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Including: House built on rock, Matthew 7:24-27.

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Nest Video: Built Upon The Rock DVD

Jesus instructs His followers to forgive those who wrong us and to love them through the parable of the House Built Upon the Rock. "Whoever hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock."  - Matthew 7:24 (NIV)


In Built Upon the Rock teaches that in order to have a firm foundation we must trust in Jesus  Christ.

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Our church having weathered the effects of Hurricane Sandy (of all names!) children will respond to pictures of the devastation, along with the Bible story through...


Puppets: Retelling the story using puppets, dolls, action figures, stuffed animals, etc. Allow kids to tell the story in their own words, creating character for the two builders and voices for each character, get creative with the scenarios, etc.


Writing Lab: Compare and contrast key words and definitions to get the concepts across. Use the ideas to rewrite the story into a new parable.


Building Lab: Build two simple stick houses (out of cards, popsicle stix, balsa wood, etc.) Place one on rock and the other on sand in a dish pan or other container. Pour water and watch (and record on video?) what happens. Discuss.


Cooking: Using a cake mix, show the concepts of sand and water, of liquids and solids, of change (baking) into a solid (cake). Bake cake and decorate it in a “beach” theme (frosting sprinkled with sugar for sand, M&M’s for rocks, etc. Discuss: What would have happened if we put the frosting and M&M’s on the cake BEFORE we baked it into a solid, etc. Eat and enjoy!


Art: Sand painting, sand art


Science: Experiments with sand, water, rocks, etc.

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Science Idea

I found this really cool science experiment on youtube using water and acetone! (full strength nail polish remover) Here is the link to the video:

Google “melt styrofoam with acetone” or see the teacher’s actual instructions on page 6 here:

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ART Idea

I found a great art idea using small birdhouses. The kids can paint the houses and then glue rocks around the base of the birdhouse. I also plan on having the kids write out Matthew 7:24 on the roof. See

Matthew 7:24-27 craft idea

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The SunScool Bible App for Kids has a lesson presentation with activities about "The Wise Builder" Luke 6:46-49 listed in the "Who is Jesus?" section of the app's menu.

The App is free, ecumenical, and can be downloaded for use on tablets, smartphones, Windows, and Mac!    Get the download link and look up the story you need in our Outline of all 170+ stories in SunScool. That page also includes app helps.

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