Parables: The Prodigal Son To
Remember: God rejoices when sinners repent
repent - to turn away from sin
squander - waste
prodigal - recklessly wasteful
Lesson Luke 15:11-32
Prodigal Son, by Sharon Broome (click for lyrics)
Activity: Reinforce the idea of repentance being to turn
around. Have students line up. Ask review questions. If the person
answering gets it right, everyone moves forward. If the person gets
it wrong, they have to face the back wall. If the next person gets
it right, declare: REPENT, and everyone turns forward again and gets
to move one step up. (Don’t use repent to face the back - reinforce
the idea that you turn away from wrong and toward right). You can
even put a smiley face at the front of the room and a frown at the
Hand-out for the prodigal son lesson.
Make a pigpen from craft sticks. Have students cut out pink pigs
from construction paper. Use strips of brown paper to be straw.
Label each pig with a sin that led the young man to the pig pen.
True or False
Review Questions (can be used with gameboard)
The young son wanted to live life his way. T
The older son was obedient and helpful to his father. T
The father held a grudge against his son. F
The son expected to be accepted back into the family. F
The older son cared about his brother deeply. F
What book is this parable in?
Which other book in the New Testament did this author write?
Who told this parable?
Act out the scene where the father welcomes the son home.
Act out the scene where the brother refuses to come in.
Draw a picture of a hog.
What bad feelings was the son having while he was tending the hogs?
What feelings was the father having before the son came home?
What feelings did the brother have against the son?
How should we feel towards sinners?
What can we expect from God if we repent?
Why did the father welcome his son back?
Who does the father in the story represent?
Who does the son in the story represent?
Who does the brother in the story represent?
What had the son done to hurt his family?
Name 2 sins the son committed.
What did the father do to celebrate his son's return?
Luke 15:21"The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and
against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son."
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
Luke 15:7 "In the same way heaven will be happier over one lost sinner who
returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t