Parent Resource

Make the lessons come to life

Encourage your child to join you and the video in singing and moving to show God praise! 

Continue the conversation about what they learned.
Use this week’s Parent Cue to help you strengthen their understanding of the lesson throughout the rest of their week.

PC Kids Parent Cue Elementary


Elementary Students (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

Bible Story

Father and Older Brother
Luke 15:21-32


Say This

When you don’t forgive, you miss out.


Remember this

“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you”

Colossians 3:13, NIrV


Life App

FORGIVENESS: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.


Do This With Your Child

If you are making your child’s breakfast or lunch, grab a sharpie and pick an item that you can write the word, “forgive” on. A banana peel, bag of chips, or a granola bar. When you are saying good-bye, tell them you put a secret message in their breakfast or lunch and to be on the lookout for it!

Grab a special treat through the drive through and ask your child, “Is there anyone at school, home, or church that you need to forgive or that needs forgiveness from you?” Remind them that everyone needs to be forgiven and tell them about a time you had to choose forgiveness or when someone forgave you. Forgiveness can be as sweet as the treat you are enjoying, so don’t miss out—go for it!

Q&A for Parents:
What’s the biggest restoration project (e.g. room makeover, house flip, etc.) you’ve ever taken on?
Q&A for Kids:
What’s the biggest thing someone’s ever forgiven
you for doing? How did you feel before and after?

God says that loving others means making the first move. Whether you need to be forgiven or whether you need to forgive, if something is wrong between you and someone else, you need to take a step to make things right. You might even say that choosing to make peace with others through forgiveness is one of the best gifts you can give God! Pray that God will help you make the first move to forgive.

March 29 Elementary Activities

How to get the most out of this lesson: Be sure to watch the lesson video with your school-age child. After that, use this list of activities to enhance your child’s learning of the lesson. You can also use these activities throughout the week as review!

Activity #1 : Tic Tac Toe Tournament
An activity to play WITH your child and the whole family!

What You Need: Paper, pencil, or markers

What You Do:

  • Give your child paper and pencil and ask him/her to draw five or six blank Tic-Tac-Toe grids.
  • Encourage him/her to draw the boards as neatly as possible and to pay attention to the size of the boards relative to how much space they have on the page.
  • As the kids are working, ask questions about their week.
    • If you could go back and relive one day or event from this past week, what would it be and why?
    • Tell me about a time this week when you forgave someone. What happened?
  • Play Tic-Tac-Toe with your child 5 or 6 times, or if you have several children, pair them up to play. 
  • Keep score who wins each time.
  • At the end, celebrate who had the fewest wins!

What You Say:

“Normally in Tic-Tac-Toe, the goal is to win! But in our tournament, losing was the goal. In our Bible story today, we heard about an older brother who lost out on something really awesome because he refused to forgive.”

Activity #2: Party Hats [Live for God | Application Activity]

Made to Create: an activity that explores spiritual ideas through the process of drawing, building, and designing

What You Need: Paper, markers, tape, and stickers

What You Do:

  • Follow instructions at this link to create a party hat with your child!
  • Encourage the kids to decorate the hat using the stickers and markers.
  • As kids finish, let them put on their hats!

What You Say:

“The older brother missed out on a super fun party. Why? Because, unlike his father, he refused to forgive. What could we miss out on when we refuse to forgive? (Pause for responses.) Refusing to forgive could cause you to miss out on a friendship! One thing that’s super important to remember is that NO one is perfect. We all mess up sometimes. We all say things we don’t really mean or do things that hurt others. Hopefully when that happens, like in the story Jesus told, the other person apologizes. And in that case, we should offer forgiveness for sure. Remember,  when you don’t forgive, you miss out.”

Pray with your child: “These hats are a good reminder that  when you don’t forgive, you miss out. But forgiving someone when we’ve been hurt—even when the other person is clearly sorry—is still hard. Let’s pray and ask God to help us forgive so we don’t miss out this week.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for always offering forgiveness to us, just like the father in this story Jesus told. When we feel like holding onto anger like the older brother, would you please help us choose to forgive instead? We definitely need Your help to do that. We love and trust You, God. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”

Activity #3: Party Time! [Talk about God | Bible Story Review]

Made to Play: an activity that encourages learning through following guidelines and is great to involve the whole family

What You Need:

  • Tablecloth or blanket, party hats made in Activity #2, Bible, treat or toys to share, (optional) napkins

What You Do:

  • Cover your area with the tablecloth or blanket.
  • Encourage the kids to wear their party hats.
  • Set the treats or toys in the center of the tablecloth, but do not allow the kids to touch them yet.
  • Talk about the choices the older brother in our story made today. 
    • How did the father react when his son returned? (He forgave him and threw a huge party to celebrate his son’s return)
    • Where was the older brother when the younger son returned? (Working in the field)
    • How did the older brother react when he found out that the party was for his younger brother who’d returned home? (He was angry)
    • What did the older brother say to the father? (“All these years I have worked, I’ve obeyed. You’ve never thrown me a party.”)
    • Why do you think the older brother was SO mad? (optional responses: he was jealous of how his father treated his younger brother, it wasn’t fair that his younger brother hurt his father by taking his inheritance….) Can you relate to this? 
    • Why do you think the father celebrated in such a big way? (optional response:  because he loved his son so much and didn’t think his son would return, …..)
  • Pass out the treats or toys for the kids to enjoy!

What You Say:
“I can relate to the older brother in this story. He’s right; he was the one who had stayed, the one who worked hard, and honored his dad. But he missed out. Because he thought it was more important to be right than to forgive, he missed the opportunity to celebrate his brother’s return. Sometimes we do the same thing. We want to make a point or prove that we’re right and the other person is wrong. But in the end, your friendship is WAY more important than winning an argument. Whether someone apologizes or not, we need to offer forgiveness no matter what. Because when you don’t forgive, you miss out.”

Activity #4: Memory Verse Puzzle [Hear from God | Memory Verse Activity]
Made to Create: an activity that explores spiritual ideas through the process of drawing, building, and designing

What you Need: Blank paper, construction paper or cardstock, pencil or markers, and scissors

What you Do:

  • Have your child write the memory verse on the paper.  Write it big enough to fill the page. 
    • Colossians 3:13, Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive just as the Lord forgave you.”   
  • After writing the verse, give your child scissors and have him/her cut the page into puzzle pieces.  (Or you can cut the verse into puzzle pieces.)
  • Have your child put the puzzle back together.

What you Do:
“Forgiveness is important! And we know that’s true because God is the ultimate forgiver! This verse is such a great one to always remember. You can put this memory verse puzzle together over and over again as you remember to forgive as God forgives you. Let’s choose to forgive and connect with the people around us, with God’s help, just like when you connected the puzzle pieces together. Because when you don’t forgive, you miss out.”

Activity #5: Blocking the Fun

What you Need:  Large blocks or books

What you Do:

  • Set out your stackable items.
  • Have your child hold his/her arms out while you stack blocks onto his/her arms. Stack the blocks not too heavy, but heavy enough to where it is a little tricky to move. 
  •  Play some music and tell the child to hold blocks/books to try and dance. 
  • Give them a few minutes to try and dance holding the blocks/books. 
  • Now switch and allow your child to stack the blocks/books on you and YOU dance!

What You Say:
“It is kinda tricky to hold the items and dance at the same time, right? In our story today, the older brother couldn’t celebrate forgiveness because he was too busy holding things against his younger brother. It is just like the older brother was holding lots of heavy things so they got in the way of him celebrating! When we choose to forgive others, it is like dropping all of this heavy weight. When we choose not to forgive, the heavy stuff keeps us from celebrating or simply having a good day.
“Let’s think about times this might happen to us. Maybe you’re so mad that your little brother tore up your favorite book that you scream at him, get in trouble with your parents, and miss out on a playdate with your best friend. Or maybe you’re so upset that your mom forgot she had a meeting when she promised you would have family movie night, and you spend the whole evening pouting and thinking mean thoughts about her instead of simply enjoying spending time with the rest of your family. Or what if you don’t get that really expensive gift you wanted for your birthday, so you refuse to play with the toys you DID get and won’t talk to anyone at your party? Instead, CHOOSE TO FORGIVE. Remember that when you don’t forgive, you miss out.”

Activity #6: Three-Legged Relay (Activity for families with several children)
Made to Move: an activity that increases the oxygen in the brain and taps into the energy in the body. This activity is great for siblings and the whole family to get involved!

What you Need: string, rope, or streamers (anything that you can use to join two people together at their legs), Memory verse puzzle pieces from activity #4, or phrases of the memory verse written on different strips of paper.

What you Do:

  • Pair kids up and tell kids to stand side by side with their partner.
  • Use the streamer/string/rope, etc. to tie their inside legs together, just above the knee. Wrap the streamer around several times (so it hopefully won’t break), and tie off the ends.
  • Divide the pairs into two teams. If one team has one more pair than the other, that’s okay. (Option:  parents pair up and race the kids!)
  • Line the teams up at one end of your space. Place each set of Memory Verse phrases or puzzle pieces on the ground opposite each team.
    • Kids will relay to retrieve all of the phrases or puzzle pieces.
    • Once a team has all the pieces, they have to put the puzzle or phrases in order. 
    • The first team to put their verse together wins! 
  • Play multiple times and throughout the week.

What You Say:
“Great job working together to put the verse together! When you have to work together with someone else to get something done, or even when you’re playing a game, sometimes the other person might do something that makes you not accomplish your task or even lose a game. When that happens, we need to remember to forgive. Say the verse with me. “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive just as the Lord forgave you,” Colossians 3:13 (NIrV). When things happen that we don’t like, we need to forgive. Because when you don’t forgive, you miss out.”