Virtue: Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it.
Main Point: If you want to be wise, look before you leap.
Bible Story:Wise People See Danger
Bible Passage: Proverbs 22:3
Memory Verse: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God…and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a, NIV
WHAT YOU NEED: Bring It! Challenge Tracking Sheet (1), Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)
WHAT YOU DO:
Start by introducing yourself and welcoming kids to your eGroup. As kids come in, write their names on the Bring It! Challenge tracking sheet.
Ask them about their week and interests. Use the following questions to generate discussion:
What’s something cool that happened this week?
What was the best part of your week?
Have you ________ (seen/eaten/listened to/read) any good _________ (movies/TV shows/food/music/books) lately?
What are you looking forward to next week?
Once you have five to six kids begin playing Spoons!
Tell kids to sit in a circle.
Arrange the spoons in a small circle in the center of the circle. The number of spoons in the center should be one less than the number of kids playing.
Deal four cards to each player. Keep the rest of the deck by you. Tell kids they should only keep four cards in their hand at a time.
Explain that the goal is to collect four of a kind (four 2’s, four Jacks, four Aces, etc.).
Take a card off the top of the deck and decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you do not want to keep it, pass it facedown to the left. If you do want to keep it, remove another card from your hand and pass that card facedown to the left.
The kid on the left will then have the option to keep that card or pass it to their left. If they keep it, the kid will pass on another card from their hand. This continues around the circle.
The last player (the player to your right) places his discard into a trash pile between the two of you. If at any time the deck runs out, shuffle the trash pile and keep going.
Cards should be picked up and passed quickly around the circle until a kid has collected four of a kind.
As soon as a kid has four of a kind, the kid should grab a spoon from the center of the circle as quickly as possible. The rest of the kids will then race to grab the remaining spoons.
The player left without a spoon is out, and play starts over again. Always leave one fewer spoon in the middle than the number of players.
Larger groups of kids can be divided into two groups with their own decks, or kids who are “out” can start a new game with the second deck.
BIBLE SCAVENGER HUNT
WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible verse cards (4 sets of 5 cards), search lists (4), pens
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Welcome to eGroup! My name is _______ and I’m your eGroup leader! As an eGroup we will hang out together during Motion, hear stories from the Bible, learn what it means to live for Jesus, and play games!
We’re in a series called The Hunt, where we’re learning about wisdom. Let’s dig into God’s Word together now and see what He says about wisdom!”
WHAT YOU DO:
Have kids sit in a circle with their Bibles and instruct kids to turn to Proverbs 22. NOTE: This may take time, but it helps kids learn skills for reading the Bible on their own. If needed, encourage kids to use the table of contents in their Bible, and then decide if the book is in the Old or New Testament.
Read Proverbs 22:3 aloud.
Divide kids into four teams and give each team a set of Bible verse cards. Read the Proverbs 22:3 card aloud and explain that it gives the verse you just read together in a different version.
Read the remaining four Bible verse cards aloud. Explain that these verses all show the same idea — we should think about all possible outcomes or consequences of our actions before we act.
Give each team a search list and pens.
Explain kids will work with their teams to find all the things described on their search list and fill in the answers as quickly as possible. All answers can be found on the Bible verse cards.
The first team to finish the scavenger hunt by completing the entire search list wins!
eTL Tip: For younger groups who can’t read/write as well, read the first item on the list aloud and encourage teams to race to be the first team to find that answer. Once the first team shares the answer and all teams write it down, read the second item aloud and encourage teams to race to find it. Repeat for each item on the list, one at a time.
WHAT YOU SAY:
“These verses we studied are all related to our main point: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. It’s about more than not doing something dangerous; it’s about not doing things that might not be best for us. When you’re faced with a tricky situation, think about where it might end up before you do it. If you’re not sure, ask God for help. Read His Word. Ask an older person you trust who knows God’s Word. All of these things will help you look before you leap and make the wise choice.”
LEAP TO THE END
WHAT YOU NEED:
giant game board (1), game cards (1 set of 20), mini flashlights (4), die (1)
WHAT YOU DO:
Open the giant game board in the center of the eGroup space. Shuffle the game cards and place them by the game board.
Help kids form four even teams. Give each team a mini flashlight to use as a game piece and tell them to place it on one of the “Start” spaces on the game board. (The flashlights can stand on the wide end.)
Explain teams will roll the die to move around the game board from their “Start” space to their “Home” space.
If a game piece lands on a “DRAW CARD” space, the team on that space should take a game card, read it aloud, and follow the instructions. Used cards can be set aside and reused if needed.
The first team to get their game piece to their “Home” wins!
WHAT YOU SAY:
“If you want to be wise, look before you leap. Sometimes that means literally using your eyeballs to look around you before you do something—like if you’re crossing the street, jumping off some playground equipment, or throwing a ball to your friend.
Other times it means just to think about what you’re going to do before you do it. Think about where things will end if you do what you’re about to do or say what you’re about to say. If you turn in that paper with sloppy handwriting, will you get a worse grade than if you re-do it with good penmanship? If your friend’s shirt doesn’t match her pants, will she feel bad if you say something about it? This week, take some time to think about the things you do and say before you do them and decide whether it is really a wise choice or not.”
“What causes us to forget to think things through before we do them?”
“Are there times when it’s easier to be wise than others (times when it’s easier to look before you leap)? Are there times when it’s harder to be wise?”
“Share a time when you really messed up and did something unwise because you didn’t look before you leapt. What happened? What did you learn from the experience?”
JOURNAL AND PRAYER
WHAT YOU NEED: eKidz Prayer Journal (or eKidz Prayer Journal page), pen
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Today we learned if we want to be wise, we have to look before we leap. When you let God be the source of your wisdom, you can see God do great things through you!
I want you to think about one strategy you can use to help yourself slow down and think before you act.
Maybe if you tend to act unwisely when you’re angry, you should make yourself count to 10 before responding to people when you feel upset.
If you often act unwisely around certain people, maybe you should decide not to spend time with those people, or you only spend time with them when you have another wise friend nearby to support you.
If there’s a specific place where you tend to make unwise choices, you could ask God to make you more aware of your actions before you go there each time.
I’m going to write your name and what you share in our eKidz Prayer Journal. This week I will pray that these strategies will help you slow down and think before you act!”
WHAT YOU DO:
Write down what kids share in your eKidz Prayer Journal. Take your eKidz Prayer Journal home with you and pray for your kids throughout the week.
“Dear God, thank You for Your wisdom and for sharing it with us in Your Word. Thank You for always being with us to help us slow down and think about what the wise choice would be. Help us to use what we know to be true in order to look before we leap and make wise decisions. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
WHAT YOU NEED: Bibles, Bible tool kits, Memory Verse Playing Cards (2 decks), spoons (20)
WHAT YOU SAY:
“Our Bible verse, James 1:5a, tells us God will always give us His wisdom when we ask for it!”
WHAT YOU DO:
Read the verse out loud: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God… and it will be given to you.” James 1:5a
Help kids look up the memory verse in their Bibles. Encourage them to use tools from the Bible tool kit to mark the verse in their Bible. Tell kids who didn’t bring a Bible they will receive a memory verse card during the Bring It! Challenge so they can practice it at home.
Ask kids if there are any words or phrases they don’t understand and explain them as needed.
Choose an activity: “Memory Verse Spoons” or “Verse Practice.”
MEMORY VERSE SPOONS
Tell kids to sit in a circle to play a special version of Spoons. If the group did not play Spoons during Kid Connect, refer to page 1 for basic game instructions.
For the Memory Verse edition of Spoons, the kid who fails to grab a spoon should attempt to say James 1:5a from memory. If the kid can’t recite the verse, he/she gets one letter of the word “WISE.” If a kid gets the whole word, he/she is out of the game.
If a kid collects all four cards with James 1:5a (the card with a headlamp in the background), he/she earns immunity for the rest of the game and cannot be given any letters of the word “WISE,” even if they don’t grab a spoon.
Use the following methods to help kids practice the memory verse:
REPEAT AFTER ME: Have kids repeat phrases of the verse after you.
PAIR UP: Have kids pair up to practice the verse together.
MOTIONS: Come up with motions to represent phrases in the verse. Practice it together.