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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Homeschool Lesson Over Acts 3-4:12

A free week’s worth of lessons from “The Book of Acts: A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum!”

Guess what? I just updated my Acts Hands-on Homeschool Bible Curriculum! I am super excited about the new look — and especially the updated worksheets that go with many of the lessons! I want you to have the opportunity to see what this curriculum is like — so here is a week’s worth of lessons taken directly from The Book of Acts:A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum. Enjoy!

Cheri

Acts  lesson over Acts 3-4:12 (pdf)

 

Sample Lesson 

Memory Verse: Acts 4:12

Day One

Needed: Bible, journal, Stuffed animals, action figures or other toys, box that can be made into a temple gate

Read Acts 3:1-11 with your student. Say: Now you are going to have the opportunity to make your own dramatic production of this Bible event.

Have your student choose three toys to represent each of the characters. Also have him make his own scenery out of cardboard boxes, paper, or other objects that you have around the house. When he has designed his “set”, have him act out the event using the toys he has chosen. Encourage him to be as creative as possible. If you are able, record his final project so that he can watch himself.

When the project is finished, ask the following questions:

  • Where were Peter and John headed? Prayer service at the temple

  • Who was at the temple gate? A man who had been lame from birth

  • What did he ask Peter and John? To give him money

  • What did Peter reply? I don’t have money, but what I have I will give to you. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, walk.

  • What did the man do? He went walking and jumping and praising God.

  • How did the people respond? They were amazed.

  • What can we learn from this? Answers will vary, but may include: nothing is impossible with God, God can help anyone no matter how long they have had a problem, God can use ordinary people to do His work.

Have your student write this week’s memory verse in his journal as copywork.

Spend time memorizing the verses with your student. Spend time in prayer together.

Day Two

Needed: Bible, Journal

Have your student begin today’s lesson by performing his play from yesterday over Acts 3:1-11. Then

Read Acts 3:12-26 with your student. Ask: What did Peter take this opportunity to do? tell about Jesus. Say: Notice that Peter took every opportunity he could to tell others about Christ. The Old Testament is a prophecy about Jesus. The entire Bible points to Jesus. However, the Jews did not want to believe that Jesus was the actual fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Why do you think this is the case? Allow your student to answer.

Read Matthew 28:11-15. Say: The Jewish leaders wanted lies spread about Jesus. These lies are still spread today. There are many Jews who are still waiting for a Messiah. They still follow the Old Testament laws (over 600 of them!) and they refuse to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. In fact, they believe that the idea that the Messiah would be a sinless sacrifice to save mankind is wrong. Instead, they believe the Messiah will be a political leader who will restore the temple and the Jewish nation. Furthermore, they believe many lies about Jesus himself. (For an example of many of the lies they believe about Jesus, see the Jews for Judaism website, www.jewsforjudaism.org ),

Have your student choose one of the following Journal prompts to write as a journal entry for today. Give him 5-10 minutes to respond to the journal prompt he chooses and then have him share his response with you. Once he has shared, spend time praying for Jews today.

Journal Prompts:

1. Pretend you were one of the soldiers guarding Jesus’ tomb. Write your account of what happened the day of his resurrection. Be sure to include the response of the Jewish leaders and how you feel about their response.

2. If you could talk to a Jew, what would you want to tell them about Jesus? Write a letter sharing what you think they should know.

3. Search the Old Testament for as many of the rules as you can find. Write these down in your journal. Make a big X over all the rules and write, “We are saved by GRACE through JESUS CHRIST!!” Write a letter to Jesus thanking him for his free gift of salvation.

Day Three

Needed: Bible, Journal, Optional: Stories of martyrs, posterboard and art supplies

Review the last lesson. Say: Remember how the Jews didn’t want to believe? Well, let’s look at what happens next.

Read Acts 4:1-4. Say: The Saduccees didn’t believe in any resurrection at all, so they were really upset when they heard what Peter said. Now Peter and John have been put in prison because of their belief in Jesus. Let’s see what Peter has to say about the this.

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19. Say: Peter tells us that it is not unusual to suffer for believing in Jesus. What are some ways people today suffer for believing in Jesus? Allow your student an opportunity to respond. Accept any answer, but be sure to stress that there are people today who are still put in prison, persecuted and sometimes even killed for their belief in Jesus.

If you have a book about martyrs, read some of the stories of persecuted Christians together. You may also choose to visit the Voice of the Martyrs website at www.persecution.com for modern day stories. They also have a children’s website, www.kidsofcourage.com, that gives several ideas of ways your student can get involved in helping the persecuted church.

Say: It is important that we are 100% sold out for Jesus. We should not be afraid of suffering for Jesus; instead, we should count it as an honor. Often, we are afraid of being teased or called names because we are Christians. However, there are people even today who suffer much greater persecution for their faith.

Have your student make a poster challenging others to stand up for Jesus. If it is possible, have your student hang that poster on a bulletin board at church or share it with a Sunday School class.

Spend time praying for the persecuted church and also for the courage to stand for Jesus no matter what.

Day Four

Needed: Bible, journal, blocks

Give your student a pile of blocks. Tell him he needs to build a pyramid as tall as he can with all the blocks he is given. The pyramid must not fall over for at least 30 seconds. Once the pyramid is built, check it to see if it can stand for 30 seconds. Discuss what it took to make a strong pyramid. Stress that the strength of the pyramid depended on the bottom row, or the foundation. If the foundation was strong, the rest of the pyramid was able to stay together. Optional: If you have multiple kids, have them try to make their own human pyramid.

Read Acts 4:5-12. Say: Our foundation needs to be Jesus. Jesus is what our faith is built upon. If Jesus is our foundation, our life will stay strong even in the hardest of times.

Read 1 Peter 2:4-10. Ask: Do you know what a cornerstone is? Allow your student an opportunity to answer. Say: The cornerstone is that part of the building that keeps all the rest in place. If our lives are built on a solid foundation, we will not fall away. The only solid foundation we can have is Jesus.

Read Matthew 7:24-27. Say: Once again, our foundation needs to be Jesus.

If we are wise, we will build our entire life upon Jesus. What are some things that might come against us to try to get us to collapse?

Have your student make a list in his journal of those things that might come against us and try to destroy our faith. Discuss the list with him. Discuss what he can do in each situation to stay strong for Jesus. Spend time praying with him.

Day Five

Needed: Bible, Journal, Cult awareness worksheet (located in the pdf for this lesson)

Read Acts 4:12. Recite it together several times. Say: This verse is vital to the Christian faith. Many people try to tell you there’s a different way to get to heaven and try to lead you astray. That is why it is important to have Jesus as your foundation and to be grounded in the word of God. Otherwise, you may be led astray. You can remember how cults try to lead others astray by remembering your math lessons. There are four primary ways that cults try to lead us astray. They are through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Let’s look at each one of these in greater detail.

1. Addition – Cults try to add to the Bible or provide other books besides the Bible. Read Revelation 22:18-19.

2. Subtraction – Cults subtract from who Jesus Christ is. They say he’s less than who he is by claiming that he is just another prophet or good teacher. Read John 1:1-3 and John 14:8-11.

3. Multiplication – Cults try to multiply the requirements for salvation. Read Acts 4:12.

4. Division – Cults try to divide loyalty between God and man. They try to make you follow what another person says.

Read Acts 4:19. (Note: Discuss how we need to submit to authorities, but when someone tells you to do something contrary to scripture, you need to obey the Bible!) After discussing these patterns of the cults, give the cult awareness worksheet. Have your student tell what pattern each statement is following and then have him respond using the scriptures talked about. When he has finished the worksheet, spend time praying together.

 Extended Activities for Lesson Four

Language Arts

. Compare and Contrast Judaism and Christianity. Use a Venn Diagram or other organizational tool to compare the two. Discuss how, though there may be some similarities, there is one major difference that makes all the difference in the world. Discuss how that difference, belief in Jesus as the Messiah, means that those who practice Judaism are still lost and in need of a savior.

. Choose a cult and do a report on it.

History/Geography

. Choose a martyr and do a report on his/her life and death.

. Find pictures of what the temple gate may have looked like. Make a model of the temple gate.

Math

. Find 3:00 in the afternoon on a clock.

. Look at your clock right now. How long will it be until (or has it been since) 3:00 in the afternoon?

. Do a variety of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Discuss the patterns of the cults as you do these problems.

Science

. Build a house out of different types of food. Decide what types of food you want to use (examples include pretzels, frosting, marshmallows, chopped fruit or vegetables). Try to make the strongest, yet edible, house you can. Decide which type of food would make the best foundation. Eat your creation.

Preschool Pointer

. Build a house out of sand. Then build a house out of rocks. Take a bucket of water and pour it over both houses. Which one stood? Which type of house would you want to live in? Why? Discuss how Jesus can help us stand during storms.

. Act out Acts 3:1-11 using sock puppets.

Act On It

. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or take some food to a food pantry.

. Check out the Voice of the Martyrs website (www.persecution.com) for some ideas on how you can get involved in helping the persecuted church. Do one of their activities as a family.

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God Always Keeps His Promises: A Preschool Bible Lesson

A FREE Bible Lesson to help teach your youngest kids that God always keeps His promises. Activities, craft and snack ideas and a fun Bible Lesson over the promise God made to Abraham and Sarah.

This week I have a lesson for you based on the life of Abraham. The main point to get across in this lesson is that God ALWAYS keeps His promises. What a great truth to hold onto as we go through our lives! I hope you have fun teaching this lesson — and that it will encourage and challenge you and your preschoolers to hold on —  God ALWAYS keeps His promises!

Keep Serving Jesus!

Cheri

God Always Keeps His Promises

God Always Keeps His Promises pdf

Opening Activities:

1. Play a fun “waiting” game with your preschoolers. Play some music and have the kids dance and jump around while the music is playing. When the music stops, however, they have to stand perfectly still exactly how they are and stay in that position until you start the music again. Have lots of fun with this! When the game is finished, say: What a fun game! You did a great job waiting for me to start the music again! Sometimes it can be hard to wait for something to happen. Today we are going to learn about a man who had to wait for a long time for God to keep a promise to Him. But God kept His promise to him, and God will keep His promises to us, too!

2. Get the kids ready for today’s lesson with this fun, tactile activity! Beforehand, purchase a bag of play sand. Give each child a cake pan full of play sand (or, if you’d prefer to do this with everyone working together, put the play sand in a larger container that all the kids can sit around). Let the kids spend some time running their hands through the play sand. Say things like, “How does the sand feel between your fingers? Can you hold a bunch of sand in your hand?” You might also want to provide some toys or containers of different sizes (like cups and bowls) and simply let them play in the sand for awhile. When you are ready to move on from this part of your lesson, say: Can anyone count all the little pieces of sand in your container? Let the kids try to count. That’s impossible, isn’t it? We can’t count all this sand, there’s just so much! This reminds me of a promise God made to a man named Abraham a long, long time ago. Come on over here and let me tell you more about it!

Bible Lesson:

Beforehand, gather the following props: 2 paper plates – 1 decorated to look like an old man, and 1 decorated to look like an old woman (cut the eyes out so you can put it in front of your face while telling the story), play sand in a container, a jar, water, confetti stars (or just confetti that you pretend are stars), blue food coloring

Bring all the kids to the area where you are going to tell the Bible lesson. Take out the paper plate that looks like an old man. This is Abraham. He is going to help you tell the story today!

NOTE: Have fun with this lesson! Change your voice to match the plate you are holding and become that character throughout the lesson. If you have fun with this, your kids will, too!

Hold “Abraham” over your face. Say (in an “old man sounding voice”): Hello. My name is Abraham. I lived a long, long, long time ago. I want to tell you about a time when God made me a promise.

Switch to the old woman plate. Hold this one over your face and talk in a very exaggerated old woman voice. Say: My name is Sarah. I was married to Abraham a long, long, long time ago.

Put the “Abraham” plate in front of your face. Say (in the “Abraham” voice): One day, God talked to me and told me that he was going to make me have many, many, many descendants. Do you know what a descendant is? Perhaps your teacher can tell you what a descendant is.

Take the paper plate mask away from your face and be yourself. Say: I would LOVE to tell you what a descendant is. YOU are a descendant of your mom and your grandma and grandpa. That means that you are their kid – you were born in their family after them. So when God told Abraham that he was going to have a lot of descendants, that meant he was going to have a lot of grandchildren and great great grandchildren and great great great grandchildren . . .

Put the “Sarah” plate in front of your face. Say: There was only one problem. In order to have a lot of descendants, you have to have a child! Abraham and I did not have ANY CHILDREN!!!

Put the Abraham plate in front of your face. I believed that God would keep His promise to me, though. But it took a long, long time. Sarah kept getting older, and still we had no children.

Put the Sarah plate in front of your face. Excuse me??? You got older too, old man! In fact, Abraham and I were WAY older than YOUR moms and dads and even your Grandmas and Grandpas and STILL we had no children!

Put the Abraham plate in front of your face. That’s right, we were really old. God had told me that I was going to have as many descendants as there is sand on the seashore or stars in the sky. That’s a lot of descendants! But how could that be? We didn’t even have ONE son!

Take the paper plates away from your face and talk to the kids as yourself. Say: Wow! Did you hear that? God made a promise to Abraham and Sarah, but it didn’t seem like that promise was even possible! They were really old and still didn’t have any kids. What do you think is going to happen? Let the kids answer.

Put the Abraham mask back in front of your face. GUESS WHAT? God kept His promise! Sarah had a BABY! She was over 90 years old, and I was close to 100 and SHE HAD A BABY!

Put the Sarah mask in front of your face. Say: YAYYY!!! I had a baby!! I thought it was so funny that I named the baby a name that means LAUGHTER – the name Isaac. Can you LAUGH with me? Encourage the kids to laugh.

Put the Abraham mask in front of your face. Say: God always keeps His promises. He made me a promise and He kept it – even though I had to wait a long time. Isaac grew up and had kids and his kids had kids and my descendants DID become as many as the sand on the seashore and the stars in the sky!

Put the Sarah mask in front of your face. Say: Remember, kids, God ALWAYS keeps His promises!

Put the masks away. Take out the jar, sand, water and confetti. Say: God made a promise to Abraham. What was that promise? Discuss.

Say: God promised that Abraham would have as many descendants as sand on the seashore and stars in the sky. Put a scoop of sand in the jar. Then add water and blue food coloring to give the appearance of the sky. Finally, add the confetti stars. You can mix it all up (like a snow globe) and watch the contents of the jar settle. After it settles, pray with the kids, thanking God that He always keeps His promises.

Additional Activities:

1. Make koolaid sand paint and paint with sand! This project could be messy but also oh so fun! Older kids can even help you mix the paint together! Use this on paper inside or go outside and use this as sidewalk paint.  

2. Beforehand, make star sugar cookies. Provide frosting and sprinkles and have the kids decorate their own cookies! While you are working, discuss the promise God made to Abraham and how God always keeps His promises.

3. Healthier snack option: Provide a variety of fruit and have the kids make their own stars. For example, give them strawberries and grapes. The strawberry can go in the center and then grapes (sliced) can go all the way around the strawberry in a circle to make a “star”. You can also provide bananas and let them make sand!

4. Give your kids star templates and let them decorate their stars using whatever materials you have on hand. (There is a star template included in the pdf for this lesson). You can give them cut up pieces of paper, crayons or markers, pasta, or whatever else you can imagine! As they are decorating their stars, talk about the promise God made to Abraham and about how God always keeps His promises!

5. Let the kids make their own Abraham and Sarah masks – and then let them retell the story by using their masks to pretend to be Abraham and Sarah! Encourage them to tell their families the story when they go home!

6. Have the kids make their own jars to represent today’s story! Help them scoop sand into a smaller jar (try to avoid glass jars – plastic water bottles might work well), pour water in it, put blue food coloring and confetti (they can even make their own confetti if you want). Help them seal their jars and then show them how to shake them up. Talk about today’s lesson and about how God always keeps His promises while you are working on this project.

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Praying with Purpose: A Review of the Book by Deborah Haddix

A review of a new book that will help you grow your prayer life!

I recently had the privilege of reviewing the new book Praying with Purpose by Deborah Haddix (Warner Press, 2018).  This is an encouraging and challenging book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to grow his/her prayer life.

 

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This book is divided into three parts. The first part lays the foundation for growing your prayer life. In this section, Haddix challenges us to recognize that prayer is our most powerful tool and encourages us to become more intentional in our prayers.

 

Part two suggests several tools to help increase our prayer lives. I absolutely loved the ideas in this section, as I am one who firmly believes that our prayer time does not need to be stagnant.

 

In fact, I believe that God wants us to be creative and to come to Him in ways that fit our personality and communication styles, and Part Two is packed full of creative ways to do just that!

 

Part Three, then, is an excellent resource full of specific ideas and Scriptures to use as you pray for people such as your spouse, future mate, pastor, and children/grandchildren.

 

Praying with Purpose is a practical book written in a down-to-earth, friendly style. The author’s love for Christ and desire to help others grow in their relationship with Christ is evident throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to grow his/her prayer life.

 

Find out more and get a free 30-Day Prayer Challenge Guide here

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A Preschool Lesson about Creation

A FREE Preschool Lesson on Creation that includes an opening activity, interactive lesson & several additional activities to reinforce this important truth!

This week our Preschool Bible lesson is about Creation. This is such an important message to share with our kids — God created EVERYTHING and the best thing He created was PEOPLE! This teaching is foundational and it is never too young to start emphasizing this truth! I hope this lesson will help you share this truth with your young children.

Keep Serving Him!

Cheri

PS. Please check out my new curriculum called BOLD. It is ten week’s worth of lessons (adaptable to all age groups and sizes) that focus on what it means to BE BOLD in today’s world. Find out more about it and view a sample lesson here.

A Preschool Lesson

God Created Everything

 God Created Everything Lesson (pdf)

Opening Activity:

Beforehand, gather a bunch of items and put them in a bag. These items should represent the days of creation. Examples of items you could use include: stuffed animals, mini-flashlight, stars, plants, tree bark, dolls or mini-figures. Make sure these are in a dark bag (or cloth bag). Play some music while the kids pass the bag around. When the music stops, whoever is holding the bag pulls one of the items out. Talk briefly about that item, ending by saying: That is an example of one of the things that God created! Today we are going to talk about how God created EVERYTHING! (Try to work this out so that every kid in the class gets an opportunity to pull something out of the bag).

The Lesson:

NOTE: This lesson is very interactive and, if you desire it to, could last most of the class period by itself (especially if you do the suggested outside activities as part of the lesson). Adapt it to fit your class as needed . . . just make sure to continually emphasize the main points – that God created everything and that WE are God’s most special creation!

Beforehand, prepare a large sheet of paper that you will use as a mural during this lesson. Gather the following materials: a flashlight, cotton balls, green construction paper (or pre-cut plants or leaves), pre-cut stars, crayons or markers, glue, scissors, a photograph of each kid in the class (optional)

Gather all the kids together in your story area and say, Sit down, I am going to tell you about what happened at the very beginning of the world!

Can you close your eyes? Close them REALLY tight! What do you see?

Do you see darkness? Keep your eyes closed! It’s dark and there’s nothing there, right? That’s what it was like in the very beginning, before God created anything. It was dark and there was NOTHING!

But then God CREATED! Open your eyes!

Hold up a flashlight and shine the light around the room. The first thing God created was light. Do you know how He created light? He SPOKE! He said, “Let there be light . . . and there was light. Turn the flashlight on and off a few times. Shine it in different areas. He created light and made day and night on the first day of creation!

On the second day of creation, God made the sky and water! Take out the cotton balls. Give each child a cotton ball. Have them bring the cotton ball over to the area where you have made your picture. Help them glue the cotton balls together on the mural to make puffy clouds. Talk about the clouds as you do this. If there are a lot of clouds out and it is a nice day, you might also want to take them outside and point out the clouds at this time. Also, add an area on the paper for water. Take a blue crayon and outline your “water.” You will use this later.

On the third day of creation, God created dirt and plants. Give each kid green construction paper (or, if they are really young, have these cut out in advance). Have the kids draw a plant on the paper, cut it out, and glue it on your mural Talk about the variety of plants while you are doing this. If it is a really nice day, take them outside and have them find some examples of plants (or wildflowers). Gather a bunch together and make a nice bouquet! Talk about how God created the plants while you are doing this.

On the fourth day of creation, God created the sun and stars! I know a song about stars. Can you sing it with me? Sing “Twinkle, twinkle little star”. Give each of the kids a cut out star and have them hold those stars up in the air as you sing the song again. Then have them glue their cut out star to the mural. Talk about the many, many stars there are in the sky and how God created all of them while you are doing this.

On the fifth day of creation, God created the fish and birds! Can you swim like a fish? Can you make fish lips? Let the kids try both of those activities. How about birds? Can you flap your wings like a bird? How about pretending you are flying like a bird? Have fun flapping your wings and “flying” like a bird. Then give the kids a minute to draw “fish” in the water and “birds” in the sky on your mural. Optional: give the kids a tiny snack of goldfish crackers at this point.

On the sixth day of creation, God created animals. What is your favorite animal? Let kids discuss. Let’s pretend to be animals. I am going to call out an animal and I want you to pretend to be that animal. Are you ready? Call out different animals and let the kids pretend to be those animals. Some examples include cats, dogs, lions, bears, kangaroos, dinosaurs, horses, etc. Then have the kids “gallop” over to the mural and draw pictures of animals (or provide animal stickers they can add). Optional: Give the kids animal crackers to eat at this point.

On the sixth day of creation, God also created His very favorite creation of all – people! God LOVES people, and made them more special than anything else in all of creation. WE are more special than plants, clouds, stars, and even animals!! We are the most special creation of all! Have the kids draw themselves on the mural (or, if you have pictures of each of the kids, have them glue those on at this time). You might also want to use one of these  “God Made Me Special” printables at this point, too. 

What did God do on the seventh day? He rested from all His work! And God wants us to rest, too. He wants us to take a day each week and think about Him. Let’s think about Him now and how glad we are that He created everything and that He loves us!

Let’s tell God how thankful we are that He created everything! Lead the kids in praying, thanking God for his creation. When you finish the prayer, have the kids shout out (on the count of 6 – for six days of creation – Thank you, God!)

What did God do on the seventh day? He rested! And it is time for us to rest, too.

Additional Activities:

1. Provide playdough and playdough tools. Let the kids have fun making examples of all that God created. You can even split this up by days – for example, “On day 6, God created animals! What animal can you make from this playdough?”

2. If you did not go outside as part of the lesson, take a nature walk together now. Walk outside and help the kids point out all the different things they see that God created. Examine items up close . . . let the kids use all their senses – “What do you see?” “Let’s be really quiet. What do you hear? Can you hear some birds? How about a cricket?” “What do you smell? Can you smell this flower? How about the nearby farm?” “Come touch this grass. What does it feel like? Is it soft? Isn’t it neat how God made so many different things – but WE are the most special of all His creation!”

3. There are many, many, many craft ideas for days of creation! Choose your favorite and let the kids “create”.

4. God created dirt and plants. Help your kids plant flowers, or provide cups of dirt and seeds and have them “plant” their own seeds in the cups. Encourage them to take them home and watch these plants grow.

5. Let the kids make their own fun creation paintings! Provide cotton balls and paint. (Make a paint pallet for each child by squeezing a tiny area of each color of paint on a paper plate). The kids will use the cotton balls to paint their pictures! Have them dip a cotton ball in the color paint they want to use and then use that cotton ball to draw on their paper! (Make sure you give them a cotton ball for each color of paint). Let the kids have fun with this and talk with them about their “creations” as they are painting.

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A Preschool Lesson on Sharing

A FREE Bible lesson to help your youngest children learn that God wants them to SHARE!

This week I have a Preschool Bible lesson for you on sharing! This lesson is based on the account of the early church found in Acts 2:44-47. I hope that you can use this lesson to help your youngest kids learn that God wants them to share.

I also hope you will consider using some of my other curriculum — and that you will take a look at my newest 10 week series for churches and families called Bold. This series is easily adaptable for kids of all ages and will help them learn to live BOLD LIVES for Jesus. Check it out!

Have a great day and keep serving Jesus!

Cheri

 God Wants me to

God Wants me to Share (Printable pdf) 

A Preschool Lesson Based on Acts 2:44-47

Opening Activities:

1. Give each child one crayon and a piece of paper. Say: I want you to draw a rainbow on your piece of paper. Are you ready? Go! The kids will not be able to draw a complete rainbow unless they share their crayons with each other. It would be super if your kids figure this out on their own, but if they don’t, give them some guidance through the activity. At the end, say: Nobody had everything that was needed to draw a rainbow, but when you shared what you had with everyone else, you were able to draw a beautiful rainbow! God wants us to share with others!

2. Play a game of “Red Light, Green Light”. Say: Today, we are going to pretend that we are on our way to church. We want to get to church as fast as we can . . . but we must obey all the traffic lights! When I say “Green Light”, you run as fast as you can to the church (me). When I say “Red Light”, you have to stop. If you don’t stop, you will have to go all the way back to the beginning. Are you ready? Here we go! Play this several times. When you finish, say: We sure were in a hurry to get to church! Today we are going to learn about how the first church SHARED with one another, and how God wants us to SHARE, too!

The Lesson:

Beforehand, collect several items that people can share and put them in a bag. This will be used during the lesson time. (Examples of items include food, clothes, toys, pencil, crayons, money, etc)

Gather the kids together for the lesson. Sit down in front of them and do the finger play, “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people”. Teach the kids how to do it themselves and do it with them a few times.

Say: Today we are in church! We come here each week to learn about and worship the One True God! The church started a long, long time ago – right after Jesus rose from the dead and went back to heaven. Have you ever wondered what that first church was like? What do you think that first church was like? (Discuss)

There are a few things we know about that first church. One thing we know about the people who went to that first church is that they SHARED with one another! What are some things you think they shared?

Take out the bag with the items in it that you gathered beforehand. Take the items out one by one and discuss how they would have shared that item. After each item, say, “Can you share _________, too?” (For example, when you take out a clothing item, say: “What is this? Do you think they shared their clothes with one another? Can you share your clothes, too?”) If you have older kids, ask them how they can share that item with others.

When you finish going through all the items, say: God wants us to share with one another! Let’s sing a song about sharing.

Hold up an item from the bag and insert that name into the song when you sing that verse.

To the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb:

I can share my toys with you,

toys with you,

toys with you.

I can share my toys with you,

God wants me to share!

Ask the kids if there is anything else they can share. When they suggest something, sing the song with that item in it. Do this as long as interest allows.

End your time together by making a sharing mural. Allow the kids to draw pictures of items they can share (or provide magazines and have them cut the pictures out). If it is a nice day, you might want to go outside and let them draw pictures with sidewalk chalk. Remember, they are drawing pictures of things they can share. Encourage them to be specific . . . for example, draw a specific toy they have that they can share instead of just writing the word “toys”. Close the time by praying together, asking God to help them share with others.

Additional Activities:

1. Have the kids sit in a circle. Pass around a ball and play some music. When the music stops, whoever is holding the ball says one thing he/she can share with someone else.

2. Give the kids two candy bars (or small bags of candy) – one to keep and one to give away. Encourage them to take that candy bar (or bag of candy) and share it with someone else this week!

3. Make something together that the kids can share with the whole church! For example, gather the ingredients and have the kids work together (with a lot of patient assistance) to make a batch of cookies. When church is over, have the kids pass these out (share these) as people are leaving the church.

4. Make this cool envelope church art project. While you are making it, talk about how the early church shared with one another, and how we need to share, too!

5. Show your kids how your church is sharing with others! If your church has a food pantry or clothing closet, take a “field trip” to visit it! Talk about how people bring in food (or clothes) that they can share with others. Encourage them to bring in some food (or clothes), too! Take a minute to pray for the people who will receive the items your church gives away.

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Jesus takes care of me: A Preschool Bible Lesson over John 21:1-14

A free Bible lesson based on John 21:1-14 for preschoolers! Includes ideas for crafts, snacks, games, and more!

Here’s another preschool lesson for you all! This one is based on John 21:1-14 and teaches the kids that Jesus took care of his disciples AND Jesus will take care of them!

Enjoy!

Cheri

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Jesus takes care of Me!

Jesus takes care of me (printable pdf)

 A Preschool Lesson Based on John 21:1-14

Opening Activities:

1. Beforehand, draw pictures of fish on paper and cut them out. Put a picture of one way that Jesus takes care of us on each fish. Hide these fish around your room. Have the kids search for the fish. When all the fish are found, bring everyone together and show each fish. Talk about each picture on the fish and the way that the picture shows that Jesus takes care of us. Say: Aren’t you glad that Jesus takes care of us? Today we are going to talk about one way that Jesus took care of his disciples – and Jesus still takes care of us today!

2. Do a fun “floating” activity with the kids! Beforehand, fill up a container (such as a small aquarium) with water. Gather several different items – some that float and some that do not. Hold each item up one at a time and have the kids guess if that item floats. Place the item in the water and watch what happens. Your last item should be a toy boat (make sure it floats!). Say: Today we are going to talk about something that happened when the disciples were on a boat!

3. Play a fun game with hula hoops! Say: Today we are going to talk about a time when the disciples went out to catch some fish! I want you to pretend to be fish and I am going to try to “catch” you! Swim around the room, and I am going to try to catch you in my net (the hula hoop). Have the kids “swim” around the room, pretending to be fish. “Catch” each of the kids by putting the hula hoop around them. (You can also connect this to today’s lesson by having the kids say one way that Jesus takes care of them when you “catch” them.). Have lots of fun with this activity . . . and make sure each kid gets “caught” at least once! When you finish, say: Today we are going to talk about something that happened when the disciples went out to try to catch some fish!

The Lesson:

Needed: Masking tape (to tape a boat shape on the floor), fish snack (goldfish and bread or fish sticks or fish sandwiches and bread), fish cut out (draw an outline of a fish on hard paper or use the one provided)

Optional: Life jackets, fishing net

Beforehand, take some masking tape and outline an area on the floor in the classroom to look like a “boat”. When the kids enter the room, say: Welcome to class today! Today, we have a very special day planned! We are going to ride in a boat! Do you see the boat? (Point to the area on the ground and show the kids how it is a boat). Let’s put on our life jackets and get in the boat!! (If you have real life jackets, put them on the kids and then “help” them into the boat. If you do not have real life jackets, pretend to put them on and then “help” them into the boat.

When every kid is sitting in the “boat”, say: It is a great day for a boat ride, isn’t it? Look at how calm the water is and how blue the sky is! I think we will have a lot of fun in the boat today! Can you help me row the boat? (Have the kids pretend to row the boat. You might even want to sing a song like “Row, Row, Row the boat” while you are rowing)

When you have reached a “good spot”, say: I think we are at a good spot now. I am going to put the anchor down and tell you a story about something that happened when Jesus was on earth. Are you ready to hear this true story?

This story happened after Jesus had died on the cross and risen from the dead. The disciples knew that Jesus was alive. They had seen Jesus and talked to Jesus! One night they decided to go out in the boat and go fishing. Can you show me what it would be like if we went fishing? (Show the kids how to pretend to fish. If you have nets, help the kids toss the nets over the side of the “boat”. Pretend to see fish swimming away . . . say things like, “Oh, catch that fish! There’s a big one! Oh no, that one got away!” Have fun while “fishing” with the kids!

When you are done fishing, say, Do you know how many fish the disciples caught? They didn’t catch any fish!! It was starting to get light outside, and there were no fish for them to take home and eat!

Then they saw someone on the shore. That person called out to them, “Put your net on the right side of the boat and you will catch some fish!” The disciples did what he said and GUESS WHAT! They caught a WHOLE BUNCH of fish! They caught so many fish that their net was super heavy and they couldn’t haul it in. That is when they realized that the person on the shore who had called out to them was Jesus!

When Peter realized it was Jesus, he jumped out of the boat and swam to the shore! Can you show me what it would look like if you jumped out of the boat and swam to the shore? (Demonstrate jumping out of the boat and pretending to swim. Have all the kids follow you. You can say things like, “The shore is this way! Let’s get to Jesus!” and have all the kids “swim” after you to Jesus. Let the kids do this for awhile, and then gather them together again on the “shore”.

Say: Wow! That was quite a swim! I’m glad we are safe on the shore now! Peter was also safe on the shore. He was now with Jesus! And do you know what Jesus was doing? He was making breakfast for the disciples! He had started a fire and he took some of the fish the disciples had caught and cooked the fish and gave them bread! Jesus took care of the disciples, and Jesus will take care of us, too!

Have the kids sit down on the “shore” and give each kid some bread and fish. (It is up to you what to use. You can use goldfish crackers and bread or, for even more fun, cook fish sticks or fish sandwiches and serve with bread or on a bun). As you are eating the snack, talk about the ways that Jesus takes care of us.

When the kids finish their snacks, give them the fish cut out. They should draw or write ways that Jesus takes care of them on this fish cut out. Say a prayer thanking God for the ways He takes care of us.

Additional Activities:

1. Draw an outline of a boat on a large piece of paper. Have the kids help color the boat. Glue their fish from the last part of the lesson on the side of this boat. Talk about the ways that Jesus takes care of us while completing this activity.

2. Make a fun fish handcraft! Trace each child’s hand on a piece of colored paper – make sure you trace it so that the hand is lengthwise and sort of looks like a fish. Use dark marker to trace the hands! Let the kids decorate the hand with crayons. You might also choose to have them glue a googly eye on the hands. You can have them decorate the rest of the paper to look like water, or you can cut out the “fish”, glue it to a craft stick, and let the kids “swim” their fish around!

3. Make a fun boat craft using paper plates, craft sticks, and construction paper. Beforehand, cut paper plates in half and cut out triangles from construction paper. Give each child a paper plate half, construction paper triangle and craft stick. They should glue the craft stick to the paper plate and the triangle to the top of the craft stick. (This is the sail on the boat). Then let them decorate the paper plate. You can do this by providing torn up paper for them to glue on the plate or give them crayons or any other craft item you may have. Encourage creativity! When they finish, they can “sail” their boats around the room as you remind them of today’s lesson!

4. Make a fun boat snack! A couple ideas are as follows: a) use sliced apples, pretzel sticks and cheese to make a boat (put the pretzel through the cheese and stick it out of the apple to look like a sail) or 2) use bananas, strawberries and pretzels to make a boat (put the strawberries through the pretzel and stick into the banana to make a “boat”). Talk about how Jesus takes care of us while you are eating the snack!

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