Snack: Make a cake to go with
today's activity, and enjoy it with a tall glass of milk.
Cake mix and ingredients to make a cake | bowl, mixer, spatula, etc.
Frosting | clean craft sticks for each child to frost a piece of cake
teach children that even when everything seems to be going all wrong, God is
still in the mix and everything is going to be all right, all you have to do is
make a cake from scratch.
That's right - a cake!
Say your child has just gotten a bad grade, or had a
fight with a best friend, or got cut from a team, or found out someone was
spreading a rumor about him or her. It can all pile up to be pretty depressing
But make a cake with your child, or with a group of
children, and you can teach a good life lesson.
If you're working with a group, go around the circle and
have everyone share something bad that's going on right then. Then change the
topic to cake.
"You like cake, don't you?"
you could ask. Of course! "Here, drink some cooking oil, then," you
"Yuck! WHAT?!?!?!" will be the children's predictable
"How about a couple of
raw eggs?" You could crack the eggs in a bowl and show how inedible they
"Would you like to eat a
nice cup of flour, then? Or maybe some baking soda?"
"Those are all yucky!"
That's your cue to reply:
"Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put
together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!"
Stir the batter, pour into
pans, and do something else as the wonderful cake aroma begins to come from the
the cake is done and has cooled a little, cut it into pieces and let the
children each frost and eat a piece.
the answer for why we have to go through bad things. God makes them work
together so that, in the long run, it turns out for our good. It says so in the
And we know
that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
-- Romans 8:28
Bad grade? That should just make you resolve to study
Fight with best friend? Apologize!
Cut from the team? Use the time off from the organized
team to practice your skills and get better so you'll make it next time . . .
or use that time to get into a new sport or hobby.
Rumor mill? Ignore it. The quality people will know it
This activity will teach kids about patience, and
recognizing that things in life that seem bad at first can actually work out to
your child put life's little bumps in the road into perspective is . . . a
piece of cake.