What If I DID? (Ages 4-5)
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- Colored construction paper
- Bowl or basket
- Glitter glue
- Ribbon or string
I wanted my children to understand that God's
love is so powerful and so special that nothing
could separate them from it. I wanted them to
understand that God's love is with them always
and that He loves them when they are good, and
even when they are naughty.*
Cut 2x 2-inch squares out of construction paper.
Make enough for at least 2-3 per child.
Ask each child to whisper to you 2-3 things he
or she does that are really good or kind, and
write these things on a square. Put the child's
name on the square. Talk about how this list indicates
times when they have their "listening ears"
on, times when they are listening to God.
Ask each child to whisper to you something he
or she has done that is naughty and write it down
on a square. Talk about how sometimes we don't
have those "listening ears" on but God
still loves us.
Take all the squares and put them in a bowl or
basket and mix them up. Ask a child to take a
square out and give it to you. You will read what
is written on the square but add the child's name
and ask him if God loves him, and if God still
loves him after he did the action. For Example:
if the square says, "Played with my little
brother," you ask, "If Brandon plays
with his little brother, does God love him?"
They answer, "Yes!" Then you can draw
a happy face on the back of the square and give
it to Brandon. If the square says, "Didn't
put away his toys," you ask, "If Brandon
doesn't put away his toys, does God still love
him?" The children answer, "Yes!"
Then let Brandon tear up the square and you can
explain to him that God loves him no matter what,
but that we separate the naughty act from the
good boy. God's love redeems us and we are changed.
We get rid of the naughty action. Then give him
a square with a smile on it and rejoice.
Go around the group until each child has at least
2 happy face squares. By the end, the children
should see that no matter what they do, God loves
After you have played the game, help the children
make a heart necklace that says, "God loves
(child's name) all the time." Have the child
decorate the heart and use the string to make
it into a necklace. He will have fun wearing this
and it will remind him of God's love.
Sally S. Johnston
[*Editors note: Why does God still love us "even
when we're naughty?" Because He knows that
being naughty is like putting on a costume, hiding
one's natural goodness, the goodness that God
knows and loves no matter what. God does require
our obedience - our effort to be the good person
He knows us to be - if we want to be happy. (As
the teacher or parent, you might use different
words to convey this explanation to your young