Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

Investing God's Word Into Our Children

Easter Lesson #3 March 31, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — preschooljoy @ 1:24 pm

  • Easter Egg hunt for Scripture reference (and candy!)
  • Read Matthew 26:36-40 / Mark 14:32-37 . Ask your children about what kinds of things they think are scary. What kinds of things hurt? Jesus was facing something very scary and very painful. Yet he loved us so much, he was willing to die on the cross.
  • Show a nail to your children. Have them touch the end of it. Talk about how Jesus was going to have nails put into his hands and feet. If you want to give some hands on time to the reality of Jesus’ pain, have your children hammer a nail into some wood.
  • Pray together. Thank Jesus for loving us so much.

 

Easter Lesson#2

Filed under: Easter,Holiday,Preschool — preschooljoy @ 1:10 pm

My kids had SOOO much fun with Lesson 1 that we’re all looking forward to today’s lesson. Candy and devotions is a great mix. Actually, candy and anything is a great mix when you’re 3 & 4. Here’s the next lesson:

  • Hunt for the Easter Egg containing tonight’s reference (and maybe some other eggs with candy in them)
  • Read Mark 14:12-17
  • Eat some crackers and drink grape juice together. Talk about how Jesus’ last supper is now celebrated by the church during communion. Talk about what the bread and wine symbolize.
  • Pray.

 

Easter Lesson #1 March 29, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Easter,Holiday,Preschool — preschooljoy @ 12:19 pm

My husband wants to be involved in this year’s Easter Bible lessons, so we’re going to do our normal morning “Bible Time” in the evening. My daughter Happiness thought this was quite exciting – she’s all about change! Doesn’t seem to matter the subject, change is exciting!

Anyway, our evening Bible Times will follow this order of events:

  • Search for Easter Eggs hidden around the living room or outside. Happiness finds all the yellow and blue eggs, Sweetness is assigned the green and pink eggs. Two of the eggs will have the evening’s Bible references in them. The others will have some candy to munch on during Bible time. (Talk about making devotions exciting for my candy-starved children!)
  • Daddy will read the Bible.
  • We’ll do an activity related to the evening’s story.

And here’s tonight’s plan:

  1. Hide & Hunt Easter eggs
  2. Read Matthew 26:3-5, 14-16 and John 13:3-15
  3. Get your children’s feet dirty in flour and cocoa. Talk about how the disciples all had dirty, dusty feet. Would they want to wash dirty feet? Wash their feet off in a water bowl and discuss being a servant as modeled by Jesus.
 

It’s not Easter already, is it?

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Easter,Holiday,Preschool — preschooljoy @ 9:40 am

Ahhh! My husband and I were talking last night about inviting people over for Easter, when it suddenly hit me. Easter! This coming Sunday! I’m not prepared! I have no plans! Easter egg hunts, Bible lessons, crafts…all the things my children love to do, and I’m not prepared for any of it. When my panic attack finally subsided, I pulled out  my laptop and got to work. Thankfully I had created Easter lessons last year, so I just pulled those up and adjusted them to fit for this year. My husband isn’t a fan of Easter egg hunts, but I was able to convince him to incorporate them into our family devotions. More on that in another blog post.

I’m going to start posting my Easter lessons today, but I’d like to hear from you as well. What special activities or ideas do you have to make Easter meaningful for your children?

 

Listening Lesson #5

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:14 am

“He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded.” (Prov. 13:13)
Theme: What’s the Most Valuable?

  • Bible: Read Proverbs 13:13 together. Ask your children which action God rewards: listening or doing your own thing?
  • Value Collage: Beforehand, dilute some glue with water in a small bowl and get your hands on some toy catalogs, Sunday paper ad inserts, parenting magazines, etc – you  need pictures of toys and/or activities that your children would find quite appealing! Have the kids cut out or tear out their favorite pictures. Then let them paint a paper plate or construction paper with the glue mixture. Finally, they can create a collage of their “favorite things” by putting their chosen pictures on top of the glue covered plate/paper. Talk about the pictures. Great time to find out a little bit more about your child by discussing the pictures and what they like about each one. Finally, point to your ear. Ask, “Would you rather have (item from picture) or an ear?” Talk with them about how God says that listening to wisdom is more important than anything else in the world.
  • Practical: Whenever a “listening moment” arises in your home, reinforce this lesson by reminding them that the listening they are doing is more important than the best toy they could ever imagine! Also, praise them for listening. Our children love to be praised, so undergird their character by encouraging words!
 

Listening Lesson #3 March 24, 2010

Filed under: Bible Lesson,Character Building,Preschool,Proverbs — preschooljoy @ 9:00 am

Theme: Listen and Learn
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” (Prov. 4:13)

  • Memory: Review Proverbs 22:13
  • Bible: Read Proverbs 2:1-15 together. Why does the father say it is important for the son to listen? What benefits does the son gain from listening?
  • Listen and Learn: Talk to your children they can learn exciting things by listening. Pick a craft activity from activitytv.com. We’re going to do the Tic Tac Toe Board. Begin watching the clip with the sound off. When your children protest, tell them to learn without listening. Let them watch for a minute or two, then turn the sound back on. Was it easier to learn when the sound was off or on? Listening is important! It helps us learn much  more than we could by just observation alone. If there is a subject your child has been curious about, get some books from the library on that subject and read aloud. This is the age to give them a love of learning!A personal note on this lesson – I learned that failing to prepare the materials BEFORE we start the craft kind of, um, dooms it to failure. My girls are too little to sew, so instead I’d planned on using the glue gun. I didn’t realize it was a misplaced glue gun, gone MIA. We started watching the craft video, then when we got to the sewing part, I left to go find the glue gun. And looked. And looked. And looked. Long story short, we never finished our tic tac toe board and it sort of the took the steam out of the lesson. Oh well. At least my girls enjoyed watching the video!
 

Daily Proverb: Are You Listening? March 22, 2010

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“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.” (Proverbs 18:2)
“He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame.” (Proverbs 18:13)

I’m reading Proverbs 18 this morning, and was struck by verses 2 & 13. How many times have I seen parents lecturing their children without taking the time to understand the situation and understand their children? How many times have I done it myself, only to regret it minutes later when I realized the situation was not as I first thought? Let’s not be foolish moms. May God give us grace to listen and understand first, then discipline wisely based on knowledge.