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This week, on our main page, we are talking about Judas and his betrayal of Jesus. One of the themes in the lesson is making the right choices. It is important that children start learning about how to make good choices early. Even a baby starts making a choice between going into their parents’ arms while ignoring the arms of someone less familiar. Below is a list of activities that you can do with your child to help them start making good choices. These activities will help give them the base they need to start learning the more significant bible lesson of making wise choices.
Activities (Choose based on maturity level.)
Place two containers in front of your child. Fill one container with balls until you cannot fit anything else in it. In the other container, fill it leaving only enough room to place one ball. Give your child a ball. Tell them to put the ball in the right container. Did they make the right choice? Give them praise if they did. No? It is okay. Show them the right decision and give them another chance.
It is bedtime. Normally, you read a book with your little one. When it is time for bed, tell them it is bedtime. Allow them to go to the shelf to choose a book. If they choose to go to their toys, remind them that it is bedtime and walk them to choose a book. If they are still trying to choose a toy, tell them no. If this does not work, pick them up. Go to your special place to cuddle and read a book to them.
It is playtime. Let them choose a toy out of the toy box. If they tire of it, walk them to the toy box to put the old toy in and allow them to choose a new toy. If they refuse, give them another opportunity. Walk them to the toy box and help them put the toy in the box. Then, allow them to choose another toy.
Place two toys in front of them. Allow them to choose the toy they want. Then, walk them to the toy box to place the unchosen toy in the toy box.
When your child does something well, give a big smile and give them lots of praise. When they do not choose well, show them the better choice.
If you tell your child no and they ignore you, that is a poor choice. According to the CDC, a 30-second to 1-minute timeout is appropriate for a 1-year-old. See here. For example, if they throw the ball down the stairs, tell them no. Give them the ball back. If they do it again, take the ball, say no, and place them in a designated spot for the appropriate timeout. After the timeout, allow them to play with it again. If they repeat the poor behavior, take the ball. Have them place the ball in the toy box. They can choose another toy if it is still playtime.
What are your suggestions for teaching those ages two and younger about making the right choices?
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6 ESV