Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

Investing God's Word Into Our Children

Firm Foundations 6:1 September 27, 2010

Theme: The Bible is God’s message to us
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness…” (2 Tim 3:16)

Scripture Memory: This week and next, we’re going to learn Psalm 119:9-11. Psalm 119 is basically a love song about the Bible, and is a great read for when you’re feeling unmotivated to open the Scriptures for daily devotions.  Today we’ll work on verse 1a:

  • How (Put both arms up with palms out as though asking a question)
  • Can a young man keep (ASL sign)
  • His way pure (ASL sign)?

Catechism Q&A:
Q. Where do you learn how to love and obey God? A. In the Bible alone.

It’s a Message:
Read 2 Peter 1:20-21. Gather 33 books and put them in a pile.  Show your children all those books and talk to them about how the Bible is not just one book – it is lots of books! You have 33 books in the pile, but the Bible is actually 66 books. Most of those books were written by different men over 1400 years. Yet even though the books have varying authors, they all have the same message and point to Jesus Christ.

To learn more, you choose one of these 2 DVDs to watch:

  1. The Amazing Book, a video from the 80s that’s definitely dated but has lots of good stuff and cute songs
  2. What’s in the Bible, created by Phil Vischer of Veggie Tales fame and has a great overview of who wrote the Bible, how many books make it up (even differentiating between the Catholic and Protestant Bibles), how inspiration works and how we came to have these particular books in Scriptural canon. It’s a LOT of information, and will probably go over your 3-5 year olds heads.

Notebook: Choose one of the elements from Lapbook Lesson’s Bible Lapbooks to go into lesson 1′s square. We’re going to use the Old Testament Minibook.

 

A Heart for the Poor, #4 May 19, 2010

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Theme: When we give, we’re merely moving our treasures from an earthly house to a heavenly house!
“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing…” (Proverbs 28:27)

  • Memory Verse: Review Proverbs 22:2
  • Bible Reading: Read Matthew 6:19-21. According to this passage, what can happen to our treasures here on earth?
  • Where’s Your Treasure?: Bring a bag of jellybean “treasures”.  Give each child two plates. Label one plate “earth” and one plate “heaven”. Give your child a designated number of jellybeans, and tell them to put them on the plates.  The jellybeans on the “earth” plate can be eaten while the timer is running. The jellybeans on the “heaven” plate can be eaten later in the day. Have them divy up their ‘beans according to their own desires. Then set the timer for :30 seconds, but don’t let your children know how much time they have to eat. Let them snack on jellybeans until the timer goes off. When it does, take all the jellybeans from the “earth” plate away.  Later in the day, let them eat their “heavenly” jellybeans!The object lesson here is pretty obvious, but very true. Explain it to your children, then read the story of the rich farmer from Luke 12:13-21. Where were all his treasures? Did he get to keep them or did he lose them? Let’s try to keep our treasures by laying them up in heaven!
  • Further Study: Read Four Feet, Two Sandals, the story of two little girls in a refugee camp who each end up with one of the sandals from a pair after relief workers bring much needed clothing. Great illustration of the beauty of sharing.
 

A Heart for the Poor, #2 May 17, 2010

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Theme: God Cares for the Poor
“He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.” (Prov. 19:17)

  • Memory: Review Proverbs 22:2
  • Scripture Time: Ask your children to count how many hairs are on their head. When everyone has given up counting, go do some bird watching! Look for birds, talk about the types you spot (easier if you have a field guide on hand) and ask whether your kids would recognize that specific bird if they saw it again.Pull out your Bible and read Matthew 10:29-31 and Luke 12:6-7. Talk about the care God has for each person, including those who are very poor. God loves them and He wants us to love them as well. Read Psalm 82:3-4. What actions does God want us to take on behalf of those living in poverty?
  • Prayer: Choose another child from the Compassion International website. Read his or her story together and pray for them.
  • Further Learning: Go out to your car and tell your children to sleep in the car’s seats. Would that be fun? Read A Shelter In Our Car as you sit together in your vehicle, and talk about the children whose only home is in their car.
 

A Heart for the Poor, #3 May 10, 2010

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Theme: God wants us to love those who are poor

“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)

  • Memory Verse: Review Proverbs 22:2
  • Bible Time: Read Isaiah 58:6-8. Have your children listen for the actions God wants us to take on behalf of the oppressed.
  • Action Pack: Hands on charity is so important at this age. It’s hard for preschoolers to understand the concept of giving money they don’t see (in the form of a check or online donation) to a person they don’t know and can’t see. For our family, we’re going to put together an Action Pack for a Christian family facing persecution in Pakistan. We’ll spend the rest of this devotional time at the store picking out the needed items, such as blankets, toiletries and pencils. Even though they probably don’t totally understand the concept of mailing this packet to a family they’ve never met or heard of, I think just being able to get items together to give will be a good first start in developing children with a heart for the needy.
  • Further Study: Read Beatrice’s Goat. It’s a book based on the true story of how a young girl’s dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat.

 

A Heart for the Poor, #1 May 5, 2010

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Theme: There are many, many people in the world that have only a fraction of what we have.
“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.” (Prov. 10:15)

  • A Different Life: This lesson begins the moment your children roll out of bed in the morning! Before they rise and shine, find some old, ratty clothes for them to wear. Put some water in a bucket, adding cocoa to make it look dirty. Put together a breakfast of a slice of bread each. Have one toy set aside for them to play with. Then as your children prepare for the day, only allow them to use the bucket of water to wash their hands or get a drink. Have them put on the ratty clothes. Give them just bread for breakfast (with more food to follow once the lesson is finished). How do your children react? Explain to them how millions of children live in poverty, and each day have dirty water, inadequate clothing and meager food. How would they like to live this way? Each day we’re going to look at a picture of a child from Compassion International’s Sponsorship program and then pray for that child.
  • Memory: We’re going to memorize Proverbs 22:2 by singing it to the tune of “The Three Blind Mice”:
    “The Rich and the poor/the rich and the poor/have this in common/have this in common/the Lord God made both of them/the Lord God made both of them/Proverbs 22:2/Proverbs 22:2.”
  • Read-aloud: Fly Away Home is the story of a homeless boy and his dad who live in the airport, and highlights some of the insecurities and fears they face. Though the book is marketed to a younger audience, I think the subject matter is a bit more than my girls can grasp. Still, it will help them have a face and picture in their mind when we talk about homelessness.
 

Watch Your Words, #3 April 23, 2010

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Theme: Our words come from our heart
“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (Prov. 16:32)

  • Memory Verse: Review Proverbs 15:11
  • Bible: Read James 3:9-12
  • Mixed Up: Discuss James’ analogies with your children. Then produce a cup of plain water and another cup of salt water. Have your children taste them with their fingers. How do they think the water will taste if you mix both cups together? Do it and taste the water again. Yech! Just like salty water can’t produce plain water,  neither can an angry heart produce kind words.For further “mix-ups”, provide several bowls of colored water. Let your children mix different color combinations and discuss the result. Mouse Paint is a fun read-along for this subject!
  • What Words? Think through together some of the friction points that regularly occur in your family. What would be the kind response? What would be the angry response? Help your child develop some strategies to deal with frustrating siblings, friends or parental decisions. And don’t just limit the lesson’s application to your child. Our children are VERY aware of the unkind, harsh words we say to them. Apologize, if need be, and tell them of how you plan to keep your tongue “tamed”.
 

Watch Your Words, #2 April 20, 2010

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Theme: Taming the tongue is hard work!

“Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” (Prov. 17:14)

  • Memory: Review Proverbs 15:1
  • Bible: Read James 3:3, 7-8
  • Rubber Band Wars: James says the tongue is hard to tame. Do they know what that means? Illustrate the stubbornness of our tongues with a bag of rubber bands.  Point out a spot to aim at and let your child try to hit it by shooting rubber bands. Those pesky bands are hard for my children to aim! Just as it’s hard to consistently hit the target, it’s also hard for us to always say the right words! My children have seen me fail in this area plenty of times, so I’ll probably share some stories of events they remember. That’s why we desparately need God’s help to tame our tongues. Pray together, asking God for His help!There are some other fun, aim-challenged crafts you can make to illustrate this lesson. Here are some other options:
    * The rubber band bouncy ball
    * The Borax bouncy ball
 

 
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