It is often hard to help boys and girls realize that things are not necessary for happiness. This is especially so in a society like ours, where TV constantly creates desire for new toys and possessions.
Tell the story of Sarah (or Matt, if you teach a boy’s class). “Sarah had a mommy who loved her, a daddy who loved her, a brother who loved her (usually), friends to play with, and a happy teacher at school. Sarah felt very happy and safe, because God had given her so many people to love and to love her.” Then list many things that Sarah ordered from a catalog, or bought at a toy store. Let your boys and girls take turns adding one item to the list each turn. But each time, name the item and repeat the quote above about the people God had given Sarah to love and to be loved by. When the children have listed all the popular toys Sarah (or Matt) has received, then begin to work through the list, naming things that happened to the toys. This one was lost. Another was broken. A friend took this one home. Etc. But again, after each item is rubbed off the list, repeat the quote. Finally Sarah (or Matt) will be left with what she had in the beginning; people who are God’s gifts to her. The things on the toy list were nice, but they were not the things that were really important. Finally ask each child to write a story like Sarah’s about herself, and read it to parents when she goes home. Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher’s commentary (Luke 12:13–21)