Walking in your shoes | Hands-on Activity | Kids of Integrity (2023)


Parents' guide

If you've been wondering how to begin developing your child's character, or if your past efforts haven't been as successful as you'd hoped, we're excited that you're checking outKids of Integrity.

Suitable for ages three to ten,Kids of Integrityis designed for maximum kid appeal! Each lesson features Bible-based discussions plus crafts, games and object lessons from science, nature and even home cooking.

As you may already suspect, this is not a "once-a-day-around-the-table" approach to building godly character.Kids of Integrityis a diverse selection of ideas for kid-captivating experiences that can take place in the car, in the park or wherever you happen to be. The goal is to bring Jesus into every aspect of your family's life and make spiritual formation an integral part of your children's daily routine.

Families particularly appreciateKids of Integrity'sinherent flexibility. You tailor the lessons to suit your children's unique needs and interests, and your family's busy schedule. Whether you decide to do a little or a lot, what's important is that you have begun intentionally encouraging your kids to be their best for Jesus.

How to use the ideas presented in Kids of Integrity

You don't have to be "super spiritual" to use Kids of Integrity effectively. What does matter, however, is that you recognize that God is the only One who can bring about lasting change in your children. For this reason, we encourage you to make prayer a priority as you select lesson ideas, prepare yourself to present each lesson, and work through each activity with your children. You'll find plenty of sample prayers in each Kids of Integrity lesson to guide you.

Where to begin

First, prayerfully decide which character attribute you should focus on. Ask God to help you determine which dimensions of His character He would like to see developed in your children. Then read through the lesson ideas provided for that particular attribute. Note that you don't need to cover all the content provided. Rather, each lesson presents a "smorgasbord" of ideas for you to pick and choose from. Just select the activities, stories and memory verses that will be most relevant, interesting and age-appropriate for your children.

Many families find that a week is about the right length of time to spend on a single attribute, but some families extend the lesson over a longer period. Monitor your children's interest level, moving on before it begins to decline.

Lesson components

Each character trait lesson has ten different components which are explained further below. We recommend that you commit yourself and your children in prayer first, then compile your lesson plan. It's also a good idea to focus on the memory verse, Bible stories and kick-off craft early in your lesson. The remainder of the lesson components can be completed in any order.

  • Planning tools
  • Parents' prayer
  • Kids talk with God
  • Speak a blessing
  • Memory verses
  • Kick-off craft
  • Bible stories
  • Creative discipline
  • Hands-on options
  • Recommended resources

Planning tools

Every character trait lesson provides two blank planning cards. As you review the idea options for each lesson, use a planning card to note the ones you would like to try. This will be your framework for your lesson and serves as a reminder during the week. Use either the point form or calendar form of the planning card – whichever suits your needs best.

Parents' prayer

The parents’ prayer section will help you make personal prayer your priority. At the start, and throughout each lesson, pray that God will work in your children through your lesson activities. Aim to regularly pray through the parents’ prayer of your choice, or use these ideas as a guideline for your personal prayer.

Kids talk with God

The kids talk with God section will help kids learn to pray and to invite the Holy Spirit to help them change their attitudes and actions. As problems come up during the day, suggest talking to God about them.

Speak a blessing

Changing old habits is hard work, and your child will need encouragement. This section will remind you to affirm your child when you see him or her choosing God-honouring actions.

Memory verses

We suggest that you choose at least one verse of Scripture to memorize early in your lesson. Aim to review it at least once every day.

Kick-off craft

Once you have selected your memory verse, try to complete the kick-off craft early in the course of your lesson, since the activity is a good way to introduce your chosen character attribute. The resulting artwork will provide a focal point and a reminder of your theme for the remainder of your lesson.

Bible stories

As you read your preferred Bible story, try to bring the story to life for your children. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Use toys to act out the story. Then, have your kids act out the story themselves as you read it once more.
  • Select one or two props for an object lesson. For example, have each child hold a rock as you read about hard-heartedness.
  • Read with exaggerated expression, projecting intense excitement or quiet tenderness, as appropriate.
  • Try different times of the day for your Bible story. Kids who are tired at bedtime may quickly forget the details.

Creative discipline

Even young children need to be taught the truth about sin and its consequences, and the rewards God promises for those who repent and make better decisions in the future. The Scripturally-based ideas in this section will help you convey the message, "I love you and God loves you, but we cannot put up with your sin." They'll also help you to ensure your child understands what they did wrong, and to stress forgiveness and affirmation.

Hands-on options

The activities listed in the hands-on options section help you turn everyday situations and tasks into fun, creative lessons for your children. Every lesson presents at least eight hands-on options for you to choose from; some lessons have many more. If you are viewing lesson content on the website, you can filter the hands-on activities if you wish. For example, you can filter the hands-on options to view only “physical activities.” (Filtering capability is not available within the PDF provided for each lesson.)

Recommended resources

Each character trait lesson includes a list of books, DVDs and CDs you may wish to use to reinforce the trait you are studying. Of course, there are many such resources available, but you can be confident that the titles in this short list convey messages that are consistent with Biblical truth. If you are viewing the lesson content online, you'll find the list of recommended resources on the lesson contents page.

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Walking in your shoes | Hands-on Activity | Kids of Integrity (1)

Walking in your shoes

Drama / Role play

For this activity, you’ll take turns guessing what emotions your kids are acting out, assisted by unusual props: just the right pair of shoes!

  • Prepare ahead of time by making a set of cards that show a different emotion on each card. To quickly find images from the Internet, use the search term “emotion faces for children.” Draw or print the faces and paste them on your notecards.
  • Next, invite your children to help you gather as many pairs of footwear as you can find. (If you are doing this activity indoors, screen the pairs of shoes for appropriateness for indoor use as the kids will be putting them on and walking in them.)
  • Begin the game by explaining to your children that empathy is thinking about another person and imagining what that person is feeling or thinking. Add that another phrase we often use to mean empathy is “putting ourselves in another person’s shoes.”
  • Now give each child one of your emotion cards and invite them to choose a pair of shoes that will help them act out their emotion appropriately. For example, pink flip flops might help them convey “happy,” big black boots might help for “mad,” and high heels for “excited,” running shoes for “energetic,” slippers for “tired” etc.
  • Have each child act out their emotion using facial expressions and body language as other members of the group try to guess which emotion is being expressed.
  • After each “drama,” take a minute to discuss the emotion. Ask if someone wants to share a time when they felt the same emotion that was just acted out.
  • When you’ve worked through all the cards, take another few minutes to talk about how you can come alongside and encourage others who are experiencing “heavy” emotions. Use the discussion questions to guide your conversation.
  • In closing, share the phrase, “Jesus in me means I care for you.” Pray and ask Jesus to fill each of your family members with His love so you have lots of love and kindness to share with others.
Questions for discussion
  • Other than the footwear, what clues did you look for to help you decide which emotion was being acted out?
  • Let’s say you see someone walking along with their shoulders slumped and their head hung low. What do you think they are feeling?
  • If you see someone who is acting super sad or down, how can you come alongside them and offer encouragement?
  • When you see someone who is wildly excited about something, how can you celebrate their joyful exuberance with them?

    Read 1 John 2:5-6.

  • How did Jesus live?
  • How can we care for others as Jesus did?
Key concepts

Jesus showed by how He lived that He was always looking out for the needs of others. Jesus offers us His Holy Spirit to live in us so that we can live and love like He does.

Relevant Scripture

1 John 2:5-6 “. . . but whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.

John 17:20-21 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.

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