This object lesson teaches how important it is to maintain godly character by using the popular Jenga ® game from Hasbro.
- Jenga ® game (or a similar game that is played with a block tower)
- Label maker or permanent marker
- Using the label maker or the permanent marker, label all the Jenga blocks with the following virtues, or choose some of your own. (It’s okay to use a virtue more than once; just mix up the identical virtues when you set up the block tower.) Bolded virtues are the “fruit of the Spirit” from Galatians 5:22 in case you want to just focus on these.
· Build the tower in the teaching area according to the instructions in the game. Each new level should have three blocks turned 90 degrees (perpendicular) to the level below it.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “A person’s character is a very important thing.”
- “Does anyone know what the word, ‘character,’ means?” (Listen for responses and add to the definition if necessary.)
- “Character is your moral quality. It’s your virtue. A person’s character is reflected in the things that he/she does or does not do. If they do good things, we say he/she has good character. If they do bad things, we say he/she has bad character.”
- “People with good character are honest, friendly, helpful, loyal, fair…and a lot of other good things. These are called virtues.”
- “But good character is a hard thing to keep. You’ve really got to work to make sure your good character stays good.”
- “Good character is like this Jenga ® tower.” (Point out tower.)
- “It’s made up of lots of different virtues, all stacked together.” (Carefully remove one or two of the top blocks from the tower, and show the labels to the group. Then, return the block to the top of the tower.)
- “If we take away one of these virtues, the tower will still be pretty sturdy.” (Allow one of the kids to carefully remove one of the blocks from the middle of the tower. Let the child read the label out loud.)
- “We can even take away several of the virtues, and the tower will still stand.” (Allow several kids in turn to take out a block and read the label.)
- “But if we keep losing virtues from our character tower, it won’t stand for long.” (Allow kids to keep playing in turn until the tower falls.)
- “Our character only stays strong as we continue to honor God through virtuous actions.”
- “The devil likes to poke holes in our tower one piece at a time.”
- “First he tempts you to tell a lie or be mean to someone.”
- “When you give into the temptation and sin, you lose a piece of your character tower. In this case the “Honesty” virtue or the “Kindness” virtue.”
- “The devil will continue to poke holes in your character tower over and over until it crumbles.”
- “So, keep your tower safe! Don’t fall for the devil’s temptations!”
- “And if you do, tell God that you’re sorry right away. He will immediately forgive you and help you to start rebuilding the part of your tower that you lost.”