Church Based After School: Choices – First Part of Lesson

The Adult Challenge for this lesson is found here

  • Lay out an obstacle course.
  • Have games (e.g., board games) for the kids to play while they wait for each other to go through the obstacle course.
  • Or during homework time, take the kids one at a time to go through the obstacle course.
    Have a volunteer in the obstacle course working with you.
  • Have obstacles that are easy to get over, under, or around and others that are impossible.
  • Suggestions for impossible tasks:  a stack of wobbly chairs over which the kids must go; a rug under which they must crawl, but they can’t move the rug; a math problem that is beyond their knowledge which must be completed before they move forward.
  • Suggestions for possible tasks:  stack of pillows to climb over; a table under which they can crawl; strips of string tied to chairs they must step through without touching.
  • Lay out masking tape to mark the course.
  • You may want to set up more than one obstacle course
    in different rooms if you have a lot of kids.

    • The object of this activity is to make the kids have to choose what they are going to do – the hope is that they will choose to ask the adult for help.
    • The adult should never offer help unless asked.
    • Bring the kids into the obstacle course one at a time; you do not want them to observe the others going through the obstacle course.
    • Explain to the kids what they are to do to get through the obstacle course.
    • Give them the sense there will be winners and losers and that time is important.
    • However, at no time indicate that you won’t help them over the impossible obstacles; while at the same time, never tell them that you will help them.
    • When they come to the impossible obstacles, there are several choices they can make; they can try to do it on their own and fail, they can give up and not go on, or they can ask you what to do.
    • If they ask for help, or ask you what to do, give them the ability to get around, over or under the obstacle.  Do not do the activity for the kids; just make it possible to be accomplished.
    • When a kid leaves to return to where the other kids are, tell him/her s/he will lose KidTrek Bucks if s/he shares with the other kids what s/he has been through.
    • The winners are those who ask for help.
      A volunteer could play the “devil” and encourage the kids to try and do it on their own.
      You encourage them to choose wisely. 

      1.     What did you first think of when you came to the impossible obstacle?
      2.     What did you do when you came to the impossible obstacle?
        You want to get answers from several kids who responded differently.
      3.     Who do you think the winners are?
        The winners are those who asked for help; they chose wisely.



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