December Prayer Calendar for Kids

A free prayer guide to help kids (and families) pray intentionally in December! Includes a special Christmas and end-of-the-year emphasis.

It’s the last month of the year! End your year right by spending time in prayer each day! Use some of the suggestions in this prayer guide to help direct your prayers — and PRAY BIG!

Cheri

December prayer calendar (printable)

Praying Around the World

  1. Aren’t you glad that God is bigger than anything that happens in this world? Spend time today thinking about how God has the whole world in His hands and praising Him! Sing along:

2. And now let’s take our prayer tour of the world! Pray today for Belgium. 

3. Pray today for Comoros.

4. Pray today for Eritrea.

5. Pray today for Kyrgystan.

6. We want to make sure that people everywhere hear the good news about Jesus Christ! Spend time today praying for all nations to hear about Jesus! Is there anyone you can tell about Jesus? Pray for that person, too! Then sing along:

Praise Day

7.  Spend today praising God for His work around the world. How have you seen Him work in different countries? How about in your own country? Have you heard any stories from missionaries about how God has been working? Read one of the stories found here and then praise God for His amazing work!

Praying for Your Country

8. Pray today for the leaders of your country. Pray for them to be honest and to be kind to one another. Pray that they will read their Bibles and make decisions that honor God.

9. Pray today for the people in your country to get along with one another. Ask God to help them to learn to love one another and to see each person as a special person created in the image of God.

10. Pray today for the people who are making the laws in your country. Pray that good laws will be made and obeyed.

11. Pray today for people in your country to hear about Jesus. Ask God to help many, many people decide to follow Jesus. Pray for someone you know who needs Jesus!

12. Pray for any issues your country is facing right now. What is happening in the news? Spend time praying for the major news items in your country today. Use a newspaper to help you or find some ideas here.

Praise Day

13. Spend time praising God today! Here’s a song to help you:

Praying for Your Community

14.  Pray for the people in your community who are hurting this Christmas season. They may be sad because they have lost someone, they may be scared because of sickness, or they may be feeling like they are all alone. Ask God to help them experience His peace and joy this Christmas. Then look for ways to bring them joy!

15. Pray today for the people in your community who do not believe in Jesus. Ask God to give them open hearts and minds and to bring them to Him this Christmas!

16. Pray for the churches in your community to work together to spread the love of Jesus this Christmas season!

17. Pray for your own church, church leaders and their families!

18. SERVE in your community! Take Christmas cookies to your neighbors, shovel snow, go Christmas caroling in a nursing home . . . do something to spread the joy of Jesus today!

Praise Day

19.  Christmas is almost here! Spend time today praising God for sending Jesus to us! Sing along:

Praying for Your Family

20. Pray today for each member of your family by name. Pray for your mom and dad, brothers and sisters. Ask God to help them grow closer to Him. Spend time thanking God for each one of them.

21. Pray today for the places where your family goes on a regular basis. Pray for the people who work at these places. Pray for the other people who go to these places. Pray that your family can shine God’s light to everyone they see!

22. Pray today for any problems your family is facing right now. Ask God to give your family His peace and to help you all as you deal with these issues.

23. Pray today for children around the world who do not have families. Ask God to help them experience His love and learn about Him. Ask God to give them families who will love them and teach them about Jesus!

Praise Days

24. It’s Christmas Eve! Spend time today thanking God for Jesus! Draw a picture of that first Christmas and then share the picture with someone else! Sing along:

25. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!  Thank you, God, for sending Jesus to be our Savior! God loved us so much that He sent Jesus, that anyone who believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life!!!  Sing along:

26. Merry day after Christmas! Spend time today going through some of your stuff and choosing items to GIVE AWAY!!! Take these items to a local charity. (Give good stuff away, not junk!!!) Pray for the people who will receive your gifts!

Praying the Fruit of the Spirit

27. Ask God to help you live out each fruit of the spirit in your life. Can you name them all? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control! Which ones do you need the most help with? Pray especially for those!

Praying for Big Issues

28. Pray today for people who keep looking at pictures in magazines or on the computer that they know they shouldn’t. Pray that they will be able to say “No!” and that they will instead think about and look at things that God wants them to see!

29. Pray today for people who are being forced to do things they do not want to do and that they know is wrong. Pray that they will be able to get away from their situations and that they will discover that Jesus loves them and has a better plan for their lives.

End of the Year Prayers

30. Think back over this past year. What prayers have you seen God answer? How have you grown as a Christian? Make a list or draw pictures to show how God has helped you and how you have grown this past year. Spend time thanking Him for helping you through the year!

31. Spend time today asking God to help you through next year! Ask Him to help you grow closer to Him. Write down some goals for your relationship with Jesus this next year. Is there someone you want to see become a Christian? Write that person’s name down and pray for him. Do you want to read the Bible more? Write down a goal and come up with a plan! Spend time praying for these goals.

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I hope this past year has been a good one for you! I pray that you have grown closer to Jesus and that you can look back on this year knowing that you are growing more each day! If you didn’t have a good year, though, that’s okay. We all have difficult times sometimes. The great thing about the end of the year is that you can have a fresh start in the next year! Ask God now to help you grow in amazing ways in 2018!

And, if you’re looking for a devotional to help you grow closer to Jesus this next year, let me recommend the one below. I had a lot of fun writing it . . . and I hope you will have a lot of fun reading it — and, more importantly, that you will GROW closer to Jesus . . . and experience a life that DOESN’T STINK!

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The Jesus Team: A Lesson for Preschoolers about the 12 Disciples

A Bible Lesson for Preschoolers based on Mark 3:13-19.

This is the lesson for our preschoolers at our church next week. It is about the 12 disciples, focusing on how they were called to be a part of Jesus’s team and how God wants US to be on Jesus’s team, too. Hope you can use it!

Cheri

The Jesus Team

A Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

Based on Mark 3:13-19

Opening Activities:

1. Help kids practice their listening and following skills with this fun activity! Play a game similar to Simon says. Call out a child’s name followed by an instruction. That child has to do what is instructed, but all the rest stand still (or continue doing what they were previously instructed to do). For example, you might say “Wesley – jump up and down”. Then Wesley would jump up and down until his name is called out again with a new instruction. Meanwhile, you might say, “Hunter-clap your hands”. Hunter would then clap his hands (at the same time Wesley is jumping up and down) until he hears his name followed by a new instruction. Every once in awhile, give an instruction for everyone: “Everyone – stand on one leg”. When you are finished playing the game, say: Great job listening and following instructions! In today’s lesson, we are going to learn about some people who heard their names and they FOLLOWED Jesus and joined His team!

2. Play a game that requires teamwork! Place a bowl full of cotton balls at one side of the room and an empty bowl at the other side of the room. Line your kids up so that they are stretched out between the two bowls. Their job is to get all the cotton balls from one bowl to the other using teamwork! The first child should pick up as many cotton balls as he can and hand them off to the next, who hands them off to the next, and so on until the last child puts them in the bowl. (If you only have a couple kids, have the first kid pick up the cotton balls and run to the second kid, who then runs to the bowl). When all the cotton balls have been placed in the correct bowl, say: Great job! You followed my instructions and worked together as a team! Today we are going to learn about some people who followed Jesus’ instructions and worked together as a team – Jesus’ Team!

Bible Lesson:

Beforehand, copy the picture of the 12 disciples found here (scroll down and you will find the printable) on hard paper. Decide which disciple is which and write the name on the bottom of each one (choices are Simon Peter, James son of Zebedee, John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot). Color them and cut them out. Attach a magnet to the back of each one. Find a metal pan (like a large pizza pan) that the magnet disciples will attach to easily. Today’s lesson is going to be a magnet story!

Also beforehand, copy the “Join Team Jesus Magnet Person”  on hard paper – enough copies for each child in your class.Click here to print off your magnet person:  Join Team Jesus Magnet Person.

Say: Have you ever played on a team? What kind of team? A team is a group of people who all work together to get something done! Each person on the team is important, and each person must do what the coach says. Today, we are going to talk about the team that Jesus had. We call Jesus’s team the “disciples”.

There were 12 disciples. Can you count to 12? Let’s try! (Count to 12). Now let’s see if you can count to 12 when I put them up here. Are you ready? (Have the kids count to 12 again, this time counting each of the magnet disciples as you put them on the pan). Did you count 12? Good job! Let’s see what each disciple’s name was! (Read each disciple’s name). This was Jesus’s team! They followed Jesus and told other people about Him! They did all sorts of things for Jesus!

Do you know what? God wants YOU to be a disciple, too! He wants you to be on His team, to tell people about Him, and to do what He wants you to do!

Give each child a copy of the blank person. Have each child color on the blank person to make himself! Help the child cut the figure out. Put a magnet on the back of the figure. Say: Jesus wants you to be His disciple. He wants you to follow Him and do whatever He tells you. He wants you on His team! Have each child bring the magnet person that he just made up to the magnet and add it with the other disciples. Close by praying for each child to follow Jesus and be on His team.

Additional Activities:

1. Let your kids make their own set of 12 disciple magnets to take home.

2. Eat a snack to remind you of the 12 disciples! Serve teddy grahams or E.L. Fudge cookies. (For added fun, choose a variety of types to point out the fact that, even though we all look different, we can all serve on the same team – Team Jesus!). Have the kids help you count out 12 cookies for each child. Let the kids play with their snacks. Have all sorts of fun with this. Name a disciple and have the children choose one of their snacks to represent that disciple. For example, say “Show me Matthew! Matthew followed Jesus and did what Jesus said! Now eat Matthew.”

3. Make a team banner together to remind the kids that they are on Team Jesus. Roll out a long piece of paper (or use posterboard and let the kids make their own signs). Write “Team Jesus” in big letters across the paper. Give the kids markers or crayons and have them draw things that they do to show that they follow Jesus. Examples could be: going to church, reading the Bible, praying, sharing toys, helping parents, telling someone about Jesus, etc. Hang the finished banner in the room.

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If you enjoyed this lesson, you might be interested in this 35 week study for families and/or churches over the book of James. Find out more here.

Journeying Through James Bible Reading Plan

Join Team Jesus: A Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

This is a Bible lesson for preschoolers over Matthew 3:13-17, which is the passage where John baptizes Jesus. The main theme of this lesson is that we should Join Team Jesus – and that we show we are on Team Jesus by wearing His uniform through baptism. It’s a deep concept for little kids . . . but this lesson will help you introduce this concept in a fun, hands-on way. Enjoy!

Join Team Jesus

A preschool Bible Lesson

based on Matthew 3:13-17

Opening Activities:

1. Bring in a variety of different “team” uniforms. For example, you could have ball caps,  several team jerseys, baseball pants, football helmets, etc. Let the kids have fun going through and trying on the different uniforms. Be sure to have a camera ready to capture the moments created during this activity! As they are trying on the uniforms, talk with the kids about what type of team each uniform represents. Ask: How can people tell you are on a certain team? One way is by the uniform that you wear! If I am on the Tigers’ Baseball team, I wear a Tigers’ uniform. I wouldn’t wear a Bears’ uniform on a Tigers’ team! Guess what? When we are on Jesus’ team, we want to make sure we wear HIS uniform! Jesus wants us on His team!

2. Play a game of “Follow the Leader”, only call the leader the “Captain”. Say: Today, we are going to pretend that you are on my team and I am your captain. You need to show that you are on my team by doing what I do! Are you ready? Lead the kids on a fun walk where they have to do everything that you are doing. Have fun with this – walk in crazy ways, and add all sorts of silly actions to your movements. If time permits, let some of the other kids take turns being the “Captain”. When you are finished, gather all the kids together and say: You did a great job being on my team! You tried to do exactly what I did – even when it seemed pretty silly! Jesus wants us to be on His team – and when we are on His team, we follow the captain. Who is the captain? JESUS! Jesus is our captain and, if we are on His team, we should do exactly what He wants us to do!

Bible Lesson:

Find a blue blanket or sheet and place it in your room to make a “river”. You can use two chairs to hold it up, pin it to the wall, or use two adults. You want to make it so the kids can stand behind it as if they are standing in the water. Also, find something to use as a “dove”. This can be a stuffed animal (bird) or even just a picture of a dove cut out of paper).

Choose a child to pretend to be John the Baptist. Bring that child up in front of the class.

Say: A long time ago, there was a man named John. John was telling people to say they were sorry for the bad things they had done and to follow God. He was also baptizing the people who wanted to do that. He would go with them into the river and then dunk them under the water. All the people who were being baptized were saying that they wanted to be on God’s team!

Choose another child. Have that child come up to “John” in the river. Help “John” pretend to “Baptize” that person. (They can do this by standing behind the blanket, “John” puts his hand on the other person and that person ducks down under the blanket and then comes back up.) Give several other kids the chance to pretend to be baptized. Then choose one final child. As he is about to get into the “water” stop them and continue the story.

One day, Jesus came to John at the river. Jesus asked John to baptize him! Did Jesus need to be baptized? NO! Remember, the people were saying they were sorry for all the bad things they had done, but Jesus had never done anything bad! Jesus had never done anything wrong! He didn’t need to say he was sorry! John knew that Jesus had never done anything wrong, and John didn’t want to baptize Jesus. He told Jesus that it should be the other way around – Jesus should be baptizing him!

But Jesus said, “No, you need to baptize me. It is the right thing to do!”

So John baptized Jesus. (Have the kid playing “John” pretend to baptize the kid playing “Jesus”)

Immediately after Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens opened up and the Spirit of God came down and landed on him just like a dove! (Get out the “dove” that you prepared beforehand and have that dove land on the kid pretending to be Jesus.) Also, there was a voice out of heaven that said, (speak in a very deep voice) “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Have all the kids sit down. Say: So, why was Jesus baptized? Jesus knew that it was the right thing to do. He wanted to show everyone there, and all of us today, that if we want to be on Jesus’ team, we need to wear Jesus’ uniform – and that uniform starts with being baptized! This is how we show that we belong to Jesus!

If we want to be on Team Jesus, we tell Jesus that we are sorry for all the bad things we have done, we ask Jesus to change us and help us not do those bad things anymore, and we put on His uniform by being baptized! This shows everyone that we are on Team Jesus!

Object Lesson:

Baptism symbolizes the washing away of our sins. Use this fun activity to help preschoolers learn this concept. Beforehand, gather some dirt and water. Mix the dirt and water together until you have mud. Give each kid a paper plate.

Say: When we do bad things, it is called sin. What are some sins that we might do? Let the kids say different things that are sins such as lying, stealing, disobeying, teasing, etc. Each time a kid mentions a “sin” give that kid a scoop of mud on his plate. Keep this up until every child has a plate full of mud. Let the kids play in the mud until their hands get really dirty. Then say: Oh my! Look at this mess! Your hands are filthy! All that sin made you very dirty, and if you aren’t careful, it could stain your clothes! We need to wash this all off! How can we do that?

Get out a bucket of water, soap, and washcloths. Help the kids wash all the mud off their hands. As you are washing them, say: We need to wash this all off with this soap and water! Let’s wash it until you are all clean!

When all the kids are cleaned up, say: When we do bad things, we get dirty on the inside. How do we get clean? When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, He made it possible for each one of us to get clean! When we ask Him to forgive us, He takes all the sin away and cleans us up! Baptism gives us a picture of Jesus washing us and making us clean! In Acts 2:38 it says that we should, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. This is how you show that you are on Team Jesus!

Additional Activities:

1. Make Team Pennants! Cut hard paper into triangle shapes. Let the kids decorate the paper in a way that reminds them that they are on Team Jesus! Then glue straws on the triangles. When the glue dries, the kids can hold up their pennants and shout, “I’m on Team Jesus!”

2. Make a snack to represent this story. Give each child a graham cracker and blue frosting. Have them cover the graham cracker with the blue frosting. Then give them two crackers that can represent people (teddy grahams would work well for this). Have them put the “people” in the water. Let them use this craft to re-tell today’s story. Then let them eat the craft!

3. Find additional activities, plus a cut-out craft the kids can do here 

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If you enjoy my Bible lessons, you might be interested in this 35 week study through the book of James for your family or church. We used this two years ago with all of our youth ministries – from preschool through high school. Maybe you can use it, too!

Journeying Through James Bible Reading Plan

Bold: A Read-to-Me Summer Bible Reading Plan

10 week Bible Reading Plan for you to read to your young children. Includes Scripture, activities and snacks for each day!

If you have younger kids, this is the Summer Bible Reading Plan for you! It has suggested Bible reading, activities and snacks for a ten week plan. It is intended to help you get your child into the Bible every day – and to have fun in the process!

If you have older kids or teens, you can find their plan here.

Also, check out BOLD: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches for a Bible Curriculum based off this reading plan! The Bible plan includes opening skits and activities, Biblically sound Bible lessons, Bold Believer Biographies, and additional activities to reinforce the lessons. It is easily adaptable for all age groups and group sizes.

I hope this plan helps you and your child grow closer to Jesus (and to each other) this summer!

Cheri

Bold A Reading Plan for Young Children

Week One: Bold Love

___ Day One: Read John 3:16-17. Ask: Do you like gifts? What is the best gift that you have ever gotten? Do you know that we get you gifts because we love you? God also gave you a gift because He loves you! Do you know what that gift is? It is JESUS!

Activity: Make a fun cross/heart craft with your child. Cut up a toilet paper tube into several pieces. Then put paint on a paper plate. Help your child dip the toilet paper tube ends into the paint and then “stamp” it on a piece of paper. If he squeezes the toilet paper tube correctly, it should make a heart shape (you might have to help with this). Have him do this several times to fill up a piece of paper. When the paint dries, cut the paper out into the shape of a cross and then glue the cut out cross onto a piece of construction paper, giving you a nice “heart/cross” craft.

Snack: Use graham crackers, cream cheese and cut up strawberries and blueberries to help your child make a cross. Cover the graham cracker with cream cheese. Then help your child place the blueberries and strawberries to form a cross on the graham cracker. Talk about the gift of Jesus as you make the snack.

___ Day Two: Read Romans 5:8. Yesterday we talked about how God’s gift to us was Jesus. Jesus came and died for us . . . even though we have done many, many bad things. He loves us and wants to forgive us of all the bad stuff we have done and clean us from our sin! That is a BOLD LOVE!

Activity: Take your child outside today and play in the mud! Talk with your child about how fun it can be to play in mud, but it sure gets us messy! How can he possibly get clean? Discuss. Then take your child inside and help him clean up . . . perhaps with a fun bubble bath! Talk with your child about how, when we sin, it makes us real messy, too! The sin is yucky and dirty, and only one thing can clean it up! What is it that can clean us up when we sin? JESUS!

Snack: Cut a piece of bread into the shape of a heart. Then help your child spread a jelly of his choice over the top of the bread. When we let Jesus into our hearts, He covers over our sins and makes us YUMMY again . . . just like this jelly made the bread yummy!

___ Day Three: Read John 15:12-14. We need to LOVE others, just like Jesus LOVES us! Sing Jesus loves me with your child . . . then help your child pray for his friends and for ways that he can show them love.

Activity: Help your child make a chain of people. Then help him write ways that he can be a good friend on each of the people. You may also choose to have him decorate the people to represent his friends!

Snack: Make friendship bread! Help your child mix up the ingredients to make his own bread, and then help your child give away some starters to his friends.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:43-45. Are we only supposed to love our friends? NO! We are supposed to love everyone . . . even those people who are mean to us! That’s hard, isn’t it? Is there anyone who is mean to you? Let’s pray for that person right now!

Activity: Help your child make a card for someone that he has a hard time loving. Send this card anonymously. If he doesn’t feel that he can send it, have him keep it some place special and use it as a reminder to pray for this person every day. If there is no one that your child has a hard time loving, help him make a card for someone else.

Snack: Make homemade lemonade with your child . . . but don’t add the sugar. Take a little sip. What do you think? This is kind of sour, isn’t it? It doesn’t really taste as good as lemonaid should. Do you know why? It is missing a very important ingredient! Take out the sugar and mix the sugar in. Now try it. It’s better, isn’t it? You know, when we don’t love everyone, we don’t taste very good either. We need to add love to our life and that will make us much . . . sweeter !!!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 10:25-37. (Note: This is a long section of Scripture for little children, but it has a great message! If your child can’t sit through the whole reading, read a little and then tell him the rest of the story.) Ask your child “Who should we show love to?” We should show love to EVERYONE! How can we do that?

Activity: Give your child several plain bandaids. Have him use the bandaids to help him remember ways that he can show love. Help him draw or write ways to show love to others – one way on each bandaid. Then have him stick all the bandaids together in the shape of a heart.

Snack: This is one time where it is okay to play with your food!! Use gummy bears or E.L. Fudge Cookies to help your child retell the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Week Two: Bold Faith

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:25-34. Say: The woman in these verses was very sick and none of the doctors could help her. She went to the only person who could help her – Jesus! What did Jesus do for her? She had FAITH that Jesus could help her, and He did!

Activity: The woman in today’s passage reached out and touched Jesus and then she was healed. Play a game with your child where he has to reach out and touch something, too. Hang a paper up on the wall with the name of Jesus on it (or a picture of Jesus). Then set up a short obstacle course. Your child has to run through the obstacle course and reach out and “touch Jesus”. Say: Sometimes it might feel like there are a lot of obstacles in our way . . . things that make it hard for us to have faith and trust Jesus. But we need to run through those obstacles and reach out to Jesus, anyway, just like the woman in today’s lesson!

Snack: Use food to help your child retell today’s passage. Choose whatever food you have on hand (potato sticks, carrot sticks, pretzels, goldfish crackers . . . anything could work) and have your child arrange the food to make a crowd of people, Jesus, and the woman. Have your child push the “woman” through the crowd to get to “Jesus”. Then have fun eating the snack together!

___ Day Two: Read Matthew 8:5-8, 13. Say: Wow! This Centurion had a lot of faith, didn’t he? He knew that Jesus could heal his servant by just saying the word. We need to have that same BOLD faith!

Activity: Make a Centurion helmet with your child. Let your child use this helmet to pretend to be the Centurion in today’s lesson! 

Snack: The Centurion’s servant was paralyzed, that means he couldn’t move! Let’s see how you would do if you couldn’t move! Place a snack in front of your child, but he can only move his head to eat it! (A banana might be fun . . . how can he eat the banana if he can’t peel it?) After he has struggled for awhile, talk about how happy the servant must have been when, suddenly, he could move again! Let your child eat the snack in the normal way!

___ Day Three: Read Mark 10:46-47, 51-52. Put a blindfold on you child and lead him through your house. How does it feel when you can’t see? How do you think the man in today’s passage felt when he couldn’t see anything? He showed BOLD faith and asked Jesus to make him well . . . and Jesus did!

Activity: Jesus healed the blind man so he could see. How well can YOU see? Play a game of “I spy” with your child. Take turns “spying” different things in the room. Each time someone guesses correctly, talk about how great it is that Jesus healed the blind man so he could see!

Snack: Help your child make “eyes” out of banana slices and chocolate chips or raisins.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 17:20. Show your child a packet of seeds. Take some of them out and look at them. Look at how small these seeds are . . . yet when you plant them, they will grow into something big! (If you have any of the seeds full grown, show that to your child, too). All we need is a LITTLE bit of faith, and God can take that and make BIG things happen!

Activity: Plant a seed with your child (sunflower seeds are really fun for this illustration). Take time to water it and care for it every day. Talk with your child about how this little seed is growing. In the same way, our faith will grow, too!

Snack: Eat an apple with your child . . . but first, cut it in half and examine the seeds. Talk about how the seeds are little, but they made a yummy apple. Our faith might be little, but God can use it to make something good, too!

___ Day Five: Hebrews 11:1, 6-7. Who had faith in these verses? How did he show that he had faith?

Activity: Help your child make his own ark! Use cardboard boxes, blankets (like a blanket fort – only you will be making a blanket ark), or anything else you have on hand. Then have your child bring his stuffed animals in to the boat. Talk about how Noah showed that he had faith when he made this boat!

Snack: Eat animal crackers! (After playing with them first, of course!)

Week Three: Bold Service

___ Day One: Read 2 Kings 5:1-5. 9-14. Do you know what leprosy is? It is a sickness that hurts the skin! Poor Naaman was in pretty bad shape – but someone spoke up and helped him. Someone was bold! Who was that? (the servant girl). She was a really bold servant, wasn’t she?

Activity: Get some circle shaped stickers (or just use paper and tape). Help your child write one way that they can serve someone else on each sticker or paper and then tape them all over himself (like leprosy!)

Snack: Eat some dots (or other candies that remind you of leprosy). Talk about serving others while you eat.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 1:30-33. Who was God’s servant in these verses? Mary was! Mary did exactly what God told her to do! Are you God’s servant, too?

Activity: Make an angel craft!

Snack: Make a snack to represent the birth of Jesus. Use mini-hot dogs, croissants, and potato sticks to represent baby Jesus. Unwrap a croissant and place a hot dog inside of it. Wrap it back around to represent swaddling clothes and then cook the whole thing for as long as the directions on the croissant package say to cook the croissants. Serve over potato sticks (the hay).

___ Day Three: Read John 13:5. Get out a bucket of water and a washcloth and have fun washing your child’s feet today! Talk about how Jesus served His disciples by washing their feet as you are washing your child’s feet.

Activity: Have fun with feet today! Have a tickle-the-feet contest to see who can last the longest without laughing or moving their feet! Paint with your feet and then have fun cleaning them off! Talk about what it meant to wash someone’s feet and how that was a bold act of service.

Snack: Wash your feet really well and then try to eat a snack by picking it up with your feet! Good luck! (Be sure to take pictures of this one!)

___ Day Four: Read Mark 10:43-45. The one who is great is the one who serves others! What does it mean to be a servant? How can you serve others today?

Activity: Be a secret servant! Help your child come up with a way that you can serve someone in your neighbhorhood and then do a secret act of service for them! You are in the SECRET SERVICE! (You might even want to make your own little spy outfit to go along with it!)

Snack: Serve your child a snack! Pretend you are a servant and treat your child to a delicious snack and excellent service! Let him be the servant, too, if he wants!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 2:5-11. Jesus was the best servant! If Jesus served others, shouldn’t we?

Activity: Jesus became a baby! Look at baby pictures with your child. Look at pictures of your child as a baby, and then some of you as a baby if you have any. Talk about all the things babies can and can’t do. It must have been very humbling for the KING of the Universe to become a baby and totally depend on others for everything!

Snack: Eat some baby food . . . or eat some pudding, but feed it to each other just like you would feed a baby!

Week Four – Bold Giving

___ Day One: Read Malachi 3:8-10. We should always give to God!

Activity: Make a bank together that you will use to collect money during the week. On the weekend, take that money in to church and put it in the offering!

Snack: Make special “giving cookies” today. Make circle-shaped sugar cookies and then help your child decorate them to look like money. Every time you eat one, challenge your child to be BOLD in his giving!

___ Day Two: Read Mark 12:41-44 The woman in today’s story was very BOLD in her giving because she didn’t have very much – yet she gave it anyway! What do you have that you can give God? Young children love pretend play, and this Bible story is great for that! Gather some of your child’s stuffed animals or other toys and act out this story with him!

Activity: Help your child draw pictures of what he can give to God.

Snack: Eat some chocolate coins to remind you of the gift that this widow gave.

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 24:24-25. What did David say in these verses? David wanted to make sure that his gifts to God cost him something! He was BOLD in his giving!

Activity: Help your child go through some of his things and choose some to give away to others who could us them.

Snack: David purchased the threshing floor . . . a threshing floor is where the grain is harvested. Help your child make homemade bread to remind you both of David’s sacrifice. Then GIVE some away!!

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. God loves a ________________________. (Cheerful Giver). What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? Are you always a cheerful giver? What do you think a CHEERFUL giver looks like? Have your child smile really big!

Activity: Watch this video!

 

Snack: Create your own snack to remind you of giving . . . and be cheerful while you are making it!!

___ Day Five: Read Acts 20:35. This is a hard verse for young children, because young children often want lots of things for themselves! Help your child memorize the last part of this verse: “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Give your child a bunch of coins and have your child give you one coin each time he says a word of the verse. Continue until all the coins are gone and the verse is memorized. Let him keep one coin, but have him give the rest away!

Activity:Teach your child how to write the word GIVE. Then go outside with sidewalk chalk and write the word “GIVE” in large letters. Have your child draw pictures of things that he can give others all around the word. You can add your own pictures, too!

Snack: Make pancakes together. (Add blueberries or chocolate chips if you want). Let the pancakes remind you of the coins that were given away in this week’s lessons – and how we should be BOLD in our giving, too!

Week Five: Bold Stand

___ Day One: Read Daniel 1:8-16. What was the bold stand that Daniel and his friends took in this chapter? They did the right thing – even when no one else did. That is BOLD!

Activity: Paint with vegetables today to remind you of the bold stand that Daniel and his friends made.

Snack: Cook some veggies!

Here is a  preschool lesson to go along with this passage.

___ Day Two: Read Daniel 3:13-18, 24-26. This is a great passage about taking a bold stand! You might want to read it to your child from a Bible storybook or show a video of the story today, too.

Activity: Act out this story together! Use stuffed animals or miniature figures (or whatever your child has on hand) and have fun retelling the story with the toys – together!

Snack: Make a fire and roast marshmallows. Think about how this story could have ended if God had not stepped in! We don’t know what will happen to us when we stand for what is right, but we need to still STAND!

___ Day Three: Read Acts 7:54-60. Stephen took a BOLD stand! He was BOLD for Jesus, and he ended up being killed because of it! We need to always be BOLD for Jesus, no matter what!

Activity: Decorate rocks and make a rock garden to remind you to always stand for Jesus!

Snack: Eat rock candy! (or other hard candy) Talk about how it is important to always be STRONG like a rock when we are standing for Christ!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Samuel 17:20-23, 41-49. Who took a BOLD STAND in these verses? David was just a young boy, but he knew he could do anything with God!

Activity: Goliath was 9 feet tall. Measure out 9 feet on a sidewalk and mark it with sidewalk chalk. Have your child lie down beside it to give him an idea of how he would compare to Goliath. Use sidewalk chalk to draw a figure shaped like Goliath and then a figure shaped like your child. Have him carefully toss stones (or beanbags) into the head of the Goliath figure. Talk about how God can help you take a bold stand!

Snack: Give your child some crackers and have him try to stack them as tall as he can to make a “giant”. Then let your child eat the crackers one at a time, telling you one way he can take a bold stand for each cracker he eats.

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 5:8-9. Who is ultimately trying to destroy you? Satan is trying to get you to fall away from your faith. He is prowling around like a roaring lion. Pretend to be roaring lions. See how loud you can roar! Isn’t it great to know that God is with you and can help you take a BOLD stand against the devil?

Activity: Play hide and seek with your child. When you find him, remind him that satan is SEEKING for people to tear down, too. When satan comes after us by tempting us with things we shouldn’t do, we need to RUN! Run around the house chasing your child . . . have fun!

Snack: Use an english muffin, peanut butter or cream cheese and other tiny foods to help you make a lion face. Then eat that lion . . . remembering that some day Satan will be defeated, too!

Here is a Mr. Science video about standing strong:

Week Six – Bold Prayer

___ Day One: Read James 5:17-18. How was Elijah bold in his prayer? Elijah prayed that it wouldn’t rain, and God answered his prayer! Wow! That was a BOLD prayer!

Activity: Get out a spray bottle and fill it with water. Then have fun praying “rain” prayers. Squirt your child with water, and every time you squirt him with water, he needs to pray for something or someone else. When you are finished, have an all out water fight!

Snack: Eat WATER melon!

___ Day Two: Read 2 Kings 19:1. Do you know what King Hezekiah did as soon as trouble came his way? He prayed! We should PRAY whenever trouble comes our way, too!

Activity: Trace your child’s hand on a piece of paper. Have him draw or write one thing he wants to pray for in each finger of the hand. Then pray together.

Snack: Make (or eat) pretzels! Pretzels were originally made to remind us of praying hands!

___ Day Three: Read Daniel 6:6-10, 16-18, 22. How did Daniel show BOLDNESS in his life? Daniel prayed NO MATTER WHAT! Act this story out with your child, too. You can get paper plates and make lion masks out of the paper plates. Then you can let your child be the lions, while you are Daniel. Switch places and you be the lions. After you finish acting it out, talk about how Daniel was bold in prayer.

Activity: Help your child make his own lions’ den. Use blankets to make a blanket fort. Go inside and talk about how Daniel might have felt in the lions’ den. Then pray together.

Snack: Eat a snack inside of your new blanket fort lions’ den!

___ Day Four: Read Luke 11:9-13. These verses tell us to ask God and to seek after Him! Take turns knocking on the door and opening it for each other. Talk about how, just like we answered the door for each other, God will answer us when we pray!

Activity: Draw a picture of a door. Then have your child write things he wants to pray for on that door. Hang this picture to one of the doors in your house, and every time you open that door, pray for what is on that list!

Snack: Eat goldfish! (re-read verse 11 to see how this snack fits in).

___ Day Five: Read Romans 8:26-27 Do you ever wonder how to pray? These verses tell us that the Holy Spirit will help us pray! Since He will help us, we know we can be BOLD!

Activity: Take your child on a walk today – a prayer walk. Stop at places and pray for things as you walk!

Snack: Help your child make a prayer chain – a necklace out of cereal or other fun snacks that you can put on a string. Let each food item stand for something to pray for. Let your child wear the necklace to remind him to pray for each of those things. Let him eat the necklace when he wants.

Week Seven: Bold Speech

___ Day One: Read Luke 12:8-9. We need to be BOLD and tell people about Jesus!

Activity: Take turns standing up and saying, “I Love Jesus”! Let your child set up all his stuffed animals and then have him stand up and say that in front of them.

Snack: Use strawberries to make the shape of a mouth on a piece of paper. Then, have your child say one thing he knows about Jesus before eating each strawberry.

___ Day Two: Read Acts 26:19-23. Paul was on trial for being a Christian and he kept speaking about Jesus. He wasn’t afraid of what would happen to him . . .he was BOLD. We need to be BOLD, too!

Activity: Help your child make his own “jail” out of boxes or other items around the house. You might also choose to have him make a jail out of building blocks or other toys. Talk about how some people go to jail for what they say about Jesus – but they are still BOLD and talk about Him! We need to be the same way!

Snack: Use food to make a judge’s gavel. You can use whatever food you want – bananas and marshmallows, pretzels, hot dogs . . . be creative!

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-7 Nathan was BOLD in his speech to David. He had to say something, even though David didn’t want to hear it. We need to say things that are right, no matter what!

Activity: Watch “King George and the Ducky” by Veggie Tales. Sing along with Nathan’s speech!! You can also make a lamb craft.

Snack: Use cauliflower and grapes to make a little lamb snack!

___ Day Four: Read Jeremiah 1:4-7. God had a plan for Jeremiah’s life from before he was born! God has a plan for YOUR life, too!

Activity: If you have an ultrasound picture of your child, look at it with him. Talk about how God knew him even when he was in his mommy’s tummy . . . and God has a plan for his life! Talk about how God wants your child to say BOLD things for Him.

Snack: Make a mouth snack! Use apple slices and tiny marshmallows, or anything else you choose! Use this snack as a reminder to always speak God’s Words wherever He wants you to go!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4:29. We need to be careful what words come out of our mouths! Make sure we are only saying GOOD words!

Activity: Is your speech SWEET or SOUR? Have fun with sweet and sour foods today. Get a variety of sweet and sour foods and let your child sample them. Talk about which ones he liked and which ones he didn’t like. How is our speech like sweet food?

Snack: Eat some salt and vinegar potato chips!! Use them to remind you that your speech should be sweet, seasoned with salt, and not bitter!

Week Eight: Bold Sacrifice

___ Day One: Read Genesis 22:1-3, 9-12. Who was asked to make a bold sacrifice in these verses?

Activity: Use sticks and stones (or whatever is available) to help your child make his own “altar”. Have him draw pictures of things that God might want him to give up for Him. Place those things on the altar.

Snack: Use pretzel sticks and marshmallows to make your own snack altar.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 23:33-38. These verses tell us about the greatest sacrifice ever. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us so that we could be saved!

Activity: Help your child collect sticks and then glue them together to make a cross. While you are working, remind him of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.

Snack: Let’s not forget that Jesus didn’t stay dead! He rose from the dead and conquered sin and death once and for all! Use chocolate donuts and chocolate sandwich cookies to make a snack representing the empty tomb. Cut the donut in half and place the cookie in front of it (that is the stone in front of the tomb). Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today!

___ Day Three: Read Romans 12:1.We should give God US! Make an altar out of sticks or find something to use as an offering plate (you could even draw one on a piece of paper) and have your child step onto it. Have your child say, “Lord, here I am! I am all yours!” Talk about what that means.

Activity: Have your child draw a picture of himself on a piece of paper. Then put it someplace to remind him that he is a living sacrifice to God. (If you want and you don’t think anyone at your church would mind, have him take that picture to church and put it in the offering plate on Sunday!)

Snack: Make another altar snack! This time, use graham crackers and frosting.

___ Day Four: Read Luke 9:23-25. God should be more important than anything else in your life! Use the cross that you made out of sticks the other day and have your child carry it around the house. Talk about how we need to be willing to do what God wants us to do every single day!

Activity: Help your child trace his hands several times on different colored papers. Help him cut them out and then glue them together in the shape of a cross. Talk about the verses you read today as you are making this craft.

Snack: Make a cross using licorice sticks, frosting and graham crackers. Frost the graham cracker first, then put the licorice on it in the shape of a cross. If you want, add colored candies to decorate it.

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 13:15-17. God likes it when we praise Him! How can we praise Him?

Activity: Help your child make a fun instrument to use to praise God. Put a little rice (or beans) inside a cup and then use duct tape to tape that cup to another cup with the rice inside. Decorate the outside of the cups. Use these new shakers to sing songs of praise to God!

Snack: Make a guitar out of food! Cut bread into the shape of the guitar and use slices of carrots and sliced grapes for the strings.

Here’s a fun song to sing together to offer a sacrifice of praise!

Week Nine: Bold Living

___ Day One: Read Jeremiah 20:1-2. How did Jeremiah live a bold life? Jeremiah was hurt because he was BOLD for God, but He still kept right on being BOLD for God!

Activity: A prophet went around and told people God’s words. Help your child make a scroll today. Give him paper and have him draw or write something that points to God. Then help him roll it up and put a rubber band around it. Have him carry that scroll around the house, telling people God’s words!

Snack: Make your own jail out of pretzels and marshmallows (or any other food you want).

___ Day Two: Read Esther 4:16. Do you know the story of Esther? She lived a very bold life! Her boldness saved the entire nation of Israel! Watch a video or read the story of Esther from a Bible storybook.

Activity: Esther was a beautiful queen. Make your own crown today! As you are making the crown, talk about how Esther was BOLD and did the right thing no matter what.

Snack: What do you think a Queen would eat? Esther made a nice banquet for her husband in this passage. Help your child make his own special “banquet” for his stuffed animals. (This could be as simple as crackers and lemonaid!)

___ Day Three: Read Nehemiah 6:1-9. Here is another person who lived a bold life. Nehemiah was bold and did what he had to do, even when others were trying to get him to stop!

Activity: Help your child build a wall! Use whatever you have to make a wall like Nehemiah did. Let the wall you build remind you both that you can do anything through Christ!

Snack: Build a wall out of different types of melon!

___ Day Four: Read Proverbs 28:1. How do the righteous live according to this verse? How can you be as bold as a lion?

Activity: Help your child dress up like a lion and run through the house being BOLD!

Snack: Use cheese crackers, grapes, and bananas to make a lion. Help your child arrange the cheese crackers to form a mane, and then use the grapes and bananas to make the eyes, nose and mouth.

___ Day Five: Read Joshua 1:7-9. Joshua was told to be STRONG and COURAGEOUS! Help your child remember those words by making muscles when he says “Strong” and making a fist when he says “Courageous”. Repeat them over and over again, using the motions and seeing how loud and quickly he can do it.

Activity: Here is a fun experiment that can remind you of how God can make you BOLD! Take a bar of Ivory soap. Unwrap it and put it on a microwavable safe plate. Then put it in the microwave. Turn the microwave on high and watch what happens to the soap. Remind your child that this is what happens to us when we put our trust in Christ – He takes what little boldness we have and makes it BIGGER for Him! He helps us be BOLD!

Snack: Sometimes when we think of being strong, we think of muscles! Of course, we don’t need muscles to be strong and bold for Christ . . . but this could make a fun snack! Get giant marshmallows and pretend that they are muscles! Say one way that you can be BOLD for Christ for each marshmallow you eat.

Week Ten: Bold Actions

___ Day One: Read Joshua 2:1-7. Rahab was BOLD in these verses. She hid the spies – even though she could have gotten in trouble!

Activity: This chapter involves spies! Help your child make his own spy costume and sneak around the house. Play a game of hide and seek with the spy costume!

Snack: Hide a snack around the house and have your child try to find it. Talk about how it took BOLDNESS for Rahab to hide the spies.

___ Day Two: Read Genesis 6:11-22. Noah took BOLD actions when he built the ark! Watch a video or read this story from a Bible storybook.

Activity: Pretend your couch is Noah’s ark. Gather up your child’s stuffed animals and get them safely on the couch. Then the two of you should get on the couch, too. Pretend it is raining and you are stuck on the couch. Talk about Noah’s ark.

Snack: Eat animal crackers one more time!

___ Day Three: Read Judges 3:15 (It’s up to you if you want to read this whole story to your child. You might want to just talk about how God used Ehud to save his people and Ehud had to do some very bold things)

Activity: Try writing your name left handed. (If you are left handed, try writing your name right handed.) Remember, Ehud was left-handed!

Snack: Ehud blew a trumpet to let people know that deliverance had come! Eat bugles today!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Kings 3-4. Obadiah did some pretty BOLD stuff! He hid 100 prophets to keep them safe from the evil king!

Activity: Hiding 100 prophets would not have been easy! Ask your child if he thinks he could hide 100 prophets. How about not 100 prophets, but all your stuffed animals (or other type of toy he has). Challenge your child to hide those toys and then see how long it takes you to find them. Switch places and hide the toys from your child. Talk about how BOLD Obadiah must have been to hide the prophets.

Snack: Eat bread and water – the food that Obadiah fed the prophets.

___ Day Five: Read Judges 7:19-23. Gideon did some pretty BOLD actions in these verses! How did he trick the Midianites and save his people?

Activity: Act out this passage with your child. Give him an empty toilet paper tube and have him pretend to blow the trumpet. Have him shout out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”

Snack: Make cupcakes or some other fun food to celebrate the completion of this Bible reading plan!

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If you enjoyed this reading plan, you might also enjoy some of my other curriculum or my devotional written specifically for kids (which, by the way, is my personal favorite of all the books I have written 🙂 )

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BOLD: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids & Teens

A free 10 week Bible Reading Plan for kids and Teens. Perfect for Summer Reading!

Here we go . . . this year’s Summer Bible Reading Plan for kids and teens! This year the theme is BOLD and we will look at topics such as Bold Speech, Bold Sacrifice, Bold Giving, Bold Love, and more!

*If you have younger kids, you can find their plan here*

One more thing: check out BOLD: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches for a Bible Curriculum based off this reading plan! The Bible plan includes opening skits and activities, Biblically sound Bible lessons, Bold Believer Biographies, and additional activities to reinforce the lessons. It is easily adaptable for all age groups and group sizes!

And now, are you ready?  Let’s Jump right in!

 

Bold Bible Reading Plan for Kids and Teens

Week One: Bold Love

___ Day One: Read John 3:1-21. These verses record a conversation that Jesus had with a Pharisee named Nicodemus. What was the main point that Jesus made in this conversation? What is the BOLD LOVE that is seen in these verses (especially verses 16-17)? God LOVED the world so much that He sent JESUS to die. This is truly a BOLD love. Have you accepted God’s gift of love? Are you a follower of Jesus? Pray about it: Spend time today thanking God for His gift of love to you.

Activity: Make your own heart ring out of wire.  Wear this ring to remind you of the gift of love that God has given you, as well as a reminder to share that BOLD love with others.

Snack: Cut bread into a heart shape and cover it with strawberry jelly to remind you of the blood of Christ.

___ Day Two: Read Romans 5:1-11. What is so amazing about the love that God has for us? How did He demonstrate His love to us? What does this mean to you personally? Pray about it: Spend time asking God to help you love others the same way that He loves you!

Activity: Find some old dirty pennies and lemon juice to perform a little experiment. Put lemon juice in a container and then drop the old pennies in the juice. Leave them in the solution for 5 minutes. What happened to the pennies? We are like the pennies . . . we are dirty because of our sin. However, God’s gift of Jesus is enough to make us clean. When we become a Christian, Jesus cleans us all up and we are shiny and clean . . . just like the pennies!

Snack: Use the rest of the lemon juice . . . and maybe some lemons . . . to make homemade lemonade! Share the lemonade with someone else and talk with that person about the love that Jesus has for him!

___ Day Three: Read John 15:1-17. Are you a fruit bearing plant? What kind of fruit are you bearing? How is love described in these verses? Are you showing BOLD love to those around you? Pray about it: Ask God to help you produce the kind of fruit that He wants you to produce. Ask Him to help you show the kind of BOLD love that He wants you to.

Activity: Dead branches need to be cut off of the tree so that the rest of the tree stays healthy. Go outside and do some “pruning” today. Find a plant that has some dead branches or leaves and cut them off. Then take those old dead branches and use them as your “paintbrushes” as you paint a picture representing verse 13.

Snack: Make some sour patch grapes! Remember, grapes come from a vine . . . just like you are on God’s vine! The jello that you put on the grapes really made them stand out, didn’t it? When we show God’s BOLD love to others, we also stand out!

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 5:38-48. What do these verses teach us about love? Who are we supposed to love? This is hard, isn’t it? It is definitely a very BOLD love! What does it look like to love your enemies? Pray about it: Spend time praying for your enemies today.

Activity: Find a rock outside and decorate it with the word “Love”. Keep this rock in your room. The next time you feel like “hating” someone, take that rock out and pray for that person instead.

Snack: Make heart shaped sugar cookies!

___ Day Five: Read Luke 10:25-37. Do you think Jesus’s answer surprised the man? What was unusual about the story that Jesus told? How does Jesus’s story of the Good Samaritan challenge you to show BOLD love? Who do YOU need to reach out to in love this week? Pray about it: Ask God to help you show love to everyone – even to those who are more difficult for you to love.

Activity: Take several bandaids and decorate them in ways that will remind you to show Bold Love. Attach the bandaids together to make a bracelet or ankle bracelet (or anything else that you can think of).

Snack: Play with your food! Use gummy bears or E.L. Fudge cookies to retell the story of the Good Samaritan . . . or use a different type of food combination such as bananas (that could get a bit messy!) Have fun!

Bold Biography: Corrie Ten Boom:

Week Two: Bold Faith

___ Day One: Read Mark 5:25-34. How did this woman show she had faith? What happened as a result of her faith? Pray about it: Ask God to help you reach out to Him in faith today.

Activity: The woman in this passage had been in pain for several years. She reached out to Jesus in faith that He would heal her and He did. Trace your hand on a piece of paper and then write on it one thing that you need to trust Jesus for in your life. Spend time praying for that situation.

Snack: The woman in this passage had to make her way through a crowd of people to get to Jesus. Act out this passage using carrot sticks and ranch dressing. Use the ranch dressing to make the carrot sticks look like people . . . make a carrot Jesus and a carrot woman. Have fun retelling the story – and then eating all the characters!

___ Day Two: Read Matthew 8:5-13. How did the Centurion show BOLD faith? What was the result? Pray about it: Ask God to give you faith like the Centurion’s in today’s passage.

Activity: Can you imagine how the servant of the Centurion must have felt? He was paralyzed, lying in bed and tormented. His boss had gone to get help, but he had no idea where his boss was or when he would get back when all of a sudden he was able to move again and felt perfectly fine! It was truly a miracle! Pretend you are that servant. Write a journal entry or make a video telling what happened to you.

Snack: How would you do if you couldn’t move? Get a snack out (a banana would be fun). See if you can eat it without using your hands.

___ Day Three: Read Mark 10:46-52. Who had faith in this passage? What happened as a result of his faith? Notice how this man kept crying out to Jesus, even when everyone around him told him to be quiet! Notice also how Jesus asked him directly what he wanted. What was his reply? He had faith that Jesus could completely heal him . . . and Jesus did! Pray about it: Ask God to help you keep crying out to him – even when others tell you to stop. Also pray that God will help you pray BIG . . . just like Bartimaeus did.

Activity: We might not be blind physically, like Bartimaeus was, but we could be blind to the needs of those around us. Spend time today really looking at those around you. What needs do they have in their lives? Pray for them . . . and then see if you can do something to help them in a practical way.

Snack: Use banana slices and chocolate chips to make an interesting “eye” snack.

___ Day Four: Read Matthew 17:14-21. Why were the disciples unable to heal the man who had been brought to them? What does Jesus say is possible to do with a little faith? Do you have any mountains that you need moved in your life? What seemingly impossible situations do you need God to handle today? Pray about it: Take your “mountain” to God today in prayer.

Activity: Make seed art. Get several packets of seeds and then combine them together to make a design by gluing them on paper.

Snack: Make some fruit salad. Examine the seeds in the fruit that you use. The seeds might be pretty small, but they make a yummy treat. In the same way, your faith might be small, but God can use it to do great things!

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 11. This is a long passage, but it highlights so many of the Old Testament heroes of the faith. In fact, this chapter is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith”. What stories stick out to you in this passage? How does it make you feel knowing that all these people were ordinary people, just like you, who did extraordinary things! That’s what BOLD faith can do . . . it can help you do extraordinary things, too!

Activity: Illustrate this chapter by making your own “Hall of Faith”.

Snack: Choose one of the heroes in this chapter and use food to illustrate his story.

Bold Biography: George Mueller:

Week Three: Bold Service

___ Day One: Read 2 Kings 5:1-14. Who was bold in this passage? How? In this passage, we see that Naaman had a very young servant girl. Even though she was young, she had the courage to tell someone abou the prophet who could help Naaman. What do you think would have happened if she hadn’t spoken up? Pray about it: Ask God to help you serve others by sharing the truth – even when it is scary!

Activity: Naaman had leprosy, a disease which made people stay away from him. Are there people that you tend to stay away from? Think of a way that you can reach out to them with the love of Christ.

Snack: Eat something to remind you of leprosy – and of how we need to serve all people . . . even those that others stay away from. (Examples of snacks could be dots, skittles, grapes, blueberries, etc).

___ Day Two: Read Luke 1:26-38. In this passage, we are introduced to Mary, the mother of Jesus. How does she respond to the message from the angel? How does she show bold service? Mary was willing to do whatever God wanted of her – she was a humble servant of God! Are you willing to do whatever God wants you to do – even if it will lead to discomfort and difficulties? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a willing and humble servant of Jesus – just like Mary was.

Activity: We see Mary’s response to God’s calling in Luke 1:46-55. What is your response to God’s calling on your life? Write your own song or poem expressing your feelings towards God’s call to service in your own life.

Snack: Make a snack to represent the birth of Jesus. Use mini-hot dogs, croissants, and potato sticks to represent baby Jesus. Unwrap a croissant and place a hot dog inside of it. Wrap it back around to represent swaddling clothes and then cook the whole thing for as long as the directions on the croissant package say to cook the croissants. Serve over potato sticks (the hay).

___ Day Three: Read John 13:5-11. Our best example of bold service is found in Jesus Himself. This passage shows us one of the times where Jesus showed bold service. What happened? How did He set an example for us in this passage? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to not be afraid to do the acts of service that others don’t want to do.

Activity: Perform secret acts of service for the other members of your household this week . . . be careful not to get caught!!!

Snack: Jesus washed the disciples feet – make some “foot-long” subs and serve them to your family today!

___ Day Four: Read Mark 10:35-45. What was the request that James and John made to Jesus? How did Jesus respond? How did the rest of the disciples feel about their request? Finally, how did Jesus define greatness in this passage? The one who serves others is the one who is truly great! Even Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve others. Pray about it: Ask God to help you serve others – even when you don’t feel like it!

Activity: Find a way to serve others in your neighborhood . . . perhaps you will mow someone’s lawn or pull weeds for free. Maybe you and your family can go grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor or walk a friend’s dog. Be creative in your service – and remember, you are serving Jesus!

Snack: Set up a free lemonade stand in your neighborhood. Offer lemonade and cookies – but don’t charge a thing!

___ Day Five: Read Philippians 2:1-18. How did Jesus set the example as a servant according to this passage? How should we use that example to help us live our lives? What are some qualities of a servant that are found in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a truly BOLD servant – putting others first, not complaining or grumbling, and having the attitude that Jesus had.

Activity: Memorize Phil. 2:3-4.

Snack: One day every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord! Eat a “tongue” snack (a fruit roll up would work well for this).

Bold Biography: Gladys Aylward:

Week Four – Bold Giving

___ Day One: Read Malachi 3:8-12. What does God say about giving in these verses? How is bold giving shown in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you give Him all that He deserves.

Activity: God blesses us so much . . . sometimes we don’t even realize how much He has blessed us until we sit down and think about it. He has given us life, the air we breathe, the flowers, the sun, the earth . . . so many blessings we hardly ever think about! Take time today to think about the ways God has blessed you! Fill a glass up with water. Keep pouring water into it until it overflows. Spend time splashing in the water and thanking God for His over-flowing blessings to you!

Snack: Fill up an ice cube tray with koolaid and freeze. When the cubes are frozen, take them out and use them with water, or simply eat them by themselves. Spend time thanking God for the blessings He has given to you!

A great song for today:

___ Day Two: Read Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4. Why did Jesus say that the widow had put in more money than any of the rich people? What was bold about the widow’s giving? How does this passage challenge you to be bold in your giving? Pray about it: Ask God to challenge you in your giving.

Activity: Spend time today thinking about your giving. Have you ever given as the widow in this story did? What can you give that would demonstrate this type of bold giving? Make a plan and carry it out!

Snack: Eat some chocolate coins to remind you of the gift that this widow gave.

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 24. This is a sad story in David’s life. He sins against God and, as a result, the whole nation is punished. However, we also see more of David’s heart in this story. Re-read verse 24. David wanted to buy this plot of land, but the owner wanted to give it to him. David then says, “I will not offer offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing”. How does this relate to the concept of BOLD giving? How can we learn from David’s attitude? Pray about it:Ask God to give you the same attitude as David had!

Activity: Practice BOLD giving – give an offering that costs you something!

Snack: David purchased the threshing floor . . . a threshing floor is where the grain is harvested. Make homemade bread to remind you of David’s sacrifice. Then GIVE some away!!

___ Day Four: Read 2 Corinthians 9. God loves a ________________________. (Cheerful Giver). What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? Are you always a cheerful giver? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a cheerful giver!

Activity: Make your own duct tape wallet. Then keep money in it that you are going to give to God! (Read about an experience my kids had with duct tape wallets here.)

Snack: Create your own snack to remind you of giving . . . and be cheerful while you are making it!!

___ Day Five: Read Acts 20:25-35. According to Paul, what did Jesus Himself say? What does it mean that it is more blessed to give than to receive? Have you ever experienced this in your own life? Pray about it: Ask God to show you ways that you can give to others.

Activity: Look for ways that you can give to those around you. Try to give something to someone secretly and see what happens!

Snack: Make cookies and share them with a neighbor or friend.

Bold Biography: CT Studd:

Week Five: Bold Stand

___ Day One: Read Daniel 1. What was the bold stand that Daniel and his friends took in this chapter? Why was it bold? Daniel and his friends made their faith their own in this chapter . . . they no longer had parents or other adults around telling them what to do, yet they still made the right choices! They decided that they were going to worship the One True God and that decision impacted everything they did. Have you made that decision yourself? Do you do what is right – even when everyone else is telling you to do what is wrong? Pray about it: Ask God to help you to do the right thing no matter what.

Activity: Paint with vegetables today to remind you of the bold stand that Daniel and his friends made.

Snack: Cook some veggies!

___ Day Two: Read Daniel 3. Here is another time when Daniel’s friends took a stand (literally) for what was right. What was bold about what they did? Were they guaranteed that they were going to survive this stand? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand for Him – even when the results are not guaranteed!

Activity: We might not have to bow down to a statue, but we are asked to bow down to the things of the world every day. We are asked to compromise our beliefs and go along with what the world says. This is not what God wants us to do, though. He wants us to stand for what is right no matter what. Think about one issue where you are being challenged to give in. Spend time today praying for that issue and asking God to help you stand for what is right in that situation.

Snack: Make a fire and roast marshmallows. Think about how this story could have ended if God had not stepped in! We don’t know what will happen to us when we stand for what is right, but we need to still STAND!

___ Day Three: Read Acts 7:44-60. This is a situation where someone else took a stand and it ended very differently than what we read about yesterday. How did it end for Stephen? Stephen died for the stand that he took. How does this challenge you to take a BOLD STAND for your faith?

Activity: Stephen died for his faith by stoning. Go outside and gather a few stones or rocks. Write one way that you can take a stand for Jesus on each stone. Put these together to make a little “rock garden” that will remind you of the importance of taking a bold stand.

___ Day Four: Read 1 Samuel 17. Who took a BOLD STAND in these verses? Why do you think he was able to take this stand? Who gave him the strength and courage to fight the giant? Do you have any giants in your life that you need to take a bold stand against? Pray about it: Ask God to help you deal with any giant situation you might be facing.

Activity: Goliath was 9 feet tall. Measure out 9 feet on a sidewalk and mark it with sidewalk chalk. Lie down beside it to give you an idea of how you would compare to Goliath. Use sidewalk chalk to draw/write ways that you can take a bold stand for Jesus.

Snack: You probably can’t make a 9 foot snack, but you can try to make a tall snack! Find a snack to stack and see how tall you can make it before it topples over.  Use this to remind you of the way that God can help you take a BOLD stand against the giants in your life.

___ Day Five: Read 1 Peter 5:6-11. Who is ultimately trying to destroy you? Satan is trying to get you to fall away from your faith. How can you take comfort knowing that other people around the world are going through the same struggles and are taking a bold stand against the devil? How can you take a bold stand against the devil? Pray about it: Ask God to help you stand strong against what Satan throws at you.

Activity: Do some research on the bold stand that Christians around the world are taking. Make a prayer calendar of different persecuted Christian groups to pray for each day this month.

Snack: Use an english muffin, peanut butter or cream cheese and other tiny foods to help you make a lion face. Then eat that lion . . . remembering that some day Satan will be defeated, too!

Bold Biography: William Tyndale

Week Six – Bold Prayer

___ Day One: Read James 5:13-18. How was Elijah bold in his prayer? Are you bold in prayer? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be a bold pray-er.

Activity: Spend time today praying according to the pattern set in James 5:13-14. Pray for those who are suffering or who are sick. Make a poster or sing a song to express your cheerfulness and praises to God.

Snack: Eat bread or crackers and dip them in oil. Use this to remind you of the anointing oil mentioned in these verses.

___ Day Two: Read 2 Kings 19:1-7, 14-19. King Hezekiah is faced with a difficult situation in these verses. How does he respond? He goes immediately to the Lord in prayer! That should be our automatic response to every situation that comes our way, too! Before we do anything else, we need to PRAY! Pray about it: Ask God to help you remember to pray as a natural response to anything that happens to you!

Activity: Make a prayer booklet to keep track of your prayer requests and praises. Write them all down and then see how God answers your prayers!

Snack: Make pretzels! Pretzels were originally made to remind us of praying hands!

___ Day Three: Read Daniel 6. This passage shows us how BOLD Daniel was in his life- and especially when it came to his relationship with God! How did Daniel show BOLDNESS in his prayer life? How can this challenge you to be BOLD in prayer? Pray about it: Ask God to help you pray in every circumstance – even when others think that praying is crazy!

Activity: Daniel had a specific place where he prayed every day? Do you? Make yourself a prayer place . . . set it up as a place where you will keep your prayer journals and where you will meet with God every day. Then start using it!

Snack: Eat cheetos to remind you of the lions that were in the den waiting for Daniel. (cheetos look kind of like the fur on their manes. Use your imagination!!)

___ Day Four: Read Luke 11:1-13. What do these verses teach about prayer? What are some of the elements of effective prayer that you see in these verses? Pray about it: Pray through the Lord’s prayer using the different elements you see: praise, praying for your needs, praying for forgiveness, praying against temptation, etc.

Activity: Write an acrostic poem to help you remember the different elements of prayer. Use the word “Prayer” and have each letter stand for something different that reminds you of what you should pray for or how you should pray.

Snack: Get a small bag of chocolate candies or fruit candies. Make each piece of candy stand for one thing you should pray for. Pray for that item, and then eat that piece of candy!

___ Day Five: Read Romans 8:26-39. Sometimes we don’t know what we should pray for. We don’t even know how to start . . . but these verses promise us that the Spirit intercedes for us. When we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit prays for us! How does this make you feel? How can knowing this help you be BOLD in your prayer life?

Activity: Go for a prayer walk today and pray some BOLD prayers!

Snack: Make a prayer chain – a necklace out of cereal or other fun snacks that you can put on a string. Let each food item stand for something you need to pray for. Wear the necklace to remind you to pray for each of those things. When you are ready, eat the necklace!

Bold Biography – Hudson Taylor

Week Seven: Bold Speech

___ Day One: Read Luke 12:8-12. What do these verses say about bold speech? Who will give us the words to say if we are willing to take a stand for Christ? We don’t know what will happen to us in the future, but we are promised that if we stand strong and speak up for Christ, the Holy Spirit will help us when we get in those situations where we don’t know what to say. Pray about it: Ask God to help you speak up for Him.

Activity: Draw a picture of yourself standing and testifying about God in front of other people. What are the words that you would say?

Snack: Memorize Luke 12:8. Then try saying it clearly with different types of food in your mouth!

___ Day Two: Read Acts 26. One person who saw yesterday’s Scripture work in his life was Paul! He was on trial for his relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit truly gave him the words to say. What are some of the words he said to King Agrippa? How was Paul bold in his speech? Pray about it: Pray for those who are on trial for their relationship with Jesus today to have the words to say and to be bold in their witness.

Activity: Act out the trial that took place in Acts 26. Use other people or legos, or any other means and record this trial. Share it with others!

Snack: Use food to make a judge’s gavel. You can use whatever food you want – bananas and marshmallows, pretzels, hot dogs . . . be creative!

___ Day Three: Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14. Sometimes bold speech is necessary in confronting others about their sins. That was the case with Nathan. He had to confront David about his sin with Bathsheba. I’m sure that took quite a bit of boldness on his part! God wants us to speak the truth – even if others don’t want to hear it. Pray about it: Ask God to help you boldly speak the truth when others need to hear it!

Activity: Watch “King George and the Ducky” by Veggie Tales. Sing along with Nathan’s speech!!

Snack: Use cauliflower and grapes to make a little lamb snack!

___ Day Four: Read Jeremiah 1:4-10. These verses are God’s call to Jeremiah. When did God call Jeremiah? God had a plan for Jeremiah to speak His words while Jeremiah was still in his mother’s womb! God has a plan for you, also. Are you willing to speak His words wherever He sends you? Pray about it: Ask God to help you speak His words wherever He wants you to go!

Activity: Choose your favorite verses from this passage of Scripture. Make a banner or poster with those verses on it. Hang the banner or poster in your room!

Snack: Make a mouth snack! Use apple slices and tiny marshmallows, or anything else you choose! Use this snack as a reminder to always speak God’s Words wherever He wants you to go!

___ Day Five: Read Ephesians 4:29-5:2. Sometimes having BOLD SPEECH simply means not speaking like everyone else. Is your speech like Ephesians 4:29, or do you need God to help you be more BOLD in how you speak and the words you use? Pray about it: Pray about the words that come from your mouth!

Activity: Is your speech SWEET or SOUR? Have fun with sweet and sour foods today. Close your eyes and plug your nose and have someone feed you samples of sweet and sour foods. Can you tell the difference with your eyes closed and nose plugged? How about with just your eyes closed? Can people tell the difference in you by the way you speak?

Snack: Eat some salt and vinegar potato chips!! Use them to remind you that your speech should be sweet, seasoned with salt, and not bitter!

Bold Biography: Martin Luther

Week Eight: Bold Sacrifice

___ Day One: Read Genesis 22:1-19. What was the bold sacrifice in these verses? Are you willing to sacrifice something important to you, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time? Pray about it: Ask God to help you give everything to Him.

Activity: Use sticks and stones (or whatever is available) to make your own “altar”. Write down the things that God might want you to give up for Him. Place those things on the altar.

Snack: Use pretzel sticks and marshmallows to make your own snack altar.

___ Day Two: Read Luke 23:33-57. These verses tell us about the greatest sacrifice ever. Jesus sacrificed Himself for us so that we could be saved! Spend time today reflecting on the sacrifice of Jesus. Pray about it: Thank God for His sacrifice for us!

Activity: Find a board and a nail. Hammer the nail into the board, thinking about the sacrifice that Jesus made for you!

Snack: Let’s not forget that Jesus didn’t stay dead! He rose from the dead and conquered sin and death once and for all! Use chocolate donuts and chocolate sandwich cookies to make a snack representing the empty tomb. Cut the donut in half and place the cookie in front of it (that is the stone in front of the tomb). Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today!

___ Day Three: Read Romans 12:1-2. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? How can you be a living sacrifice for God? Pray about it: Ask God to help you live your life as a living sacrifice for Him.

Activity: Write Romans 12:1-2 out on a picture frame. Decorate the frame. Put a picture of yourself inside it and put the frame somewhere to remind you to live your life as a living sacrifice to God.

Snack: Make another altar snack! This time, use graham crackers and frosting.

___ Day Four: Read Luke 9:23-27. What does it mean to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus? What things might you need to sacrifice for God? Pray about it: Ask God to help you put Him before anything else.

Activity: Make a cross necklace to remind you to take up your cross daily and follow Jesus!

Snack: Make a cross out of pretzels.

___ Day Five: Read Hebrews 13:15-17. What do you think it means to offer up a sacrifice of praise to God? Does your praise ever involve sacrifice? How? Pray about it: Ask God to help your life to be a sacrifice of praise to Him.

Activity: Offer God a sacrifice of praise today! Make your own instruments, write your own songs, sing to Him, play an instrument to Him, write a poem for Him . . . use whatever way you want to express your praise to God!

Snack: Make a guitar out of food! Cut bread into the shape of the guitar and use slices of carrots and sliced grapes for the strings.

Bold Biography: Nate Saint

Week Nine: Bold Living

___ Day One: Read Jeremiah 20:1-6. How did Jeremiah live a bold life? Jeremiah’s whole purpose in life was to speak God’s words – no matter what. The people who heard him did not always like what he said. These verses record just one time that Jeremiah was hurt for his bold living. Pray about it: Ask God to help you live a bold life – even if it means persecution.

Activity: Write a journal entry from the point of view of Jeremiah after being put in the stocks by Pashur.

Snack: Make your own jail out of pretzels and marshmallows (or any other food you want).

___ Day Two: Read Esther 4. Do you know the story of Esther? She lived a very bold life! Her boldness saved the entire nation of Israel! Read verse 16 again. What does this verse tell us about Esther’s attitude? She knew what she had to do, and she was willing to do it – even if it meant death! That is BOLD LIVING! Pray about it: Ask God to help you be BOLD like Esther.

Activity: Make a scepter and act out the scene where Esther appears before the king. Make a video of it and share it with others.

Snack: Make a scepter out of celery sticks and peanut butter.

___ Day Three: Read Nehemiah 6. Here is another person who lived a bold life. How was Nehemiah bold? Nehemiah did what he knew was right, even when he faced severe opposition. What can you learn about living a BOLD life from the life of Nehemiah? Pray about it: Ask God to give you boldness to complete the tasks He has for you!

Activity: Build a wall! Use whatever you have to make a wall like Nehemiah did. Let the wall you build remind you that you can do anything through Christ!

Snack: Build a wall out of different types of melon!

___ Day Four: Read Proverbs 28:1. How do the righteous live according to this verse? How can you be as bold as a lion? Pray about it: Pray this verse for your own life!

Activity: Memorize this verse! Make a video of this verse! Make a poster of this verse! Do anything with this verse that will help you remember it and apply it to your life.

Snack: Make a snack that uses BOLD colors! Remind yourself that you should be bold for Christ!

___ Day Five: Read Joshua 1. What command does God repeat several times to Joshua in this passage? Why do you think He does that? How did Joshua live a bold life? Pray about it; Ask God to help you to be strong and courageous in every situation you encounter!

Activity: Here is a fun experiment that can remind you of how God can make you BOLD! Take a bar of Ivory soap. Unwrap it and put it on a microwavable plate. Then put it in the microwave. Turn the microwave on high and watch what happens to the soap. This is what happens to us when we put our trust in Christ – He takes what little boldness we have and makes it BIGGER for Him! He helps us be BOLD!

Snack: Sometimes when we think of being strong, we think of muscles! Of course, we don’t need muscles to be strong and bold for Christ . . . but this could make a fun snack! Get giant marshmallows and pretend that they are muscles! Say one way that you can be BOLD for Christ for each marshmallow you eat.

Bold Biography: Brother Andrew

Week Ten: Bold Actions

___ Day One: Read Joshua 2. Who was bold in these verses? How? Rahab took some very bold actions . . . and they paid off. She was saved, along with her entire family, and she ended up in the line of Christ! Pray about it: Ask God to help you take bold actions when needed.

Activity: This chapter involves spies! Make your own spy costume and sneak around the house. If you get caught, explain to someone what it means to be bold for Christ!

Snack: Eat red licorice to remind you of the scarlet rope that Rahab was told to place out of her window.

___ Day Two: Read Genesis 6:11-22. What were the bold actions in these verses? Why were those actions bold? Pray about it: Ask God to help you do bold things – even when everyone else thinks you are crazy!

Activity: Make your own replica of Noah’s ark. Do research to make sure you make it similar to the pattern that Noah used. Use whatever materials you want.

Snack: Eat animal crackers!

___ Day Three: Read Judges 3:15-30. What were the bold actions that Ehud took in these verses? Pray about it: Ask God to help you do what He wants you to do – no matter what!

Activity: Try writing your name left handed. (If you are left handed, try writing your name right handed.) Remember, Ehud was left-handed!

Snack: Ehud blew a trumpet to let people know that deliverance had come! Eat bugles today!

___ Day Four: Read 1 Kings 18:1-16. We often focus on Elijah in this passage of Scripture and it is easy to overlook another very bold person. Who else was bold in this passage? How? Obadiah risked his life by hiding and taking care of 100 prophets! That is quite a BOLD action!! How do you think he was able to be so bold? Pray about it: Ask God to help you be bold – even if your boldness is not noticed as much as another person’s might be!

Activity: Hiding 100 people is not an easy task! Think through all the things that Obadiah would have needed to do to successfully keep those prophets hidden. Write out a plan that he may have used.

Snack: Eat bread and water – the food that Obadiah fed the prophets.

___ Day Five: Read Judges 6:11-7:25. This is a long passage that we are going to use to end our reading plan. There’s a lot of stuff that can be learned from this passage. What stands out to you? How does this passage show that God can use an ordinary person (who might start off being anything but bold) to do great things for Him? If God can use Gideon, God can use YOU! Aren’t you excited to see how God is going to use YOU to change the world??? Pray about it: Ask God to make you BOLD!!!

Activity: Do something BOLD for Jesus!

Bold Biography: William Wilberforce

Snack: Make cupcakes or some other fun food to celebrate the completion of this Bible reading plan!

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If you enjoyed this reading plan, you might also enjoy some of my other curriculum, or my devotional for kids (which is my personal favorite book that I have written 🙂 )

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Geography Club Lesson Plans over Mexico

Lesson plans for a library Geography club studying Mexico.

The month of April had us visiting MEXICO for our Geo Trecker’s groups! We had a lot of fun reading books, playing games, and eating snacks! This was my last Geo Trecker’s group, as I left the library at the end of April to take a position at the local Pregnancy Resource Center.  Sorry I will not be able to provide you with any more lesson plans, but hopefully you have been able to use the ones I have given to you . . . and you will be able to proceed with confidence and make your own Geography Club plans for whatever country you want to visit!

Here are the lesson plans for the month of April.

Geography Club

Lesson Plans over Mexico

Hola! Welcome to Geo Treckers for the month of April! This month, we are in the country of Mexico. Does anyone know where Mexico is? What continent is it on? Show Mexico on the map of the United States, and show where it is in relation to the United States.  Let’s talk about some fun facts about Mexico. First, let’s watch a short video about Mexico.

Read “Look What Came from Mexico” by Miles Harvey

  • Show Flag — A long time ago, the Aztecs were looking for a new place to build a city. According to legend, the Aztec god told them to build their city where they found an eagle carrying a snake on a cactus. They found this eagle on a cactus in a huge swampy area.  Even though it was not an ideal place for a city, they built their city on this small, swampy island and named it Tenochtitlan.  This area eventually became Mexico City and the picture of the eagle carrying a snake and sitting on a cactus is displayed in the center of the Mexican flag.
  • Mexico City is built over the ruins of a great Aztec city, Tenochtitlán. Because it is built on a lake, Mexico is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year as pumps draw water out for the city’s growing population.
  • Mexico is the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
  • The northern part of Mexico is a desert and the southern part is a tropical rain forest. Most people live in central Mexico.
  • Mexicans take sports very seriously.  In the past, losers of a ritual ball game would be put to death! They still have dangerous sports today such as bullfighting and rodeo. Mexico City has the largest bullfighting ring in the world – seats 48,000 people. Bullfighting was brought to Mexico by Spanish conquerors.
  • Mexican music is often played with guitars. There are also strolling bands called Mariachi.

Watch this sample of Mariachi music and dancers:

 

Let’s try our hand at some Mariachi song and dance! We are going to dance around this sombrero to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance. (Place a sombrero in the middle of the room. Have the kids stand in a circle around it. Teach them simple steps: hands up then down, up then down, as they dance around)  Music (for song & motions the kids can try to follow:)

 

  • Many homes in Mexico contain not just the parents and children, but grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins! Also, children have 2 last names, their father’s last name is the first part, and their mother’s last name is the second part.
  • A Mexican tamale called the zacahuil is three feet long and weighs about 150 pounds!
  • The Chihuahua is the world’s smallest dog and is named for a Mexican state.
  • One unusual Mayan weapon was a “hornet bomb,” which was an actual hornet’s nest thrown at enemies during battle.

Read “When Senor Grillo Met Senor Puma” (A Tarahumara Tale) from “Whiskers, Whales & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico” by Judy Goldman.

  • Texas was a Mexican province which declared its independence from Mexico in 1836, resulting in war with the United States.
  • The largest pyramid in the world is the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico. It is also the largest monument ever constructed in the world.
  • A Fiesta is a festival that celebrates a holiday such as Cinco de Mayo and the Day of the Dead.

Cinco de Mayo: Means May 5 (celebrated on May 5), celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French in a battle in 1862.  It is also becoming a popular holiday in the United States to celebrate Mexican culture.

Day of the Dead: Celebrated on Nov. 1 & 2 (it is not Halloween), and it is a time to remember family members and friends who have died.

Let’s Play a Couple Cinco de Mayo games!

Play Sombrero Pass: Have the kids sit in a circle.  Play Mexican music while they are passing a sombrero around the circle.  When the music stops, whoever has the sombrero is out of the game. The last person in the circle is the winner (maybe have a prize?)

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Play Mexican Hat Dance Relay: Divide the kids into 2 teams. Have a sombrero at one end of the room. Kids have to run to the Sombrero, do a “Mexican Hat Dance” around the sombrero, and then run back. Which team can finish first?

Snack Craft: Sombrero hat cookies.  Give each kid a sugar cookie and gumdrop.  They use frosting to stick the gumdrop on and to decorate around the edges of the sugar cookie.  Use colored sprinkles to further decorate the cookie.

Additional Snack:

I also made a “Mexican Lasagna”. I found the recipe here.  I was able to make it in the morning and stick it in the crockpot, and it was ready to go for both groups.  The second group, however, had soggier tortillas because the food sat longer in the crockpot.  Most of the kids really liked this recipe.  Note: I did not use onions, and I used regular ground beef instead of ground turkey.  My own kids asked me to make this for them again, so I would say the food was a hit!

All year, there has been a family from Mexico that attended my second group. They were really looking forward to this month!  We all had a nice treat, as they brought in an authentic Mexican dish for us to sample – mole!

Additional Activities

Study volcanoes and the ring of fire. Try to make your own volcano.

Make a flag of Mexico out of legos, construction paper, food, or anything else you have on hand!

Make a map of Mexico.

Make a Mexican meal. Find links to some fun recipes here: http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/mexico/recipes.htm

Learn to count to ten in Spanish.

Plan a special Cinco de Mayo celebration! Make a piñata to go along with your celebration!

Listen to Mexican music.

Make a Mexican mask.  Find a printable template for a Mexican wrestling mask here: http://www.freekidscrafts.com/mexican-wrestling-masks/

Use a cup and a plate to make your own sombrero: http://artsymomma.com/sombrero-craft-for-kids.html or make sombrero cookies: http://www.clevercraftycookinmama.com/2013/05/cinco-de-mayo-sombrero-cookies.html#.WPokX_nyuvE

Study bullfighting.  What do you think about this sport? Write a persuasive essay sharing your thoughts.

Make a chia pet.  http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/988219/chia-pet-craft-for-kids

Find some more fun activities and craft ideas here: http://www.childfun.com/themes/world/mexico/

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I hope you have enjoyed my lesson plans this year. I had a fabulous time leading this group. It was so much fun working with the families and showing the kids that there are so many different places in our wonderful world! It is sad to leave the library, but I know I am going to be doing exactly what God wants me to do. I have volunteered at the Pregnancy Care Center for the past six years, and being a part of the staff there is an honor. Please pray for me as I serve God in this way!  If you are interested in the ministry that I will be joining, you can find out all about us here.