Will you be teaching on wisdom, the proverbs or even King Solomon soon? Here are a few lesson ideas we recently used that you might find helpful as well!
What’s the Best Choice?
Begin the class by showing three different gifts. Have two that are brightly decorated and appealing to look at. Have one that is plain and not quite as eye catching. Inside the plain bag, put a piece of paper that says “Wisdom”. In the other two gifts, put “power” and “riches” or “long life”.
Explain that King Solomon had a choice to make when he became king. God told Solomon that he could ask for anything and it would have been granted to him. Ask the children:
“What do you think Solomon might have asked for?”
Acknowledge each answer. When everyone has had a chance to guess, open the first gift. Say, “Solomon could have asked for riches. After all, it’s good to have plenty of money, but that’s not the choice Solomon made. It might have seemed like a good thing to ask for, but there was an even better choice.”
Open the next beautifully wrapped gift.
Say, “Solomon could have asked for power or a long life. Those things are good, especially if you are king, but there was an even better choice.”
Open the last (plain) gift.
“Solomon asked for wisdom. Even though it seemed not as fancy and maybe even a little boring, it was the best choice. Let’s see what the Bible says about wisdom”.
Encourage a few kids to read the following verses:
Say: “As you can see, wisdom is pretty amazing stuff! Even though Solomon could have asked for anything, he made the right choice when he asked for wisdom. We can ask God for wisdom too. James 1:5 says that God will give wisdom to anyone who asks for it. Is there somewhere in your life where you need wisdom? Let’s spend a few minutes thinking about our life and asking God for wisdom”.
Spend a few moments in silent prayer and then introduce the craft.
Below are two versions of the same craft. One uses a pot of gold (originally from a St. Patrick’s day lesson) and one used a treasure box. You can use yellow/gold circles cut from construction paper or gold coins (check oriental trading) glued to the paper. If you choose to glue, you may have to use tacky glue or hot glue, so be prepared for that!
Wisdom is Better Than Gold