Animal Awareness

Scripture: Genesis 29-30

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn we can trust in God’s promises to us in the Bible
  • Students will learn God’s plans and timing are perfect
  • Students will learn God expects us to obey Him, follow His plans and wait for His timing
  • Students will learn God’s plans will ultimately succeed even if someone tries to ruin them.
  • Students will learn about safety and cleanliness when interacting with animals.

Guiding Question: How do you stay safe and clean while working with various animals?

Materials: Paper, pencils, drawing materials: crayons, markers, etc

Procedure: Review the story of Jacob Starts a Family. Remind students of the importance of following God’s plan no matter what because He will always succeed. We have to trust in God even when things may not be going well because God has been faithful before and will continue to be faithful to us when we believe in Him.

Introduce the activity. Explain that wealth in the time of Jacob was based on how large their herds of sheep and goats were. Many times family members helped care for the animals. Have students create fliers to give to younger students illustrating good safety rules when caring for or interacting with animals. Rules may include: washing hands, avoiding bites and scratches, cleaning bites and scratches well and getting medical help if needed, cleaning surfaces animals have touched – especially where food will be, keep pet toys out of mouth, don’t eat pet food, don’t drink out of pet water bowl, be careful around animal waste, wear protective gloves if needed.

Additional Questions: How can safety be maintained in the community?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students create fliers for young students about being safe when they are out in the community by following general safety rules. Example: not going with a stranger, staying with parents or other trusted adult, never going somewhere alone

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