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Teach a Bible lesson for kids using the classic children's book - The Rainbow Fish! This book has been around for thirty years planting the message of the importance of sharing and the need for community.
We've connected it with Bible verses to help children (of any age) realize the joy in giving to others and how we need to reach out to one another.
Rainbow Fish enjoys the attention and admiration his silvery scales give him among the other fish, but when a small fish makes a request for one, Rainbow Fish refuses. His rudeness causes the other fish to swim away and no longer follow after him. Instead of being the most beautiful fish in the ocean, he becomes the loneliest.
He seeks advice from a wise octopus. She shares that the key to true happiness begins by giving away his glittering scales.
Rainbow fish struggles with the choice of being happy or keeping his shiny scales for himself. He begins by giving one very, very small shimmering scale away thinking he wouldn't miss just one. Giving away the one leads to a wonderful feeling though causing Rainbow Fish to continue giving away his special scales until he was left with just one.
Having shared his scales with the other fish, he soon felt at home with what was now a wonderful group of friends all together in the ocean.
You may get a copy of this book to read for this Bible lesson for kids or it can also be read online - The Rainbow Fish.
The Bible speaks a great deal about the benefits of giving and warnings about pride. Rainbow Fish truly learned the lesson that it is better to give than to receive. He learned that selfishness did not end in happiness.
Acts 20:35 - "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
God is a generous Father Who shares so much with us. All we have really belongs to Him and it pleases Him when we share with others. God's economy is different from the world's. God says it's better to give than receive. He also says the way to greatness is by serving others in Mark 10:35-45.
Rainbow Fish learned that his pride of wanting to be the best or be first in the eyes of others did not bring happiness or friends. It actually stirred up jealousy which led to his loneliness.
We are at our best when we share and put others before ourselves. In this way we build community and friendship with others. This is an important lesson for any age.
The Rainbow Fish book for kids emphasizes the Golden Rule found in Matthew 7:12 -
The Rainbow Fish can also be used in so many other ways to impact a child's development from fine motor skills and differentiating to building vocabulary and beginning reading skills.
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