Families are like jelly beans

This bag label, by Trudy, is a fun handout for lessons on families. Trudy’s instructions say:

JELLY BEAN BAG LABEL. Put a small handful of jelly beans into a snack size ziplock bag and print off enough bag labels for the girls in your class. Cut out the labels, fold in half, and staple to the top of your jelly beans. Hand out at an appropriate time during the lesson or at the end.

OBJECT LESSON FOR YW MANUAL 3, LESSON 11: Extended Family Relationships – Separate a bag of jelly beans into a separate glass or other see thru container. Begin handing out the jelly beans to the class while saying things like “these green jelly beans represent my aunt. I remember _____, but I’ve gotten too busy and haven’t seen her in years. These jelly beans remind me of my nephew, who allows ______, but they have moved away and I never see him any more.” and so on until you have given away all but the white jelly beans. When you pick up the white jar of jelly beans, talk about how this is all that’s left and how plain and boring it is, kind of like your life would be without your family. Place a container large enough to hold all the jelly beans and have the girls help you fill it up. Point out how colorful and full the bowl looks and compare it to a family full of love and variety. Now that you’ve got the class’ attention, continue on with the rest of the lesson. You could use the jelly beans as incentive for class participation.

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