What Armor Looks like In Nature:
Ask them what natural armor a bicycle rider has to prevent injury, if they fall off their bike. (If you are one of those who does not think bicycle helmets make a difference, especially on an adult, please click here and read this story.)
Then explain what a bicycle helmet is, what it does for the rider, and that it is basically I piece of armor for humans.
Armor in Nature Drill:
First, ask the students to list as many animals as you might have time to discuss - say 10 or so, and write them down.
Then, 1 animal at a time, ask the students what predators might attack the animals they gave you. Then ask what that animal might have to use as armor or natural defense against that attack.
Example: Animal - Great White Shark. Predators: Orca - Killer Whales have been known to attack them, and bite them in half. Natural Defense or Armor - Speed.
After each animal, have 2 students act out an attack and a defense. It is ok if some of the defenses fail, but you should arrange for them to succeed by redoing some of them if the majority are not successful.
To prevent contact and enforce the "no touchee" rule, we put down too hula hoops in close proximity, and tell both children that they must stay within the hula hoop, and they may not cross over it with their arms, feet or anything else.
End the discussion with a statement about Nature, and how there is a constant battle between animals to survive. Survive against weather, climate, and each other. If you have time, ask them if the battle between animals is natural? (Before the fall, lions laid down with lambs. Isaiah 65:25)
Teaching the Lesson:
Read to them Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV) - The Armor of God
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
I went out and bought a box of twinkies, and gave them out as a reward for answering these questions correctly. I even had them act out putting the armor on, and using the piece we were talking about.