I’ve Got Work to Do! (Classroom Activity for Grades 2-5)
This lesson is part of God's Story of Work for Kids, a 12-week curriculum that teaches children to see work through God's perspective.
- three index cards or pieces of paper per student
- a large paper with the words "made, formed, breathed, planted, put, created, sent" scattered throughout. Around these words, write other random words to create a kind of word search
Opening Activity: Work Charades (5 minutes)
Have each student write down an example of work on each piece of paper. Put the papers in a pile with the writing faced down. Divide the children into pairs. Have each pair draw a card and act out the work listed. The other child will guess what kind of work it is.
Review: God gave us the ability to do so many different kinds of work.
Worksheet: My Work Inventory (20 minutes)
Have students fill out how they spend their time each day on the work inventory worksheet, my_work_inventory.pdf. Have them put a star next to work they enjoy and a triangle next to work they find hard or not fun. Take some time to share - ask children to share one kind of work they enjoy and one kind of work they find difficult.
Review: The work each person does is unique and given by God - both the work that is ordinary and sometimes hard, and also the work that is special and fun.
Work in the Garden Word Search (5 minutes)
Have students open a Bible to Genesis 2:4-9. Tape up the large word search paper to the wall on one side of the room. Students will line up on the other side. Set a clock for five minutes. Each student will run, one at a time, with a marker, to circle a work-related word that can be found in Genesis 2:4-9. As one student finishes, they will pass the marker to the next student.
Share & Pray (5 minutes)
Ask if any students have any prayer requests to share. Pray for these requests and for God's presence to fill the work of each student.