Preschool Sunday School

Preschool Sunday School Review {John the Baptist foretold}

The Birth of John the Baptist is foretold to Zechariah  

Target Age: 4-5 years old

Scripture: Luke 1:1-25, 57-67 with special emphasis on verses 13 and 14

Focus: John would have the important job of preparing a way for Jesus among God's people. God had a plan for John's life before he was conceived, and the same is true for you and me.

Lesson: Open your Bible to Luke 1. I paraphrased the story with special emphasis using the summary from Mission Arlington. You can fin their entire lesson plans (which include plans for older children) at their site www.missionarlington.com

 

 

Our story starts off with two people. Their names were Zechariah and Elizabeth. They

had been married a long time, but did not have any children. Both of them loved God very

much and did things just like God wanted them to.

One day Zechariah had a job to do inside of the church. While he was in there, he received

a special visitor. Who do you think it was? An angel! Zechariah had never seen an angel

before, so he was afraid.

The angel said, “Do not be afraid! God has heard your prayers. You and your wife are

going to have a son. You are to name him John. God will use John to do an important job. He

will tell the people that God’s Son, Jesus, is coming.”

Ohh, wow, this was great news for Zechariah. What do you think Zechariah said? He

asked the angel, “How do I know that this will really happen? Both my wife and I are very

old.” Hmm, sounds like Zechariah does not believe the angel.

The angel said to him, “My name is Gabriel. I spend every day with God. He sent me

to tell you this good news. Since you did not believe me, you will not be able to talk until the

baby is born.”

That means he won’t be able to talk for nine whole months! That is the same amount of

time you go to school!

Finally nine months had passed and the baby was born. All of their neighbors and relatives

were very excited for them. They told Elizabeth that they should name him after his father.

What name did the angel say to give the baby? Yes, John. Elizabeth immediately spoke

up, “No! He will be named John.” They looked at her like she was crazy. They said, “No one

in either of your families has that name.”

So they decided to see what Zechariah wanted to do. They made signs with their hands

to ask him. Zechariah grabbed something to write on and wrote, “His name is John.” At that

moment, Zechariah was able to speak again. What do you think was the first thing he did? He

praised God!

John was born before Jesus was. God wanted John to tell all the people to be ready because

Jesus was going to make a way for them to get to Heaven. God had made a promise

that He would send His Son. The people had been waiting for many years. So John helped the

people to know that the time was coming.

Did you know God has a plan and a job for you? God cared about John and He cares

about you too. How do you find out what that plan and job is? Let's read 1 Peter 3:15 to find out.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 3:15 ESV

But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks a reason for the hope that is in you.

God's plan for us is to honor Jesus as Lord in our hearts!

Pray: Thank God for each of the children by name. Thank him for knowing them and having a plan for their lives.

 

Game: Charades

Supplies: notecards, pen, willing participants

Write each of the following on separate notecards for the kids to choose from.

Jesus

Zechariah was afraid of the angel

Gabriel said Zechariah couldn't speak

Elizabeth was going to have a baby

Zechariah praised God

Have one student stand in front of the group and choose a card. Whisper in their ear what the card says and give a few hints for acting in out. Sit down with the rest of the class and aid in their guessing. The first person to guys what was on the card gets to do the next charades.

My group really loved this game, although their shyness made it hard to guess a few of them. But they were all willing to try, which I was happy about. You can tell they are all very comfortable with each other!

 

Craft: "God knows my name" plates

Supplies: Cardboard cut into 12x5 pieces, marker, Elmer's glue, glitter, thin craft sticks

Write each child's name on a piece of cardboard, large and in all caps. Write the verse 1 Peter 3:15 on the back of each nameplate. Explain to the kids that God knew their name even before their mommies and daddies did - even before their mommies or daddies knew anything about them at all! And God has a plan for their lives, just like he did John's life.

Have the child trace their name in glue and add glitter. Then they will trace around the border of their nameplate in glue and cover with craft sticks to make it look like a frame.

We told ourselves as we were doing this craft that messy crafts are the greatest!

 

Review game: Musical Circles

Supplies: yarn strands, cd player, cd

Use the yarn to create three or four large circles on the floor. Turn on the music. The kids dance around outside the circles while the music is playing. When the music stops, they jump into the nearest circle. The last person into a circle answers a review question about the story.

As the kids were leaving the room I asked them, "who knew your name before your mommy? {God!} Who has a plan for your life? {God!}

 

Thanks for visiting tonight! I hope this lesson blesses you and your little ones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water-Paint-Paper

It's been a while since I've posted a craft project. And this one falls right in line with our Easter preparations. Which thankfully are happening more and more in our hearts and conversations and less and less at Target and in the kitchen. The remembrance of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday is somber and full of reflection. Easter is when all the lights come on and the day is full of celebration in thanks for our risen Savior. There are several activities and Bible stories I am hoping to share with you in the next couple of weeks so that you can pick one or two and use them with your family to prepare your hearts for the somber waiting of Good Friday and the jubilant celebration of Easter. Yesterday, I led a craft with the kids at our church which is appropriate for kids age 2-adults! Everyone loved it and was able to complete it on their own. I was a little surprised at how intimidating watercolor is for most people, but it's really simple if you just remember three words. Water, paint, paper.

For your supplies you need watercolor paper, watercolors, a paint brush, a cup for water, and painters tape. Notice I said watercolor paper. Cardstock, printer paper, and construction paper aren't made to hold the amount of water that you need to use for painting with watercolors. So do yourself a favor and go grab some from a craft store. I get mine at Hobby Lobby in a notepad. It comes with 30 sheets for about $10. Take along a 40% off coupon and you'll get it for a steal at $6! For the paint, I prefer Crayola watercolors. They take on water very well and the colors are extra brilliant. Some of the cheaper brands tend to take a long time to absorb any water, so if this is the kind you have around your house, just put a couple drops of water in each color and let them sit there for a while before you paint (about 10 minutes). Any old brush will do just fine for this project. And be sure you have painters tape, not masking tape, duct tape, or packing tape. (I know, I used masking tape in the pictures...)The other kinds will rip the top layer off your paper at the end and make you sad (which it did for mine).

To begin, tape around the edge of your paper. This accomplishes two things. It creates a border for your art and adheres the paper to the table so it won't move around while you are painting.

Next, tape a cross in the center of the paper.

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Now begin painting. Do you remember your three words? Water-paint-paper. If you are doing this with small children you will say that phrase 600 times before its all said and done. Now just let them have complete freedom with what colors they choose. This may drive some of you nutso, but it's time to let go. If you can't stop messing with theirs, make one of your own! Don't worry if all of the paints begin to look brown. You'll just run a little water over them at the end and they'll clear right up. Keep reminding them, water-paint-paper!

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Keep painting until all the white paper not covered by tape has been painted. It's important to paint right up to the tape lines. Don't worry, it won't seep under.

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When everything white has been painted wait until the paint is dry, or at leats not dripping wet anymore. Then slowly remove the tape. Now the contract of the white cross against what may have seemed like a mess of paint and ugly colors stands out brilliantly.

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To take this art project deeper this about it in terms of the dark, swirling, mixed up paint as our sin. It's a mess. There is no reason or order to it. It is out of control. (See why I wouldn't let you control it?) But there is hope! By dying on the cross, Jesus literally erased our record of sin (Which is what your painting depicts as you remove the tape). By believing in Christ we are justified. Elyse Fitzpatrick puts it like this:

Justification means that our record before God is 'just as if we had never sinned.' Never sinned? No, never. And while this is wonderful news, it is only half the story. It also means, 'just as if we had always obeyed!' We've been given a record of complete righteousness!

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Now what if your child's painting (or yours) didn't turn out dark and ugly? That's great! You can focus on the glorious day when Jesus rose from the grave and washed all our sins away!

I hope you enjoy this art project, watercolor can bee so soothing a peaceful. But more so, I hope that it will stir your affections for Christ as you rejoice in the fact that we as believers have been given the righteousness of God. (Romans 3:21-22) Let your parched soul drink in that truth today.

 

PSS Review: "God heals Naaman"

God heals Naaman Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-16

Target Age: 4-5 years

Focus: God offers salvation to all people. God is merciful and sovereign.

Opener: Cut large hearts out of construction paper and write a friendship action on each one (i.e., give a friend a high five, tell a friend 'Jesus loves you', smile at a friend....)

Laminate the cards if possible to save for future use. Place the cards face down on the floor. As the children arrive have them stand in a circle around the hearts. Each child takes turn picking up a heart and the whole group does the action.

Lesson: I read the lesson from the Gospel Storybook Bible. Here are the key points. (If you use these points, I recommend printing them out and placing the paper in your Bible so the kids know this is God's word!)

- Naaman was a general for the army of the kingdom of Syria. He was a very important man. But he had a big problem. He had leprosy. (Explain what leprosy was and that they had no cure for it.)

- Naaman had a little girl living in his house who was from Israel. She told Naaman that he should go see the prophet Elisha in Israel. Elisha would pray to God on Naaman's behalf and he would be able to heal him from his leprosy.

- Naaman prepared to go to Israel and speak with the king of Israel. He took a lot of money to pay Elisha for his healing.

- When Naaman arrived in Israel and went to the king the king of Israel thought it was a trick. He thought the general of the enemy army was coming to start a war! So he sent Naaman straight to Elisha's house.

- When Elisha heard that Naaman was coming, he sent a servant out to tell Naaman that God would heal his leprosy if he would wash 7 times in the Jordan river.

- Naaman was very irritated. He thought he was going to meet with the king. After all, he was a very important person.

- Naaman decided we was not going to do what Elisha said. But one of his servants convinced him to do it and so he did.

- And guess what?!? Naaman's leprosy went away! God healed Naaman!

- After that, Naaman believed in od and said "There is no God in all the earth but Israel."

Where is Jesus in this story?

In the new testament, Jesus told the story of Naaman. He used this story to tell people that not only people who were in Abraham's family (Israelites/Jews) were able to benefit from the promise of eternal life through Him. Jesus has people in his family from every nation!

Activities:

Every nation explanation

Bring a globe or large map and perhaps photos of children from different parts of the world. Point to the United States (if that's where you live) on the globe or map and explain that this is our 'nation'. Explain that there are many nations all over the world filled with people who may look, act, and speak differently than us. But that's great, because God created them and loves them, and the message of salvation is for them, too! Take turns spinning the globe or pointing to different countries and talking a little bit about that country. (If you don't know anything about the country, say that!) And then repeat again that Jesus died for people in this nation and they will be part of his forever family if they trust in him!

Then say but some of theses nations have never even heard the name of Jesus before. They don't know about him or what he has done for them. How will they every believe if they don't know?

One little girl in my class jumped up and said Someone has to tell them!!!

Bingo.

Craft

This week we started preparing our hearts for Easter. So we made playdoh to create tombs for Jesus. But if this lesson does not fall around Easter for you, you could  water color paint. As the children paint ask if they remember the part about water in the story today and see if they can tell you about Naaman washing in the Jordan river.

 

PSS Review {God chooses Solomon to Build a Temple}

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 28, 29:1-19; 2 Chronicles 6:12-18Target Age: 4-5 Years old Focus: God is sovereign over his temple

Lesson: We read from the Gospel Storybook Bible. Here are the key highlights:

- David wanted to build a house for God. But God did not want him to, he told David that his son Solomon would build him a house.

- David collected the materials and told Solomon to serve God with all of his heart and mind.

- After David died, Solomon built the temple for God. It was modeled after the tabernacle and had a special room inside called the Most Holy Place for the ark of the covenant.

- When the temple was completed, Solomon prayed and fire came down from heaven and the glory of God filled the temple.

Where is Jesus in this story?

- The temple that Solomon built was very special and beautiful, no one could believe how wonderful it was. But God does not dwell in the temple anymore. In fact, the temple was destroyed thousands of years ago. So where does God dwell now? The Bible says that he has built a temple out of people!

- Everyone who trusts in Jesus becomes a part of God's temple and his Spirit lives inside of them! Are hearts are like the Most Holy Place!

Activities: Building Blocks: Build a temple with building blocks together. Make sure to leave a room for the Most Holy Place and put a gold box inside for the ark of the covenant. Shine a flashlight down into the temple to illustrate how the glory of the Lord filled The temple.   First they wanted to each make their own. This sweet little one decided to use a globe piggy bank for her ark of the covenant. :)

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Lots of different temple interpretations in this room.

Then we decided to work together. Some were more happy about that than others.

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Craft Option 1: Scratch art.

Supplies: scratch art kit such as the one pictured above, people stencils {one boy and one girl}, a wooden skewer for each child for scratching the paper.

Have the boys place the boy stencil over their scratching paper and scratch off the black to reveal color. Have the girls do the same with the girl stencil. On the back or with the scratcher on the front write the phrase “I am God’s temple! {I Corinthians 3:16} I like this craft option because the pretty colors behind the black on the scratch paper remind me of the glory of the Lord filling the temple - and now our bodies are the temple. It's a cool thought. But we didn't actually do this one because I was running out of scratching paper...

Craft Option 2: Foam People

A few weeks ago I found this package of foam people on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I had the kids make people that looked like themselves. Then we glued them to paper and wrote, "I am God's temple!" 1 Corinthians 3:16 You could also use paper dolls, stencils, or just have them draw a picture of themselves!

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This is my son. He's a goof ball.

Praying this lesson is a blessing to you!!

 

Be sure to check out my other creative Bible lessons for kids!


PSS Review {David breaks God's commandment and repents}

Scripture: 2 Samuel 11-12 and Psalm 51 Okay- this is another doosie for young ones. In case you are new to the site, we use the curriculum called He Established a Testimony from Children Desiring God. Sometimes in young kid’s Sunday School classes we can build up David to be super-human. Because David had a heart after God’s own heart and killed and giant and became king, he can be given super hero status. These chapters show David in a much different light. A sinner in need of God’s forgiveness. This is how I approached the lesson with my class, maybe you will find it helpful and a useful tool in describing sin and modeling repentance to our kiddos.

Focus: Sin displeases God and God will punish sin; God is rich in mercy and His forgiveness is great

Target Age: 4-5 years

Opener: Play with musical instruments. Play, dance, and sing a worship song to God. Lesson: From the time David was a little boy, God had blessed him with musical ability. David played the harp for king Saul to calm him down and bring him peace, and he sang and danced before the Lord often. David wrote many songs which are written down in the book of the Bible called Psalms. It is fun to go through Psalms and try to see what was going on in David’s life when he wrote that song. Psalm 51 is one of the songs that David wrote and the Bible tells us what happened in David’s life right before he wrote the song. One day David was walking around in his room and he saw something that wasn’t his, but he wanted it. He wanted it so bad. At that moment, his heart loved that thing more than he loved God. When our hearts love something more than God, it is called sin. David decided to take the thing that he wanted and make it his. So David sinned against God. It started in his heart and then it happened with his actions. Discussion: David loved God, but he was still a sinner. Every person is a sinner and unable to love God fully. When we sin it makes our hearts dirty. When our skin gets dirty we can wash it with soap and water to make it clean, but how to we wash our hearts when they are dirty with sin? Read these verses from Psalm 51:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (1-2) Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (7) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (10)

David was repenting, he was telling God that he knew he had sinned and his heart was dirty and asking God to forgive him and to clean his heart. That is what we need to do when we sin too. Where is Jesus in this story? David’s heart was dirty and needed to be cleaned by God. He was a sinner, but Jesus never sinned his heart was the only human heart ever to be white and never get dirty. So when Jesus dies on the cross, he took the dirt from our hearts onto his clean heart so that the sin was punished when Jesus died. If we put our trust in Jesus, like David did, (Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:11-12) our hearts will be washed clean because our sin was already punished.

Activities: Pudding and shaving cream heart paintings

Supplies: plastic tablecloth, smocks for each child, a bowl of shaving crème, a bowl of chocolate pudding, a large sheet of paper for each child, black marker, bucket of warm soapy water and a towel Give each child a large sheet of construction paper. Have a big bowl of chocolate pudding for them to share and a big bowl of white shaving crème for them to share. Draw two large hearts on each child's paper and write the verse Psalm 51:7b "wash me and I shall be whiter than snow." Have the children 'paint' one of the hearts with chocolate pudding. Explain that our hearts our dirty because we are sinners. Right now our hands are dirty. How should we get our hands clean? (The kids will probably suggest washing them in the bucket of soapy water.) Yes, that's right, washing our hands with soap and water will get them clean, but how will we get our dirty hearts clean? Can we wash them with soap and water?

Jesus was the only person every born to never have a dirty heart because he was not a sinner. But when he died on the cross, he took all of the sins that make us  dirty and was punished for them. So if trust in Jesus, the Bible says he will wash our sins whiter than snow.

So how do we clean our dirty hearts? By trusting in Jesus!!

Wash the children's hands and dry them. Then let them paint in the other heart with white shaving crème.

When they were finished I moved the papers to an area to dry and let them play in the shaving crème on the plastic tablecloth. It was a lot of fun for them, but I had to keep a close eye :) shaving creme

 

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and can see the value in teaching the "hard" ones to small children.

 

Come again!

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