The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most loved from the Bible. It teaches sacrifice and love for everyone, even strangers. These are concepts that parents and church leaders want to instil in children, but children, older and younger, often grow weary of lessons and sermons. To combat this, the lessons can be taught in several creative ways.
According to Kid's Ministry Ideas, a play is a great way to illustrate the story and get the children involved after hearing the story of the Good Samaritan. The children can handle every aspect of the play from beginning to end including music, props and the script itself. The play can be performed for the church and for other groups as well. This is a great activity for middle school aged children.
Role playing is a popular teaching tool not only in educational settings, but in corporate settings as well. One illustration of the Good Samaritan story is to have the children pretend to be people of different races who are facing different circumstances in life. The students then can act out their reactions to situations involving these different people. This classroom activity can be used to emphasise the point that everyone is a neighbour and like the Good Samaritan, children should be willing to help people of all races, economic classes and lifestyles.
A Modern Tale
Reading stories out of the Bible may bore some children and they may miss the message of the story. Many Bible stories have been adapted to modern times in an effort to get the message across and keep children interested. A present-day telling of the Good Samaritan can be found online at the Children's Chapel. Sunday School teachers who want to be creative can write their own present-day version of the parable and present it to their class. Older children can be asked to write their own story illustrating the parable.
For Younger Children
Pre-school children have short attention spans. Puppet shows are a great way to keep their attention when telling a story. The show does not have to be elaborate--finger puppets will work. After the puppet show, teachers can ask the children what they thought the story was about and discuss it. Children also love to colour and many colouring pages featuring the Good Samaritan can be found online.