25 Days of Scriptures & Activities for Christmas

Free calendar and lesson plan with 25 Scriptures and Activities for Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Today I have a new reading schedule for Christmas! This schedule has 25 days with 25 different Scriptures and suggested activities. You can download in a calendar format or as a lesson plan with more detailed instructions . . . or, scroll down, and find the whole thing on this page! (Tip: If you use the calendar, you might want to have your child color in each space as you go to keep track of your progress!)

I hope you are able to use this with your family this Christmas!

Keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

25 Days of Christmas (Advent Calendar pdf)

 

25 Days of Christmas Scriptures & Activities (full instructions pdf)

December 1st:

  • Read John 1:1-5, 14
  • Turn off all the lights in your house. Then plug in your Christmas lights. Notice how the light shines in the darkness – the same way Jesus did and the same way we should! Don’t have your Christmas tree up yet? Light a candle!
  • Sing “Here I am to Worship”
  • Make a Christmas Candle Paper Craft. 

December 2nd:

  • Read Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5-6 & Matthew 1:1
  • These verses show us the prophecy that Jesus would be from the line of David – and the fulfillment of that prophecy! Jesus’s earthly parents were both descended from David. David was in his family tree! Use your Christmas tree to explain the idea of a “family tree”. Start at the top of your tree – if David was the top branch of the tree, his son (Solomon) was the branch right under him . . . and so on . . . Go all the way until you get to the bottom of the tree . . . then Jesus came along! He is the most important branch on this tree! The one who holds the whole tree up! Without Jesus, this tree would fall down. Jesus is the foundation of this tree – just like He should be the foundation of our lives!
  • Make a Christmas tree craft for your tree.
  • Eat Christmas tree snack cakes!
  • Check out this fun genealogy song:  

December 3rd:

  • Read Isaiah 7:10-14
  • This is another prophecy about Jesus! According to these verses, Jesus was going to be called Immanuel, which means God with us! Isn’t it amazing to think of God living right among us as a baby? That’s exactly what happened!
  • When people are expecting a baby, they often have a baby shower – a special party to celebrate the fact that a baby is coming. Have a baby shower for Jesus today! Eat cupcakes, drink punch, and celebrate!
  • Go out and buy a new baby shower gift – diapers, an outfit, anything at all! Take this gift to your local Pregnancy Resource Center to be used to help pregnant moms who could use the extra help!
  • Make an Immanuel craft.  

December 4th:

  • Read Luke 1:26-38
  • Mary was chosen to be the earthly mom of Jesus! She wasn’t sure how this was going to happen, but she trusted God and did what He wanted her to do. Who told Mary that she was going to be the mother of Jesus? The angel Gabriel. If you have a nativity scene, act out this passage using your Mary and angel pieces. If you don’t have a nativity scene, you can use dolls, minifigures, or even yourselves!
  • Make an angel craft.  
  • Make an angel snack craft using bugles and pretzels.  

December 5th:

  • Read Matthew 1:18-25
  • Yesterday we read Mary’s story. Here’s Joseph’s! Joseph also did what God told him to do – even though it seemed to go against what he thought he should do at first! He also trusted God. Do you trust God? Are you willing to obey Him no matter what?
  • Joseph was also visited by an angel! Make another angel craft – this one using paint and your child’s handprints! Use handprints for the wings and body and then draw (or glue a circle cut out of paper) for the head. Let your child draw the facial features and anything else he/she wants to add to the picture.
  • Eat angel food cake!

December 6th:

  • Read Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
  • Here is a birth announcement for Jesus – hundreds of years before he was born! Look at the names that are used for Jesus in these verses. Write the names on index cards and hide each card somewhere in your room. Send your child on a “Name of Jesus” search. Each time he/she finds an index card with a name of Jesus on it, stop and talk about what that name means. Play this game as many times as your child wants!
  • Find a fun song for these verses here:  

December 7th:

  • Read Micah 5:2-5
  • Here’s another prophecy – this one telling us where Jesus was going to be born – hundreds of years before his birth! Where does Micah say Jesus will be born? The town of Bethlehem!
  • Make your own little town of Bethlehem using gingerbread houses.  

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

December 8th:

  • Read Luke 2:1-7
  • Here we see the fulfillment of yesterday’s Scripture. Mary and Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem for the census, and while they are there, Jesus is born!
  • Make a baby Jesus snack using string cheese and ham! Cut the string cheese in half and wrap the ham around it . . . just like Mary wrapped baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. Go even further and make a manger out of pretzels and use shoestring potatoes for straw! Put baby Jesus in the manger!

December 9th:

  • Read Luke 2:8-20
  • Make candy cane cookies to remind you of the shepherds’ staffs! Don’t want to make cookies? Eat a candy cane instead!
  • Act this passage of Scripture out using your nativity scene (or anything else you have)

December 10th:

  • Read Luke 2:21-38
  • Jesus is now 8 days old and he is presented at the temple – where he meets two people who have been waiting for the Messiah to be born! How do you think Simeon and Anna felt when they saw Jesus?
  • It was at this time when Jesus was given his name. Make a name of Jesus ornament for your tree! One way you can do this is to cut 5 circles out of different colored construction paper. Put one letter of Jesus’s name on each circle using glitter, stickers, markers, paint, or anything else you have on hand! Punch a hole in each circle and tie them together with ribbon. Hang it on your Christmas tree!

December 11th:

  • Read Psalm 72:8-13
  • Another prophecy! This one prophecies the kings coming to visit Jesus and bringing Him gifts!
  • Have you done any Christmas shopping yet? Wrap some of your presents and put them under the tree!
  • Make a homemade gift for someone who could use some cheering up. Wrap it up and take it to that person!

December 12th:

  • Read Matthew 2:1-12
  • The Magi saw the star and followed that star to find Jesus! Make a star craft for your tree. Cut a star shape out of any type of paper and give your child craft supplies to decorate it. Punch a hole in the top and use ribbon to attach it to the tree!
  • Play “follow the star”. Similar to follow the leader, except one of you is the “star”. You could even make a star and hold that star up as you lead. Have fun following the star to Bethlehem!

December 13th:

  • Read Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:13-14
  • King Herod did not like the fact that a new king was born and Jesus was in danger! Joseph was warned in a dream, and the family quickly left for Egypt. Find Egypt on a map. Find Bethlehem. Discuss the trip they took to get to safety.
  • Jesus was a King! Make a crown ornament for you tree. Trace the shape of a crown on hard paper, cut it out and let your child decorate it. Use ribbon to attach it to the tree.

December 14th:

  • Read Jeremiah 31:15, Matthew 2:16-18
  • This is a very sad passage of Scripture, but it is part of what happened when Jesus came to earth as a baby. Talk with your child about the terrible things that happened because of Herod’s hatred towards Jesus. Herod did not value human life at all – and today, many people still do not value human life. But we know that every life is precious because every person was made in the image of God.
  • Spend time today praying for people to realize that every life is precious!

December 15th:

  • Read Luke 2:39-40
  • Now they are living in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. Jesus grew up . . . just like you are growing up. Talk about some of the things that Jesus may have done as a child. What things are similar to what you do? What things are different?
  • What do you think it was like to be the brother or sister of Jesus? Mary and Joseph had other kids after Jesus was born . . . can you imagine having Jesus as a big brother? Help your child write (or draw) what that would have been like.

December 16th:

  • Read Philippians 2:5-11
  • Jesus humbled himself – he became like a servant – and we need to be servants, too! What are some ways that you can serve the people around you? Look for ways to be a servant today.
  • Someday every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess that Jesus is Lord! Eat fruit roll ups today (let the fruit roll ups remind you of tongues!)

December 17th:

  • Read Matthew 26:47-56
  • Now we are getting to the reason Jesus came to earth. He came to die for our sins! This passage talks about what happened when Jesus was arrested.
  • Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Make a snack using pretzels, Hershey kisses, and red and green m&ms. Put one kiss in the center of each pretzel. Cook them in an oven (350 degrees) for 3 minutes. Place an m&m on each kiss and push it down. Let it cool. Now you have a Christmas snack you can eat that can also remind you of the night Jesus was betrayed.

December 18th:

  • Read Matthew 27:33-54
  • Make a cross ornament for your Christmas tree
  • Use pretzel rods to make a cross snack! Melt chocolate chips (or white chocolate) and dip the pretzel rods in the melted chocolate first. Then add sprinkles. Let it harden and then eat your snack.

December 19th:

  • Read Matthew 27:57-66
  • Jesus died on that cross and then he was placed in a tomb. A rock was placed in front of the tomb. Paint a rock today. Add it to your Christmas decorations.
  • Use playdough to make a tomb. Put your painted rock in front of it. Leave it there overnight.

December 20:

  • Read Matthew 28:1-10
  • Yay! Jesus is alive! Have a race to see who can get to Jesus’s tomb first . . . designate a place as the tomb and have races to see who can get there first!
  • Make empty tomb crescent roll snacks. Roll a marshmallow in sugar and cinnamon, place the marshmallow inside a crescent roll, cook the crescent roll according to package instructions. When you take it out of the oven, the marshmallow should be gone!

December 21st:

  • Read John 20:19-31
  • Make a wreath showing the life of Christ! Use a paper plate, ribbon, and muffin tins. Cut out the center of the paper plate. On the muffin tins, draw a different scene from Jesus’s life. Some things to include could be his birth, the shepherds and angels, the wise men, his crucifixion, and an empty tomb. Glue the muffin tins around the outside of the paper plate. Put a bow on the top and you now have your own wreath!
  • Find some nails. Tie them together with ribbon and hang them on your tree to remind you of Jesus’s sacrifice.

December 22nd:

  • Read Acts 1:1-9
  • Jesus wants us to be his witnesses to the whole world! Make a world ornament today. Use a plain glass or plastic ornament, a map of the world, and mod podge. Cut several circles out of your map of the world and then mod podge them onto the ornament. If you’d like, add a cross over the map to remind you to take the Gospel into the whole world. Tie a ribbon through the top and add this to your tree.
  • Going into the whole world starts with your own neighborhood! Make Christmas Cookies and pass them out to your neighbors. Add a homemade card with a Bible verse or an invitation to come to church with you. Deliver them to your neighbors!

December 23rd:

  • Read Romans 5:6-11
  • Jesus died for you! Make a beaded ornament to remind you of what Jesus did for us! Use a pipe cleaner and add beads for the following colors: Black: sin, Red: the blood of Jesus, Blue: Baptism, White: Jesus cleanses us from our sins, Green: growing in Jesus, Yellow: the promise of heaven. Do those colors in the same order over and over until the pipe cleaner is filled. Shape it to be a circle (wreath) and attach it together. Add a ribbon and tie it on the tree.
  • Make a photo ornament craft.  

December 24th:

  • Read Acts 2:37-47
  • Make church window cookies to remind you of the importance of meeting together as a church! Melt one bag (or more) of chocolate chips in a pan on the stove. Allow it to cool a little and then add an equal amount of bags of mini colored marshmallows. Mix it together. Then split the mixture up into rolls on waxed paper and put them in the refrigerator to harden (at least 24 hours). Take them out, unwrap them, and slice them and you have yummy church window cookies!
  • Buy presents and take them to someone who is in need!

December 25th:

  • Read John 3:16-17
  • Spend time today thanking Jesus for his gift to us!
  • Merry Christmas!!

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The Best Gift of All: A Christmas Lesson for Kids

A FREE Bible Lesson for elementary aged kids about the birth of Jesus Christ! Use this lesson to help your kids understand that Jesus was — and still is — the best gift of all!

This is a lesson to help introduce the Christmas season with your elementary aged kids. It focuses on the Old Testament prophecies related to the birth of Christ and ends by reinforcing that Jesus was — and still is — the best gift of all!

Enjoy!

Cheri 

The Best Gift of All Christmas Lesson

Christmas 2018 Lesson Elementary (printable pdf)

 

 Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, have a small Christmas tree set up in the corner of your room. As the kids arrive, give them different ornaments and decorations to help decorate the tree. Play Christmas music as they are doing this. Say: Christmas is coming soon! It is fun to decorate for Christmas and to celebrate Christmas, isn’t it? And it’s fun to get and give gifts on Christmas day! Today we are going to talk about the greatest gift of all! (If you don’t want to have a Christmas tree set up, you could do the same thing with a bulletin board. Draw a Christmas tree and have the kids draw/color/glue decorations on that tree.)

2. Have a gift wrapping race! Divide your kids into groups. Give each group tape, wrapping paper, and a box. They have to be the first group to wrap their “present”. The catch? Each person can only use one of their hands – -and NOT the hand they normally use! For example, if they write with their right hands, they can only use their left hands for this task! Good luck! When the kids finish, laugh at the experience (and the wrapping job) and say: You guys did a pretty good job wrapping these gifts. Wrapping gifts at Christmas time can be fun. It is fun to give and get gifts, isn’t it? Today we are going to talk about the very best gift ever given – and this gift is the reason we celebrate Christmas today!

3. Bring in a few of your favorite Christmas gifts from years past. Show the kids these gifts, telling them why you like them so much. Then ask the kids: What was one of the best Christmas gifts you’ve ever gotten? Let a few of the kids answer. Say: Can anyone tell me exactly what you are going to get for Christmas this year? How about 3 years from now? Who can tell me exactly what gifts will be under their Christmas tree ten years from now? No one can honestly answer those questions – we just don’t know. There was one gift, however, that came 2000 years ago, and several people told us exactly how this gift was going to come – hundreds of years BEFORE that gift arrived! We are going to talk about this very special gift today.

The Lesson:

Beforehand: Cut out the Scripture strips at the end of this lesson, put each scripture strip in a box and wrap it like a present. If you have a Christmas tree set up in the room, put the Scripture strip presents under the tree. (You can also use stockings and have one Christmas strip in each stocking if you prefer). (See the downloadable pdf for a copy of the Scripture Strips Sheet).

You will also need either one large present with one large cross inside (or several little crosses – one to send home with each child), or several small presents wrapped with crosses inside (enough for each child to have his/her own present). These crosses can be as simple as a cross cut out of construction paper.

Gather the kids together and have them sit in a circle. Point to the tree and say, Christmas will soon be here. On Christmas, we remember the greatest gift ever given – the gift of Jesus Christ! Jesus came to earth as a baby over 2,000 years ago . . . but did you know that it was prophesied that he would come long before that? Hold up your Bible. This Bible is divided into two sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament tells about the history of God’s people before Jesus came to earth as a baby. It starts with creation and ends about 400 years before Jesus was born. In this section of the Bible are some prophecies that were spoken about the birth of Jesus – hundreds of years before He was born – and EACH ONE happened, just like it was said! Today, we are going to look at some of these prophecies.

Take the first present out from under the tree. Play some music while the kids pass the present around the circle. When the music stops, whoever has the present needs to open the present, take out the Scripture Strip, and read the verse on the Scripture strip. Discuss each verse right after it is read. Then repeat the game until all the Scripture strips have been read and discussed.

Discussion Guide:

1. Isaiah 11:1-2: These verses tells us that Jesus would be from the family of Jesse – who was the father of King David. In other words, Jesus would be born into the same family that King David was! This happened! Both of Jesus’ earthly parents – Mary and Joseph – were in the family of King David!

2.Jeremiah 23:5-6: These verses also tell us that Jesus would be born from the same family as King David. King David himself was even promised that one day one of His descendants would be a king that would reign forever – and Jesus does! Jesus’s kingdom will never end!

3. Isaiah 7:14: This verse tells us that Jesus would be born of a virgin – a woman who is not married and had never been with a man like a married woman is! Guess what? Jesus’s earthly mother was Mary – a young lady who was not yet married and had never been with a man. This is a miracle – but it really happened – just like Isaiah said it would! This verse also tells us that His name would be Immanuel. Do you know what Immanuel means? It means “God with us”. Jesus was God coming down to earth to be right here with us!

4. Micah 5:2: This verse tells us EXACTLY where Jesus was going to be born! What town did it say? The town of Bethlehem. Micah wrote these words hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and they came true! Jesus’s earthly parents had to travel to Bethlehem right before Jesus was born and Jesus ended up being born while they were there – just like Micah had prophesied hundreds of years before!

5. Psalm 72:10: What does this verse sound like it is prophesying? After Jesus was born, some people called Magi (also known as wise men or kings) came looking for him. They saw a special star in the sky that told them a special king had been born, so they went searching for him. They brought him special gifts – does anyone know what they were? Gifts of gold, frankincense and myrhh. These verses in Psalm predicted that those kings would come looking for Jesus and that they would bring him gifts!

6. Jeremiah 31:15: These verses tell of something very sad that would happen close to Jesus’s birth. When the Magi went looking for Jesus, they went to the palace first. That makes sense, doesn’t it? If you are looking for a king, wouldn’t you expect him to be in the palace? However, Jesus wasn’t in the palace – but King Herod was. When King Herod heard that a baby had been born who would one day be king, he got very jealous. He ordered all the baby boys age two and under to be killed! That made so many people very, very sad . . . which is what this verse is talking about. Jeremiah told what King Herod would do hundreds of years before it happened!

When all the gifts have been opened, say: All of those verses we just read were written by people hundreds of years before Jesus was born – and each one of those verses happened just as they were written! Isn’t that amazing to think about? God had the plan to give us this greatest gift of all from the very beginning!

But what was so special about the gift of Jesus? Why did we need a gift like that?

Take out the last present. (If it is possible, have individual crosses wrapped for each of your kids so that they can each open their own present. You could also do this with one large box that has several little crosses in it and pass the crosses out after opening the last present.)

Say: Jesus was a very special gift. He never did anything wrong! He lived a perfect life, and when He grew up, He gave us an even greater gift. Do you know what that gift was? There’s a hint in these presents. Let’s open them and see!

Open the last present (or give each kid a present and let them open up their own present to reveal the cross inside. Say: When Jesus was older, He took the punishment for every wrong thing we have ever done by dying on a cross. That’s what this cross is for! This cross can help us think about and remember that Jesus died for us!

Jesus died and was buried, but three days after He died, He rose from the dead! He was alive again and many people saw Him, talked to Him, and ate with Him! Jesus is alive today and He is getting heaven ready for us. One day, we can go to heaven and be with Jesus.

You see, Jesus truly was – and is – the greatest gift of all!

Read John 3:16 from your Bible.

End with a prayer – thanking God for sending the greatest gift of all – Jesus!

Additional Activities:

1. Make your own little town of Bethlehem gingerbread houses.  

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

2. Make a cross Christmas ornament.  

3. Make chocolate covered crosses using pretzel rods, melted chocolate chips and sprinkles!  For added fun, let the kids add sprinkles to their crosses. Talk about the gift that Jesus gave when He died on the cross for our sins!

4. Make a Christmas wreath depicting the different prophecies and how they came true. Use paper plates and paper muffin tins (red and green ones would look nice). Give the kids the red and green tins and have them draw pictures to represent the different verses you read today on each tin (a different story on each tin). Help them cut the center out of the paper plate and then glue the tins to the paper plate. Put a bow on the top. (You can print the attached one on red or green construction paper and let them use that one if you want).

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Jesus is the Best Gift: A Christmas Lesson for Preschoolers

A FREE Bible Lesson for preschoolers to help introduce the true meaning of Christmas!

This is a lesson for preschoolers that introduces the true meaning of Christmas. It looks at two of the prophecies about the birth of Jesus and also ties in John 3:16. I hope you are able to use this with your youngest kids this Christmas season!

Have a great Christmas, and keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

A Christmas Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

Jesus is the Best Gift Preschool Lesson (printable pdf)

 Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:1-2, John 3:16

Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, have a small Christmas tree set up in the corner of your room. As the kids arrive, give them different ornaments and decorations to help decorate the tree. Play Christmas music as they are doing this. Say: Christmas is coming soon! It is fun to decorate for Christmas and to celebrate Christmas, isn’t it? And it’s fun to get and give gifts on Christmas day! Today we are going to talk about the greatest gift of all! (If you don’t want to have a Christmas tree set up, you could do the same thing with a bulletin board. Draw a Christmas tree and have the kids draw/color/glue decorations on that tree.)

2. What gifts do you want to get for Christmas? What is the best present you’ve ever gotten? Give the kids a copy of the present from the end of this lesson. Help them draw a picture inside the present of something they think would be the best present ever. Talk about their drawings. Then say: Today we are going to talk about what really, truly was the best gift ever!

The Lesson:

Needed: several stockings, each stuffed with a different “baby” item (examples include a diaper, baby bottle, can of baby food, a rattle, a onesie, etc), a wrapped present containing a cross for each child (the cross could be as simple as one cut out of paper), blocks or graham crackers & frosting (or any other type of “building” material).

Gather all the kids together and have them sit in a circle on the floor. Say: Today we are going to learn about a very special gift that God gave us. I wonder if you can guess what this gift was. Let’s play a game and see if you can guess!

Take out the first stocking. Have the kids pass the stocking around while you play music (Christmas music would be great). When the music stops, whoever is holding the stocking should reach inside and pull out the item. Put the item on the table where all the kids can see it and then play again until all the stockings have been opened and all the items are on the table.

Talk briefly about all the items. Say: Can anyone guess what the gift was that God gave? What do all these items remind you of? Let the kids guess. Say: A baby! God’s very special gift was a very special baby that was born many, many years ago. This baby was Jesus – God’s son. On Christmas, we celebrate the day that Jesus was born and we remember how God gave us the best gift of all when He gave us Jesus!

Hold up your Bible. This book tells us all about Jesus! Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth as a baby, some people told exactly where He would be born and what He would be named. A man named Isaiah told that Jesus would be called Immanuel, which means God with us. Can you say Immanuel? Let kids repeat it. Clap the syllables with the kids. Say: Another man named Micah told that Jesus would be born in a town called Bethlehem. Can you say Bethlehem? Let kids repeat it. Clap the syllables.

Both of those happened! Jesus was Immanuel – God with us – and He was born in the town of Bethlehem! Let’s make our own town of Bethlehem! (Take out the blocks – or whatever materials you are using — and help the kids make buildings and other items that represent a town. You might also choose to use graham crackers and frosting and make an edible town. Have fun with this activity – and be sure to say, several times, that Jesus was born in the little town of Bethlehem – just like the prophet Micah said he would be!)

Use graham crackers, frosting, and candy to make your own little town of Bethlehem

When you are finished making Bethlehem, gather the kids together again to finish the lesson.

Take out the presents. Jesus was a very special gift. He never did anything wrong! He lived a perfect life, and when He grew up, He gave us an even greater gift. Do you know what that gift was? There’s a hint in these presents. Let’s open them and see!

Give each child a present. Let them open it up to reveal the cross inside. Say: When Jesus was older, He took the punishment for every wrong thing we have ever done by dying on a cross. That’s what this cross is for! This cross can help us think about and remember that Jesus died for us!

Jesus died and was buried, but three days after He died, He rose from the dead! He was alive again and many people saw Him, talked to Him, and ate with Him! Jesus is alive today and He is getting heaven ready for us. One day, we can go to heaven and be with Jesus.

You see, Jesus truly was – and is – the greatest gift of all!

Read John 3:16 from your Bible.

Additional Activities:

1. Make your own gingerbread Bethlehem houses. (You could start this during the lesson by helping the kids make the outline of the house with the graham crackers and then after the lesson, bring out the rest of the candy and frosting and let them finish their Bethlehem house.) 

2. Help the kids make a baby Jesus ornament using a paper plate for their Christmas trees.  Help the kids make the faces themselves (as best they can – you can have the circles cut out and let them draw the faces on with a marker) and let the kids color the paper plates. Use Isaiah 7:14 or John 3:16 as the Bible verse. Help the kids add their ornaments to your class Christmas tree!

3. Make an “Emmanuel” God with us craft with your kids.  

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I can Follow Jesus: A Preschool Bible Lesson

FREE Bible Lesson to teach your youngest kids about following Jesus!

Enjoy this lesson based on Matthew 4:18-22, when Jesus calls his disciples to follow Him. I hope this will help your kids learn that they, too, can follow Jesus and become fishers of men!

Keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

I Can Follow Jesus! 

I can Follow Jesus Preschool Lesson (printable pdf)

Opening Activities:

1. Play a game of follow the leader! Walk around your room (or take your kids on a field trip around your building) and have the follow you wherever you go – doing whatever it is you are doing. Have lots of fun with this! If your kids are old enough, let them take turns being a leader. When you have finished the activity, say: In this game, you had to follow me very carefully! You had to do exactly what I did – and you did a GREAT job! Jesus wants us to follow Him, too! When we follow Jesus, we do exactly what he tells us to do. Are you a follower of Jesus?

2. Play follow the leader with a slight variation. Set up a short obstacle course in your room. Have the kids complete the obstacle course – but they have to do it exactly like the person in front of them does (they have to FOLLOW the leader!!). You might want to go first so that they have to do it just like you! (Helpful hint: don’t wait for kids to finish the obstacle course before sending the next one through or the kids will lose interest. Engage all the kids by sending them through at close to the same time.) When you finish the obstacle course, say: You did a great job following the leader through this obstacle course! Jesus wants us to follow Him – wherever He leads – and to do whatever He tells us to do! We can all be followers of Jesus!

3. Play a game of blob tag (or, if your kids are too young for this game, simply play tag). The game starts with one person who is “it”. The first person that he tags has to join him in being “it” by linking arms with him and running with him to catch the next person. This continues until everyone (or nearly everyone) is “it” and there is one long link of kids. The last person who is caught can be the one to be “it” if you play the game again. When you finish playing, say: When we follow Jesus, He wants us to tell others all about Him! He wants us to become “fishers of men”, or someone who helps other people learn about Jesus. Just like you were “catching” each other in this game, Jesus wants us to “catch” people and tell them all about Him!

The Lesson:

Gather all the kids together for the lesson time. Then say: Today we are going to talk about following Jesus. As I talk today, I’m going to tell you to do some different things and you need to FOLLOW my instructions and what I am doing do the same thing. Let’s practice. (Make sure you do the activity, too . . . remember they are FOLLOWING you!) Jump up on down. (Pause while kids do this), Stomp your feet, (Pause while kids do this), Put your hands up in the air (Pause while kids do this), Sit down and listen to the lesson.

When the kids are sitting down quietly, say: One day Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee. Let’s pretend to walk by the sea! (Walk with the kids by the “sea”. Point out different things that you might notice in the sea – for example, say, “Do you see the big waves? What about the birds up there in the sky? What else do you see by the water?”

Say: Jesus saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew. Do you know what they were doing? They were fishing! Let’s pretend we are fishing on the Sea of Gaililee! Lead the kids in “fishing” on the sea of Gaililee. Make sure you talk about it as you are fishing (“Throw the net in really far!”, “Do you see that little ripple in the water over there? Maybe there’s a fish there!”)

Say: When Jesus saw James and Andrew fishing, he said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you Fishers of Men!” Jesus wanted them to leave what they were doing and become his disciples – or followers. He wanted them to help him get other people to follow him, too. That’s what it means to be “fishers of men”. What do you think Peter and Andrew did? They stopped what they were doing and immediately followed him! Can you do that? Have the kids pretend to “drop” their fishing nets and follow Jesus. Lead them to a different part of the room.

Say: They all walked a little further and Jesus saw two other brothers – James and John, sons of a man named Zebedee. James, John, and Zebedee were all in a boat, fixing their fishing nets. They were also fishermen. Can you pretend to be in a boat fixing your nets? Help the kids step in the “boat” and help them pretend to fix their nets.

Say: Jesus called to them also. Guess what they did? Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus! Let’s pretend to be James and John! Lead the kids in dropping their nets, stepping out in the boat and following Jesus.

Say: Jesus called people to follow Him and they did. He wants us to follow Him today, to. He wants us to tell other people about him and to be fishers of men – to help other people follow Jesus, too!

Additional Activities:

1. Play this fun review game. Use a hula hoop to “catch” your kids! Have them run around while you chase after them. Put the hula hoop around them to “catch” them. When you catch them say, “I am fishing for men! Caught you!” (or something like that). Each time you catch someone, ask him a review question. Use the following questions (or come up with some of your own):

  • Where was Jesus walking? (by the Sea of Galilee)

  • What were Peter and Andrew doing when Jesus saw them? (fishing)

  • What did Jesus tell Peter and Andrew to do? (fishing)

  • What did Jesus tell Peter and Andrew they would become? (fishers of men)

  • Did Peter and Andrew follow Jesus? (yes)

  • When did Peter and Andrew follow Jesus? (immediately)

  • Where were James and John when Jesus saw them? (in the boat)

  • What were they doing in the boat? (fixing their nets)

  • Who was with them? (their dad – Zebedee)

  • What did Jesus tell James and John to do? (follow him)

  • What did James and John do? (follow Jesus)

  • When did James and John follow Jesus? (immediately)

  • What does Jesus want us to do? (follow him)

  • What does it mean to be a fisher of men? (tell others about Jesus – get others to follow Jesus)

2. Sing, “I will make you fishers of men”. Teach the kids motions and have lots of fun with this song.  

3. Give the kids pretzel sticks (the small ones) and goldfish crackers. Have them use the pretzel sticks to make a “boat”. (You can also give them frosting or something to keep the pretzel sticks together if you’d like. Older kids might be able to use mini marshmallows to connect the pretzels as well.) When kids have their boats created, give them some goldfish crackers and have them pretend to be fishing. Let them eat their snacks, but whenever you say “follow me” they have to put the goldfish down and run to you. Talk about what it means to follow Jesus while doing this activity.

4. Give the kids a copy of the fish from the printable pdf. Have them think about people they can tell about Jesus. Have them write the names of those people on the fish (or they can draw pictures). Spend time praying for the people on the fish, and for the kids to follow Jesus and be “fishers of men”.

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Serving God in the Church: Free Printable and Lesson

A free printable and lesson to help your youngest kids learn that they can serve God — both now and when they are older!

Our youngest kids need to learn that they can serve God in the church — both now and when they are older! They need to be encouraged to lead and “take the baton” when they are older . . . and they need to be taught that serving God in the church is a way they show that they love Jesus! This lesson and printable is one way you can help teach your young kids this principle. Feel free to adapt it however you need!

For the printable, have the kids draw themselves in the picture and then draw (or write) ways they can serve God both now and when they are older in the appropriate boxes. If you only want the printable, click on the picture below and you will be able to print it off. If you want the whole lesson, scroll down and you can print it off below or use it straight from this site.

Thanks a bunch and keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

I can show Jesus I love Him by serving in the church!

 

I can serve God now and when I’m Older (pdf)

A Lesson based on Numbers 27:12-23

Opening Activity

Beforehand, make your own relay baton(s) You can do this by folding a paper towel tube in half (lengthwise) and wrapping it in packing tape. (You can also do this without folding it in half, but folding it will make it sturdier). If you want, cover the tube in crepe paper or streamers to add some color. Then use the baton(s) to participate in several different relay races. Make a big deal of the kids handing the baton off to the next person. Say things like, “Okay, your turn is over! Give the baton to ______, it’s her turn now!” Examples of relay races include the following:

  • Mark two lines and have the kids run back and forth between them, being careful to pass the baton to the next person in line when they get back.
  • Do the above while hopping on one foot
  • Walking backwards
  • Skipping
  • Crawling on hands and feet
  • Galloping like a horse
  • Crab walk (this could be tricky with the baton in their hands!!)
  • Hop like a kangaroo
  • Spin in circles all the way
  • Clap your hands all the way
  • Leap like a frog

When you finish the races, say: You did a great job with these races! Whenever you got the baton, you did your job so well! Did you know that you have a job to do for Jesus, too? You can serve Jesus now, and one day, the adults are going to hand you the baton and you will need to take over some of the jobs they do, too!

The Lesson:

Gather the kids together and have them sit down with you. If you can have them at a table, this would be helpful. Give each kid some playdough. Today, they are going to make playdough sculptures to help you as you tell the story.

When each kid has his/her playdough, say: Today you are going to help me tell the story with your playdough! Can you hold the playdough in your hand and keep it still until I tell you what to do? Show me!

When the kids are holding the playdough in their hands, say: Good job! Today we are going to talk about a man named Moses. Moses was an old man. He had been a leader of his people for a long time, but now he was getting ready to stop leading the people. He was 120 years old – that’s pretty old! He probably had a long beard. Can you make a long beard out of your playdough? Help the kids make a long beard out of their playdough. They can make the playdough into a ball for a face and then add a beard, or some may want to make the beard and put it on their faces. Have fun with this . . . talk about how Moses was old and ready to have someone else lead the people as you do this.

When the kids are done making the beards, say: Okay, now put the playdough back on the table in front of you. Good job!

Moses wanted to make sure there was someone good to lead the people after he was gone. The people needed a good leader to take them into the land that God had promised to them. They needed a good leader to help obey God and do the right things. Moses did not want them to be like sheep without a shepherd – what do you think sheep without a shepherd would look like? Use your playdough now to show me what sheep would look like! Help the kids make sheep with their playdough. When the kids get some sheep made, talk about what it would be like if they had no shepherd. Have the kids make their sheep act “crazy” and have them wander around and get in all sorts of trouble. Have fun with this.

When you are finished with this part, have the kids put the playdough on the table in front of them and say: Yes, your sheep got pretty wild because there was no one leading them! Moses didn’t want the same thing to happen to the people. He wanted to make sure they had a good person leading them. And God knew just the person for the job! God chose a young man named Joshua to take over. Joshua was going to be the next leader of the people!

Moses had done his job . . . it was now time for someone else to take over. He had to “pass the baton” to Joshua. Just like you passed a baton in the races we did earlier – when you were done running, you gave the baton to the next person and it was his turn to run – Moses was done leading, and it was now Joshua’s turn to lead. Can you make a baton with your playdough? Show the kids how to roll the playdough up to make a “baton”. While they are making the batons, talk to them about how there are lots of jobs in the church that they will some day need to do. Ask them what some of the jobs are that they will need to do and discuss this with them. Reinforce the idea that they will need to step up, take the baton, and carry on the work that God has for them to do!

When you are finished with the batons, have the kids put the playdough in front of them and say: After Joshua was made the new leader, God told Moses to climb a mountain. From this mountain, he was able to see the new land that the people would live in after Moses died. Can you guys make a mountain with your playdough? Let me see! Help the kids make mountains. After they have their mountains made, have them pretend Moses is climbing it and looking at the promised land. Talk about what Moses may have been thinking as he climbed the mountain.

When you are finished with the mountain, have the kids put the playdough in front of them on the table and say: That was the last the people saw of Moses. He had done a good job as leader of the people, but it was time for him to be with God and for Joshua to take over. It was Joshua’s turn to lead. Joshua had served God all his life, and now it was his turn to serve God by leading the people. You can serve God right now, too . . . and some day, it will be YOUR turn to lead! Serving God in the church is one way that you show that you love Jesus!

Have the kids make a playdough heart. Talk with them about how serving God in the church shows that they love Jesus. Talk with them about different ways they can serve God in the church and show that they love Jesus – both now and in the future. Then have them hold the playdough in their hands as you pray for each one of them by name. Have them put the playdough away and help you clean up the lesson area.

Additional Activities:

1. Make your own yummy batons! Use pretzel rods, chocolate and sprinkles to make chocolate covered pretzel batons! You will need to have an adult helper melt chocolate (or chocolate chips) ahead of time and carefully put a little melted chocolate in bowls so each kid can have his own bowl (or plastic bags). Have the kids dip their pretzel rods in the chocolate and then roll it in sprinkles. Set them on wax paper to dry. (Another option is to have chocolate melting in a crock pot and then have the kids dip the pretzels in the crock pot when you are doing this. Talk with them about what it means to “pass on the baton” as you are making and eating this snack.

2. Let each kid make his/her own baton. Give every child a half page of white paper and have him/her draw and write ways that they can serve God – both now and in the future. Then give each kid a toilet paper tube (or paper towel tube) and help him wrap the paper and attach it to the toilet paper/paper towel tube. (You can use glue or packing tape). Talk with the kids about how they need to be ready to take the baton and serve God!

3. Kids need to learn that they are part of the church today and that they can serve God – even at their age! Help them recognize that by doing one (or more) of the following activities:

  • Find a service project the kids can do together (examples include: cleaning an area of the church, pulling weeds or picking up sticks outside, raking leaves, washing windows, helping with part of the service – perhaps you could arrange beforehand to have your kids hand out bulletins or serve the offering). Talk to the kids about the importance of being willing to serve God by serving in the church!
  • Choose a few leaders in your church and have them come in and talk about the jobs they do. (Examples include: people who clean the church, cook meals, visit shut-ins, take the offering, serve communion, serve on the board, etc) Take pictures of your kids with these leaders, print out the pictures and display them in the room. Spend time in the future praying for the leaders whenever you look at their pictures!
  • Have the kids make cards for some of the leaders in your church. Talk about the important jobs they do and how nice it is to encourage them by sending them a card.
  • Print off the attached picture and have the kids draw themselves in and then draw pictures (or write) of ways they can serve God both now and in the future. Talk with them about the different ways they can serve God and about how this shows that we love Jesus as they work on the project.

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God Can Do Amazing Things: A Lesson for Preschoolers

Use this lesson on Balaam and his donkey to remind your kids that we serve a mighty God who can do amazing things!

Here is a lesson based on the story of Balaam and his donkey! You can use this story from the Old Testament to remind your kids that we serve a mighty God who can do amazing things AND if God can do amazing things through a donkey, He can do amazing things through us!

Enjoy!

Cheri

God Can do Amazing Things!

 God Can Do Amazing Things Lesson (Printable)

 Beforehand, make your own donkey puppet. You can use a sock and make a sock puppet, or a paper bag and the template found here. 

Also beforehand, find a recording of the sound a donkey makes. (If possible, put the sound on your phone and play if from there. A fun youtube video that the kids will enjoy hearing is “The Sound of a Donkey” by Theo Werkman found here: 

. (The actual donkey sound starts at :05 seconds).

Bring the kids all together for the lesson time. Say: Today’s lesson is about a time when God did something amazing through a donkey. Has anyone heard of donkeys before? Do you know what a donkey sounds like? Sometimes we say a donkey makes a sound like this “ee, aw”. (Make a donkey sound). Can you make that sound? (Have all the kids make that sound).

Donkeys also walk around on all four of their legs – kind of like a horse. Can you get down on the ground and walk around like a donkey? Be sure to make a donkey sound as you walk! (Encourage the kids to walk and make noises like a donkey. Have fun doing this for awhile and then bring them all back together again)

When the kids are sitting down again, say: Listen to this sound of a real donkey! Play the sounds of the donkey that you found earlier. You might also choose to show the kids a picture of a donkey at this time, too.

Now, what would you think if a donkey started talking to you? What would you think if a donkey stopped moving around, looked at you, and talked to you just like I am talking to you now? That’s what happened to a man a long, long time ago named Balaam. Let me tell you his story . . . No, wait. I have a friend who is going to tell you his story instead.

Take out the puppet you prepared beforehand. For the rest of the lesson, pretend you are having a conversation with the puppet and tell the story to the kids using the following script.

Donkey: Hello, boys and girls. I want to tell you about something that happened to a donkey a long time ago.

Leader: Wait a second! I thought this story happened to a man named Balaam.

Donkey: It did! But it also happened to a donkey! Now, are you going to let me tell the kids the story or not?

Leader: So sorry . . . please go on.

Donkey: Well, this donkey worked for a man named Balaam. Everywhere that Balaam wanted to go, this donkey went. This donkey never complained. He never disobeyed. He always did exactly what Balaam asked him to do. This was a very good donkey. Just like me.

Leader: Please just tell the story.

Donkey: Okay, I’ll just tell the story. Well, one day Balaam was riding on the donkey and the donkey did something really strange! The donkey turned off the road and walked right into the field. Balaam got mad at his donkey for going into the field and struck her to get her to go the right way. The donkey went back and started walking until she came to a narrow path with a wall on both sides. The donkey pressed against the wall – pressing Balaam’s foot against the wall as well!

Leader: Wow! I bet Balaam was really upset about that.

Donkey: He was! He struck her again! She got up and kept walking, but then the next thing you know, the donkey laid straight down on the ground and refused to move. Balaam got so angry that he struck her with a stick!

Leader: Sounds like this wasn’t such a good donkey after all.

Donkey: WRONG! At that moment, God allowed the donkey to speak and the donkey started talking to Balaam – just like I’m talking to you right now!

Leader: What did the donkey say?

Donkey: The donkey reminded Balaam that she had always been a good donkey and had always done what Balaam asked. Then God let Balaam see the same thing the donkey had been seeing. There was an angel of the Lord standing in the way with a sword in his hand!

Leader: Really? An angel with a sword? So the donkey had saved Balaam’s life!

Donkey: That’s right! When the donkey went into the field, he was moving away from the angel. When he went against the wall, he was doing it to stay away from the angel, and when he stopped and laid down under Balaam, he was doing it because there was no place to go to avoid the angel!

Leader: Wow! God did something amazing through a DONKEY!

Donkey: That’s right, and God can do amazing things through each of these kids, too!

Have the kids say good-bye to the puppet as you take it off your hand and put it away. Then say: Isn’t it great to know that we serve a GREAT BIG GOD who can do amazing things like cause a donkey to talk!!

At this time, you might choose to sing the song “Our God is so Big” with the kids. Teach the kids motions to do while they are singing the song. You can use the video “My God is so Big, Bible Adventure Worship, LifeKids” by Lifekids found here:

 

Additional Activities

1. Help the kids make their own donkey puppets and then have fun as they retell today’s story through their new puppet friends! Find the template here.  

2. Print off one of the coloring pages found here and let the kids color their own donkeys!  

3. Use bananas and angel food cake to make a fun angel craft with the kids. Give each kid two thin slices of angel food cake for the wings and a long half of banana for the body. Use a banana slice (circle) for the head. Let them use whipped cream or yogurt to decorate their angels . . . as well as for halos or clouds. Give them a pretzel rod for the sword (or some other food of your choice) since this angel did have a sword! Talk about the story as you make the craft and then have fun eating the craft together!

4. Have donkey races! Encourage the kids to get down on their hands and knees and “run” across the room making donkey sounds as they run. Set up a start and finish line for the races. Then have them run across the room, but when you shout “Angel!” they have to stop running and lay down on the ground until you say “All clear!”. Have lots of fun with this . . . but be sure to talk to them about how God can do amazing things – including making a donkey talk!

5. Make a “God Can do Amazing Things” collage. Get a large piece of paper and have the kids draw pictures of things that God can do. Talk about how nothing is impossible with God! (Optional: Provide other art supplies to use and/or pictures that the kids can glue on the paper)

6. On a large piece of paper write, “God can do amazing things through . . .” and then have each kid write his/her name on the paper and draw a picture to represent himself. Close the time in prayer, thanking God that He can use ordinary people like ____ (fill in the blank with each child’s name) to do amazing things!

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I Can Lend a Helping Hand: A Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

FREE Bible Lesson to teach your kids that they can help others! Includes ideas for games, crafts, snacks and more!

Here’s another Bible lesson for you to use with your littlest ones. This one teaches the concept that we can all help each other! Encourage your youngest kids to look for ways that they can help others as you teach them about a time when Aaron and Hur helped Moses.

Enjoy — and Keep Serving Jesus!

Cheri

I can lend a helping hand lesson (pdf)

 

I Can Lend a 

 Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, blow up a bunch of balloons. Take out a balloon and say, “Today we are going to play with balloons! We need to see how long we can keep this balloon up in the air without letting it touch the ground. Are you ready to try?” Start with 1 balloon and see how long the kids can keep it in the air. When they have kept the 1 balloon in the air for awhile, add a second balloon, then a third, then a fourth. See how many balloons your kids can keep up in the air at one time!

When you finish the game, say: Great job! You guys all worked together and kept these balloons in the air! It took all of us helping out, didn’t it? Today, we are going to talk about how we can help each other . . . and our lesson has something to do with a man who had to keep his arms in the air and how his friends helped him!

2. Beforehand, put some candy corn in a bowl at one end of the room and have an empty bowl at the other end of the room. Line your kids up so that they form a line between the candy corn and empty bowl. Give each kid a plastic spoon. Say: I need your help! I want to get all the candy corn from this bowl into the empty bowl. I need you to help me by passing the candy corn from one person to the other all the way to the empty bowl. Can you help me? Help the first kid dip his spoon into the bowl of candy corn and pick up a piece of candy corn, which he then transfers to the next person in line and so on until the candy corn is at the end of the line and dropped into the bowl. See how many pieces of candy corn they can move this way in a certain period of time. When the time is up, stop the game and say: Good job! You guys were great helpers! You all worked together and got the job done! Today we are going to talk about how we can all work together and how we can help others!

The Lesson:

Beforehand, write the words “I can lend a helping hand” on several pieces of paper – or write this across a large paper or bulletin board.

Gather all the kids together for the lesson. Say: Before we have today’s lesson, we are going to play a quick game of Simon Says. Whenever I say “Simon Says”, you need to do exactly what I tell you to do . . . and keep doing that until Simon Says you can stop! Are you ready? Lead the kids in a quick game of Simon Says. At this age, no one gets out . . . you just want to have the kids do what you tell them to do. When you are ready to end the game and begin the lesson, say: Simon Says stretch your hands up in the air! Now, Simon says leave your hands in the air like that as I tell you today’s lesson. Can you do that?

Start the Bible lesson, encouraging the kids to keep their hands in the air. If someone starts to put their hands down, tell them to get their hands back up! (This is meant to be fun, so if your kids have a hard time with this or are unable to keep their hands up, don’t make them feel bad – simply go on with the lesson).

Say: Today we are going to talk about a man named Moses. Moses was a leader of God’s special people. God did some pretty cool things through Moses!

How are your arms doing? Simon Says clap your hands together two times and then keep your arms in the air! (lead kids in doing this).

One day, a man named Amalek came against Moses and God’s people. He brought his army and wanted to destroy them! What was Moses going to do?

Simon says bring your arms down for a second. Good job! Now, Simon says stretch them back up again – as high as you can reach!

Moses told his helper Joshua to get some of their men together to go out and fight against Amalek. The next day, Joshua and his army went out to fight and Moses and two of his friends – Aaron and Hur – went up on top of a hill. Then Moses held his staff and lifted it up in the air over where the fighting was! As long as Moses held his staff in the air, Joshua and his army were winning the fight . . . but whenever Moses put his staff down, the Amalekites started to win!

How are your arms? Can you keep them up much longer? Here, maybe this will help! Why don’t you sit on one of these chairs? (Bring a chair over for each child and have the kids sit on the chairs. Encourage them to keep their arms up while sitting in the chair)

So, here was Moses, holding his staff up in the air so Joshua and his army could win the battle. Well, he got tired . . . just like you are getting tired . . . so his friends brought over a big rock and had Moses sit on it . . . just like you are sitting on the chairs!

How are you doing? Are the chairs helping? Do you think you would be able to keep your arms up in the air all the rest of the day? That’s what Moses had to do! He had to keep his arms up all day long! Moses was tired! His hands were getting very tired! He didn’t know if he could keep his arms up in the air all day long!

Guess what happened next? Moses’s two friends came over to him and supported his hands. Aaron took one hand and Hur took the other hand and they supported him like that all day long! (show an example of this by taking one of the kids hands and supporting it. If you have a helper with you, have the helper take the other hand and support it).

Moses had some great helpers in Aaron and Hur! They helped him hold his hands up and Joshua and the army were able to beat the Amalekites! Aaron and Hur HELPED Moses . . . and we can help each other, too!

Okay, Simon Says put your arms down and no more Simon Says for the rest of the day!

What are some ways that we can help others? Let your kids answer.

Pass out the papers you prepared ahead of time (or, if you are using the bulletin board, pass out blank pieces of paper). Help the kids trace their hands on the papers. Inside the hands, have them draw or write ways that they can help others. If you are using the bulletin board, have the kids attach their papers to the bulletin board under the phrase “I can lend a helping hand”. Then spend time praying, asking God to help them lend a helping hand and be GOOD HELPERS (like Aaron and Hur)!

Additional Activities:

1. Use the balloons from the opening activities for this fun review game. Give each child a balloon. Have the kids run from a starting point to an ending point, keeping the balloon in the air the whole time. When they reach the ending point, ask a review question from today’s lesson. (Or, if they are having difficulty running with the balloon in the air, randomly ask questions for them to answer).

Possible review questions include the following:

  • Who fought against the Amalekites? (Joshua)

  • Who had to keep his arms up in the air the whole time the fight was going on? (Moses)

  • What happened when Moses had his hands with the staff in the air? (Joshua was winning)

  • What happened when Moses put his hands down? (Joshua was losing)

  • What did Aaron and Hur give to Moses to help him? (a rock to sit on)

  • How did Aaron and Hur help Moses keep his hands up? (they held his hands up)

  • What is one way that we can help others?

2. If the balloons haven’t popped yet, use a sharpie to draw or write ways the kids can help others on each balloon. (You can even have the kids do this if you want). Send each kid home with a balloon!

3. Do a project with the kids where they can serve as helpers! You could take them outside and have them pick up trash or pull weeds or you could have them help clean up your classroom or another part of the building. Talk with them about ways that they can lend a helping hand in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities while you are working on the project!

4. Make a fun “helping hand” take home snack. You will need clear kitchen gloves (one for each child), candy corn and other small candies. Give each kid a glove. Ask for ways that they can lend a helping hand in their families, neighborhoods, etc. For every answer, give them a few pieces of candy. They should put the candy in the gloves until the glove is full of a variety of candy. Tie the gloves closed with a ribbon. Encourage the kids to take their snacks home and, every time they eat a piece of the candy, to do something that will “lend a helping hand”!

5. Make a Moses staff snack! There are a lot of ways you can do this . . . here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make breadsticks!

  • Use pretzel rods and make chocolate covered pretzel rods! For even more fun, add sprinkles!

  • Carrot sticks (or baby carrots and ranch dip)

  • Bananas

6. Make a Helping Hands for Jesus craft. Give the kids a piece of foam or cardstock and markers that write on foam or stickers that will stick to the foam. Put a bit of paint on a paper plate and have the kids place their hands in the paint. They then push their hands down on the foam paper, leaving the imprint of their hands on the paper. Help them write (or write beforehand) “Helping Hands for Jesus” or “I can Lend a Helping Hand” on the top of the page. Allow them to use stickers and markers to decorate the rest of the picture. (You might want to start this project at the beginning of class so the handprints have time to dry before they decorate the page.)

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