I can forgive others
Bring several different pairs of shoes. Have each class use a pair of shoes to tell a story of forgiveness; or invite two children to role-play each story, trying on each other’s shoes to understand the other person’s point of view. During the discussion, show a pair of sandals and a picture of Jesus and explain that there are times when we should forgive even when we don’t understand why the wrong was done or when the other person isn’t sorry. At these times we must receive help from Heavenly Father to forgive others as Jesus would forgive. (Idea taken from the September 1994 Friend)
Licorice Knots: Tell children you're going to read some situations. Have them each tie a knot in their licorice rope if the situation makes them mad. (If they can't tie a knot yet, they can twist the licorice).
Situation 1: You and your friend are playing together. Your friend wants a toy you are playing with and ends up pushing you over to get it and you hurt your elbow. If this situation would make you mad, tie your rope in a knot.
Situation 2: Your brother lies to your mom and said that you did something that you really didn't do. Tie a knot in your rope if this would make you mad.
Situation 3: Your sister comes in your room and makes a big mess and doesn't clean it up. If this would make you mad, tie a knot in your rope. Look at your twisted and knotted licorice. That's what anger makes us feel like: twisted up inside. How could we untangle the hurt feelings in these situations? Review each situation and talk about how we can forgive, each time undoing one knot. In cases where we used to be angry, forgiveness can make us feel better. Pass out more licorice and continue to snack time.
I can forgive others
I got this from another site and thought it was fun. The children really enjoyed it. This is to go along with the story of Joseph. I came to class with the Joseph template already cut out. During class I had each child color with markers on a coffee filter. I sprayed (misted) them with water and we set them out to dry. When they were dry, we traced the outline of Joseph's coat, cut it out and clued it on to Joseph. (Click here for the link with directions and template). (Idea shared by Sheri Leishman / ga08262008)
You could make pipe cleaner people/dolls.
Door Signs by Laree Ipson
FILE FOLDER GAMES:
I can forgive others by Megan Mills
Forgiveness badges by Nicole Coon (ga08172007) - In the lesson it stated to make a forgiveness badge for the children to wear. I made one so I just thought that I would share.
Forgiveness bagdes in SPANISH by Kelly Aley
I forgive you - Cute little handout and coloring paper about walking in someone else's shoes
Individual Water bottle - Cut a white strip of paper that will go around the whole bottle. Write in marker, "I can forgive others" across paper and have them color it. Tape it onto their bottle.
Harm Removed - Object Lesson on Forgiveness
Sunbeam Letter for Lesson 30 by Cynthia Mikesell - The content of this letter comes almost exclusively from the lesson book. I just changed the language a bit so that it reads as if the child is telling the parent what they have done in class that day. (Click here to see all letters written by Cynthia)
Before and After - Read each scenario to the children and have them choose the face (I've listed them together here) that goes with that picture. Explain how happy the person is to have forgiven the one who offended them. (Taken from the September 1994 Friend)
Joseph holds to the iron rod (includes flannel board figures). You could have yarn set up from one end of the room to the other (straight across) and have the children practice "holding on to the iron rod". Help them understand that the iron rod represents the things Heavenly Father asks us to do. He has asked us to forgive each other when we make mistakes. When we do this, we can feel happy inside.
Matt and Mandy - cut out pictures and tell story to children.