Lorelei, however, was totally all over earning badges and counting up her tokens at week's end. She thrives on this stuff.
Next, we read a story about saving money and having a plan for how to spend it. The story's about Goob Bear and Jumper Rabbit. Goob Bear has a plan and gets to do everything he wants with his money (buy a bug collecting kit, movie tickets, and his favorite honey treat) but Jumper Rabbit spends his immediately on tons of little things, and by the end of the week, can't even remember what he'd spent it on.
After we read the outside description, I'd ask the kids what we might learn from this new friend, and how we could get to know them better (ASK QUESTIONS and LISTEN). Then the kids popped the balloons (hence my wincing face) and read the description on the inside. They were enthralled by this lesson--a great one for this time of year.
OUTSIDE: Cydney only likes to play with her two best friends and won't let you play with them. She leaves other kids out too, and sometimes she can be mean and bossy. Cydney teases other kids a lot.
INSIDE: Cydney doesn't know how to love others well because she doesn't get a lot of love at home. Her parents are too busy for her, and deep inside, Cydney is hurting. She doesn't know how much God loves her, either. Cydney doesn't make a good friend to play with because she doesn't treat you or others with kindness. You don't have to be good friends, but you do have a responsibility: God put you in Cydney's classroom because you can teach her what kindness means by your example.