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Costume Versettes
A1. Angels
Ps 91:11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
[ Did you know your guardian angel sees God every day? God cares so very much about us that he assigns angels to each of us to help protect us. Being obedient to God is one of the best ways to help yourself stay out of trouble. However, when we are purposely disobedient or purposely reckless, we "reap what we sow" (get in some kind of trouble). Instead, when we remain in God’s love and pray for help, He often does some amazing things to protect us during times of danger--sometimes He even sends His powerful angels to help us!]
Mat 18:10
Ps 34:7
Ex 23:20

A2. The Ant and the Grasshopper
Prov 6:6-8 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
[ In this tale from Aesop, the ant was a hard worker and stored up food for the winter, but the grasshopper just wanted to relax. The grasshopper was a sluggard, meaning he was very lazy. So come winter, the grasshopper (who had not stored any food at all) was hungry, but the ant wasn’t.
Ants have initiative. That’s a big word that means they know what to do and they do it without having to be told. They are continually preparing for the future. Even children can use initiative and prepare for the future. We can grow gardens to store up food, read the Bible, obey God, get a good education, stay healthy and save money. All these things will help us prepare for our futures.]
Prov 30:24-25

A3. Beauty Queen
[ It’s great fun to pretend to be a beauty queen walking down a runway, isn’t it? But do you know what is more important than beauty? Love for God and obedience to God. When we are told in the Bible to "fear" the Lord, it is telling us to honor and obey the Lord. Living a godly, obedient life as a believer is what really makes us valuable as people. That kind of value--godliness--lasts much longer and brings much more happiness than mere beauty. Want to be valuable? Practice godliness!]
[Note: Do your parents ever watch The 700 Club? Terry Meeuwsen Camburn, is one of their key people. She became a Christian when she was 22, after she had just sung at a Baptist college and a Christian student encouraged her to accept the Lord. Terry went on to become Miss America 1973.1]
Ps 103:17
Ps 119:1

1 Josh McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Volume I (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, Inc., 1972, 1979) 333-334.

A4. Butterfly
[ When it is ready, a caterpillar spins a cocoon and soon changes into a butterfly. What a wonderful change from a plain, crawling caterpillar into a beautiful, flying butterfly! When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, He begins to change us for the better, too! It becomes easier for us to behave, to do good things and to stay close to the Lord. If we love the Lord, obey Him and study His word, He is continually transforming (changing) us for the better all our lives.
So, what would you rather be? A plain old caterpillar or a fabulous butterfly? Welcome Jesus into your heart and let Him create a new, improved you!]
2 Cor 3:18
2 Pet 3:18
Heb 10:14
Eph 4:24

A5. Clown
Prov 17:22 (KJV) A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine . . .
[ Guess what. Laughing is good for you! Studies show that happy people are healthier people. God told us that in His word a long time ago. He also told us that the way to be happier was to obey Him, love our neighbors and stay close to the Lord.
Another way we can be happier is by filling our minds with good, happy things and avoiding unhappy things like unpleasant stories or movies. We can learn good clean jokes and tell them to our family and friends. We can play fun games and dance and sing.
Finally, when we take the time to count the many blessings God gives us, it helps us be thankful for those blessings. That makes us even more glad! God loves His children and He wants us to be happy!]
[Note: Some big words for Mom and Dad: Science corroborates the merry heart verse. It has been discovered that laughter increases endorphin production and strengthens the immune system, too.]
John 15:10-11

A6. The Copycat [kitty, sitting, licking paw; multiple kitties behind her in same position]
[ At times there is a lot of pressure on you to be like some of the other kids. But if the other kids want you to do bad things, they don’t care much about your happiness or safety. They also don’t care much about whether you feel good about yourself. People who obey God can "have a clear conscience" (feel good about themselves). People who disobey have to deal with shame and guilt. Stay away from people who want you to do bad things. Don’t be a copycat of their bad ways. It’s a lot more fun to spend time with friends like you who love Jesus! You can help each other be good, be happy, be at peace and stay close to the Lord. Together you can copy goodness, not evil!]
1 Tim 5:22
John 14:15

A7. Daisy
[ Fresh as a daisy…...ever heard that expression? It is used to describe someone or something that has that same fresh, clean look of a new daisy--bright yellow centers, surrounded by snow-white petals. Well! Don’t they just seem like the perfect place to draw in radiant, sunny little faces of joy?
You can have that lovely, glowing look of radiance, too. How? Just as sunshine helps flowers grow, let "sonshine" help you grow! Obey God. Spend time with Him in prayer daily. Look to Him for guidance from His word. Ask Him for strength and for nourishment.
Where did the Great Gardener plant you? Wherever you are, you, too, can grow and bloom and reflect the joy of knowing God. May "the LORD make his face shine upon you" and may you radiate the warmth of His love!]
Is 60:5
Num 6:24-26

A8. Doctor and Nurse
Luke 10:9 "Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’"
[ Medical people can heal many wounds, but they cannot heal a heart broken by sin (bad things we do). Only Jesus can do that. When we are truly sorry for our sins and welcome Jesus into our heart, Jesus accepts us just as we are. In other words, we don’t have to get perfect before we accept Jesus as our Savior. In fact, Jesus loved us so much that he died for sinners (1 John 4:18-19, Rom 5:8). When we become Christians, the Lord accepts us as His own and starts to help us change into a better person--from the inside out.
If more doctors and nurses told their patients about Jesus, His love for us and His forgiveness for sins, more people would accept Him as their Savior. Then there would be a lot more people around who were generally happier, healthier.......and who would someday get to go to heaven!
Hey--here’s an idea. The next time you doctor somebody up with a bandage, tell them how to accept Jesus so they can go to heaven--the place where no one will ever be sick or hurt again (John 3:16-17, Rom 10:9)! ]
Mark 2:17
3 John 1:2

A9. Early Bird Boy [bird costume; farm-scene with sunrise in background]
Ps 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
[ Do you like to get up early? Then you are an "early bird!" An early bird can have a better day by starting out strong--with prayer and praise! Prayer is just talking with God. Praise is thanking Him and honoring Him for His goodness in word or song.
So, for example, you might start your day by singing praise songs (Ps 13:6). Then you could thank the Lord for His many blessings on you and for giving you a new day. Then you might ask Him: (1) to show you what He wants you to do that day and make your path clear (Prov 4:18), (2) to give you the strength to do your tasks (Is 33:2), (3) to help you learn something good that day (Is 50:4), (4) to help take care of a problem you or somebody you care about has, (5) to bless your loved ones and all those in authority (1 Tim 2:1-4), (6) to bless your enemies (Mat 5:44, Rom 12:14), and, finally, (7) to help you do something that day that brings Him an extra-special smile.
So, little early bird, rise and shine and let the glory of the Lord rise upon you!]
Ps 143:8
Ps 92:1-2
Is 60:1

A10. Escape Artist [circus ring scene with crowd in background; boy wrapped up in locked chains]
1 Cor 10:13 (KJV) . . . God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape . . .
[ If you ever get in a situation where you are being tempted to do something wrong, pray and look for a way out! Also pay attention to any situation that makes you uncomfortable. God may be letting you feel that way on purpose to help encourage you to leave. Ask God to strengthen you and help you to become sensitive to His guidance.
If you get into a bad situation, pray and ask God to help you. What if you are with people who want you to do bad or unsafe things? Say a silent prayer. Tell the people that what they want you to do would make you uncomfortable and you don’t want to join them. Then turn around and go away........God will help you escape temptation!]
Prov 27:12
Mark 14:38
James 1:13-14

A11. Farmer and Friend [show farmer with basket full of peeled ears of corn and child in scarecrow costume with a labeled bag of seed; maybe add black birds flying away]
Luke 8:5 "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up."
[ Jesus told an interesting story about a farmer sowing seed. The story illustrates how God spreads his word and how different people react to it. Jesus explained how:

(1) Some seed fell on the path, was trampled and eaten by the birds.
This stands for "the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from
their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved."
(2) Some seed fell on the shallow, rocky soil, had no root and died in the heat.
This represents "the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have
no root" and "They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away."
(3) Some seed was choked by the thorns around it.
This shows "those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature."
(4) Some seed fell on good soil, grew and produced a good crop.
The seed on good soil describes people who accept the word, become Christians and serve the Lord!

Let our little farmer’s "ears" of corn remind you to really listen to God’s word and be saved!
(P. S. Miss Scarecrow says, "Scare off those pesky birds, spread the seed of God’s word and help save your friends!")]
Luke 8:15
Mark 4:9
Is 55:3

A12. Flagman [have him holding One Way sign that points up]
[ Some people think that there are many different roads that lead to heaven. Many of them feel that it doesn’t matter what type of religion you believe in as long as you are a good person. Unfortunately, this is not true. Doing good things (or what the Bible calls works) and being a good person is not what gets you to heaven (Eph 2:8-9). If that were so, there would have been no reason for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins (Gal 2:21)!
Belief in Jesus is the "One Way" to get to heaven. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit begins to transform us into better people (2 Cor 3:18). As we grow in our walk with the Lord, we start doing more good things and avoiding more bad things. Doing good things not only makes our life on earth happier and safer, it increases our rewards in heaven.
To believe in anyone but the Lord Jesus is to fall for Satan’s plan to trick people into throwing away their chance to go to heaven. Don’t let Satan rob you of eternal happiness. Follow the "One Way" sign that points to the only road up to heaven--via Jesus Christ!]
John 14:6
Acts 4:12

A13. Gift [girl standing inside gift box, legs and arms extend beyond box]
[ Not all couples are able to have children and that can make them very sad. People often pray very hard asking God to give them babies. Babies are wonderful gifts from God! God knows each of us by name (John 10:3). He forms us inside of our mothers and helps us grow (Ps 139:13-14). He determines the exact time and place for us to be born (Acts 17:26). He knows every one of our days before even one of them comes to be (Ps 139:16). See all the individual attention God gives us? It has even been said that God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love. Wow! Always remember you are very special! Children are very precious gifts from God!]
Gen 30:20
1 Sam 1:27

A14. Gingerbread Cookies [draw boy and girl gingerbread cookies holding hands in front of gingerbread house, draw landscaping for the house in sweets, too]
Josh 24:15 . . . "choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
[ Life is much sweeter and homes are much happier when the people who live there are faithful Christians. Christians are people who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Savior. People who follow God’s rules tend to be much happier and more pleasant to be around than people who don’t. Many people learn the hard way that sooner or later doing bad things makes them very unhappy. God knows that. God gives us rules to protect us from doing the things that hurt us. He wants our life on earth to have sweetness and joy in spite of the flaws that exist this side of heaven.
Make your home "sweet" to the taste! Choose to read God’s word! Choose to serve, honor and obey the Lord!]
Ps 19:9-11

A15. Happy-Face Kids [girl and boy in happy-face masks with happy-face decorations on clothes]
Mal 3:16 . . . "A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name."
[ When we do good things for good reasons, God is happy and He remembers them forever. One youngster named Sarah had an idea how she thought God might do this. She wondered if maybe, "God has this really long piece of paper with our name on it and He writes the good things that we do on it and He puts a happy face sticker next to them." Sounds kind of like the "scroll of remembrance" in Malachi 3:16, doesn’t it?
But happy-face stickers or not, we do know that God does, in fact, remember our good deeds and is very pleased with them. God even saves special rewards for us in heaven for the good things we do. Do you want more rewards in heaven? Do more good things on earth! God sees them all!]
Mat 16:27
Jer 32:19

A16. Heidi [Heidi in Alps with garland of flowers on head]
Prov 4:9 "She [wisdom] will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."
[ Heidi is the little heroine of a Johanna Spyri story set in the Swiss Alps. Heidi loves living with her grandfather and she loves the Alps. She is sometimes pictured wearing a garland of flowers on her head.
We can use her story to remind us of what some Bible verses say about wisdom: it will be a garland of grace on our head! Getting a good education, listening to our parents’ instructions and studying the Bible all help make us wise. Truly wise, godly people tend to be happier, more successful and more pleasant to be around. So crown yourself with a garland of wisdom!]
Prov 1:8-9
Prov 2:10

A17. Icarus [Greek boy wearing wings]
Prov 4:1-2 Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
[ There is a famous Greek myth about a boy named Icarus. As the story goes, his father made both of them a pair of wings out of feathers, thread and wax to escape from a captor. However, the father warned Icarus to stay close to him, as getting too close to the sun would melt the wax and ruin the wings. The father and son took off together. Icarus was having a grand time flying higher and higher. He decided to ignore his father’s warning. He got up too close to the sun, the wings melted and Icarus fell to his death. The father lived, but was broken-hearted that his son had disobeyed him and died.
This sad story teaches us a lesson. We should pay attention to what our parents tell us. They are older, wiser and are usually aware of dangerous situations much sooner than we are.
Likewise, we should keep in mind that our Father in heaven is much wiser than us, too. In fact, He is omniscient (all-knowing). He loves us and He knows what is best for us. He tells us what is good and safe for us to do and what is dangerous or even wicked for us to do. If you want to have a happier, safer life, stay close to our heavenly Father and pay attention to His instructions in the Bible.]
Prov 6:20-22

A18. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman
2 Tim 4:5 But you, keep your head in all situations . . .
[ Washington Irving wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It tells about a man named Ichabod who ran away because he believed a silly tale someone told him about a headless horseman being nearby. In a way, Ichabod was actually the one that "lost his head" (meaning doing something foolish), because he believed the silly tale. A prudent person is someone who thinks things out wisely. Ichabod was not being prudent. He should have thought about it calmly first, realized that the tale was not logical and refused to be scared by it. Use good judgment!]
Prov 13:16
Prov 14:15

A19. Jack and Jill [well on top of small hill; Jack and Jill at bottom of hill, with spilled bucket and broken crown, Jill helping Jack up]
Eccl 4:9-10 Two are better than one . . . If one falls down, his friend can help him up. . .
[ In the well-known nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water. They both fell down, but they were together, so they were there to help each other up.
Isn’t it great to have a friend, especially if they love Jesus, too? We can share good times and bad with them. In happy times we can laugh and do fun things together. During sad times, we can stay close by, help each other and try to comfort each other. We can help protect each other, help each other make good, godly decisions and try to help each other keep out of trouble. If we fall down, we can help each other up.
Good friends stick with each other in good times and bad, because, "A friend loves at all times . . . " (Prov 17:17). Good friends are a gift from God!]
Rom 12:15
Eccl 4:10

A20. Janitor [draw with broom, dustpan, and a closed trash bag next to him or dumping the bag into a trash can; maybe show cleaning cart with mop and pail and cleaners near him]
Is 44:22 "I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist" . . .
[ When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we are forgiven for our sins. That is because Jesus died to cleanse us of our sins. Jesus sweeps our sins away from us and tosses them out. That way our heavenly Father does not hold our sins against us and we are counted worthy to go to heaven in the presence of the Lord.
Do you think that the Lord will not love us anymore if we sin? Wrong! We are God’s children! When children make mistakes, good parents still love them, right? God is the very best father, He loves us and He is always ready to forgive us when we are truly sorry for our sins. So whenever you slip up--even if you slip up big-time--confess your sins. Let Jesus bag up your sins and toss them out!]
Job 14:17
Ps 32:2

A21. King [king, sitting alone, looking less than happy, surrounded by multiple treasures]
Mat 6:19-20 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven" . . .
[ It is common for kings to have many treasures. However, earthly treasures are not what is important. Earthly treasures only benefit us for one lifetime. That is, unless we share them with others. When we do nice things for others and when we give money for the Lord’s work (like repairing churches or helping missionaries tell people about God), we are "building up treasures in heaven." It’s kind of like our good deeds on earth add more gold coins to our treasure box in heaven--and unlike earthly possessions, our treasures in heaven will last forever!]
1 Tim 6:18-19
Luke 12:33

A22. Knight
[ What should you do when people try to tell you something is good when you know its bad? . . . or when times are rough? . . . or when you are tempted? You put on your spiritual weapons--the armor of God which helps you fight against evil in this world.
Use (1) "the sword of the Spirit" (the Bible) and (2) "the belt of truth" to tell people the truth (what God’s word says about something). Use your (3) "breastplate of righteousness" (goodness) and your (4) "shield of faith" (belief in God) to help protect you like armor, from the temptation to sin. Be prepared to give gentle, but firm answers from (5) "the gospel of peace" to help protect yourself and to help others learn the right things to do. Lastly, always remember that you are a child of God who wears the (6) "helmet of salvation"--your promise of heaven!]
Eph 6:14-18
2 Cor 10:3-4

A23. Lamb [lamb sleeping by a pond]
[ A good shepherd is concerned about all of his sheep. He leads them to places where there is food and water for them and where they can find rest. If they hurt themselves, he tends to their wounds and he comforts them. He watches over them and guides them away from danger. When enemies come, he is willing to give his life to protect his sheep.
Did you know that Jesus is also known as "the Good Shepherd"? Believers are the little lambs of Jesus and He loves us very much. Remember if you ever, ever feel lost or afraid, pray to Jesus and ask Him to help you. Even if you have done something you think is very bad, Jesus still cares! No matter how far away we may stray, Jesus always wants us to return to Him (Ezek 34:16). In fact, our Good Shepherd gave his life so believers could join Him in His heavenly kingdom ((Luke 12:32). Just tell Him you are sorry for what you did and try to do better. He will joyfully welcome you back into His arms!]
Mat 18:12-14
Is 40:11
John 10:11

A24. Lamp [girl in flowered lamp-base costume, shade for hat, lamp on/off pull-chain for earring]
[ Jesus said that we are "the light of the world." We can give light to everyone around us. Did you know that even young children can be a good influence on others by "letting their light shine"? Other people--even adults--can learn from you! Live as a "child of light" by being a good example and doing good deeds. This can help others learn about how the Bible says we should behave. It can also help inspire others to act the same way. When people see your behavior and your cheerfulness, it may even make them want to find out about Jesus. So be a good influence on others. "Let your light shine"!]
Mat 5:14-15
1 Tim 4:12
Eph 5:8-10

A25. Mime [one hand holding finger over lips in the "shhhh" sign]
[ Mimes are clowns who act without saying anything. They can communicate a great deal just by the way they move and the expressions on their faces. They can help us remember that old saying, "silence is golden," meaning there is value in silence. Mimes can help us remember to be considerate, to let others have their turn at talking and to not interrupt (Prov 18:13). Mimes can also remind us to slow down and think about what we are going to say. If we think before we talk, we are more likely to say something smart or helpful, than saying something foolish or unkind.
Additionally, when we slow down and are quiet for a while, it helps us to pay attention. That leads to better understanding and that leads to more wisdom. Then when we do speak, we can speak more wisely. We might even use such wisdom that our words shine like "apples of gold in settings of silver" (Prov 25:11)!]
Prov 17:27
Prov 10:19
Prov 21:23

A26. Movie Star
[ God isn’t telling us in these verse that we shouldn’t take care of ourselves and be clean and neat. He is telling us that when we truly love the Lord and follow His commands, it gives us a beautiful peacefulness, gentleness and more happiness. He is also telling us to clothe ourselves in godly qualities. This godliness sort of shines through in our eyes, our faces and our actions. In fact, it outshines fancy hairdos, expensive jewelry and fine clothes. So clothe yourself with godliness--that kind of beauty doesn’t fade, but draws people to us even when we get old and gray!]
1 Pet 3:4-5
Col 3:12

A27. Neighbors [international collection of children in native costumes]
Mat 22:39 . . . "‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
[ One day a teacher of the law asked Jesus which was the most important commandment. Jesus answered, "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Mat 22:38-40).
If you love and care about yourself, you want to spend eternity in heaven with God, right? So if you care about your neighbors as much as about yourself, you want them to go to heaven, too, right? Here are some ways you can love your neighbors: be kind to them, help them when they need it, tell them about Jesus, tell them how to get to heaven and pray for them.
(P.S. Don’t forget to pray for your enemies, too--Jesus told us to.)]
Acts 10:34-35
John 13:34-35
Luke 6:27-28

A28. New Mother Hubbard [1800’s old-woman costume next to full cupboard with child in spotted dog costume]
Prov 21:20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
[ Remember how in the story of Old Mother Hubbard, she went to the cupboard to get her poor dog a bone, but the cupboard was bare? How sad!
Let’s re-think that story. Let’s call her New Mother Hubbard and say she’s a Christian. Let’s say she wisely follows what she has read in the Bible--to keep her cupboards full. When you get old enough to have your own home, you will want to learn to spend your money wisely and to plan ahead. Having a full pantry helps you if you ever have unexpected company or if you ever run short of money before payday. It also helps you if you run out of something unexpectedly or face an emergency. Lastly, it will make Spot very happy if you never run out of his favorite doggie bones!]
Gen 6:21
Gen 41:35

A29. Old People [boy and girl in senior costumes sitting with tiny child on the edge of a large, round, raised fountain]
Prov 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
[ Do you know any old people who are good Christians? If so, they can probably teach you a great deal about life (Deu 4:9). That’s because the longer someone has lived, the more they tend to learn, especially if they are close to the Lord (Job 12:12). Ask them to tell you about their experiences and ask them for their advice--you’ll be glad you did (Job 8:8, Eccl 9:17)!
One Dozen Questions to Ask People You Admire
1. What have you done in your life that gave you the most happiness?
2. What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?
3. What have you learned from the Bible that helped you avoid pain or trouble?
4. What have you learned the hard way through experience?
5. Would you do anything differently if you had a chance?
6. How has God answered your prayers or helped you through hard times?
7. What things has God blessed you with that brought you the most joy?
8. What things do you feel are the most and least important in life?
9. What three people or things have been the greatest positive influences on your life and why?
10. What three well-known persons today or in history do you most admire and why?
11. What advice do you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
12. What is the most important advice you would like to give me? ]

John 7:38
Ps 36:9

A30. Oriental Girl [Oriental girl in traditional Oriental outdoor setting with arched bridge]
[ Young ladies in the Orient are often taught to be very soft-spoken, gentle, polite, patient and respectful. How calm it must be around people who act like that! It must be very easy to like them and to get along well with them! Besides, it is much easier to avoid arguments with people if you speak gently.
Whether you are a boy or a girl, practice being gentle, calm and loving. Practice using soft answers that help turn away anger and get softer responses, too. Practice being patient and kind. You will be much more enjoyable to be around than someone who is mean, quick-tempered or sarcastic. Practice being a person around whom others will find peace--the peace reflected by someone who loves the Lord!]
Eccl 10:4
James 1:19-20
Eph 4:2

A31. Parents [girl and boy in over-sized grown up clothes, her: over-sized dress/hat/heels/gloves/purse, jewelry, pushing old-fashioned doll carriage--looking into it talking, him: over-sized suit coat/shoes/hat]
Deu 6:6-7 These commandments . . . are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road . . .
[ Parents have a very great privilege and duty--to teach their children about the goodness of the Lord and the wisdom of His word (Prov 22:6). They can do this by reading to their children from the Bible, taking them to Sunday school and telling them about salvation through Jesus. They can do it by telling them about the ways the Lord has blessed them and our country (Ps 78:4). And they can do it by being a good example--in other words, by "practicing what they preach" (Prov 20:7).
In turn, God wants children to honor and obey their parents. Give your parents the great joy of knowing that you are "walking in the truth" (a Christian obeying the Lord). Live in such a way that your parents can say what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 7:4, "I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds."]
Eph 6:1-3
3 John 1:4

A32. Postman
Prov 25:25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
[ It’s fun to send and receive mail, isn’t it? It helps you keep in touch with friends and family. Think about how happy you are when you get a letter. That’s how other people feel when they get a letter from you, too! Remember that sending a nice letter is much more lasting and meaningful than making phone calls. You can even use a letter to tell somebody about Jesus. So, make somebody’s day--sit down and write someone a letter!]
Is 52:7
Prov 15:30

A33. Quarterback
[ Do you get a lot of exercise and try to stay in good physical shape? That is a good and valuable goal even if you don’t want to be a professional athlete!
However, there is something even more valuable than being in good shape and that is leading a godly life. Becoming familiar with the truth of God’s word leads to godliness. Truly honorable, godly people show the "fruit of the Spirit" in their lives (Gal 5:22-23). These--what you might also call--"character traits" of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Such traits help us to be noticeably happier, stronger, more considerate and more godly.
Furthermore, when we lead godly lives, not only is it easier for our family and friends to like us and get along better with us, it is even easier for our enemies--and opposing teams--to live in peace with us (Prov 16:7)!]
2 Pet 1:3
Titus 2:11-12

A34. Queen [queen outside with castle in background]
Ps 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
[ A queen’s castle is like a strong, protective fortress. However, even regular people can have a fortress, for God is the fortress of believers.
What does it mean when we say the Lord is my "rock," my "fortress" and my "deliverer"? God is very powerful. He can help protect us from evil. He can help deliver us from wicked people and from sin. We can run to Him as our fortress when we are scared, lonely, unhappy or in trouble. We can pray to Him, pour out our hearts to Him and trust Him to help us. He can find a way to lead us out of trouble and guide us into safety.]
Prov 18:10
Ps 46:1
Ps 31:3

A35. Rapunzel
[ Rapunzel is the lovely storybook girl with VERY long hair who is locked up in a tower with no way out. The witch that keeps her in the tower climbs up her beautiful golden braid of hair every day. One day a prince discovers Rapunzel and they fall in love. The witch cuts off Rapunzel’s beautiful hair and catches the prince. The two lovebirds finally find each other sometime later in the forest after Rapunzel’s lovely hair has started to grow back. This story helps us remember that long hair that is clean, natural-looking and well-kept is lovely on a lady.]
Song 7:5
1 Cor 11:14-15

A36. Red Riding Hood [Red Riding Hood on path; wolf behind her partially hiding behind tree]
[ We must be very careful about avoiding dangerous situations. The storybook character Red Riding Hood found out it can be very dangerous to talk to strangers! She should have especially known it was dangerous to talk to a wolf!
Unfortunately, in real life, most bad people don’t look like bad people. Nobody walks around with a sign on their chest that says, "CAUTION: I am a bad person. Keep your distance!"
Instead, bad people often act very nice. Sometimes they even act like they need your help. They do these things to get you, as their intended victim, to trust them or to feel sorry for them.
Keep these things in mind and be careful around everybody you don’t know, even if they look and act very nice.
[Note: Remember, never help an adult stranger that asks for your help, because some bad adults pretend to need help so they can hurt others. If you see a stranger who needs help, leave quickly, then call "911" or find an adult to help them!]]
Prov 2:11

A37. Skunk [skunk holding nose and holding clear bottle of perfume with dead flies visible inside]
Eccl 10:1 As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
[ As our little skunk shows, dead flies in perfume makes it smell bad--so bad, it would even smell awful to a skunk! Doing good things is kind of like putting a good perfume on--we "smell" good to others (they think well of us). But then if we go out and do bad things (folly, foolishness), it is kind of like putting a really bad scent on--it stinks so much it overpowers the smell of the good perfume! You see, doing good things can give us a good reputation (a good name with others). However, sometimes doing even just one, single bad thing can outweigh all the good things we’ve ever done.
For example, let’s say somebody worked at a bank for twenty years always doing an honest, excellent job and never stealing. Then one day he steals some money. He gets caught, loses his job and is sent to jail. Instead of everyone remembering what a good employee he was all those years, they would remember him as a thief. (They would probably also wonder how many other times he stole money in the past that they didn’t know about!)
So, do you want a good reputation? Do you want to "smell" good? Obey God and try to always make good choices!]
Eccl 7:1
Prov 16:22

A38. Southerners
Eccl 10:12 Words from a wise man's mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.
[ People who live in the southern states of America are called "southerners." Southerners are often taught to be very gracious (polite and kind).
Did you know that Jesus was also described as gracious? Even though Jesus is our King who came down from heaven to help mankind, He was very courteous toward others. Instead of lording it over others, He displayed a servant attitude. He also displayed great love, gentleness, kindness, patience and humility toward others.
We would always do well to imitate Jesus--He set us the very best example to follow throughout our lives.]
Ps 112:4
Luke 4:22
Prov 22:11

A39. Three Little Pigs
Is 25:4 . . . the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall
[ Remember the story of the Three Little Pigs? What did the big, bad wolf do to the straw house and the wood house of the first two little pigs? He was very ruthless (cruel, uncaring). He blew the little pigs’ houses down! Then the first two little pigs ran to the house of the smart little pig. He had built a strong brick house for protection.
The first two little pigs are like people who know little or nothing about the Bible. They can’t be bothered to learn about what is dangerous, so they are not aware that there is any danger. They don’t bother to protect--or even learn how to protect--themselves and they can’t seem to stay out of harm’s way. It’s almost like they are asking for trouble!
The third little pig can remind us of someone who strengthens his personal defenses. We can often help keep ourselves out of harm’s way by studying and obeying God’s word. Sometimes that helps us learn how to recognize, avoid and protect ourselves from ruthless people. Other times it teaches us how to avoid dangerous situations entirely. Want to avoid more of those ruthless storms in life? Study the word!]
Nah 3:14
Prov 1:32-33
Is 25:4

A40. Three Musketeers
Eccl 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
[ In Alexandre Dumas’ story of The Three Musketeers, their motto was "All for one, one for all!" The musketeers got along well with each other, protected each other and stood up for the king they believed in.
People are much stronger when they are working together in unity (as a team) than individually. Together, we can often accomplish much more and defend ourselves much better than if we are alone. Likewise, Christians should try to get along with each other, protect each other and stand up for our belief in our king--Christ the Lord!"]
Rom 15:5-6
Phlp 2:2
Eph 4:3

A41. Ugly Duckling [baby swan costume in center, flanked by two baby duck costumes]
Eccl 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time . . .
[ The duckling in Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Ugly Duckling is sad and lonely. That’s because not only does he not look like the other ducks, but the other ducks also tease him and say he’s ugly. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. It turns out he’s actually a baby swan! He grows into a bird that is much more beautiful and graceful than any of the ducks that used to tease him!
If you ever get to feeling ugly or feeling like you don’t belong, or feeling like people don’t understand you, be patient. Remember, God has special plans for you--Christians are like God’s swans! Look for other "swans" and then you will belong!]
Jer 29:11
Ps 138:8

A42. Umpire and Referee
1 Tim. 5:21 I charge you . . . to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
[ Umpires and referees play a very important part in sports games. They help maintain order and help keep the peace (Prov 28:2). If they were not there, teams would argue a lot more over what was happening during the game and there would be total chaos (James 3:16-17)!
Umpires and referees must know all the rules of the game and apply them equally to all players. Among other things, they must do things like reporting when someone scores, deciding when someone has fouled and giving penalties when someone breaks the rules in the rule books. They must be impartial (not play favorites) when they make their decisions.
Umpires and referees give us a good example to follow. We can help maintain peace and order, too! Treat others fairly instead of playing favorites.]
James 2:1
James 2:9

A43. Victorians [Victorian interior and clothes; boy bowing to girl who is curtseying]
Phlp 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ . . .
[ In the 1800’s Victorian era, good manners and discretion (proper judgment) were considered especially important among refined members of society. Of course, good manners and discretion are still very important today. When we conduct ourselves well, we are more pleasant to be around. When we are more pleasant to be around, it makes sense that people enjoy being around us more. Displaying good conduct not only helps us get along better with others, it helps us develop a good reputation. In fact, even children are know by their conduct. As we grow older, a good reputation also helps us reach more of our goals and succeed in life. So, there you have several reasons to practice good conduct. Can you think of more?]
Prov 20:11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
2 Cor 1:12
Jer 32:19

A44. Visitors [dress-up tea party in oversized dresses, heels and hats]
Rom 12:13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
[ Isn’t it fun to play dress up and invite friends over for a tea party? This is good practice, too. God enjoys seeing His children practice using good manners, being friendly and sharing with others. These things can also help us learn to share our time, food, money and belongings with those less fortunate than ourselves. When we do, we are not only doing something good for them, but serving the Lord, as well (Mat 25:40). So start practicing now. Be generous with some of the many blessings the Lord gives you!
By the way, whenever you sit down to eat, follow the example given to us by Jesus and thank our Heavenly Father for your food (Luke 9:16). Remember, it is the Lord who gives families the ability to earn the money they need to pay for their food (Deu 8:17-18). One prayer that is easy to learn is: "God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for this food. By His hands we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread. Amen."]
Heb 13:16
Mat 10:8

A45. Wedding Couple [bride and groom under arch or with wedding cake]
1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
[ Someday when you get older, you will have some very big decisions to make. As you meet different people, you will wonder if they are the person you want to marry. You may also wonder if it is true love.
Would you like to know how to test if love is real? Apply God’s guidelines shown in the Bible verses here! Think about this person you care about. First of all, is the person a true Christian who is living a godly life? That is the most important thing, as God tells us not to marry unbelievers (2 Cor 6:14-15). Can you recognize them by their producing good fruits (Mat 7:20)? Is the person honest, patient and kind? Or are they envious, boastful, proud, rude, selfish, hot-tempered or vengeful? Do they try to protect you? Do they want the best for you? Do they trust you? Do you trust them? Do you have similar hopes and dreams? Are they there for you even on tough days (Prov 25:19)? Is he or she a good friend, too?
Make sure you pray about it, too, and ask God if this is the person he wants you to marry. Remember that if this isn’t the person God wants you to marry, He probably has a much better match waiting for you--someone with whom you can enjoy lasting love!]
1 Cor 13:5-7
Mat 19:4-5

A46. The Wind and the Sun [dejected-looking wind boy with hand on hip, tapping foot; pleasantly, gently happy sun boy (not gloating though); maybe contented boy between them carrying hat and coat]
Phlp 4:5 Let your gentleness be evident to all . . .
[ In Aesop’s tale of The North Wind and the Sun, the wind and the sun decided to have a contest. They decided to test who was stronger by seeing who could make a man take off his coat more quickly. The wind blew harder and harder, but the man only wrapped his coat tighter and tighter. Then the sun took its turn and let its warm, gentle rays shine on the man. Finally comfortable, the man took off his coat. So the sun won the contest simply by being warm and gentle.
In a similar way, the Lord warmly and gently leads us rather than using force. Although the Lord is very powerful and loves us very much, He will not force us to love Him back. Nor will He force us to follow Him. Instead, He gives us free will (the freedom to make up our own mind). He shows us the way we should go. He hopes we will choose the right way for our own good. Finally, He hopes very much we will voluntarily choose Him so we can join Him in heaven!
This gentleness is also a good example for us to follow. People are more likely to listen when we speak of God’s truth if we let our gentleness shine like the winning warmth of the sun.]
Eph 4:2
1 Pet 3:15
Deu 10:13

A47. XING Guard
Prov 2:7-8 . . . he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
[ "XING" is a shortcut way of saying "crossing." So a "XING guard" is a crossing guard. Do you have a crossing guard at your school that helps you get across busy streets safely? God is kind of like a crossing guard. He shows us the right way to go. When we stay on the right path, He helps guard and protect us on our journey.
However, if we step outside of the lines by sinning, we are in the danger zone and could get hurt unnecessarily, or even hurt others. God doesn’t want anyone to get hurt. Staying in the safety zone means being obedient, so ask "where the good way is and walk in it"!]
Prov 19:16
Jer 6:16
Prov 15:10

A48. X-Outer [child in bottle of detergent costume, lid for cap, labels to say: X-Outer, Bleaches!, Purifies!, Removes Grime and Stains!]
[ When we do something bad, that is called a sin. In a way, sins kind of make us dirty. We could not go to heaven to be with God if we were still dirty from our sins. But we can’t clean off that "sin dirt" all by ourselves. And no matter how many good things we do, we can’t make up for our sins, either.
But you know what? The Lord took care of that! Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. When He did that, He "crossed out" our sins! Jesus gave us a way--in fact the only way--to get all cleaned up (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)!
When we confess our sins, repent and accept Jesus as our Savior, He sort of "bleaches" us through and through. His forgiveness "purifies" us. He washes away the "stain" of our sins and the "grime" of our guilt. Jesus gives us new, white, sparkling fresh robes with which to stand clean and purified in the presence of the Lord (Rev 22:14). Hooray!]
Is 1:18
Is 43:25

A49. Yachtsman
James 3:4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
[ Like the small rudder on a big ship, even small children can sometimes help "steer" other children--and occasionally some adults, too--in the right direction. For instance, there are many cases of parents and grandparents who started going back to church because their children or grandchildren encouraged them to go!
You, too, can help influence people of all ages simply by being a good example. When you learn a few Bible verses, you can also help others by gently telling them some of the things the Bible says. You can even tell people how to accept Christ and receive the guarantee of heaven (Rom 10:9). But don’t worry if you don’t see any results. The Lord tells us that when His word is made known, it is not a wasted effort, but will accomplish what He wants it to accomplish (Is 55:10-11).
So never forget the power of God’s word or of a good example. Even a youngster can stand at the helm and steer!]
James 5:20
1 Tim 4:12

A50. Yukon Miner [1800’s miner holding pan with gold and silver glitter in it]
Ps 119:72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
[ Miners flocked to the Yukon Territory in the late 1800’s searching for gold. Did you know there is a book worth more than all the silver and gold in the world? It’s called the Bible. God is the author and He is omniscient (all-knowing). He has packed his Bible full of countless "nuggets" of truth and wisdom. He knows what works, He knows what makes us happy and He knows what makes us sad.
Some people seem to think God gives us rules to take away our fun. Wrong! There are many, many people who have gotten hurt in some way while trying to live apart from God’s wisdom. Later, many of them finally realized God’s way is best after all and returned to Him. That is what you call learning "the hard way." It is painful and often expensive. Learning "the easy way" is much more pleasant. It is free and it is worth a fortune. You simply pay attention to the wisdom of God’s word in the first place! That way you can find the most happiness and help yourself stay out of trouble.
Always remember that God’s laws are precious. "Stake your claim" to the most happiness in life--"mine" the shining truth of God’s word!]
Ps 119:127-8
Ps 12:6

A51. Zigzagzoopman [boy in superhero-type costume, big Z on chest and helmet, standing on jagged-edged skateboard, arms crossed over each other with index fingers pointing opposite directions; question marks in air around him]
[ Who? What? When? Where? Why? Sometimes life can make you feel so-o-o-o confused! You may begin to feel like you are just zigzagzooping around wondering who to spend time with, what to do, when to do it, where to go, what choices to make and why. You know what? The Bible is the very best book you can turn to for answers to most of the key questions in life. Want to avoid as much confusion as possible? Want to keep your path in life straight? Use the Bible for your guide!]
Prov 23:19
Ps 32:8
Prov 3:5-6

A52. ZZZ-Time [child in old-fashioned red or footed pajamas, kneeling by bed; teddybear on bed]
Mat 6:9 (KJV) . . . "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
[ The Bible records the prayer that Jesus used to teach us how to pray. It is called "The Lord’s Prayer." Do you want a great way to help you end your day and help you sleep peacefully? Pray to our heavenly Father with the Lord’s Prayer and remember that He watches over us while we sleep!]
Mat 6:9-13 (KJV) ". . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
Ps 121:3

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