Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

Investing God's Word Into Our Children

Firm Foundations 5:2 September 7, 2010

Theme: God can control nature, doing whatever He wants
“Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.” (Psalm 115:3)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 139:1-3. If the weather is nice, do today’s Bible lesson outside and enjoy nature as you learn about God’s power over nature.

Catechism Q&A: Q.  Can God do all things? A. Yes; God can do all his holy will.

Solar Power: Read Psalm 115:3 and 135:5-7. The Lord’s power is truly great. Tell your children in your own words the story of how Joshua cried out to the Lord during a battle and God stopped the sun from moving. While you tell the story, have them illustrate the battle scene with a sun. When you’re done, put the illustration in square #2 of this week’s notebook page.

To underscore God’s power, read some books about the Sun, such as The Sun is My Favorite Star and The Sun: Our Nearest Star. It’s incredible to contemplate how God has such power as to stop a massive star as the sun in its tracks! Only our Creator.

Rocketing: For a fun go-along activity, try making this cool vinegar/baking soda rocket and blasting into, well, upper space!

 

Firm Foundations 4:2 September 2, 2010

Theme: No matter where I go, God is there!
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:9, 10)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 139:1-2. Look at Lesson 1 in this week’s series for memorization ideas.

Catechism Review: Q.  Where is God? A. God is everywhere.

Wherever I Go: It’s time for some Hide and Seek! First, read again the passage from yesterday, Psalm 139:5-12, in a different Bible version to help your kids hear it in a “new” way. Then start the game! As you play, remind them that even though you aren’t with them as they hide, God is with them. God will be wherever they go – no getting away from Him! They may be able to hide from you, but not from Him.

Notebook: No notebook page today! The lesson is similar enough to yesterday’s that I decided not to bother with it!

 

Firm Foundations 4:3

Theme: God is invisible
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Tim 1:17)

Catechism Review: Q. Can you see God? A. No; I cannot see God, but he always sees me.

Scripture Memory: We’ve done Psalm 139:1-2a, now it’s time to add 2b:

  • “You perceive (ASL sign) my thoughts from afar (start with hands together, then spread them apart as far as possible).

Invisibly Visible: Read 1 Tim 1:17, John 1:18, 6:46 A fun game that illustrates the power of the unseen can be played with a few small pieces of tissue paper and a fan! Use a floor fan, and turn it on high. Tilt it upwards so that it is blowing air towards the ceiling. Then get ready to play! Throw the tissue paper pieces into the air above the fan, and watch them float high into the air. At my house, we played this game for at least 20 minutes! In the future, this is going to be on my short list of  emergency fun activities!

 

Firm Foundations 4:1 August 31, 2010

Theme: God is everywhere
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalm 139:7,8)

Scripture Memory: We’re memorizing Psalm 139:1-4 over the next 2 weeks. My parents had me memorize this entire Psalm when I was 10 or so, and it’s been such a blessing to have it hidden in my  heart. Knowing that God is always there, that He created me with purpose and that all my days have been ordained for me are truths that have shaped and continue to shape my life. That’s why I’m really excited about starting my children memorizing this Psalm as well. I’m going to use a mix of sign language and non sign language actions. Please feel free to modify however you think best.

  • “O Lord (ASL sign), You have searched me (ASL sign) and you know me (ASL sign);
  • “You know when I sit (sit down) and when I rise (stand up);”

Catechism Q&A: Q. Where is God? A. God is everywhere.

All Around Us: Read Psalm 139:5-12. God is everywhere! Look up. He’s there! Look behind the couch. He’s there! Look outside. He’s there! Though we can’t see Him or touch Him, we know God is there and sustains the whole earth by His power. To illustrate, talk about gravity. Grab a collection of items, then pull out a stepladder and let your children climb to the top. One by one, they can drop each object to the ground. Can any object stay in the air? Nope, ’cause gravity pulls it down! And even though you can’t see gravity, it is still there and working hard. Point out how God is also unseen, but He’s there and working to take care of us. And while gravity doesn’t affect us in space, God’s presence is with us everywhere, even in the Milky Way!

Gravity Play: Provide your children lots of bouncy balls, and have fun bouncing them everywhere! For further study, check out Gravity is a Mystery at your local library.

Notebook: Do a crayon rubbing of some of the items you dropped in the gravity experiment. Put them in day one’s square of the Notebook page as a reminder that God is everywhere!

 

Firm Foundations 3:4 August 26, 2010

Theme: Show God love by singing praises!
“How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting!” (Psalm 147:1)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-3 by jumping! Jump up and down while you’re saying the verses together…the hope is that you’ll get out some wiggles before sitting down to read!

Catechism Review: Q. How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

Focus on Worship: Ask your children what the word “praise” means. If they don’t know, give them each a compliment (“Catelyn, you are so good at helping me in the kitchen! Elena, you have a beautiful smile.) Explain that the good things you just said about them is praise! When we praise God, we say or sing good things about Him. Then read Psalm 147:1-7 together and point out the good things the Psalmist sings about God.

Do your children have any favorite praise songs? As part of our Kindergarten curriculum, we’re learning a hymn each month. We’ll sing that, accompanying ourselves with instruments and then sing any other praise songs my kids happen to know.

Musical Study: Want to delve into music with your little ones? Check out these fun preschool music lessons for ideas, games and crafts. For read alouds, find these children’s books on musical themes at your local library.

 

Firm Foundations 3:3 August 25, 2010

Theme: Show God love by telling others about Him
I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them.” (Psalm 119:46-47)

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-3

Catechism Review: Q.  How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

On Mission: Read Psalm 145:3-12. What kinds of things does the Psalmist say we should tell others about?

My goal for my children at this age (5 & 3) is not to necessarily be out witnessing! Instead, I want to give them a vision for talking about God and then model that for them. To help with the former goal, we’ll read a biography geared for young children about a Christian hero. I’d recommend the Heroes for Young Readers series published by YWAM or Hero Tales by Dave and Neta Jackson. You can also download a pdf book, On African Roads from WMU.  Another fun resource is the Kids on Mission site from the Southern Baptist Mission Board. They’ve got great videos geared towards kids on mission related topics. Finally, check out Wycliffe’s Bright Ideas PreK and elementary curriculum to find some other fun ideas.

Once you’ve determined which resource to use, then read a book together or watch a video and discuss how the missionary’s love for God motivated them to tell their friends about Jesus and what He’s done for us.


 

Firm Foundations 3:2 August 24, 2010

Theme: We show love to God by obeying Him

Scripture Memory: Review Psalm 100:1-2, then focus on memorizing verse 3a:

  • Know (Tap on your head with pointer finger)
  • that the LORD is God (Lift both hands upwards).

Catechism Review: Q.  How can you glorify God? A. By loving him and doing what he commands.

Love to Obey: Read John 14:15, 21. Before you read, tell your children to listen for what Jesus says we will do if we love Him. Illustrate the lesson by telling your children you’re going to draw a picture for them. My girls love princesses, so that’s what I’ll draw (or at least say that I’ll draw) for them. Ask for their input as you create the masterpiece, but DON’T follow their instructions. In fact, as much as possible, do the opposite of what they requested. When you finish, ask if they liked the way you drew for them. Talk about how following Christ’s instructions shows our love for Him.

Catechism Notebook: Glue your “disobedient masterpiece” on week 3′s notebook page. Give it the caption “Show God love by obeying Him”

 

 
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