Help kids stand up to their friends' negative influences and
resist peer pressure.
1. Opener-With two balls of clay, have two children
each form a pot. Assign the following words to four different
volunteers: cheating, lying, arguing and complaining. Have your
volunteers each come forward, tell their word and poke only one of
the pots. Ask: "Which pot looks better? Which pot is
shaped the way it was meant to be? Explain."
2. The Potter and the Clay-Say: "The Bible says
God is the potter and we are the clay."
Hold up a poster with Isaiah 64:8 written on it. Read aloud the
verse, and have the class repeat it after you. Then ask:
"What does this verse mean?"
Say: "If we allow others to mold us instead of letting God
mold us, we may end up looking like this pot. (Hold up the poked
pot.) We won't become who God wants us to be. The Bible warns us to
stay away from doing wrong things. Friends sometimes want you to do
wrong things such as disobeying your parents or cheating. You can
learn to say no, so you can do what's right."
Give children each a piece of clay and let them form their own
creation. Remind them as they're working that, as the creator, they
can make the clay into something they like, just as God makes us
into something he likes. Afterward, have kids wash their
3. Human Sculpture-Form groups of no more than five. Ask
for a volunteer in each group to sit on the floor. Have group
members in that group "sculpt" the person into a position that
shows something Christians do. For example, kids may sculpt a child
praying or reading a Bible.
After kids are finished, have them reveal their human sculpture.
Tell the sculpture to remain in position.
Then have the other group's members tell wrong things that friends
can pressure kids to do. As they say each thing, have group members
move the child's body parts into other positions.
Say: "Each of you is God's beautiful sculpture, but
choosing to do the wrong thing can change that sculpture. People
who pressure you to choose wrong things are helping you ruin God's
beautiful work in your life. You can cooperate with God by choosing
the right things."
Have the human sculpture yell "no" and return to his or her
original sculpted position.
4. Made to Order-Give kids edible "play" dough (mix 1 cup
of powdered milk, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 cups of peanut
butter) and napkins. Have children shape their dough into the word
"no." As kids eat their words, remind them that God has given them
the power to say no to friends who pressure them to do wrong
things. Close in prayer.