Count It Up!

Scripture: Numbers 22-24

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God expects everyone to obey Him.
  • Students will learn God often goes out of His way to remind us to obey Him.
  • Students will learn it is wise to not add to or take away from what God has told us to say.
  • Students will learn how to identify and count money.

Guiding Question: How can students learn to count money?

Materials: Fake money

Procedure: Review the story of Balaam focusing on his treatment of his donkey and how the donkey saved him by stopping when he saw the angel. Explain that God wanted Ballam to listen to Him and follow His direction but Baalam wants to make the choices himself and follow his own directions. Remind students that God’s direction is the best direction because He knows what is best for us. God expects us to obey Him and follow what He tells us. When we do not follow Him, we can tend to make bad choices and end up with negative consequences. God’s way is the best way for us to have the life He desires and to help grow His Kingdom.

Introduce the activity. Remind students that Balaam was willing to do evil for money. Introduce money names and amounts. Display a group of coins and bills and have the students practice identifying/counting the money. Then give students different amounts of money to practice identifying and counting.

Additional Questions: How can students practice counting money?

Supplemental Activity: Put the same amount of money on two different tables. Have the students create teams and when you say “go!”, have one person from each team come up to the table and count the money. First person to count it and count correctly, gets a point. 

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