WHAT YOU NEED:
Stuffed animals, action figures, dolls, etc.
What You Do
Ask your child to divide the stuffed animals/toys into two groups: the “wise” group and the “unwise” group. (They can use whatever criteria they want. The more fun they have, the better!)
Place the “wise” group of friends on one side of the room. Place the “unwise” group of friends on the opposite side.
Say, “I’m going to read some words of advice from your friends. Some of it is wise advice. Some of it is foolish, or unwise advice. After you hear the advice, if you think it’s something your wise friends might say, run and stand with them. If you think it’s unwise advice, go stand next to the unwise friends. Ready? Let’s play!”
Read the following pieces of advice and let your child decide if the advice came from wise friends or unwise friends.
We think you should shove all of your toys and dirty clothes under your bed instead of putting them away like your mom said.
We think you should help your aunt carry in the groceries.
We think you should run to the car and push your sister aside to get the best seat.
We think it’s okay if you don’t tell the WHOLE truth.
We think you should ask an adult you trust when you’re not sure what to do.
We think it’s okay if you’re mean to your older sister when she’s mean to you.
We think you should treat others the way you want to be treated.
We think you should read God’s Word and talk to Him.
Talk about the Bible Story
Some of Rehoboam’s friends were foolish, and they gave him bad advice that he chose to follow.
- Why is it important to choose wise friends?
- What are some words that would describe a wise friend?
- How are you a wise friend to others?
- Which of your friends do you think are wise? Why?
Parent: Talk about a wise person you hang out with who helps you make wise choices.