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10. Kindness

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Kindness

Materials Needed

  • ball
  • puppet theater or table with blanket
  • five different puppets (dolls or stuffed animals)
  • small object (pencil, small book or block)
  • markers or crayons
  • blank sheets of paper taped together to form a 2’ x 2’ sheet of paper.

Setting The Stage

Through this puppet show you will have the opportunity to show your children that kindness is a special way of saying “I love you and God does too.

Project

Ball Toss

Everyone sits in a circle on the floor. An adult starts by holding the ball and sharing one act of kindness he or she did this week. The adult passes or rolls the ball to another person in the circle; whoever receives the ball must share an act of kindness he or she did this week. The game continues until everyone has had a chance to share at least one act of kindness.

Play

If you do not have a natural setting for a puppet show, cover the kitchen table with a blanket so the blanket reaches the floor on the side of the viewers. The adult can work from behind the table so they, the puppets and the script can not be seen. Put on the following show improvising wherever necessary. Your show will be a little smoother if you assign a name to each puppet or stuffed animal before the show begins so you know which one to grab as you are changing roles.

A Day Of Kindness

Characters: Mommy, Child, Cindy, Sam, Joe (represented by puppets, dolls or stuffed animals)

Scene I

Mommy:

(to child) Today I want you to try to make your whole day a day of kindness.

Child:

How can I do that?

Mommy:

When you are at school or playing with your friends and you see a chance to be kind, stop and do what is kind ... that will make it a day of kindness. (hug good-bye)

Child:

Okay, Mommy, I’ll see you later. (Mommy waves good-bye and child leaves. Mother drops down behind the scene.)

Scene II

(Cindy is walking ahead of the child as child, returning to the scene, tries to catch up to Cindy who has a small object [pencil, small book or block] in her hand.)

Child:

(speaking to herself) Hey, there’s Cindy. I wonder if I can catch up to her. (She acts like she is running and panting and catches up to her friend Cindy) Hi! Cindy. May I walk with you?

Cindy:

(turns to see who it is and drops small object from her hand) Oh no!!

Child:

(bends down and picks up small object) Here, let me pick this up for you.

Cindy:

Thanks, that is nice of you.

Child:

(Turns to viewers and says) Wow, I just did an act of kindness!!
(both friends walk off the scene together and drop down behind the table)

Scene III

(Child out playing in the playground - Sam is sitting off to the edge of the scene by himself)

Child:

Boy, it sure is fun playing at the playground. Hey, who is that sitting over there all by himself? I have never seen him before. (Looks over at Sam) I think I’ll go over and say hi. (child moves over to Sam)

Child:

(to Sam) Hi, are you new here?

Sam:

Yes, I just moved here and this is my first day at the playground.

Child:

Well, how come you’re not playing? Hey, what is your name?

Sam:

My name is Sam and I don’t have anyone to play with so I am just sitting here by myself.

Child:

Well, you don’t have to do that any longer ... why don’t you come over and play a game of tag with me.

Sam:

(gets up and joins child) You bet! I would love that. Hey, thanks for being my friend and being so nice to me.

Child:

I am just showing kindness ... No problem at all!

Scene IV

(Eating lunch at school)

Child:

(walking with Joe to the lunchroom) Hey, Joe, I am so hungry I can’t wait to see what my mom sent for lunch today.

Joe:

(looking sad) I don’t have to look, I already know. My mom told me that she had to go shopping today and that she had nothing left in the house so I only have half of a sandwich in my bag, and I am really hungry too.

Child:

No problem. My mom always sends tons of food and I don’t mind sharing some.

Joe:

Hey, that’s great. Let’s go eat.

Scene V

(Child running into the house to see Mommy)

Child:

Mom, Mom, guess what? I had a day of kindness just like you wanted me to have.

Mommy:

(hugs child) Tell me all about it.

Child:

Well, I helped Cindy pick up something she dropped and I made friends with a new boy and I shared my lunch with Joe.

Mommy:

Wow! You did have a day of kindness and I’m so pleased (gives another big hug).

Children’s Drawings

Tape the large sheet of paper to a free spot on the wall. Make sure the sheet is easily accessible and at the children’s eye level. Give each child a section and let them go to work drawing a picture that demonstrates an act of kindness. Note: The puppet show can give them some ideas. When they are done with their drawings, let the children describe what they have drawn. If the children are too young to do a complete drawing on their own, you may sketch a scene and let them color it, explaining to you what is happening.

Prayer

Pray together that each day in the upcoming week will be filled with kindness.

Related Topics: Children's Curriculum, Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Devotionals

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