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Back To School Survival Kit
By: Earlene Bowman
                 This lesson was originally posted in The Children's Ministry Vault area of our website.


Items needed:

plastic zipper pencil case
rubber band
band aid
chewing gum
candy kiss
tea bag 

I started my lesson by discussing what a survival kit is and when we would need one. I talked about the things the family would take with them on a camping trip and then talked about what the child would need if he got lost in the woods and had to survive until he was found. The children supplied the answers and I just wrote them on the board. After that discussion I talked about another type of survival kit that they would need when they started back to school. Earlier in the week I had purchased all the items listed and also purchased a pencil case for each child. On the inside of the pencil case, I inserted the following list so they would be reminded what each item stood for. I handed out the survival kit pencil cases and went into the message discussing going back to school and how children are to act and how children are treated. And let them know that they are supposed to act as Jesus acted and with this survival kit in hand they would have the tools or school supplies they needed to accomplish this. I then ask whom had brought God's word with them to church. I had them hold their Bibles in the air and I picked nine children and gave each of them a number. Child number one was given the Bible verse for the toothpick, child two was given the verse for the rubber band and so forth. As each child looked up their verse I had them read it aloud and then I discussed the verse and how it related to their survival kit. I did this for all nine items. You can make this as short or as long as you like. After each verse and discussion, I had the child that had looked up the verse to give out the survival kit item that was to be put into their pencil case. You could go ahead and make up the survival kit yourself and have it ready for class, but the children really do enjoy hands on. After I closed the lesson in prayer I instructed the children to put their survival kit inside their notebook they were using for school so they would have it when they needed it most. 

  • Toothpick: to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others....Matt 7:1
  • Rubber Band: to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out....Romans 8:28
  • Band-Aid: to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone's else's....Col. 3:12-14
  • Pencil: to remind you to list your blessings everyday....Eph. 1:3
  • Eraser: to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's ok....Gen. 50:15-21
  • Chewing Gum: to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything....Phil. 4:13
  • Mint: to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly father....John 3:16-17
  • Candy Kiss: to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday....1 John 4:7
  • Tea Bag: to remind you to relax daily and to go over that list of God's blessings....1 Thess. 5:18

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