The parable of the Prodigal son is probably the most well known and well loved parable that Jesus told. The story tells of the father that gives his two sons their inheritance before he had died. The youngest son celebrates and takes the money that the father gives.
The Father Gives Money’ Coloring Sheet Printable’ shows the absolute glee of the youngest son as the farther hands over his money. Yet the oldest brother looks far more reserved. This highlights the character of the two sons and their expectations of what they might do with their money.
You’ll find the whole story of the Lost son in the Bible in Luke 15:11-32. It’s a story that has stood the test of time. Children have been told this story over and over again and they love it! If you want to communicate the story in a simple to understand manner we suggest using the NIV or ICB versions or using a childrens story book such as the ones below.
If you’re doing a session on the love of the Father, you might find that the ‘All About My Dad’ and ‘A Change of Heart’ movie discussions come in use.
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THE LOST SON STORY BOOKS:
If you want to read the story to your child first, there are some lovely story books including:
[(The Two Sons)] [ By (author) Nick Butterworth, Illustrated by Mick Inkpen ] [January, 2009]
The Beginner’s Bible Lost Son (I Can Read! / The Beginner’s Bible)
Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Arch Books)
PRODIGAL SON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- Why do you think the father gave his sons the money?
- What does this tell us about the father?
- Who do you think was the happiest at receiving the money?
- What can we learn about the sons from this part of the story?
- What can we learn about God?