– 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.