ACTIVITY: Focus Fast!
WHAT YOU NEED:
No supplies needed
What You Do
Say, “Let’s play a game. There are four moves. When I give a command, you do the following.
When I say . . .
Up: put your hands up over your head.
Down: put your hands at your sides.
Pat: pat the floor.
Clap: clap your hands together.
Call out the four motions in any random order. Keep the game challenging and increase the speed of the commands.
For a variation, ask them to do the OPPOSITE of what you call. So if you say, “Up,” have your child put their hands down. If you say, “Pat,” have your child clap, and so on.
After the game, talk about how you had to really focus in order to get the moves right!
Talk about the Bible Story
When you’re daydreaming, what do you usually think about?
Why do you think it’s sometimes easier for us to think negative thoughts more than positive thoughts?
What can we do when we find ourselves thinking about or worrying about something negative? For example: You have a big test coming up and you are worried you will fail it. What can you do to focus on what is true?
What are some ways you can practice focusing on what’s true? (Remembering things you are thankful for, the talents and skills God has given you, funny moments with friends.)
Share with your child why you’re grateful. Talk
about ways that you focus on what’s true even in difficult situations. If you choose, talk about how the pandemic has affected you and how being able to focus on what is true, noble, lovely, etc. is helping you get through a dark time.
Use this prayer as a guide, either after your discussion or right before bed tonight:
“God, You are worthy of our praise! You are always right and pure. Your ways are excellent and trust-worthy. God, when we struggle with showing integrity, help us remember to turn to You. We know when we focus on You, we are choosing to train ourselves to be truthful in whatever we say and do. We pray this in Jesus’ name! Amen!”