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. To see all materials in this curriculum go to God's Story of Work for Kids Table of Contents.
Small Group Activity for Lesson 6: I've Got Work to Do!
- 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.