Discipleship Activities for the Family

Family faith-sharing tip:

How do your children learn best? Do they prefer to learn by reading and talking with you (verbally); by pictures, diagrams, and watching what you do (visually); or by getting involved in an activity, creating things, and using their senses (kinesthetically)? Use their learning preferences to help you teach them, and communicate with them, in the most effective way.

Focus:

  • Matthew 28:20, second part
  • When we begin to follow Jesus, life still has its ups and downs. But now we know that Jesus is always with us.

Gather together:

  • A game of “Snakes and Ladders”
  • If “Snakes and Ladders” is not available, download and print a board in two sections from www.fun-free-party-games.com/traditional-games/traditional-board-games-free-game-board-snakes-and-ladders-chinese-checkers.html. Give each person a different colored button as a counter and use a die to move around the board. If you land on a square containing the foot of a ladder, move your counter to the top of the ladder. If you land on a square containing the mouth of a snake, slide down to the bottom of its tail.

What you do:

Play “Snakes and Ladders” with your children, but add a special twist:

  • Whenever they go up a ladder they must describe a good value to live by and say why it is important; e.g., honesty—so that people trust us, etc.
  • Whenever they go down a snake, they must describe a challenge or difficulty in life and how they might overcome it; e.g., failing an exam—studying harder, getting extra help to learn, etc.
  • Everyone must help one another to reach the finish line at the same time. This encourages a spirit of sharing and cooperation rather than competition.
  • Whenever the leading player rolls the die and scores more than 1, they must share their “moves” with the player furthest behind, to help them progress in the best way possible. So, if the leader rolls a “5”, 1 to 4 points must be donated to the player who is furthest behind, helping them to move forward and to access a ladder if possible.
  • At the end of the game, the players must find a creative way to share their turns so they can all pass the final square in the same turn.
  • Ask: How is life like this game? What was it like to work toward winning together rather than competing with each other? Jesus is like the board on which the game is printed, supporting us and always being there with us, through the ups and downs of our lives. 

Prayer/reflection activity:

  • Turn the game board over and invite each person to place their counter or button on top of the board, which represents Jesus as our eternal and constant supporter.
  • Thank Jesus for being with you, through the challenges and good times in your lives.
  • Or reflect on what it’s like to know that there is Someone who always loves you, always forgives you, and always has your best interests at heart throughout your whole life?