Ark Kids Junior: Better to Give (Christmas)

Better to Give Week 2: Make Room To Give

Mia's grandmother will be coming for Christmas. She is angry that she has to share her room with her Abuela. Mia is upset about having to share her things.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown from 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader

Optional music selections for this lesson:

  • Soft instrumental music for Big Story
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! We are so close to Christmas!

Co-Host I get more excited each day. Does anyone have a Christmas tree in your house?

Host Today we will learn another way we can give at Christmas. Let’s start today with a fun game. Everyone, stand up.

Co-Host First we’re going to squeeze together. Try to get as close to your friends as you can. Squeeze tighter. A little tighter. Try to squeeze together a little more.

Host Now spread out until you can’t touch each other. Reach your arms out to make sure you can’t touch anyone.

Co-Host Look at the Jr. Conductors. They were stuck together, and now they made room for even more Jr. Conductors to join them.

Host That’s a clue about today’s Big Point. Before we visit Conductor Carl and his friends, everyone, say “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Balloons (2), 20oz Soda Bottle (2), Pop Rocks, Small Funnel
Hosts

Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Are you surprised that Mia is so upset about her grandmother visiting?

Co-Host Do any of your families visit at Christmas? (Pause) Who visits? (Allow for answers)

Host I think Mia is only thinking about what makes her feel comfortable. She needs to hear our Big Point. Let’s practice our Big Point again,

Host Make Room To Give!

Co-Host Sometimes it seems like I don’t have enough to give.

Host The Jr. Conductors understand how that feels. Because you’re little, you might think you can’t make room to give, but with God, you can. That’s because He helps you. Let’s see if this bottle of soda can make room in this balloon.

Place the empty balloon on the neck of the bottle. Nothing happens.

Co-Host Nope, there’s no extra room in that balloon.

Host Let’s give this other balloon some help. I’m going to pour Pop Rocks candy in the balloon. (Pour the Pop Rocks into the funnel in the balloon) Now let’s put this balloon on the soda and watch what happens.

Place the balloon with the candy over the neck of the soda bottle. The balloon will expand.

Co-Host That balloon is much bigger than the other one. Just like the candy helped blow up the balloon, God can give us the power to give, even when we don’t think we can.

Host Yes, we can all find ways to make room to give at Christmas. Let’s see if Mia can learn the Big Point.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Gifts (3), Ball, Table
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host Mia doesn’t want to share her room with her Abuela. Have you ever been mad because you had to share your room or toys with someone who visited your house?

Host Giving up something we like to help someone else is good, and it helps us follow the Big Point. Let’s practice the Big Point,

Host Make Room To Give!

Co-Host Engineer Kelly shared a verse from the Bible with Mia. It’s today’s Big Verse.

Co-Host Hebrews 13:16 (NIrV) says, “Don’t forget to share with others.”

Host It makes God so happy when we remember to share what we have with someone else.

Co-Host Let’s test our remembering, I mean memory, with a fun game. I have three presents, and I’m going to put a ball under one of them. Pay attention to which one it is.

Host Now we’re going to mix them up. See if you can remember which one has the ball under it.

  • Move the boxes around several times and then have the kids choose which one they think the ball is under. Play this game several times.

Co-Host That was fun! One thing we should never forget to do is share what we have with other people.

Host There are lots of ways to share at Christmas. You can share gifts, hugs, yummy treats, and especially the good news about Jesus. Let’s stand and sing a song to praise God.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music.

Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. I think this would be a good time to ask Jesus for His help. He can help us think of people that we can share with this Christmas. Quietly, at your seat, talk to Jesus and ask Him who you can help. (Pause) Now I’ll pray for all of us. (Pray)

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Clothes (Winter if Possible)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Co-Host I’m so glad that Mia’s Abuela is staying for Christmas! They’re going to have lots of fun together.

Host Mia made a wise choice when she followed our Big Point. Let’s all practice our Big Point again,

Host Make Room To Give!

Co-Host I’m glad that someone made room for Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. It would have been sad if they had to stay outside in the cold. I wouldn’t have wanted baby Jesus to be freezing.

Host That’s a good example for us. We can make a wise choice, too, when we do the Big Do with our family. Conductor Carl gave us a great idea.

Host Look in your closet and share some winter clothes with people who need them. Many of us have clothes that are too small for us to wear. We can share them so others can be warm.

Co-Host Let’s try sharing clothes by playing a fun game. We will choose some kids and engineers (Adult volunteers) to play.

Host When we say, “Go!” you get to pass the clothes from one person to the next person until they reach the last person. Keep doing that until you’ve passed all of the clothes.

  • Play the game. Spread the adult/teen volunteers throughout the line so they can help the kids play the game. This game is more about cooperation than competition.

Co-Host Great job! You shared all of the clothes.

Host Let’s say our Big Point once more,

Host Make Room To Give!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Hmm, did our Big Point say Make Room To Keep or Make Room To Give?

  • Let’s pretend to make a snowman. What should we do first? Let’s roll up a giant snowball to be the bottom. Should the next snowball be bigger or smaller? Smaller. Let’s make one more. What should we use for the eyes, nose, etc.? How did Mia react when she first heard that her Abuela was visiting? She was upset Why? She didn’t want to share her room

  • Stand up and pretend you are walking from Nazareth to Bethlehem, like Mary and Joseph. It was a long walk. Pretend you are riding on a donkey on a bumpy road. When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem was there a lot of people there or a little? Lots of people Did they have a hard time finding a place to stay? Yes

  • What kind of animals do you find on a farm? What sounds do those animals make? Who was born around animals? Jesus

  • What kinds of things do you like to do with your grandparents? Those sound so much fun. Did Mia choose to make room for her Abuela? Yes

  • Let’s pretend to do our Big Do and share a winter coat with someone nearby. Take the pretend coat and put it on. Doesn’t that feel so much warmer. What does our Big Verse say? Hebrews 13:16 (NIrV), “Don’t ______ to share with others.”

    • Forget
    • Remember
Materials:


Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
Small Group Leaders
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups. Small Group Leaders, take a few moments to welcome your group.

Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader

Optional music selections for this lesson:

  • Christmas music for Icebreaker
  • Soft instrumental music for Big Story
Note:

Engage 1 Prep: Each group needs one stocking and twelve balls. On six of the balls, write things that kids want to do. (For example: play on your tablet, eat your favorite food, get presents, etc.) On the other six balls, write or have pictures of things they could give to others. (For example: card, toy, jacket, cookies, etc.)

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Santa Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters dressed as a Train Conductor, but in a Santa hat instead of an engineer hat.

Hi, Jr. Conductors! Welcome to the Train Station! I’m getting so excited for Christmas! In Spanish, to say, “Merry Christmas,” you say, “¡Feliz Navidad!” Can you say that? (Pause) Great job!

I know Conductor Carl and his friends are getting ready for Christmas at the Train Station. I think they even have special visitors coming. Let’s see how our friends are doing prepping for the special Christmas celebrations. Everyone, say, “Choo-choo!”

“Choo-choo!” Let’s stand up and sing a song to Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Santa Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Jr. Conductors, let’s play a game.

  • Play optional Christmas music.

Everyone, stand up, stand in a circle with your small group, and hold hands.

  • Pause and allow time for each group to get situated.

Now, everyone walk together and get as close to each other as you can. Is there enough room for someone to squeeze into your group? No! Now, everyone, step backwards and make your circle really big! Now is there enough room for someone to squeeze into your group? Yes! Let’s see who can make the biggest circle.

  • Walk between the groups, pointing out who has a bigger circle than the others

Great job, Jr. Conductors! You can have a seat on your pockets. Today Conductor Carl and his friends are learning about making room for others. When you spread out, you made more room for others, too. We want to make room for other people at Christmas. Let’s turn our listening ears on!

Materials: Overalls, Santa Hat, Handkerchief, Stocking (1 Per Group), Balls (12 Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Mia is upset about having to share her things while her Abuela is visiting. The Big Point will help her. Let’s sing it together,

Make Room To Give!

You might think you don’t have enough to share your things with others, but God helps us have plenty so that we can give to others and so we won’t run out of what we need. In your small groups, you will see how sometimes we can get too full of our own things to give to others. See if you can help your Small Group Leader make some room!

Small Group Leader
Note:

Each group needs one stocking and twelve balls. On six of the balls, write things that kids want to do. (For example: play on your tablet, eat your favorite food, get presents, etc.) On the other six balls, write or have pictures of things they could give to others. (For example: card, toy, jacket, cookies, etc.)

  • Fill the stocking first with the things the kids want. Then try to add the balls of things they can do for others. Talk about how they don’t fit because the stocking is full with stuff they want to do. Remove the balls and add the balls of stuff to give first.

Leader

Did everyone make room in their stocking? Great job! Let’s watch and see if Mia has learned our Big Point!

Materials: Overalls, Santa Hat, Handkerchief, Activity (1 Per Child), Coloring Utensils (1 Set Per Group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Mia is angry that she has to share her room with her Abuela. Can you show me an angry face? Yikes! I am thankful that Engineer Kelly shared the Big Verse with her, to help her.

Hebrews 13:16 (NIrV) says, “Don’t forget to share with others.”

We want to be sure to remember other people. Everyone, turn to your friend next to you and look at their shirt. Now close your eyes and tell me what color your friend’s shirt is, without opening your eyes! (Pause) You did a good job remembering what your friend is wearing. God is so happy when we remember other people. It shows that we love them.

You get to color a picture in your group to help you remember the people God has put in your life!

Small Group Leader
  • Pass out the activity sheets and crayons and instruct the kids to color and make the empty person on the activity sheet look like one of their friends.

Leader

On the count of three, tell me who you drew on your activity sheet. 1…2…3…! (Pause) Good job! Let’s practice our Big Point together. Everyone, stand up, and let’s say our Big Point while we jump up and down, Make Room To Give! Now say it while you turn around in a circle, Make Room To Give! Now reach your arms out like you are a big, tall Christmas tree, and say it, Make Room To Give! Now let’s say it one more time at the Music Store,

Make Room To Give!

Great job! You can sit back down on your pockets. Let’s listen to a true story from the Bible about some people who made room for Jesus to be born!

Materials:
Leader
  • Play optional soft instrumental music.

Everyone bow your heads and close your eyes. It’s a great idea to say the true things in the Bible. We are going to say our Big Verse. Everyone, say, “I won’t forget to share with others.” (Repeat 2-3 times) Good job. Now I will use our Big Verse to pray for you. (Pray)

Materials:
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Mia was so wise and followed our Big Point. Now Mia can have lots of fun with her Abuela for Christmas! Following the Big Point is a wise choice. You can follow the Big Point this week when you do the Big Do.

Conductor Carl gave us a great idea! Look in your closet and share some winter clothes with people who need them. Many of us have clothes that are too small for us to wear. We can share them, so others can be warm.

Let’s all sing the Big Point one more time,

Make Room To Give!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Hmm, did our Big Point say Make Room To Keep or Make Room To Give?

  • Let’s pretend to make a snowman. What should we do first? Let’s roll up a giant snowball to be the bottom. Should the next snowball be bigger or smaller? Smaller. Let’s make one more. What should we use for the eyes, nose, etc.? How did Mia react when she first heard that her Abuela was visiting? She was upset Why? She didn’t want to share her room

  • Stand up and pretend you are walking from Nazareth to Bethlehem, like Mary and Joseph. It was a long walk. Pretend you are riding on a donkey on a bumpy road. When Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem was there a lot of people there or a little? Lots of people Did they have a hard time finding a place to stay? Yes

  • What kind of animals do you find on a farm? What sounds do those animals make? Who was born around animals? Jesus

  • What kinds of things do you like to do with your grandparents? Those sound so much fun. Did Mia choose to make room for her Abuela? Yes

  • Let’s pretend to do our Big Do and share a winter coat with someone nearby. Take the pretend coat and put it on. Doesn’t that feel so much warmer. What does our Big Verse say? Hebrews 13:16 (NIrV), “Don’t ______ to share with others.”

    • Forget
    • Remember

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