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Oh, the Lessons They'll Learn!

Courtney Wilson

Use Dr. Seuss' whimsical books to set the stage for introducing biblical wisdom to children

The whimsical world of Dr. Seuss has entertained and educated children and adults for the last 64 years with stories that rhyme and charismatic characters who delight their listening audience. Underneath the silliness, Dr. Seuss' stories tend to shed light on human nature and the world we live in. They can also be used to relate the gospel and biblical wisdom in a colorful way.

So...when you find you're in the mood to run and play, when rhyming sounds like just the plan for the day, take these lessons that can't be beat, and let Dr. Seuss teach that the Bible is neat! You can use all these lessons for a full week of summer camp. Or use a lesson every now and then to reinforce a Sunday school lesson that has the same theme.

Sharing Jesus

From The Book -- "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him" (Psalm 34:8).

Here's the Hook -- Kids will learn about sharing Jesus with others and trying something different.

You'll need two plates of mashed potatoes -- one white and one mixed with green food coloring.

Ask kids which plate of mashed potatoes they'd rather eat. Tell them you're going to read Green Eggs and Ham, and you'll need a volunteer during the story to take a bite of the white mashed potatoes every time the man in the book says, "I do not like them, Sam-I-am." Every time he says, "I like green eggs and ham!" the volunteer will take a bite out of the green potatoes.

Read the book Green Eggs and Ham. After you've read the story, ask, "Why do you think Sam wanted to share the green eggs and ham with his friend? Why didn't his friend want to try them? Do you think you'd want to try green eggs and ham? Why or why not? When was the first time you heard about Jesus? Did you want to become Jesus' friend right away? After you discovered that Jesus was good, did you want to tell your friends? Why or why not?"

Say, "Today's verse is Psalm 34:8. It says 'Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.' Many of you have 'tasted' or tried out God's way. It may've been scary at first, but once you tried it, you liked it! You may have friends who don't know about Jesus and are scared to come to church. You need to take Jesus to them just as Sam in this story took something new to his friend!" 

Eat That Food! -- You'll need celery sticks, green apples, green jelly beans, peeled kiwi fruit, green M&M's candy, poster board, and a brass brad.

Cut out a poster-board circle and draw five pie sections on the circle. Write one of the above food items in each section. Draw and cut out an arrow from a different piece of poster board, and attach the arrow to the poster-board circle with a brass brad to help it spin.

Have kids take turns spinning the wheel. Wheel-spinners must eat whatever food comes up on the wheel. Play until each person has had a turn.

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