Needed: Candy, an assistant
Have a bowl of candy or other treats sitting out in plain view. Ask your assistant (another adult) to tell children not to eat the candy, no matter what.
Then, you contradict what that person said. Tell the children they can have it. Talk to them about how good candy tastes and tempt them to take some.
If the children resist your temptations, congratulate them on doing better than Adam and Eve did when faced with temptation.
If they gave in, tell them that the same thing happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Read Genesis 3:1-6.
Say, God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, just like you were told not to eat the candy, but then what happened? Then Satan, the devil, appeared as a snake and tempted Eve to eat from the tree, just like I was tempting you to eat the candy.
You're not going to get in trouble today for eating the candy, but Adam and Eve did get in a lot of trouble. God made them leave the Garden of Eden for disobeying Him and He made it so that they would get old and die someday. If they hadn't eaten from the tree, they would have lived in the Garden of Eden forever.
But Satan tempted them to do wrong, and Satan tempts us to do wrong things too, so we have to be careful and know when we're being tempted. That way, we can resist temptation so that we don't get in trouble like Adam and Eve did. We want God to be proud of us, and happy with us when we resist temptation.
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Father God, we pray that You will help us to know when we are being tempted to do something wrong, and to resist that temptation and do the right thing so that You will be happy and proud of us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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