|Children will be enticed to enter a tent
filled with scrumptious candy, but encouraged to wait
until the end of the class, because then it will be even better.
Small pop-up tent
(or large bed sheet and chairs)
Few minutes at beginning or end of class
Blessings, Patience, Rewards
Before class, set up a small pop-up tent, or make one using a bed sheet and chairs.
What you will do:
As children arrive, they will be curious about the tent, and will probably want to go inside, but tell them to wait until everyone arrives. After everyone arrives, throw more pieces of candy into the tent, one for each child. Let the children see it. Ask, who would like to go into the tent and grab some candy? Tell them to be patient, because if you wait until the end of class, it will much be better. The Bible says, "If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."
Occasionally during the class, put some more candy inside the tent, while encouraging the kids still to wait. Repeat the saying if you wait until the end of the class, it will be much better. The Bible says, "If we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."
Near the end of the class, add one more piece of candy
for everyone, and praise the kids for being so patient. Now let them enter
the tent and take (equal number of pieces of candy). As the children proudly
carry out their treasures, let them know that God can always be trusted
to give us only the best.
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