Focus: making good choices about what we put into our
Objects Needed: "fillable" cream puffs or tart shells, fruit yogurt, cream cheese, and/or whipped topping, chopped dried fruits, granola, chocolate chips or mini-M&M's, (anything to make a yummy filling), mud or dirt, small rocks, coffee grounds (anything to make a nasty-looking filling), pretzel sticks, marshmallows, small plates, cups, and spoons.
Begin the lesson by telling the group that you're going to prepare a delicious treat. Mix up a nasty-looking filling and use it to stuff one of the puff or tart shells, saying, "Doesn't this look great?" and ignoring their "EWWW's".
Place it on one of the plates and use pretzel sticks to add arms and legs to the puff or shell, and stick on a marshmallow for the head. Then ask the group what they see and why they think it's yucky. Discuss how this relates to the nasty stuff we sometimes put into our bodies - too much junk food, unclean music,
T.V. shows, movies, video games.
Then show them the yummy fillings and talk about how much better it is to fill ourselves with good things - God's Word, clean music, movies, etc. Give everyone a plate, cup, and spoon, and let
them each stir up a mixture of good stuff to fill a puff or tart shell, using a bit of the mixture to stick on the pretzel stick arms and legs, and the marshmallow heads. Let them get creative as they decorate their yummy characters, and then enjoy eating them.