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May 2018

Parent Passages:  Genesis 37:1-36

May 1 - Joseph Gets a New Coat
Talk with your child about how it feels to get something new.  It can be a new toy, a new pair of shoes, or a new coat. Talk about how we want to take care of new things to be sure they last a long time and they don’t get messed up.  Talk to your child about Joseph is a boy in the Bible and his parents gave him a new coat.

May 2 - A rainbow of colors
Draw a coat outline on a piece of copy paper.  Give your child some crayons or markers and ask him/her to color the coat using many colors.  Explain that Joseph’s coat was a coat that had many pretty colors in it.

May 3- Joseph’s brothers get mad!
Remind your child about Joseph’s gift from his parents.  Joseph got a coat! Joseph had 11 brothers and their parents didn’t get them anything!  It made them very mad! Joseph got a new coat and his brother didn’t get anything! They felt very left out and like his brother was loved more than him.  Joseph’s brothers were very mad.

May 4 - Joseph’s brothers throw him in a big hole.
Retell the Bible story to this point - Joseph got a new coat from his parents. He was so happy to get a new coat. The coat was very special because it was made of many colors.  His brothers saw Joseph’s special coat and got very mad. They got so mad they threw Joseph into a really big  hole. It was so big that it was big than Joseph was tall. Joseph couldn’t climb out on his own and his brothers wouldn’t help him!  He was stuck in the hole.

May 5- Balls in a cup
Set up a muffin tin and give your child a tennis ball.  Have him/her carefully toss the ball into the muffin cup.  Talk about how Joseph’s brothers tossed him into a deep hole. 

May 6 - Get along
Help your child recall the story by asking him/her the following questions:

In our Bible story this week, who got a new coat?  (Joseph)

What did the coat look like?  (It was made of many colors.)

What did Joseph’s brothers think about Joseph’s new coat?  (They got mad/jealous)

What did Joseph’s brothers do to Joseph? (They threw him in a big hole)

Jesus wants us to be friends with everyone.  He wants us to be good friends and not be fighting or mad with each other.  Jesus wants us to get along. He wants us to play together and share with each other.

Our Bible verse is God is our help.  Psalms 33:20 God can help us be friends with everyone.

May 7 - It’s time to Help
Have your child help around the house today.  Have them help by picking up toys, putting folded clothes in his/her room, helping set the table.  Each time they help you thank them by saying” thank you for helping me.” As the opportunity presents itself - remind them of the Bible verse - God is our help. Psalms 33:20. Let them know that God can help them just like (s)he is helping you.

May 8 - Do your best
As your child wakes today give him/her a ribbon/badge/sticker that says Do Your Best.  As your child does things throughout the day, remind him/her that God helps us to do our best.  Remind him/her God is our help. Psalms 33:20. Have your child say the verse back to you.

May 9 - Build with blocks
Have your child build with blocks.  As the child builds brag on the child’s work to build things and brag on him/her as (s)he builds things very carefully.  As the child tires of building, ask how (s)he felt when you told them what a good job (s)he was doing. (Happy, proud) Tell the child it feels good when someone tells you you are doing a good job.  Ask the child how he/she would feel if they were building with someone else and you only told the other person what a good job they were doing and never told you that you were doing a good job. (Sad, not happy.  Like you weren’t looking at their work.) That’s how Joseph’s brothers felt when Joseph got his new colored coat from their parents and they didn’t get anything.

May 10- Play with streamers
Give your child several different colored crepe paper streamers.  Have the child run while they have the streamers up over their head as they run.  Remind the child that Joseph’s coat was made of many colors. (Parent note:  If you don’t have access to crepe paper streamers, please feel free to see Ms. Glenne’ and get some from the church.  We have plenty!)

May 11-Joseph’s Dream
Joseph went to bed one night and had a dream.  In his dream his brothers all bowed down to him.  He told his brothers about his dream. They got really mad.  They thought he was going to try to be the boss of them! They were not going to let him be their boss!  Then their parents gave Joseph his pretty new coat which made his brothers even more mad! They threw Joseph in a really big hole and told their parents that Joseph had died. 

May 12 - Play Grocery Store
Gather some canned goods from your cabinet and play grocery store with your child.  As you play, pretend to pay for the food. Talk about how Joseph’s brothers decided to sell Joseph to some people so that Joseph could go and work for them.  The people that bought Joseph gave money to the brothers.
 

May 13 - Joseph Gets a New Boss
The people who bought Joseph wanted him to work.  They wanted him to help clean and help do other jobs.  Joseph was not paid for doing all the work for his new boss.  Joseph was scared but knew that God would help him. Our Bible verse for today is God is our help.  Psalms 33:20.

May 14 - Joseph was scared
Talk to your child about times when (s)he gets scared.  (Storms, dark, someone jumps out and makes a loud noise, etc)  Joseph was very scared. His brothers had thrown him in the really big hole, then got him out of the hole, and sold him to some people for money.  Once they got to the new place, they told Joseph he had a lot of work to do and he wouldn’t get paid for doing any of the work. Joseph was scared but he prayed and asked God to help him.  Joseph knew that god would help him and would take care of him. Remind your child of our memory verse - God is our help. Psalms 33:20.

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April 2018

Pause for a moment and reflect on the busy month that was March. Were you able to make time for reading the Bible with your child? Were you able to talk about Bible truths on a consistent basis? Raising preschoolers often revolves around developing habits at a young age—washing hands, saying please and thank you, and reading the Bible and talking with Mom and Dad about spiritual things. The monthly Bible activities provided as part of NEBC’s POPs ministry aren’t the only way you can read the Bible and develop the practice of reading the Bible each and every day. It’s about developing the habit. The habit of reading God’s word and the habit of talking to God like they would talk to their best friend.

This month’s Bible activities focus on the lessons associated with Elijah. It will be a fun month as you and your child participate in Bible-related activities. I encourage you to study the Bible passages from an adult perspective prior to interacting with your child about the passages. Sometimes teaching best happens from the overflow of our own learning as we study. Click her for this month's Bible study.

April Bible Study

Week 1 & 2 - God is Powerful
Parent Passages:  1 Kings 17:1-24

Day 1: Leaping Ahead. Work with your child to mark a distance to which they think they can jump to. Have the child jump to try to reach the mark they said they could jump to. Have them keep jumping to try to reach it. Ask them how they could get more power to jump to reach the line. The actions may include moving the line closer so they can reach it or, if the size of your child allows, you picking up the child and carrying him/her forward to the line.  It won’t be long before your child (and you) becomes tired. Talk to your child about God being powerful. God is so powerful that He will never tire as He helps us do what we need to do each and every day.

Day 2: How and Where Will We Go?  Throughout today, as you ask your child to go to different places (take his/her plate to the sink, go to the bathroom, take shoes to his/her room), ask your child to choose how he/she goes to that location. Will he/she hop like a bunny, slither like a snake, crawl like a baby, walk in baby steps, etc? Do this for several tasks throughout the day. At the time you’ve set aside for Bible study today, help the child reflect on all the ways they traveled today. Ask him/her which way was the favorite. Introduce Elijah to the children as a special friend of God’s. God had special jobs for Elijah and He was sent to several places. Elijah did what God wanted him to do because he knew God was powerful.

Day 3: God is Powerful! Gather a few items from around your house that your child can lift and one or two that he/she can’t lift as of yet. Ask your child to pick up the items. Talk about how strong they are! Help them him/her see that he/she is growing he/she is getting stronger. As the child attempts to pick up an item that is too heavy to be picked up, talk to him/her about how the strength isn’t there just yet to be able to pick up the item. Ask your child to name ways people grow stronger. Add lifting weights to the list. Give your child two cans of vegetables from your cabinet. Show them how to use the cans to “lift weights”. Show them how to raise the can over head or bend the arm at the elbow and raise the can to the shoulder as in a curl. (A younger child may have to use both hands on one can as opposed to using one can per hand.) Tell the child that God is more powerful than anyone.  God is more powerful than you, your mom or dad. God is the most powerful of all!

Day 4:  Meet Elijah.  Remind your child that we’ve been talking about powerful people and the fact that God is powerful and there isn’t anyone more powerful than God.  Well a long time ago, there was a man who lived named Elijah. Elijah was a prophet. A prophet is a special friend of God that God gives special messages to tell others. 

A long time ago, there was a mean king named Ahab. King Ahab and a mean wife named Jezebel. A king’s wife is known as a Queen so people called Jezebel Queen Jezebel. The king and queen did not love God. They worshiped statues made of wood and stone. Because the king and queen worshiped things made of wood and stone, so did the people in Israel. This made God very sad. God decided to punish them.

God sent Elijah to Israel.  Elijah shared the news God gave him.  Elijah told the people of Israel that there will be no more rain in Israel for many years.  Elijah said that this was God’s punishment. Just as Elijah said, there was no more rain. Not one drop.  The grass and plants dried up and the water in the lakes and rivers went away. God showed the He is powerful!

Say a prayer thanking God that He is powerful.

Day 5:  No Water. Ask your child to imagine life without water. Brainstorm all the ways we use water (bathe, wash clothes, dishes, cook, drink, make lemonade, ice cubes, water plants, animals, etc). Ask your child how it must have been for the Israelites to not have water. Retell the story and asking the child to fill in parts that he/she remembers.

King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were mean people. They did not love God. They did not worship God. They worshipped statues of stone and wood. This made God very sad. He decided to punish them. Elijah was a special friend of God. God gave Elijah the job of telling King Ahab and Queen Jezebel their punishment. Elijah told them that there would not be any rain for many years. There was not any rain for many years and the grass and trees dried up and the rivers and lakes were empty. 

Day 6: Make Play Doh Statues. Give your child some play doh and ask him/her to make some statues. Ask him/her to ask the statues that were made to complete some tasks. Ask him/her to tell the statues to pick up a pencil, pick up his/her room, etc. Talk about how the statues can’t do any of those things. Ask your child why the statues can’t do the things he/she asked. (They aren’t real.) The statues that King Ahab and Queen Jezebel were worshiping weren’t real either!  God is real. God is powerful. God stopped the rain. He kept it from raining for years! Pray thanking God that He is powerful.

Day 7:  Draw Pictures. Provide your child with two pages of paper and crayons or markers. Give your child a green crayon or marker and ask him/her to draw a picture of the land when it gets rain. Talk about how God gives us rain to help our grass and trees turn green. Once the first picture is completed, give your child a brown crayon or marker and ask him/her to draw a picture of the land where King Ahab and Queen Jezebel lived after it had no rain.  Talk about how God took the rain away from the land because the people were worshipping statues and not God.

Day 8:  Obey. Encourage your child to help you recall the story of Queen Jezebel and King Ahab.  Remind the child that King Ahab and Queen Jezebel did not do what God told them to do.  God told people to worship only Him. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel did not obey God. God punished them because they did not obey Him.  God wants us to do what He tells us to do. God also wants us to obey our parents just like He wants us obey Him. Just like King Ahab and Queen Jezebel when we don’t obey, we must be punished to learn what is right and wrong.  God tells Mom and Dad to help us learn right from wrong. Pray thanking God that He is powerful and thank him for telling Mom and Dad to help us learn right and wrong.

Day 9. Mother May I? Lead your child to play Mother May I.  Remind your child how to play Mother May I.  It’s important to do what “Mother says” in the game. It’s important to obey what the person says to do to stay in the game.  God wants us to obey what He wants us to do. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and the Israelites did not do what God wanted them to do and God was very sad. 

Day 10.   Learn the Memory Verse.  Ask your child who is the strongest person he/she knows.  Make a list of the people your child lists. Ask him or her to think of who IS the absolute strongest person your child knows.   Ask him/her who is the most powerful. (God.) Begin teaching your child the memory verse. “O Lord, you are powerful.” 2 Chronicles 20:6.  Get your child’s Bible and open it to the passage. Use a highlighter or yellow marker to highlight the verse. If you don’t feel comfortable marking in the Bible, use a sticky note on the edge of the page in the Bible to allow the child to locate the verse. 

Work with your child to write the Bible verse on a piece of paper and decide where to hang it in your house to remind your child of the verse.  If appropriate, ask your child to draw a picture below the verse to help the child remember what the verse says.

Day 11: Phony Food.  In advance of one of the meals for the day, gather pictures that you print and cut out of same types of food.  (If serving a hamburger, cut out a picture of hamburger, etc. A good source for these pictures is pixabay.com.)  As you call your child to the table for the meal, serve your child the pictures of the food instead of the real food.  Ask the child if they want to eat what you served them. When they say no - ask them why not. (it’s not real, it’s yucky, it won’t taste good.)  Show them a plate with the real food on it. Ask them if they think this would be better food for them. Explain to them that God is the only real God.  The statues that the Israelites were worshipping was fake just like the pictures of the food are fake. God is the only real God! There is only ONE real God!

Day 13:  God Provides Food.  Recall the story of Elijah and King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.  Help your child retell the story of how God stopped the rain for a very long time because the people were worshipping fake gods made of wood and stone.  Even though God stopped the rain, God told Elijah to stay there where there was no rain. God brought Elijah to a river and God took care of him there. Every morning and every evening God brought birds to Elijah carrying bread and meat for him to eat.  After months of no rain, the river where Elijah was began to dry up. God told Elijah to go to a town where a woman would give him food and water and a place to stay. Elijah went to the city and found the woman.

Pray with your child thanking God for providing food, water, and a house for him/her.

Day 14:  Carrying Bread and Meat.  Make a lunch with your child that includes meat and bread.  Place the lunch in a sack. Ask the child to fly around like a bird and then come and pick up the sack with one hand and flap his/her arms to take the lunch sack to the table to sit down and eat lunch.  Talk about how God sent the birds to bring Elijah meat and bread for him to eat.

Day 15:  The Birds.  Look outside together with your child.  Talk about the different colors of birds you see.  If you see a black colored bird, talk about how God gave Elijah a black colored bird to help him.  The birds brought Elijah bread and meat. Thank God for being powerful and providing food for us and for Elijah.  Thank God for making the birds.

Day 16:  God is Powerful.  It’s time to revisit the memory verse.  Go back and get the memory verse picture that you made last week.  Bring it back to the focus of the conversation for today. Recite the memory verse together.  Get the child’s Bible and locate the verse in the Bible. Help the child recite the verse.

Day 17:  A Woman Gives Elijah Bread.  Elijah found a woman in the city where God sent him.  Elijah found this woman at the city gate gathering sticks.  Elijah asked this woman to give him a drink of water and a piece of bread. 

The woman said, “I only have a little flour and oil to make bread.” 

Elijah said, “Don’t worry.  God won’t let you run out of flour and oil.”

So the widow made bread and shared with Elijah and guess what - she never ran out of oil and flour!  Whenever she poured flour and oil from her jars, God filled them up again! It was a miracle! God is powerful enough to keep refilling the oil and flour containers after she made bread for Elijah.

Weeks 3 & 4 - It’s Time for a Showdown!
Parent Passages:  1 Kings 18:22-38

Day 18:  Make Homemade Playdough.  Have your child help you make homemade playdough.  The recipe found at this link contains oil and flour. https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/ Show your child the amount of flour in your container before measuring out the flour to be used in this recipe.  Help the child measure out the oil to put into the playdough. Show the child that the flour container and oil container have less in it than it did before you took the flour and oil out to make the playdough.  Talk about how God refilled the woman’s oil and flour even after she made bread for Elijah.

Playdough hint:  For vibrant color and aroma use kool-aid in place of the food coloring as you mix the playdough.  Let the child choose the color and scent of the playdough.

Day 19: Build a Tower with Blocks. Ask your child to get blocks or legos and build a tower.  1Talk about people worshipped God by building special towers called altars.  The altars were special places that people in Bible times came to worship God.  They prayed to God and thanked Him for answering their prayers.

Day 20:  Fire. Give your child red, yellow, and orange crayons and ask them to draw fire on the piece of paper.  Then access a fireplace scene on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LssTi4X8jY Talk about the sounds of the fire and what is making the popping sounds.  Tell your child that in this weeks’ Bible story you are going to learn about how God used fire to answer Elijah’s prayer.

Elijah built a special altar just like we played we did yesterday.  He built it and told King Ahab to build one too. Elijah told the servants to get two helpings of meat.  Put one piece of meat on top of the wood on Elijah’s altar and the other piece of meat on the pile of wood on top of King Ahab’s.  Elijah told them to not light the meat or wood on fire. Elijah told King Ahab to tell his gods to light the wood and meat on fire.  They waited all morning until noon for the fire to start. There was no fire. King Ahab’s god did not start the fire. Elijah told King Ahab and his people to shout louder that maybe their god was sleeping or traveling.  They shouted even louder and longer. Still there was no fire. King Ahab’s god did not start the fire.

Elijah took the altar that he built and dug a hole around it and covered it with twelve jars of water.  So the wood was nice and wet. The hole Elijah had dug was full of water. Elijah looked up to heaven and asked God to set the altar on fire. As soon as Elijah asked, fire fell from Heaven, burned up the wood, the meat, and all of the water in the hole was gone!

Day 21: How to Put Out a Fire.  Show your child the picture of the fire at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LssTi4X8jY .  Ask your child how the fire was probably started (matches).  Ask your child how to put the fire out (water). Remind the child of the story with Elijah and the fire.  Retell the story. Talk about how God used the fire and it even drank up all the water in the hole that Elijah built. 

Day 22: Recall  Bible Story. Give the child materials to build a tower.  It can be legos, blocks, or the playdough made earlier this month.  As the child builds the tower, have them tell you the Bible story about Elijah building a tower. Remind him/her that God is powerful.

Day 23:  God Answered Elijah’s Prayer.  Ask your child questions about Elijah and the altars that he built.  Talk about how God answered Elijah’s prayer to start the fire for the sacrifice for the meat on the altar.  Talk about how Elijah asked God to do a GREAT BIG JOB! It was a job that the people considered impossible! Elijah asked God to start a fire on wet wood without a match! God is a very powerful God!

Day 24:  Thank God for Answering Prayers.  Help your child make a thank you card for God.  Help them make a card telling God thank you for answering prayers. Have the child color and decorate it. Assist your child as he/she requests help. Lead your child in a prayer telling God thank you for always listening to our prayers and answering them. 

Day 25:  What Would You Do?  Imagine with your child that they see something that surprised him/her.  What would you do? What would you say? Help them recall a time when they were surprised or shocked by something.  (They might say Whoa! or Oh my goodness!) Remind them of the Bible story and the amazing thing that God did when Elijah asked Him to start the fire on the altar.  The people were all watching because they wanted to know if God REALLY could do what Elijah said that he would do. The fell down to the ground and said “The Lord is God”. 

Day 26: Memory Verse.   The Israelites learned that God is powerful! He showed the people with the fire that He is powerful and He is the real God.  Let’s say our memory verse together. (You can use the picture the child drew earlier in the month to help recall the verse. “O LORD YOU ARE POWERFUL AND MIGHTY” 2 Chronicles 20:6

Day 27: Real or Fake.  Show your child something fake and real.  It could be a toy car and then compare it to your real care.  It could be fake flowers and real flowers. Ask them the differences between real and fake. Help the child to see that the fake is not the same as the real thing.  King Ahab and the people worshipped fake gods. God is the real god. He is the powerful God that started the fire on the altar and made you and me.

Day 29: Power of Prayer.  Elijah prayed to God.  Praying is talking to God. Each of us can talk to God anytime we want.  All we have to do is talk to Him. God wants to be our friend. Just like (fill in names of your child’s friends) are your friends, God wants to be your friend.  Lead your child in saying a prayer thanking God for being a powerful God.

Day 30:  Prayer List.  As you being your study time today, ask your child if he/she has prayed to God today.  If so, ask when and what he/she prayed about. Talk about times when you pray and mention some things that you pray about so the child can learn from your example.  Help your child to make a prayer list of things he/she can pray for. Write the list down for your child. Ask your child to draw a picture next to each of the items on the prayer list.  Limit the list to 3 items so the child can remember them as he/she prays. Put a date on the prayer list.

March 2018

One of the key ministry areas for POPs is to provide a daily activity-based Bible study plan for you to have with your child. We hope you will find this resource useful as you continue to spend quality time with your children, and as they grow and grow in their knowledge of Jesus.

Here you will find weekly Bible truths and activities. For each week there is a Parent Passage for you to read and study, followed by the Bible truths and passages for your child. You and your child will interact with the Bible verse in a different way each day to help your child recall the verse and the Bible truths as they continue to build their biblical foundation.

March Bible Study

Weeks 1 & 2– Jesus Cares        Parent Passages:  Luke 10: 25-37

Day 1:  Make Play-dough people. Give your child play-dough.  As they play, guide them to make play-dough people.  Ask them to name the people they are making.  If they don’t name people of their family, ask them to make a person like Mom, Dad, etc.  Ask your child if he/she cares for the people in your family that they made.  Guide them to describe how it feels to care for someone.  Teach them the verse, 1 Peter 5:7 Jesus (God) Cares for You. 

Day 2:  Happy and sad faces. Give your child magazines to cut pictures of smiling faces.  If you don’t have magazines you might gather some smiling face stickers or ask your child to draw some happy faces with a marker on a piece of construction paper.  Ask them how they feel when they smile.  “Are you happy, sad, or mad?”  Tell them they can be happy that Jesus cares for them. 

The Bible tells us about a man who was hurt.  He had laid on the side of the road hurt.  He couldn’t walk.  As he laid on the side of the road, two men walked by the hurting man and didn’t stop.  “How do you think that made the man feel?  Happy, sad, or mad? 

Recommended teaching for 2’s & 3’s:  A (third) good man came by the hurt man.  He stopped and helped the hurt man.  He cared for the hurt man and took him to the doctor.  When we care for people, it makes us happy and it makes them happy too! Jesus cares for us all the time!

Day 3: Make balloon faces.  Blow up some balloons.  Help your child draw faces on the balloons – happy face, a sad face, and a mad face.  Ask them if they were going to take care of the balloon so it wouldn’t pop what they would do.  (Not pop it – be careful to not step on it.)  Remind them that the Good Man cared for the hurt man.  He took him to the doctor and helped him feel better.  Jesus cares for you. He always wants you to feel good and be happy.  Remind them of the memory verse:  Jesus cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Day 4:  Make Band Aid Pictures. Give your child a piece of paper and band aids.  Have them stick the band aids on a piece of copy paper or construction paper.  They could tape a piece of a Kleenex on the construction paper or copy paper.  Ask your child about how they can show they care using the band aids and Kleenex?  Remind them of the story about the good man.  Tell them Jesus wants us to take care of others. Ask them to tell you the memory verse:  Jesus cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7.

Day 5:  Wash a Toy.  Ask your child to bring you their baby doll or their favorite plastic toy.  Fill a bowl or wash tub with water. Give them a washcloth and towel.  Tell them that part of taking care of things is to wash them and keep them clean.  You can talk about you take care of the house and how you take care of your clothes by washing them.  When the good man helped the hurt man, he washed the hurt places on the man to help take care of him.  Jesus cares for us and wants us to help take care of others.  Jesus cares for us 1 Peter 5:7.

Day 6:  Make a snack to share with friends.  Make a snack mix with O-shaped cereal, chocolate chips, pretzels, and raisins.  Ask your child to choose which friend(s) they would like to share their snack.  Make plans to deliver the snack to their friend(s).  Tell them by sharing with our friends, we show our friends that we care about them.  Ask them to recite the memory verse:  Jesus cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Day 7:  Dress Up Day.  Ask your child to dress up like a nurse, doctor, dentist, family members, or a teacher.  Ask him/her to tell you how each of the people the dressed up as cares for him/her. 

If your child doesn’t like to dress up you could watch a helping age-appropriate TV show with him/her.  Ask him throughout the show (as appropriate) how the people in the program care for people.  After the show is over ask him/her to recite the memory verse.  Jesus Cares for You.  1 Peter 5:7.

Day 8:  Play Dough Day.  Ask your child to use the playdough to make a person who is hurt.  Have them lay the person on the edge of the table/counter.  Ask them to make another person who helps the hurt man.  Remind them how the Good Man cared for the hurt man.  Remind them of the memory verse.  Jesus Cares for You.  1 Peter 5:7

Day 9:  Crepe Paper Owies.  Wrap your child’s arm in crepe paper or you can use paper towel tubes to place around his/her arm.  Continue to do similar things with the other arm and both legs.  Talk about how these Owies make him/her feel.  Talk about how his/her arms and legs hurt and how it’s hard to walk.  Retell the story of the Good Man.  Remind him/her that the hurt man had owies too and he couldn’t walk.  Ask them to recite the memory verse.  God Cares for You.  1 Peter 5:7.

Day 10:  Hearts.   Make heart-shaped cookies and let the child decorate them as you share with them that a heart is symbol of love and caring for a person.  If time doesn’t allow baking cookies, you can buy heart-shaped snack or cookies and have them as a snack and talk about caring and retell the Bible story. 

Day 11: The size of God’s heart.  Make a big heart and lay it on the table.  Talk about how BIG the heart is.  Explain to the child that even as big as this heart is, it’s not as big as God’s heart.  God’s heart is full of love.  Because He loves us – he cares for us.  Jesus Cares for You.  1 Peter 5:7.

Day 12:  Acting Out the Story.  Have your child walk around in a circle either in the living room or outside.  As the child walks – talk about the men walking past the hurt man.  Remind him/her about the Good Man that stopped to yelp the hurt man.  If the child is interested, have him lay down on the floor/grass and you walk by like the other men in the story.  When it’s time for the 3rd man to stop and help the hurt man, lean over the child to help him/her. 

Day 13:  Walking to Show Others You Care.  Ask your child how he/she could show a neighbor that you care about them.  Help him/her carry out the plan to show the neighbor that you care for them.  Walk to the neighbor’s house to carry out the action.

Day 14: Jesus Cares for Us Always.  Throughout the day today, find opportunities to remind your child that Jesus cares for him/her.  When they are playing, helping with chores, preparing to take a nap, even when they aren’t behaving as you would like.  Remind them that Jesus cares for him/her always even when he/she isn’t doing as we would like.  Ask him/her to recite the Bible verse – Jesus Cares for You.  1 Peter 5:7.

 

Weeks 3 & 4 – Jesus is Alive     Parent Passages:  Luke 24:1-9, 36-39, 50-53

Day 15:  Take a walk together looking for things that are alive.  As you walk ask your 4-5 yr old child which things you see are alive and which things aren’t.  As you walk with your 2-3 yr old point out the things that are alive – bugs, plants, flowers, trees, birds, dogs, cats.  Begin teaching them the Bible verse – Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6.

Day 16:  Happy face and sad face plate.  Guide your child to make a smiling face on the side of one paper plate and a sad face on the back side of the plate.  Tell your child that the Bible story is about the first Easter.  Tell your child to show you the side of the plate that shows whether the people in the story are happy or sad. 

Jesus’ friends were sad. (Guide your child to turn the plate to show the sad face)  Jesus’ friends were crying because they thought Jesus had died.  They were very sad.  After Jesus had died, his body was placed in a tomb.  The tomb was cave and covered with a big heavy rock.

Some women that were some of Jesus’ friends brought some spices to take care of Jesus.  As the friends came to the tomb, the rock was moved and an angel was there!  The angel told the women to not be sad – Jesus is alive! (Guide you child to turn the plate to show the happy face)  The women were so happy they ran to tell their friends that Jesus is alive!

Day 17:   Rolling the stone.  Provide your child a ball and a box or bucket.  Play with your child as they roll a ball into the box or bucket.  As you play rolling the ball into the box or bucket, remind your child of the Bible story and how the angel rolled the stone away.  Help your child find the Bible verse in a Bible and recite the memory verse with your child – Jesus is Alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 18:  Build a cave.  Use two chairs or a card table and a sheet or blanket to make a cave.  Encourage your child to play inside the cave.  Remind the child of the Bible story where Jesus was laid in a tomb.  Take a flashlight and shine it in the cave and say an angel came and Jesus was gone.  He was alive!

Day 19:  Play an animal game.  Play a game with your child where he/she guesses the name of the animal that makes the sound you are making.  (Example:  you make a mooing sound – the child guesses cow.)  Remind the child that each of these animals is alive.  Jesus is alive too!  Help them recite the verse:  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 20:  Acting out the story. 

Jesus’ friends were very sad.  (Act like you are crying)  Jesus was dead.  Oh they were so very sad (Act like crying) Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb and a big heavy rock was rolled over in front of the tomb.  (Act like you are rolling a big heavy rock over the tomb opening)  Jesus’ friends came to the tomb to put spices on him.  When they got to the tomb – the big rock was moved!  An angel was there and told them that Jesus was alive. 

Day 21:  Tell Other People that Jesus is Alive. Remind your child of the Bible story that you’ve been learning.  Retell the story and continue on to tell the part of the story that when the angel told the people that Jesus was alive, the people were so excited!  They ran back to town to tell others that Jesus is alive.  They told everyone they saw that Jesus is alive!  Ask your child who they could tell that Jesus is alive.  Call at least one of those people on the phone for your child to tell them that Jesus is alive. Recite the Bible verse with them:  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 22:  People saw Jesus. After Jesus rose from the dead, He walked and talked with people.  He ate with people.  He prayed with them.  Soon it was time for Jesus to go to live with God.  The people waved goodbye as Jesus went up, up, up to heaven.  Jesus wet to heaven to help make a special place for us to live someday.  Jesus is alive and we can live with him someday in heaven.

Recite the Bible verse:  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 23: Make cloud pictures.  Give your child a piece of paper, cotton balls, and glue.  Have them glue cotton balls on the paper to make clouds.  Remind them that the people saw Jesus go up in the clouds to heaven to live with God.  Have them tell you the memory verse as you write it on the picture.  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 24:  Draw house pictures.  Have your child draw a picture of  a house.  Talk about the things you do in your house – (eat, sleep, play games, etc).  Ask them if they think the house you live in or the house they drew is as special as the place God is making for us in heaven.  Tell them God is making us a place even more special than your house in heaven.

Day 25:  Play with bubbles. Have you/your child blow bubbles outside.  Watch the bubbles rise up in the air.  Talk about how Jesus rose up into the sky to go to heaven to live with God.

Day 26: Who do you love?  Who loves you?  Talk to your child about who your child loves and who loves your child.  As they mention someone that isn’t in the room with them at the time – explain to them that even if you can’t see them right now – they still love you.  Explain to them that we can’t see Jesus right now but we know that He loves us.

Day 27:  Surprise Egg.  Give your child an empty Easter egg.  Ask the child what he/she expects to see when the egg is opened.  (Candy, coins, toy)  Remind him/her of the women walking to the tomb.  What did they expect to see in the tomb?  (Jesus)  Jesus wasn’t there though was He?  No – because He was alive. Have the child open the Easter egg.  Talk to him/her about the empty egg is a reminder that Jesus is alive and not in the tomb!

Day 28:  Easter.  Easter is in 2 days.  We have Easter to celebrate that Jesus is alive!  Jesus has risen from the dead.  Recite the Bible verse:  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 29:  Planning for a party.  Have your child help decorate for a party.  Put a tablecloth or placemats on a table.  Put Easter eggs on the table.  Talk to your child about how the people in the Bible were so excited when they learned Jesus was alive!  Recite the Bible verse:  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6

Day 30:  Have a party!  Celebrate Jesus being raised from the dead.  Celebrate that Jesus died on a cross.  Rose from the dead and then went to heaven to live with God and he’s making a special houses just for us! Recite the Bible verse:  Jesus is alive.  Matthew 28:6