Bible Lessons for Preschoolers

Investing God's Word Into Our Children

Watch Your Words! #1 April 16, 2010

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

Theme: Words are important!
From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.” (Prov. 12:14)

  • Memory Verse: A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
    (Prov. 15:1)
    We are going to memorize Prov. 15:1 with actions! Here’s how it’ll go: “A gentle answer (rub one hand over the other as though we’re petting  a cat) turns away wrath (turn in a circle), but a harsh word (bang fist into palm of other hand) stirs up anger (stick arms straight out; move them in large circles).”
  • Sailin’, Sailin’: James gives some great word pictures to help us understand the power of our tongue. We’ll be reading in James over the next several lessons and focusing on different lessons. Today, read James 3:3-12. Talk together about James’ comparisons, focusing on the ship & rudder analogy.Our words direct our lives! Make some sailboats together. Then fill a tub or a rubbermaid container with water and blow the boats around. Tape a piece of paper to one end of the water container. Award your child a point every time they run their boat into that piece of paper. Emphasize how their words can bring them reward or failure. Read them Proverbs 12:14 as they play.
  • Pray: Ask God to help you each tame your tongues today!

Listening Lesson #8 April 14, 2010

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“He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he who is contemptuous of his ways will die.” (Prov. 19:16)
Theme: Listen for success

  • Review: Last lesson for this verse! Sing it loud, soft, silly…as many ways as you and your children can think of!
  • Bible: Read the story of Uzzah and the Ark in 2 Samuel 6. Because Uzzah (and King David) didn’t follow God’s instructions, Uzzah died.
  • Choose Your Own Activity: I really want my children to come away from these lessons valuing learning & listening. Because of that, I’m trying to emphasize over and over again what can be gained through simply paying attention. For this lesson, I’m going to choose a fun science activity, such as these parachute people, that require my children to follow instructions in order to learn and be successful. I’m going to point the relationship with listening and learning. Plus, we’ll have lots of fun in the process!
  • Prayer: Talk about some instructions that God has given us in the Bible. Pray together and ask Him to help us listen and learn from His word!

Listening Lesson #7 April 12, 2010

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

“He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” (Prov. 10:17)
Theme: Listen & Lead!

  • Review: Let one of your children lead the memory verse song. Praise them for their leadership!
  • Bible: What’s a leader? Your preschooler may have limited understanding of what it means to be a leader. Ask them about times they’ve been leaders, probably as “line leaders” or some similar designation. Discuss how others followed them. Then share how people will follow them not just in line but also in action. If they are pleasant and happy, other children will be influenced by them. If they are rude and angry, other children might act like them. Tell stories from your own life about good/bad examples.Read Proverbs 10:17 together. If your children are up for more reading, you can also check out the story of the Golden Calf incident in Exodus 32. Discuss how Aaron led the Israelites into wrong behavior, but Moses led them into obedience.
  • Labyrinth: If the weather is nice, draw a large maze with chalk on your driveway. Add some “danger” pictures, like alligators, fire, etc. If it’s not so nice, create an obstacle course maze in your livingroom with some “traps”. Explain the maze setup, then blindfold either yourself or one of your children. Have another child lead the blindfolded person through the maze, helping them avoid the trouble spots. Talk about how important the leader is! If they don’t lead right, then the poor follower is in trouble! Now blindfold the leader! Give them instructions as they guide the unblindfolded follower along. Talk about how listening to parents, the Bible, etc, is essential for knowing how to be a good leader.
  • Practical: Have a friend over to play. Before they come, discuss being a good leader with your child. Maybe talk through some house rules or polite behavior or whatever it is your child needs help “leading” in. Talk about how proud you are of the way they listen to you and how it helps them be a good friend/leader.

Listening Lesson, #6 April 9, 2010

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

“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”
(Prov. 8:10-11)
Theme: What’s Most Important?

  • Review: Go over memory verse. If your children enjoy moving, hop, skip or jump as you sing the verse together.
  • Bible: Read Prov. 3:13-15, 8:10-11, 25:12 together. Every time they hear the words “gold” or “silver”, have them raise their hand. Give them a coin each time to be used later in the bidding game!
  • Bidding Wars: Assemble 3-4 containers with prizes inside. Make the containers various sizes and put the least valuable prize in the largest jar (or sack or box) and the most valuable prize in the smallest container. Make sure your children don’t know what’s inside! Using their coins from the Bible reading time, let your children bid on the containers. (If your children are like mine, they probably don’t have a clue what bidding is or even what the value of the various coins are! Today might be a good time to do a lesson on money…) As they open the containers, point out how the container’s size isn’t any indicator of value. The small container didn’t look as important, but it held the best prize of all. Refer back to Listening Lesson #5, and remind them of how listening might not look as fun as Disneyworld or a new toy, but it’s way more valuable to their lives!
  • Prayer: Ask God to give each of you listening ears!

Listening Lesson #5 March 29, 2010

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 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!

How are you teaching? March 19, 2010

Filed under: Parenting Thoughts,Proverbs,What About Mom? — preschooljoy @ 8:14 am

Proverbs has great advice for us moms on teaching our kids: make it fun! Okay, well it doesn’t exactly say “fun”, but it does say “pleasant” or “sweetness of speech” which I take as words that are enjoyable to our kids. Here are some of the Proverbs I’ve found on this subject:

  • “The wise are known for their understanding,and pleasant words are persuasive.” (16:21)
  • “From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.” (16:23)
  • “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (16:24)

Discipline and instruction is so incredibly important that we need to be careful how it comes across to our kids. I know it’s not always going to be fun, but I think it’s much easier to lecture and nag than it is to take the time to speak pleasant, constructive, persuasive words. That takes some thinking…it’s not easy to instruct in this way.

Think too of how you respond to reproof and advice from others. It’s much more palatable when the advice is given in a humble, “I’ve been there too” approach than with a “You’ve got it all wrong and I’m going to straighten you out” attitude.  My husband is good at giving advice and sharing life lessons this way. Talk to your children the way you would want to be talked to. Don’t be demeaning or condescending. As I write this, I’m thinking about what a challenge it will be…I’ll have to report back on how it’s going!