CRAFT KONNECTION LEADER GUIDE JANUARY // WISE CHOICES // WEEK 1 Teaching Konnection Proverbs 3:5-6 tells you to trust God and His way instead of your own. But how do you know what His way is? Read the Bible, especially the Book of Proverbs so you can trust God and live life His way. We will make a pocket-sized Proverbs Bible so you can carry some of God’s words of wisdom with you wherever you go! Verse Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Point Walk through life with God by your side… His wisdom (not yours) will be your guide. Before Kids Arrive 1. Fold all brown construction paper in half to make covers. Note: Each cover, after folding, should measure 4½” x 6”. Activity 1. Read the Verse, Point, and Teaching Konnection to the whole group. 2. Give each kid one Bible Pattern activity sheet, ribbon, YouVersion sticker, and prepared cover. 3. Kids cut the sheet along the solid lines only. 4. Kids stack their pages in order. Note: Young kids will need additional assistance. 5. Kids fold the stack in half along the dotted line. 6. Kids place the ribbon in the fold between pages 8 and 9. 7. Kids insert the assembled pages and ribbon inside the brown cover. 8. Leaders staple twice along the spine. Note: ensure the red ribbon is stapled in place. It is decorative, not functional. 9. Kids attach the YouVersion Bible App sticker to the front cover. Bonus Pocket Proverbs // You’ll Need • • • • • • • • Bible Pattern activity sheet (1 per child) Brown construction paper (1 9” x 6” sheet per child) YouVersion Bible App sticker (1 per child) Red ribbon (6 inches per child) Scissors (1 set per table) Markers (1 set per table) Staplers (1 per table) Staples (as needed) 1. Kids decorate their Pocket Proverbs Bible with marker designs. 2. Read verses out of the Pocket Proverbs Bible. 3. Kids to explain what the verses mean in their own words. 4. Ask: Why is it helpful to carry this Pocket Proverbs Bible with you? When I read it, it will teach me about wisdom so I can choose God’s way instead of my own. I can also share the verses with others when they need wisdom! This page intentionally blank for double sided printing. CRAFT KONNECTION LEADER GUIDE JANUARY // WISE CHOICES // WEEK 2 Teaching Konnection Did you know how much power your words have? Every word you speak is either giving life to others and making them stronger or killing their confidence by hurting their feelings. Use wisdom with your words! We’ll make a Mr. Mouth puppet to teach our mouths to use kind, wise words that bring life to everyone around us! Verse Proverbs 18:21 NIRV Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words. Point Our words should give encouragement and life… not cause hurt, anger, or strife. Before Kids Arrive 1. Watch the Mr. Mouth instructional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuuAlUkumps 2. Practice making Mr. Mouth. Activity 1. Read the Verse, Point, and Teaching Konnection to the whole group. 2. Hand out a Mr. Mouth activity sheet and a pair of scissors to each kid. 3. Fold sheet in half along dotted line A. 4. Leave paper folded and cut on solid line B. 5. Leave paper folded and fold along the diagonal dotted lines to create two triangle folds. Note: Firmly establish these creases. 6. Return the triangles to their original position. 7. Push the triangle inside the activity sheet one at a time. 8. Leave triangles inside the activity sheet and reestablish the creases along the diagonal dotted lines. 9. Open the activity sheet. 10. Alternate pushing the short edges of the paper together slightly and gently pulling them apart to make Mr. Mouth open and close his mouth. Bonus Mr. Mouth // You’ll Need • • • Mr. Mouth activity sheet (1 per child) Scissors (1 set per table) Markers (1 set per table) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Kids use Mr. Mouth puppet to say the Verse. Kids write word bubbles around Mr. Mouth. Kids fill in the word bubbles with wise words. Kids decorate Mr. Mouth with markers. Ask: What are some wise, encouraging words you will say to others? Answers will vary. Kids can use the Mr. Mouth puppet to answer. This page intentionally blank for double sided printing. Proverbs 18:21 NIRV Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words. Mr. Mouth Activity Sheet // Wise Choices // Week 2 Proverbs 18:21 NIRV Your tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words. Mr. Mouth Activity Sheet // Wise Choices // Week 2 A B A B CRAFT KONNECTION LEADER GUIDE JANUARY // WISE CHOICES // WEEK 3 Teaching Konnection Proverbs 15:1 tells you that kind words keep peace in your family, but mean words will get them all worked up! It doesn’t stop with words, though… your actions can keep peace or work people up, too! Do the Treat Your Family Right activity to think about wise actions you can do for your family. Verse Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Point Angry words can cause a big fight… so choose kind words and treat your family right! Treat Your Family Right // You’ll Need • • • • Treat Your Family Right activity sheet (1 per child) Glue sticks (1 set per table) Scissors (1 set per table) Markers (1 set per table) Activity 1. Read the Verse, Point, and Teaching Konnection to the whole group. 2. Hand out a Treat Your Family Right activity sheet to each kid. 3. Read through the images on the sheet. 4. As a group, decide which images show ways to treat family members wisely. 5. Kids draw a star on images that show wisdom. 6. Kids cut out the images. 7. Kids glue the wise images into the dotted squares inside of the thought bubble. Bonus 1. Kids decorate the character on the activity sheet to look like them. 2. Kids color the rest of the activity sheet. 3. Ask: The person on the activity sheet is just thinking about wise choices. What do they need to do to actually be wise with their family? Do the actions they are thinking about! 4. Ask: Which of these things will you ask God to help you do for your family this week? Answers will vary. This page intentionally blank for double sided printing. CRAFT KONNECTION LEADER GUIDE JANUARY // WISE CHOICES // WEEK 4 Teaching Konnection Is it a good idea to hang out with someone who is popular, cool, tough, or fun? Well… maybe. You have to look at their character to find out. What choices do they make? Do they show that they respect God and love wisdom? It matters, because you will act like the people you hang around! Play “Wise Guys” so you know what good character looks like. Verse Proverbs 13:20 NLT Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Activity 1. Read the Verse, Point, and Teaching Konnection to the whole group. 2. Trace a kid onto the butcher paper strip. 3. Lay the strip on the floor. 4. Hand out a label sticker to each kid. 5. Ask: How will you know if a person is a good friend to spend a lot of time with? Look at the actions and choices they make to see what kind of character they have. 6. Discuss traits that are good and bad. Note: Use the Wise Guy Character Traits activity supplement for positive ideas. 7. Kids write one positive trait on their label. Note: Young kids can draw pictures of good choices their friends make. 8. Kids stick their labels inside the kid outline. Bonus Point Choosing wrong friends will drag you down… so choose the right friends to hang around. Wise Guys // You’ll Need • • • • 5 ft. of butcher paper (1 strip per rotation) Label sticker (1 per child) Markers (1 set per table) Wise Guy Character Traits activity supplement (on back) 1. Review the good character traits kids wrote. 2. Ask: Why would it be a good idea to spend time with this kid? This kid has good character and will help me to be wiser and make good choices when I hang out with him. 3. Ask: Why is it a bad idea to hang out a lot with kids that show foolish character traits? Foolish character will rub off on me and I will start to make unwise decisions and get in trouble. 4. Pray: God, please teach us how to be examples of good character so we can honor You and help our friends get wisdom to make better choices. In Jesus’ name, amen. WISE GUY CHARACTER TRAITS CRAFT KONNECTION SUPPLEMENT JANUARY // WISE CHOICES // WEEK 4 Character Traits of a Good Friend: Says kind words Thinks about my feelings Plays games with me Does what I want sometimes Laughs with me Shows self control Likes spending time with me Obeys and respects teachers and other adults Tells me what they like about me Is kind and respectful to their parents Helps me do homework Tells the truth Helps me do housework and chores Likes me for who I am Sits by me when I’m lonely Doesn’t call me names Shares with me Doesn’t tell lies about me Takes turns when we play games Asks me how I feel about things Is a good sport Prays for me when I’m sick Doesn’t yell at me Makes things for me Is patient Doesn’t bully others Forgives me when I make mistakes Considers others’ feelings Doesn’t boss me around Has good manners Shows love to everyone Shows joy Has peace all the time Is there for me no matter what CRAFT KONNECTION LEADER GUIDE JANUARY // WISE CHOICES // WEEK 5 Teaching Konnection Activity When you get money, it’s so exciting! There are so many different fun things to spend it on! God wants you to have fun things, but He wants you to think about others first. Then people will know that God gave you money to bless and help others, instead of being selfish and spending it all up. So before you spend, put others first by giving and saving. Then you can spend the rest on what you need and want. 1. Read the Verse, Point, and Teaching Konnection to the whole group. 2. Hand out three envelopes to each kid. 3. Ask: What do you think these envelopes are for? Answers will vary. 4. Explain: We are making envelopes to sort your real money at home. One for GIVE, one for SAVE, and one for SPEND! If you don’t have any real money at home, practice with pretend money so you know how to be wise with your money when you grow up and have a job. 5. Kids write GIVE on one envelope, SAVE on the next envelope, and SPEND on the last envelope. Note: Spell the words for young kids. 6. Kids decorate their envelopes with the markers, stickers, and jewels. Verse Proverbs 11:24 NLT Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. Bonus Point I’ll be wise with my money so others can see… the money I have is not all about me. Master Your Money // You’ll Need • • • • Envelopes (3 per child) Markers (1 set per table) Adhesive jewels (10 per child) Stickers (5 per child) 1. Ask: What things can you save up for? Answers will vary. 2. Ask: What will you give your money to? Answers will vary. 3. Ask: What things will you spend your money on? Answers will vary. 4. Ask: Why is it wise to organize your money? Using envelopes to organize your money reminds you to obey God with your money instead of spending it all up. This page intentionally blank for double sided printing.
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