WHAT YOU NEED:
Timer, six shirts, random toys, kitchen chairs, broom and dustpan
What You Do
Tell your child you’re going to play a game. They’ll get to do a list of tasks and you’ll time them. Then you’ll do those same tasks again, but you’ll do them together and see if your time gets better!
Get ready for the following tasks (i.e. unfold shirts, scatter toys, move chairs away from the table, etc.), and then time your child doing each of the tasks on their own.
- Perfectly fold six shirts
- Pick up and put away toys
- Tuck in all the kitchen chairs
- Sweep half the kitchen using the dustpan
- Organize one kitchen drawer
Record all the times on a sheet of paper. Say, “You did those things so fast! Now, let’s do them together and see how quick we are!”
Complete each task together and time how long it takes. The times should be faster. Once you’re finished, record the times on the same sheet of paper as the others. Say, “Look how much faster we were together. We can get so much done when do things together.”
Talk about the Bible Story
In the video today, we talked about how much better it can be when we do things together. Is there a particular friend that you like doing things with?
What makes that person a good friend?
Do you think it matters who you choose as a friend? (Yes, because our friends influence us. We start to talk like them and act like them. So we should choose our friends carefully.)
What kind of friend are you? What kind of friend do you want to be?
Say, “Remember, it matters who you choose to be friends with. If you choose friends who disobey, you’ll probably disobey. If you choose friends who work hard, you’ll probably work hard. Choose your friends carefully.”
Use this prayer as a guide, either after your discussion or right before bed tonight:
“God, thank You for being the best example of a good Friend. You love us so much that You sent Your Son, Je-sus, to die for us. You forgive us when we mess up. And You listen when we talk to You. Help us to be a good friend, too. Help us to be generous, to forgive, and to listen well. Help us to look for people who do those same things for us. Help us to choose our friends carefully. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”