1. Children should be able to tell the story of Ruth.
  2. Children should know that Ruth was from the tribe of Moab, not Israel. The Moabites were the descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew.
  3. Children should know that Ruth was a direct ancestor of Jesus.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Scripture Reference: Ruth 1:3-8, 6-19, 2:1-12, 4:9-11. Remember that the Moabites were the descendants of the son of Lot, the nephew of Abraham.


  1. Learning Game: Matching Game. Give each student a set of index cards, on which are written the names of the major characters in the story: Ruth, Naomi, Boaz. In the pattern of Final Jeopardy, give a single clue out loud. Each student is to hold up the card of his answer and gets 10 points if right.


  1. Discuss the customs of marriage – in ancient Israel and today. Why did Ruth stay with Naomi? What is the role of the mother-in-law, then and now? How did Ruth meet Boaz? Why was Ruth in the fields? What custom made Boaz Ruth’s husband? How do we choose a husband today? Who cares for the widow and the elderly today?

  1. Ruth was a willing helper.

Make a Happy Helper kit with

each child. Take a bucket (KFC

or a paint store may donate.) Add

a handle of clothesline of there is

no handle. Put in it a dust rag, dish

 soap, sponge, window cleaner, paper towels, Fantastic, Pledge, gloves –

whatever you want. Cover the outside

with paper saying “Happy Helper”.

Have each child donate himself to

someone this week. Write a coupon

for service and present it to your

chosen recipient.


  1. Close with prayer.