OBJECTS: Clear plastic cups with a hole in the bottom. Fill with rocks and a little dirt on the top. Place the seed on top of the dirt.
The seeds that fall on the edge of the field had a lot of rocks underneath the top layer of dirt. (Show the children the clear cup with the rocks on the bottom and a little dirt on the top.) They started to grow and send roots out to find moisture and food but they could not find any. The water had all run to the bottom of the rocks and the little plants did not have enough time to grow so they withered and died when the hot sun came out. They needed some dirt to hold the moisture and there was none. (Pour the water in the cup to show how the water just runs out of the bottom when you pour it in.)
The seeds that fell on the hard stony ground were like the people who hear about Jesus. They think that everything he teaches is good, but after hearing the stories they went right out and started playing games and watching TV with their friends. When they were finished playing, they had forgotten all about what Jesus had taught them. The good news that Jesus could be their friend was forgotten.
Do not let your seeds fall on the rocks. First paint the pumpkin seed in four or more different colors, You will need about 10 each of each color. Then have have the children throw the seeds into a pie pan that is filled with rock except for a small amount of dirt in the middle. The children take turns trying to hit the dirt and not the rock. Since the seeds are different colors you could have 4 or 5 children throwing at one time. Each child had 5 or more seeds to throw. You could use a bean seed to make it easier to throw.
The seeds that fell in the middle of the field where the ground was soft and moist grew up big and strong and made good food that the farmer took home to feed everybody! He was able to share all the fruit that was in his field with lots of people. (Show the seed that was planted in good soil. Since this is the last week the plant should be growing well.)
The fourth group listened to Jesus and went home and told their friends and family the good news. They still played with their friends and all, but they remembered what Jesus had taught them, and helped their friends to understand Jesus, too. They spent the rest of their lives helping their friends to learn about Jesus.
You will need to have a small watermelon (not a seedless watermelon) cut up into several pieces. There should be one small piece of watermelon for each child. As they eat the watermelon have them place all the watermelon seeds into a single bowl. Have them guess how many seeds may be in the bowl. The teacher should then count the seeds and then say "Isn't it amazing that when we plant just one watermelon seed we got this delicious watermelon and all these additional watermelon seeds. If we planted all these seeds we would have more watermelon then we would know what to do with!" Becoming like a seed that is planted in the good soil is what Jesus wants us to do. Just like this watermelon you will produce more and more seed so you can give them away to your friends, neighbors and even people you meet.