A Simple & Fun Activity to Teach Children Respect
How Many Ripples?
Takeaway & Memory Verse
I should respect God and others.
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16 (ESV)
- Sheets of paper (1 per child)
- Blue crayons/markers (1 per child)
- Assorted crayons/markers
- No setup is required.
Who knows what a ripple is? Allow kids to respond.
A ripple is a small wave or a group of waves on top of the water usually caused by something being dropped into the water.
Respect is just like that. When we are respectful, it has a positive effect on everyone around us.
Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise…”
You will create your own ripple effect and see how many ripples you can fit on one sheet of paper! Are you up for the challenge?
- Give each child a sheet of paper and a blue/crayon marker. Have assorted crayons/markers available after they finish the craft.
- Instruct them to draw a small circle in the center of a piece of paper with a blue crayon or marker (younger ones may need you to draw the circle for them).
- Draw another circle around the first circle, slightly larger than the first one. Keep going, drawing more circles – each one slightly larger than the last, creating a “ripple effect.”
- Try to draw as many circles as you can on the piece of paper.
- Once you have reached the edges of your paper, count how many circles you can fit on your piece of paper (younger ones may need help with this).
Allow the children to color in the ripples they just created!