– God Created Us With Different Emotions –
Teach children about how God created us with different emotions.
Teach children to express their feelings.
Teach children how different emotions are experienced in different scenarios/situations.
Teach children that our feelings are influenced by What/Who we have in our heart.
Teach children that God makes our feelings filled with Love, even if we feel frustrated/angry or sad about something.
God created us with many different emotions. Some people may define some emotions as “good” and other emotions as “bad.” One thing that is important to understand, however, is that God created us with all the different emotions! In Genesis 1:27, it is written that “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” So what makes some emotions “good” and others “bad”? Are our feelings influenced by What/Who we have in our heart? Is it not the spirit that lives in us that affects our feelings? Have you ever wondered Why you feel what you feel? In Matthew Chapter 7, verse 17 and 18 it is written that “every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” Have you ever wondered what these verses mean? We actually answer these questions on our website, so please browse around!
1) Construction paper (preferably skin-tone color) 2) Scissors 3) Craft sticks 4) Scotch tape 5) Crayons 6) Crafting tape (optional, for decorating plain craft sticks)
This lesson is a good opportunity to have children express themselves and describe what emotions they felt that day or week. Perhaps someone is going through some tribulations and it would be good to discuss and share with others? Perhaps someone needs some advice? Perhaps someone just needs to be reassured that it’s Okay to feel what they are feeling? Or perhaps someone just needs to be instructed?
Begin the lesson by inquiring the children what are emotions, what does the word emotion mean? Then ask each child to name an emotion. I.e., Happy, Sad, Silly, Scared, Embarrassed, Excited, Frustrated, Angry, Confused, Thankful, etc.
Ask the children if All of the emotions are from God? (Trick question ;)) Are all emotions good? What emotions are bad? And why? What makes them good or bad? All emotions are from God and if you have God, the Word of Truth, in your heart, then you naturally yield the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, your emotions are filled with Love and Truth. However, if you do not believe and have this Word of Truth in your heart, then that is what makes the same emotions filled with falsehood and evil. Take for example the feeling of happiness. You can be sincerely happy for your friend when he or she receives a new toy from someone. Or, you can be happy when that same toy gets broken or lost (due to jealousy). The feeling of frustration and anger is also relevant. Did you know that Jesus was unhappy, angry when people made a marketplace out of God’s Temple? (John chapter 2) Next, have each child share what emotions they experienced that day or perhaps that week. After you have each child share their feelings and have discussion time, next we move on to a different activity.
Make Emotion Faces
Fold your construction paper in half
Cut each half of the construction paper
Make each half into a half of a face
Draw an emotion on each face
Some emotions to consider: happy, silly, sad, frustrated/angry, confused, surprised, worried, ill or disgusted, etc.
Tape the craft stick to the back of the face and wa-la, you can now teach and play with these emotion faces!
Since our age group is small, we actually prepped the emotion “faces” ahead of time for the children. If you have older children in your lessons, these may be fun to actually prepare during the lesson.
Depending on your age group, describe some scenarios and have the children hold up the emotion they think is usually experienced/felt in each scenario. The children had fun with this game.
Feel free to be more creative and add on to this lesson!
Optional Lesson Ideas
Since children enjoy stickers, we found some face stickers from MICHAELS and had the children create their own funny/silly/creative faces. We also found this “Funny Friends” sticker book from WALMART.
Teaching children about the fruit of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-23).
Teaching children about reflection.
Teaching children that our heart is like a mirror that reflects.
When you look into the mirror, what do you see? What is reflected back to you? What is reflection?
In James 1:22-25, it is written:
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only… For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass [mirror]: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgeteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
1) foil, 2) scissors, 3) toy mirror, 4) parchment paper, 5) scotch tape, 6) construction paper.
Begin the lesson by passing around a mirror to each child. Have each child look into the mirror and describe what they see. For example, I see my brown eyes, I see my nose, I see my freckles, etc.
The mirror merely reflects you. Spiritually, our mirror (our heart) should NATURALLY reflect the fruit of the Spirit. This should become your nature! This is the nature that God requires. This is the nature that will enter the Kingdom of God!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galations 5:22)
“God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
In Him is no darkness at all, for He is light (1 John 1:5). He is also the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And where shall we go? Only He has the words of Eternal Life (John 6:68). “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14). “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of Living water.” (John 7:38).
Amen. I believe this and have this living water IN me, Thanks to God’s GREAT Mercy! “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and GRACE, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel…” (2 Timothy Chapter 1) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His MERCY He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by His GRACE, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7)
After the children take turns passing around the mirror, ask the children what reflection is and do a brief lesson/discussion on reflection. Next, explain that our hearts are like a mirror, reflecting back what we have in our hearts. When we believe in God and continue in His word, our hearts will naturally reflect the fruit of the Spirit.
Next announce to the children that they will be making their own mirrors (see step by step instructions below).
After the children enjoyed assembling their mirrors, we then played with the mirrors. Describe different situations in life to the children and have them choose which side to show. For example, you are at the doctor’s office with your mother and keep complaining over and over again. Does that show the fruit of the Spirit (the side that reflects) or not? (Children should show the side that does Not reflect). How about being kind to your sibling and sharing your favorite toy with them? (Children should show the side that reflects). What about if someone asks you to lie for them? (Once again, show the side that does Not reflect back).
I prepared this lesson ahead of time and cut out circles for the mirrors, the mirror handles, as well as the different text for the fruit of the Spirit.
During the lesson, the children taped/glued (whatever is your preference) all of the pieces together. Then came the fun part. To further teach the children on reflection, we actually made two sides to our mirror. One side represented the side that reflects (made out of foil), whereas the other side represented the side that does not (made out of parchment paper -or- you can use a white coffee filter). 🙂 After the children (with the teacher’s help of course) constructed their mirrors, we then glued the fruit of the Spirit text onto the foil, onto the side that reflects back.
Draw/Trace a large circle for your mirror (we used a large bowl to trace).
Draw and cut out the mirror handles.
Tape/assemble the mirrors.
Now trace the same circles on the foil (to represent the side that reflects) and on the parchment paper (to represent the side that does not reflect).
Cut out the circles you traced.
Finally, tape the fruit of the Spirit text onto the side that reflects.
Optional Lesson Ideas
Another lesson we did for the fruit of the Spirit, is to make our own fruit of the Spirit baskets. You can draw these, like I did, or, you can use the printables that we have already drawn for you (PDF document to come).
Teaching children to love God’s Words, the Truth.
Teaching children that God’s Words are Sweet (Sweeter than honey!) to those who love Him, love the Truth!
Teaching children about bees and how they work hard to make honey.
In Psalm 119, verse 103, it is written: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm Chapter 19, verse 10, describes God’s Wisdom and also describes it to be sweeter than honey: “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Begin the lesson by asking the children the following questions: Have you ever tasted honey? Raise your hand who has? Can you describe what it tastes like? Is it sweet? Is it Really sweet? Honey is really sweet, isn’t it?! Well, do you know what the Bible tells us about God’s words? Have the children raise their hands and try to guess. God’s words are Never-Ending, they are Truth, they are the Words of Life. But did you know, that it is also written, that God’s words are Sweeter than honey? Can you imagine something sweeter than honey!? 🙂 It is true, God’s words are sweeter than honey to those who love Him, love the Truth! God is Love and His words are Love! And this is what today’s lesson will be about. We will have a very “sweet” lesson today! Show the children honey (optional) and honeycomb cereal. The children can enjoy some honeycomb cereal after the lesson or during the lesson (depending on your choice). Depending on your age group, draw a honeycomb for the children or have them draw a honeycomb on their own.
Then have the children color and decorate their honeycomb.
After everyone finishes their honeycomb pictures, have them glue their honeycomb cereal onto the honeycomb.
After we completed our honeycomb pictures, we actually all had a little “sweet” honeycomb party. Where we drank milk and enjoyed the rest of the box of honeycomb cereal. The children were excited to complete the whole Jumbo box of honeycomb cereal! Make sure no one is allergic to honey of course!
Teaching children to do things from their hearts, to do their best (Colossians 3:23).
Teaching children that God’s Heavenly home (His Church) is being built, where we are busy bees working for God.
Teaching children to first work hard & then play.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23)
God is building a Heavenly House (His Church), where we are the living stones, as it is written in 1 Peter 2:5 (“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”) and where Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20). In this House, God chose himself a zealous people (Titus 2:2:14). Explain to the children what it means to be zealous (not slothful/lazy) and how most things in life are gained through hard work. For example, school, getting a degree, learning to play an instrument, building something, etc. We were created for God to live in us and to be a part of his Heavenly Home. This is why we are like busy bees working for God! Which means we always seek to please God and not people. During our lesson, one of our helpers, who plays the violin at church, shared her personal experience how she works hard to play for God, to praise Him with her talent and instrument, versus seeking praise for herself (pride) from people. When we do these children’s lessons, we are also like busy bees working for God and we do it from our hearts. And whatever we do, we should do from our hearts, for the Lord, and not unto people! So busy bees, let’s get busy! 🙂
Construction paper (preferably yellow, to represent the honeycomb), crayons, scissors (optional, if you prefer to glue your honeycomb onto a decorated piece of paper), and bees (can be stickers, drawn bees, or printed out bees). We bought our bee stickers from MICHAELS.
Depending on your age group, begin by drawing a honeycomb for each child on the construction paper. You can use either plain or decorative construction paper.
Try to make the honeycomb large (take up most of the paper) and structurally look like a home, to represent God’s Church.
Have the children color in and decorate their honeycomb.
After the honeycomb has been drawn and colored, have the children draw or glue many busy bees on and around the honeycomb, to represent busy bees working for God.
And because we were good busy bees, after this lesson, we surprised the children with a treat! Since we also learned that it is good to first work hard and then play. We emphasized this lesson by giving each child their very own cup to decorate, so as to represent their own “cup of tea”. In other words, after you are busy bees at home, working hard, helping your parents, you can then sit back, relax, and enjoy your own “cup of tea” (doesn’t necessarily have to be tea). 🙂
Teaching children about the importance of cleanliness.
Teaching children about order and how order and organization helps us.
Teaching children about how our God is God of Order, not chaos!
Teaching children that God is our Wisdom in every aspect of our lives.
Children are very curious and often times like to ask Why. In fact, they will ask Why to almost anything! Why is the grass green? Why is the sky blue? Why do we need to clean up all the time? Why do we need to wash our hands? Why do we need to take a bath? Why do we need to organize our toys? And the list can go on and on.
This lesson originated when I was thinking of a topic to do with the children on the following children’s church. As I was thinking, I happened to be cleaning my home and so I stopped and looked at the sponge in front of me and thought: Why not do a lesson on cleaning?! God lives in my heart, He is with me always, and He is in every aspect of my life! Even when I’m cleaning, cooking, or scolding my children, I see and experience God in everything! He is the breath that I make, He is each step that I take, He is my Wisdom, He is my Love, and He is my All and All. He makes the sun rise every morning and the sun set every evening! He is Life itself, He is the very reason we are here, He is the Creator, and He is the Truth!
So that evening, off I went to the Dollar Store with my oldest daughter (5 year old). On the way to the store, I told my daughter that we need to find things that have to do with cleaning, so she had fun with this assignment. In fact, she was the one who gave me the idea to purchase tissue napkins and gloves. 🙂
Gloves (for pretending to “clean”), items/icons to represent “germs” (I found these little “monsters” at the Dollar Store and we pretended they are germs), tissue napkins to give to the kids as a take home item, hand wipes as a take home item, a dust pan & brush (or any other cleaning item of your choice!). During this lesson, we also read a book that represents someone who doesn’t like to be clean or take a bath (I chose a Russian book and re-worded it for the children in English, since I already had this book at home). Feel free to add on to this lesson and be more creative!
Now let’s clean those germs! 🙂
Begin the lesson by asking the children What order/organization is and How they think these things help us in life? For example, if you put your items away in the right place, you will be able to find them quicker. That morning, my oldest daughter happened to have lost one of her toys and so this was a good way to stress the importance of putting things away in the right place. 🙂 Since she placed it “in the middle of no where,” it took her a lot longer to find it.
Ask the children why it is important to wash their hands? How about take a bath? Discuss what germs are. Discuss also that our God is God of order and not of chaos. In fact, even in the Bible (starting with the Old Testament), God taught people order and cleanliness.
Next, read a story of your choice to the children that deals with cleanliness. I decided to read to the children a very known Russian story about a boy who refused to take a bath. The boy eventually became so dirty, that everything began to run away from him, his pillow, his blanket, his own clothes, and even his own shoes! Why was this book my choice? Simply because I already had this book at home from our grandparents in Russia. 🙂
Since not all of the children speak Russian in our lessons, I rephrased the book in English as the children looked at the pictures. Since the book is short, I found a cartoon on this story online and played it to the children as well.
After discussion time and story time, next we moved on to play time. For this activity, we scattered the “germs” all around, put on our “cleaning” gloves, and took turns gathering the germs. At the end, the children got to keep their gloves and a couple of germs. 🙂 The children enjoyed the cleaning game the most and wanted to play again and again! 🙂
Teaching children to give all their worries to God (Matthew 6:25-34).
Teaching and showing children that God loves them and takes care of them.
Look at the birds, how God cares for them: feeds them, gives them a nest, how beautiful He clothes them! If our Father, God, cares so much for the birds, then how much more will He take care of us, His children! So do not worry what you will eat, drink, what you will wear. Place All your cares and worries on God, He loves us!
In Matthew Chapter 6, it is written:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? 27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? 31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.”