hunt, you’ll find a prize!”
Now it’s time to play!
(Depending on your child’s reading level, you may have to help them read the clues. You may also need to give them additional hints. For example, say, “You’re getting warmer,” as they get closer to the next clue.)
When they find their prize, celebrate with a little dance party. Before you finish, say, “Was this prize worth searching for? You know what is definitely worth searching for? Wisdom. Wisdom is one of the best prizes ever!”
Talk about the Bible Story
- Who in our story today searched for wisdom? (Jesus)
- If Jesus thought it was important to learn and grow, do you think it’s important for us to learn and grow, too? (Yes. If Jesus sought out wisdom, we should do the same!)
- Where can we search for wisdom? What are some ways we can become wiser? (going to church, reading the Bible, learning from our mistakes, asking questions, etc.)
Parent: Share about a time when you searched for wisdom and God showed you what you should do. This can be any kid-friendly scenario where you weren’t sure what decision to make, and God used the Bible, a friend, a pastor, or a parent to help you know the wise thing to do.