Ark Kids Junior: Tools For School

Tools For School Week 4: Work Hard!

Lionel learns a lesson about working hard from his friend, the ant.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown From 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader

Suggested optional music:

  • Welcome: Bob the Builder theme song
  • Engage 1: Game music
  • Big Story: Soft instrumental music
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat, Handkerchief (2), Hard Hat, Toolbelt, Toy Tools
Hosts
  • Host enters

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! There is so much happening at the Train Station right now. Today’s the day when we build new buildings and fix broken things.

  • Co-Host enters. The Co-Host is wearing a hard hat and a toolbelt with toy tools. He/She drags himself/herself across the stage, slowly.

Host Jr. Conductors, is our friend moving fast or slow? (Pause) Very slow. What’s wrong?

Co-Host My arms and legs found out about all of the building we have to do at the Train Station, and they decided to stop working.

Host Jr. Conductors, do you think your arms and legs can decide to stop working all by themselves?

Co-Host Mine did. Look what happens when I tell my arm to wave. Wave, arm.

  • Co-Host’s arm goes up briefly and flops back down.

Co-Host Leg, I need you to wiggle.

  • The Co-Host’s leg moves slightly, but it drops back down, like Jell-O.

Host You can do it, (Co-Host). Jr. Conductors, let’s stand and show our friend how we are in control of our arms and legs.

  • Have the kids give their arms and legs different commands, such as hop, wave, shake hands, run, etc. Tell them the action and have them repeat it as a command.

Co-Host Wow, they are really good at moving.

Host You can, too. We’re discovering today that wise people aren’t afraid to move and work. I think you need to get excited for the big workday. Let’s get help (Co-Host) change his/her attitude by cheering for him/her as we play a song.

  • Play Bob the Builder theme song.

Co-Host That helped a lot. Thanks!

Host The Jr. Conductors are always our big helpers. If you are ready to keep helping, say, “Choo-choo!”

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat, Handkerchief (2), Hard Hat, Toolbelt, Toy Tools, Flag Football Flags
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Did Lionel seem to be working as hard as his ant friend, Andy?

Co-Host No, I think Lionel feels like me today, but Andy, he just keeps working and working.

Host Andy the ant is a good example of our Big Point. Let’s practice the Big Point. (VFX: Big Point Video) Work Hard!

Host Work Hard!

Co-Host Work hard? What does that look like?

Host I think we can show you with a fun game. We’ve chosen some Jr. Conductors to play. Would you (To Co-Host) like to play a game with them?

Co-Host Do you think it’s okay to take a break to play a game?

Host Sure, it’s okay to stop and play. If you work hard, you will have time to do fun things, too. This game is like tag. You will chase the Jr. Conductors, and they will chase you. To tag them, you have to grab these colored flags. Let’s see who can grab them first. Be sure to cheer for your friends.

  • Play game music. If you don’t have flag football flags, then you can just play a simple game of one hand touch tag. Encourage the kids to play hard and move fast. The Co-Host should move slowly and fail to grab the flags.

Co-Host Wow, I played really hard.

Host Jr. Conductors, do you think (Co-Host) played hard? (Pause) No, it looked like you barely moved. Working hard means that you try your best to do whatever job you are given to do. Your job right now is to play this game the best you can.

Co-Host That’s what it means to work hard? Can I try again?

  • Play game music. Play the game again. This time the Co-Host should move fast and work hard to play the game. Encourage the kids to cheer for everyone.

Host That was much better. You played hard and everyone had fun. Working hard means that you give your best. Let’s see if Lionel can give his best.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat, Handkerchief (2), Hard Hat, Toolbelt, Toy Tools
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host I think Lionel is ready to follow our Big Point.

Host Work Hard!

Co-Host I didn’t know that King Solomon wrote about ants in the Bible. He said we should look at them and learn. King Solomon also wrote the Big Verse,

Co-Host Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV). It says, “The desires of people who work hard are completely satisfied.”

Host That’s because hard work leads to good things.

Co-Host Are you sure? I really like just sitting and relaxing. Let’s put our arms behind our heads like we are stretching out under the warm sun.

Host There’s nothing wrong with relaxing, but you should do that after your work is done. Look at this person.

Host What kind of job do you think this person has?

  • Co-Host leads the kids in acting out the movements.

Co-Host You’re right, Jr. Conductors. That’s a farmer. Let’s pretend to be farmers. Stand up. Use your garden tools to rake the dirt with me. We could grow vegetables for food. What kind should we grow? (Pause) Those sound delicious. Sprinkle some seeds and cover them up with dirt. Don’t forget to water. Whew! This is hard work. Let’s wipe the sweat off our faces.

Host Farmers work hard to produce yummy food for us to eat. Look at the things they grow.

Co-Host Hmm, those are good.

Host Look at these people.

Host What do you think they do for their job? (Pause) Yep, they build things.

  • Co-Host leads the kids in acting out the movements.

Co-Host We can pretend to build, too. Take out your hammer and hammer some nails. We need to make this part taller, so add another board and hammer more nails. This board is too long, let’s saw it to make it shorter. I think some paint would look nice on these boards. What color should we choose? Take out your paintbrush and paint away. Whew! This is hard, too. Stretch your tired muscles.

Host Builders work hard to create things.

Host We like the houses and big buildings builders make. Hard work produces good things. We can work hard when we share about Jesus.

Co-Host It seems like hard work is a wise choice.

Host It is very wise. King Solomon worked hard, too, when he and his helpers built a big building for God. In just a moment we’ll travel to the Big Story Station to discover what happened. Now let’s stand and worship God.

Materials:
Materials:
Leader
  • Play soft instrumental music

Let’s bow our heads and close our eyes. Let’s ask Jesus to help us work hard whenever we have a job to do. Your job might be putting cups on the table or putting away your toys. It pleases God when we do our best. Quietly pray and ask Jesus to help you to make a wise choice and work hard. (Pause) Now I will pray for all of us. (Pray)

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Laundry Basket, Clothes
Hosts
  • Host enters.

Host Lionel finished his work, and now he has time to go play with his new friend. His hard work helped his friends. I’m glad he listened to our Big Point. Let’s practice it again,

Host Work Hard!

Co-Host King Solomon’s workers worked hard, too. They built a really nice building for God. They gave their best work, and it pleased God. I’m going to work hard at the Train Station today, too, so I can honor God.

Host That’s what the Jr. Conductors can do when they do the Big Do this week.

Co-Host The Big Do is to clean your room and give your best doing it. Your mommy and daddy will be so happy to see your clean room.

Host I have a fun idea. Let’s make the Big Do a fun game. We have some clothes and laundry baskets. Let’s choose some friends to help us toss this messy pile of clothes into the basket.

Co-Host Do you think we can get them all in the basket? Let’s see if we can work hard to do it.

  • Play the game, allowing several kids to toss a piece of clothing into the basket. It’s a cooperative game whose goal is for the kids to accomplish the task by working together

Host You did a great job. I think you are ready to do the Big Do this week. Let’s practice the Big Point again,

Host Work Hard!

Materials:
Hosts
  • Did our Big Point say Don’t Ever Work or Work Hard?

  • Let’s pretend to be ants. Can you crawl in place? Pretend you are holding a leaf over your head. Is it heavy? It probably is, for an ant. Who met a new ant friend named Andy? Lionel Was Andy the ant working harder than Lionel? Yes

  • Pretend to look up at a really tall building. What kinds of things do you see? Who built a big building for God in today’s Big Story? King Solomon Did he build it all by himself or did he have lots of helpers? Lots of helpers

  • Can you make a sad face? Can you make a happy face? Can look disappointed? Try making a face like you’re happy with something you made. Do you think King Solomon and his workers were happy when the new building was finished? Yes Did they work hard to please God? Yes

  • Let’s practice counting to ten. (Count) Say your ABCs as fast as you can. (Say the ABCs) How many colors can you name? (Pause) Does the hard work we do in school or preschool please God? Yes Is God pleased when we work hard at home on our chores? Yes

  • What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV), “The desires of people who work hard are ________ satisfied.”

    • Completely
    • Never
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
Note:

Optional music

  • Big Story: Soft instrumental music
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Leader Hi, Jr. Conductors! Welcome to the Train Station. I’m glad you came to church today and didn’t stay at your house. Let’s pretend we are on our way to church. First get in the car and buckle your seatbelt. Then, when we get here, we walk in. Sometimes we get so excited we might want to skip! Let’s skip together. Then, when you get to this room, you sit down quietly. You can do that now. It takes some work to come to church, but it is always a wise choice to come. Wise people enjoy doing the work God gives them. It’s time to get this train moving so we can learn more about wisdom. To get it to go, we need to say, “Choo-choo!” Let’s say it together, “Choo-choo!” Let’s stand and worship Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader

Leader Jr. Conductors, does your mommy or daddy go to work? What about your grandma or grandpa? What kind of work do they do? (Pause) Those are important jobs! There are many different kinds of jobs. Let’s think of different jobs together. Who do you go to if you are sick? (Pause) A doctor! Put your hand to your heart like a stethoscope and let’s pretend to listen to our heartbeat. Thump-thump, thump-thump. If there was a fire, who can you call to help you? A firefighter. Let’s pretend like we are firefighters and put out a fire with a big water hose. Psshhh! Who is the person who helps us learn our ABC’s and how to count? A teacher! Let’s count to ten together. (Count to ten) Good job!

I’m going to ask one person from each small group to share what job they want to have when they grow up. (Choose one person from each group to share) Those are great choices.

We don’t have to wait until we are grown up to work for God. God has jobs for us to do right now. Let’s learn more about what a wise worker looks like with Conductor Carl!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Cardboard Blocks
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Leader Lionel wasn’t working as hard as his ant friend, Andy. Andy was busy working and didn’t stop to play with Lionel. Let’s all stand up and march back and forth like Andy the ant. (March back and forth around the stage) Andy the ant was a good example of our Big Point. Let’s sing it together.

Leader Work Hard!

Leader When someone gives us a job to do, we should give it our very best. We do this by working hard until the whole job is finished. In your small groups, you are going to follow our Big Point and build a tall tower. Be sure to use all of your blocks!

Small Group Leader
  • Let the kids build a tower with the cardboard blocks. Remind them to stay focused and work hard to finish.

Leader

Great job following our Big Point! Let’s turn our listening ears on to see if Lionel can start to work, too!

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Blank Paper, Crayons
Leader
  • Leader enters.

It sounds like Lionel is ready to follow our Big Point. Let’s say it again together!

Work Hard!

I’m thankful for what King Solomon wrote in the Bible. He wrote our Big Verse and it says in...

Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV), “The desires of people who work hard are completely satisfied.” God promises that our hard work will lead to good things. If you work and plant an apple tree, what are you going to get? Apples! Let’s crunch on an apple. If you work and mix together all the ingredients for cookies, what do you get? Cookies! Lick your lips like you just ate a yummy cookie.

Today you are going to follow the Big Point and create a picture to give to someone. Choose a friend, teacher, or your mommy or daddy and color them a picture. But be sure to follow our Big Point and work hard on it! Turn around to your small group and you can begin.

Small Group Leader
  • Pass out the paper and crayons and encourage the kids to work hard on their picture.

Leader

Your pictures look great. I know the person you give yours to will be thankful you wanted to share with them. Let’s listen close to our Big Story and find out about someone who worked hard in the Bible.

Materials:
Small Group Leader

Play Soft Instrumental Song. Everyone think of a job you have to do. Maybe it’s helping wash dishes, cleaning your room, or putting your clothes away. It pleases God when you do your best. Let’s pray and ask Jesus to help us make the wise choice to work hard. (Pause) Now I will pray for all of us. (Pray)

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

Lionel finished all his work and now he gets to play with Andy the ant! He followed the Big Point and helped his friends. Let’s practice the Big Point,

Work Hard!

Conductor Carl gave us a great idea for how we can do this Big Point this week.

The Big Do is to clean your room and give your best doing it. It will be fun to show your mommy and daddy how hard you can work! This week is going to be great! Let’s do the Big Point one more time,

Work Hard!

Materials:
Leader
  • Did our Big Point say Don’t Ever Work or Work Hard?

  • Let’s pretend to be ants. Can you crawl in place? Pretend you are holding a leaf over your head. Is it heavy? It probably is, for an ant. Who met a new ant friend named Andy? Lionel Was Andy the ant working harder than Lionel? Yes

  • Pretend to look up at a really tall building. What kinds of things do you see? Who built a big building for God in today’s Big Story? King Solomon Did he build it all by himself or did he have lots of helpers? Lots of helpers

  • Can you make a sad face? Can you make a happy face? Can look disappointed? Try making a face like you’re happy with something you made. Do you think King Solomon and his workers were happy when the new building was finished? Yes Did they work hard to please God? Yes

  • Let’s practice counting to ten. (Count) Say your ABCs as fast as you can. (Say the ABCs) How many colors can you name? (Pause) Does the hard work we do in school or preschool please God? Yes Is God pleased when we work hard at home on our chores? Yes

  • What does our Big Verse say? Proverbs 13:4 (NIrV), “The desires of people who work hard are ________ satisfied.”

    • Completely
    • Never

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