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Have more fun

To think about the importance of having fun.

by The Revd Guy Donegan-Cross

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To think about the importance of having fun.

Preparation and materials

  • No preparation is necessary. You might like to ask some children to read the poem and rehearse them in advance.
  • Note: The poem has been printed in a number of publications, showing the author as, among others, Nadine Stair, Don Herold, and Anonymous. You might like to edit the poem to make it more age-appropriate, and explain ‘fall’, for example.


  1. Ask: What’s the silliest thing you have ever done? Elicit suggestions. You may have one or two to share yourself.
  2. We sometimes think of Jesus as a serious person, but the Bible says that once he was approached by some religious people who were worried by him. And they actually asked him, ‘Why do you spend most of your time at parties?’ (Luke 5.33). Jesus liked to have fun!
  3. An old lady got to the end of her life and realized that she had not taken this message seriously enough. This is her poem (it’s slightly adapted here):

    If I had my life to live over again,
    I would try to make more mistakes next time;
    I'd try not to be so perfect;
    I'd relax more, I'd limber up;
    I'd be sillier than I've been on this trip;
    In fact, I know of very few things I'd take quite so seriously.
    I'd be crazier … and I'd certainly be less hygienic;
    I'd take more chances … I'd take more trips …
    I'd climb more mountains … I'd swim more rivers …
    And I'd watch more sunsets.
    I'd burn more petrol,
    I'd eat more ice cream – and fewer beans.
    I'd have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

    You see, I was one of those people who lived sensibly,
    hour after hour and day after day.
    Oh, that doesn't mean I didn't have my moments,
    But if I had it to do all over, I'd have more of those moments,
    In fact, I'd try to have nothing but wonderful moments, side by side.

    I was one of those people who never went anywhere without a thermometer,
    a hot water bottle, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute.
    If I had it to do all over again, I'd travel lighter next time.

    If I had my life to live all over again,
    I'd start barefoot earlier in the spring
    and I'd stay that way later in the fall.
    I'd play the fool a lot more;
    I'd ride more merry-go-rounds, I'd pick more flowers,
    I'd hug more children,
    I'd tell more people that I loved them.
    If I had my life to live over again …
    But, you see, I don't.

    You don’t get to live your life twice – so enjoy it. Ask the children what they understand from this poem. Is there anything they would like to do more of?

Time for reflection


Is it possible to find fun in everything you do?

Even doing things you know you don’t like, while looking forward to

the things you’d rather spend your time on, the things you’d rather do?

Some people can make most things fun; I wonder – can you?



Dear God,

You like to laugh

and enjoy the good things of life.

Teach me not to take myself too seriously

and enjoy everything you have given me.



‘This little light’ (Come and Praise Beginning, 21)

Publication date: February 2007   (Vol.9 No.2)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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