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Family Roles

Bible Activity: Footsteps-Use shoes to represent family roles-Dad, Mom and kids. Write the following verses on paper strips. Put the strips in the appropriate shoe: Dad-Deuteronomy 6:6-7 and Ephesians 6:4; Mom-Isaiah 49:15 and Titus 2:3-5; kids-Exodus 20:12 and Colossians 3:20.

Form three groups and give one shoe to each group. Have groups read their verses to discover that family member's role in the family. After groups are done, have a representative hold that group's shoes and tell what his or her group learned.

Craft: Family Garlands-Lay apples on their side and cut 1/4-inch-thick slices. Using small gingerbread cookie cutters, have kids cut out an apple shape for each person in their family. With a thread and needle, have kids delicately thread through one side of each gingerbread person and out the other side-staying away from the edges. Once kids have their entire "family" on a thread, have them lay their garland on a piece of cardboard to take home. Tell kids to let their garland lie in a dry, cool, dark place until the apples are dry.

Snack: You'll need: Fortune cookies, slips of paper, pencils and sandwich bags.

Directions: Have kids write each family member's name and an encouraging note on a slip of paper. For example, kids may write, "Mom, thanks for making such good meals for me." Help younger children write their notes. Insert each of the slips into a different fortune cookie-one to give to each family member. Then have kids put their cookies in a sandwich bag to take home. Let kids eat the leftover cookies.

FOR ALL AGES
Get families together for a Family Appreciation Dessert. Children can make and serve a simple dessert such as brownie sundaes or decorated cakes. Kids can present handmade awards and tell why they love each family member.

These activities were created for GRADES 5 AND 6

Contributors: Nancy Paulson, Cindy Newell, Heather Ward, Walter Norvell

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