Show the children the two treats and ask a child to come and open them to see what’s inside.
The children will notice the deception!
Tell the children that much of what comes from the devil is alluring. He shines and appeals to the sensual parts of our nature… He enters our lives as a thief in the night. His disguise is so perfect that it is difficult to recognize him or his methods. He’s a wolf disguised as a lamb… He lies to us, he cheats us.
Tell the story that follows.
One day, when I was in college, I was having lunch with my friends. One of them gave me a treat she had prepared at home. After I finished my lunch, I took a huge bite of this treat. I soon discovered that it was not a “feast” at all. It was a cotton ball covered in chocolate. I was cheated. I had forgotten it was April Fools’ Day, but it didn’t matter and the joke was anything but funny. I felt like an idiot and went to hide in the bathroom and cried. Whenever we fall prey to temptation and sin, we have the same sense of foolishness, shame, sadness and regret? Aren’t we so deceived?
Let’s not be fooled!
At the end of the class, you can give chocolate coated marshmallows to each child.