A Little Servant Girl and the Proud General (The Story of Naaman) – The Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop

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We are joining up with My Mundane and Miraculous Life again today for the Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop!

Today we read “A Little Servant Girl and the Proud General” beginning on page 136 of The Jesus Storybook Bible. We focused a lot on how Naaman thought he was very important and his heart was sick. He thought he was too important to get healed in a stinky river, but God healed his heart and his skin!

For our activity we had a “Naaman Gets Healed in the River” bath!

Naaman is Healed in the River

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First you need to give yourself some skin disease! :) We took some red paint and mixed it with a couple generous squirts of soap. Then, we used a circle foam brush to paint on some big red dots. This was very silly and goofy and fun, but we made sure to make some “sad Naaman” faces too!

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Next, start filling up the tub! We took some green and red food coloring to make our water icky like the river.

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Here’s what our bath looked like with the food coloring added.

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K thought that having a green bath was absolutely the most delightful thing ever.

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Time to hop in!

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Time to wash up Naaman!

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All done! Sad and prideful Naaman has been healed! He is no longer sick on his skin or in his heart!

Be sure to check out all the Jesus Storybook Bible activities over at My Mundane and Miraculous Life.

If you are looking for more fun Bible activities to do with your toddler or preschooler be sure to check out our Play Through The Bible series!

The Good Shepherd — Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop

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For today’s post we are joining My Mundane and Miraculous Life for the Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop. This is an amazing series brought to you by a bunch of great bloggers, creating a wonderful resource of activities and crafts for every story in the Jesus Storybook Bible. You can hop on over and check out all the posts here.

For our story today we read “The Good Shepherd”, beginning on page 130 of the Jesus Storybook Bible. K is still a little young for this version of the Bible, so I had to summarize the story a little. Our focus was “Jesus is my Shepherd and I am His sheep!” To help reinforce this main point we did two activities.

Sticky Sheep Craft

Materials Needed:

  • Contact paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Tape
  • Cotton balls

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First, trace and cut out a fluffy sheep shape from your contact paper. We happened to have some that was white, but the regular clear kind will work just as well. Once you get that cut out, tape it to a window, wall, or table. Then, cut out head and leg shapes and tape those on as well.

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Stick the cotton balls onto your sheep to make him nice and fuzzy!

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Sheep Pretend Play

Materials Needed:

  • Black construction paper
  • White paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls
  • 4 black socks

 

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To make this easy-peazy sheep costume start by gluing some cotton balls onto a long and narrow piece of white paper. I cut ours out of a giant roll of paper we have, but 3 or 4 pieces of white paper taped together will work just as well.

sheepOnce you’ve got a nice, fuzzy paper, you can assemble the rest of the costume. For the ears I cut two strips of black paper and taped them together in a circle the size of K’s head. Then I cut out two ear shapes and taped them onto the headband. Put some black socks onto your hands and feet and tape the fuzzy fur around your belly and you are all set!

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While playing pretend sheep we talked about how Jesus is our Shepherd because of how he loves and takes care of us. Of course we just had a lot of fun too!

Again, be sure to check out the main Jesus Bible Storybook Blog Hop page for all the great activities. If you are looking for more shepherd/sheep activities you can head over to our Play Through The Bible Series posts on David and Goliath and The Parable of the Lost Sheep.

 

Let The Little Children Come – Play Through The Bible – Week 22

 

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Week 22 of Play Through The Bible is the story of the little children coming to Jesus. This was a great week for really emphasizing how much Jesus loves his children, even (especially!) the littlest ones.

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Twenty Two – Let The Little Children Come


Focus Point

Jesus loves me!

Story Time Tips

  • We read “Children Come To Jesus” starting on page 208 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “Children Come To Jesus” starting on page 300 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook”.
  • We focused on three main parts of the story: 1) The children wanted to see Jesus, 2) The disciples told the children to go away, and 3) Jesus wanted to see the children.
  • We talked about how Jesus loves ALL his children, but K was quite tickled to hear that Jesus loved him! It made me realized that I should be telling him that a lot more often!

Activity

Act out the story. Have your child try to go see Jesus and tell them to “go away!” While they are walking away switch to being Jesus and say “let the children come to me!” After that give lots of hugs and kisses and talk about how Jesus loves them so much.

Discussion

Parent: “Who did the children want to see?”

Child: “Jesus.”

Parent: “What did the disciples say?”

Child: “Go away!”

Parent: “But what did Jesus say?”

Child: “Let the children come to me.”

Parent: “Yes, because Jesus loves his children.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Let The Children Come Small World

 

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Materials Needed:

  • Jesus and disciples figurines (we used our peg dolls)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Assorted figures to be children

This small world was really simple! I left the green tissue paper in the bin from last week, added Jesus and some disciples, and threw in a bunch of random people to be the children. Jesus is standing in the place of honor on top of a play coin. :)

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Day Two – Coloring Page

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For this day you can color a page (such as this one) like normal, or you can do what we did and cut out the Jesus from this page, glue him to another paper, and draw some children around him. I just can’t get enough of those little three year old drawings!

Day Three – Jesus Loves Me Handprint Craft

 

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Materials needed:

  • Red paint
  • White paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Stamps
  • Ink pad

DSC_3911Use the red paint to make two handprints on your paper, aiming for a heart shape.

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We drew a heart around our handprints since it was hard to get wiggly fingers positioned just right.

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Day Four – Jesus Loves Me Picture Frame

 

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Materials needed:

  • 4 large craft sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Picture of your child
  • Markers

 

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First, glue the craft sticks into a square. We cheated and used the hot glue gun! You can use Elmer’s glue, but you will have to give it some time to dry.

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Write “Jesus Loves Me” on the top and then let your child decorate it with the markers.

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Glue the picture of your child to the back! We happened to have some sticky magnets laying around, so we put magnets on the back and hung it on the fridge. You could also tie a string around the corners and hang it up.

Day Five – “I Can Pray” Book

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Materials needed:

  • “I Can Pray” book printable (you can grab it right here – I Can Pray)
  • Markers
  • Something to bind the book (staples, tape, hole punch and string or brads, etc / not pictured)

For this craft, we talked about how Jesus loves his children, and he loves to hear them pray to Him. I put together this little book to get us talking about different ways we can pray.

 

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Every page of the book has something different to pray about. I added a few pictures to get you started. We went through each page and talked through what things we could pray about in that category. Then, I wrote down and drew pictures for the extra things K said.

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After that, K went back through the book and colored all the pictures. We fastened our book together with a hole punch and brads since that is what we laying around.

Extra Resources

Here are a couple songs that would be great to sing this week:

Jesus Loves Me – Cedermont Kids

Let The Little Children Come – Steve Green

 


I hope you enjoyed week twenty two of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram! 

This post is linked up with…

Intentional Parenting

Mom2Mom Monday

Hip Homeschooling

Tuesday Talk

Titus 2sday

Titus 2 Tuesday

 

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Parable of the Lost Sheep – Play Through The Bible – Week 21

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Week 21 of Play Through The Bible is the parable of the lost sheep. K really enjoyed this story and crafts that involve fuzzy sheep are always a hit!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Twenty One – The Parable of the Lost Sheep


Focus Point

The shepherd loves his sheep.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “The Lost Lamb” starting on page 198 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • I forgot to mention it last week, but for these parables we have been talking about how they are stories that Jesus told. K liked learning that Jesus told stories too.
  • On page 200-201 you can count sheep like the shepherd was doing.
  • K really latched onto that the sheep was scared when he was lost. He can be very sensitive to emotions, so I made sure to focus extra on how the shepherd loved his sheep so much that he never stopped looking until he found him.

Activity

Have your child be the sheep and play “hide and go seek sheep.” Call out for your lost little sheep as you look around the room searching for your child.

Discussion

Parent: “What happened to the sheep?”

Child: “He got lost.”

Parent: “What did the shepherd do?”

Child: “He looked for him.”

Parent: “Did he find his sheep?”

Child: “Yes!.”

Parent: “Yes, because he loved his sheep just like God loves us.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Parable of the Lost Sheep Small World

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Materials Needed:

  • Cotton balls
  • Figurine for the shepherd (we used a blank peg doll)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Cardboard box or something similar (ours is a piece of packing material we’ve used for a lot of different things)

 

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I set up this small world by first laying some green tissue paper on the bottom of our lego table/sensory bin for the grass. Then, I scattered around some cotton ball “sheep” and added a shepherd. A piece of recycling became a mountain for one of the sheep to get lost behind.

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Day Two – Coloring Page

http://www.sermons4kids.com/lost_sheep_colorpg.htm

Day Three – One Hiding Sheep

 

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Materials needed:

  • Green, gray, and white paper
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Scissors

 

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First, cut out some fluffy sheep shapes from the white paper.

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Then, cut out a rock shape from the gray paper a little larger than your sheep.

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Glue your sheep bodies onto the green paper, leaving one to the side.

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Draw some legs and a head onto your sheep.

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Taping only the top, secure the rock onto the green paper.

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Lift open your rock flap and glue down your last sheep underneath.

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Give him some feet and a head too.

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K has been working on drawing people on and off for a while now, so with a little help he was able to draw in his own shepherd. You could always just print and glue a shepherd onto the paper or just leave it off.

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Day Four – Fluffy Handprint Sheep

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Materials needed:

  • Green and black construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Cotton balls

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First, trace your child’s hand on the black paper. (You could also do a black handprint instead. We were out of black paint so we decided to trace and cut from black paper instead.)

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Cut out your child’s handprint.

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Glue the handprint upside down onto the green paper.

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Put some glue on the top part of the handprint where you want the sheep’s fur to go.

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Glue on your cotton balls to make the sheep’s fluffy fur.

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After K was done with the sheep I wrote on part of Luke 15:6 to finish it off.

Day Five – Shepherd Painting

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Materials needed:

  • Shepherd coloring page (we used this one)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

 

Painting is always a favorite for K, so we decided to do that for our last shepherd craft.

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Extra Resources

We didn’t use any extra resources this week. Do you know of anything we should check out?

 


I hope you enjoyed week twenty one of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram! 

This post is linked up with…

Tuesday Talk

Titus 2sday

Grace At Home

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Using a Bad Day to Point Your Child to the Gospel

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It was one of those nights. The ones where the clock ticking down to bedtime couldn’t possibly move any slower. It had been a rough day. K had been particularly… well.. three years old. We’d been struggling with disobedience, stubbornness, angry outbursts, mischievousness, and lack of self-control all. day. long. Typically on nights like this I’m ashamed to admit I normally speed through the bed time routine in record time and then crash on the couch. Teeth, potty, jammies, prayers, kiss, hug, lights out – done.

However, for some reason this night something stirred in my heart and I decided to slow down. I tucked K in and smiled at him.

“We had a rough day today didn’t we?” I said.

It took maybe all of five minutes, but the conversation that followed brought about more fruit than a quick kiss and “I love you” ever could.

We talked about how he had made a lot of bad choices that day. He didn’t do a very good job obeying and he wasn’t very nice. Then, I said something that surprised him a little. I told him that mommy and daddy make bad choices too. He wanted to know what kind, so we talked about that for a little while. Then I told him that everybody does bad things, that’s why we need Jesus. I told him that God is the only one who never does anything wrong. God only does good things.

He thought that was pretty cool.

I told him that we can only be with God if we do good things too. If we do bad things, we can’t be with God, because He is good. Then I told him the good news. Jesus came to be good for us, so we can be with God. Jesus saves us.

We ended our short discussion by deciding to try again tomorrow to make good choices and be nice, because that’s what Jesus would want us to do. Then finally the kisses and hugs and goodnights. I came downstairs feeling at peace, instead of drained from the day’s struggles.

The gospel was something both of us needed to hear.

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How much did my son, a little three year old, retain or even understand from that conversation? I don’t know. However, what I do know is that a seed has been planted. A seed that will continue to be cared for until it grows to fruition.

Later that night as I lay in bed I told my husband about our conversation. He said that earlier in the day he, too, had a similar talk. K had run out into the road to get a ball even after being told to stop. There was a car coming (slowly, thankfully) and my husband had to run and grab K. Somehow their discipline conversation moved to talking about how Jesus saves us, just like daddy saved K from the road. When I had my conversation with K, he mentioned how daddy saved him when I was talking about Jesus saving him. Even though I didn’t know what he was talking about he had remembered the earlier talk and connected the dots.

They remember more than we think sometimes.

In our goals of raising kind, obedient, and thoughtful children we must not forget the bigger picture. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. Even our kids. No amount of training is going to change that. Let us never cease in pointing them towards our Hope.

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What tips do you have for sharing the gospel with your children? Share them in the comments. 

Parable of the Sower – Play Through The Bible – Week 20

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Week 20 of Play Through The Bible is the parable of the sower. This was a really fun week for us! We had a lot of good conversations and did some really fun activities.

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Twenty – The Parable of the Sower


Focus Point

The seeds grow in the good dirt. (I want to have a good heart where God’s word can grow in me)

Story Time Tips

  • We read “The Farmer” starting on page 190 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • This parable came at the perfect time because recently K has been learning about what plants need to grow. We were able to go through the pictures and talk about how the seeds couldn’t grow when the birds took them away from the dirt, or in the hot sun with no rain, etc.
  • The biggest part about this story was trying to make the connection between the good soil and the seeds and having a good heart where God’s word can grow. It really helped to read the story each day and go over it. Each day he seemed to understand it more and more. We talked about it during each activity we did as well, and that really seemed to help too.
  • We’d never really referred to the Bible as God’s Word before, so we talked about that too. I told him God’s Word was what He tells us in the Bible. We would also talk about some examples of what God’s Word tells us. A favorite lately has been “Children obey your parents.” :)

Activity

Lay out a blanket (the soil) and throw some pillows (the rocks) onto it. Place a laundry basket nearby. Have a race to collect the stones and clear the field to make “good soil.”

Discussion

Parent: “Where do the seeds grow?”

Child: “In the good soil.”

Parent: “Do you have a good heart like the good soil?”

Child: “Yes!”

Parent: “What can grow in your heart?”

Child: “God’s word.”

Parent: “Yes, so you can grow to do good things.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Parable of the Sower Small World

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Materials Needed:

  • Farmer toy (or any person figurine)
  • Small container with seeds or beans
  • Potting soil (I found a small bag for $0.99 at Wal-Mart)
  • Rocks
  • Bird figurines (or pterodactyls if thats all you happen to have!)
  • Pipe cleaners (for the weeds)

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Put a layer of potting soil in the bottom of a plastic container. Lay the elements out in each corner. Play away!

Day Two – Coloring Page

http://sundayschoolresources.co.uk/coloring/other-nt/coloring-parable-sower.php

Day Three – Seeds in the Good Soil

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Materials needed:

  • Green piece of construction paper
  • Brown rectangle of construction paper
  • Glue
  • Beans
  • Marker (not pictured)

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First, glue the brown rectangle onto the green paper.

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Put a few lines of glue down on the brown paper. Place the beans onto the glue.

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Write Luke 8:15 on the paper to finish it off!

Day Four – Plant Some Seeds

 

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Materials needed:

  • Seeds
  • Place to plant seeds (we used a pre-assembled kit, but you can use any type of container and some potting soil)

This parable was perfectly timed for this week since we were already planning on starting some seeds for our little garden! We purchased a seed starting kit to make it easy, but a recycled container, a little bit of potting soil, and some grass seed will work just as great!

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First we added some water to our container.

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Then we planted our seeds.

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Now we are waiting for our seeds to grow in their good soil!

Day Five – Seeds in the Good Soil Snack

Materials needed:

  • Pudding (you can use a pre-made pudding, an instant packet, or this really easy and quick recipe we used here)
  • Slivered almonds (or something else that resembles seeds, such as mini marshmallows, candies, peanuts, etc)
  • Shallow dish

We’ve never done a bible themed snack, so I thought this would be a fun idea for this week.

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First, we made the pudding (it was really easy!).

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After letting your pudding cool, put it into your shallow dish. If you don’t have a shallow dish, just use a regular one!

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Place the “seeds” on top of your pudding “soil.”

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Extra Resources

We didn’t find anything extra this week. Do you know of anything?

 


I hope you enjoyed week twenty of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram! 

 

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Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter – Play Through The Bible – Week 19

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Week 19 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter to life.  It’s a great story of one of Jesus’ miracles that led to a lot of interesting conversations between my son and I. Not only is this a story of one of Jesus’ powerful miracles, but it is also a great opportunity to talk about fear and trusting God.

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Nineteen – Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter


Focus Point

Don’t be afraid. Just believe. (Jesus brought a girl back to life)

Story Time Tips

  • We read “The Happy Dad” starting on page 180 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “A Sick Girl” starting on page 236 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
  • We also read the account of this story in Luke 8:40-42, 49-56. Some of it went over K’s head, but it was a good passage to introduce a little bit of reading from the actual scriptures.
  • This story gave us a lot of opportunity to talk about being afraid and how Jesus said to “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.” We talked about how the dad was sad and scared, but he could trust in Jesus.
  • We also talked about how Jesus is so powerful, that he is even more powerful than death!

Activity

Act out the story. Take turns being Jesus and the little girl. If you have more people you can also include the girl’s parents.

Discussion

Parent: “Why was the dad sad and scared?”

Child: “His little girl was sick.”

Parent: “What happened to her?”

Child: “She died.”

Parent: “What did Jesus do?”

Child: “He brought her back to life!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter Small World

 

 

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Materials Needed:

  • Peg dolls (we made ours here)
  • Extra figurines for the the daughter, mom, and dad (we used our extra peg dolls)
  • Small box
  • Small piece of cloth

All I did for this small world was cut the top and side off of a small box to make a house and added Jesus, three disciples, mom and dad, and the little girl on a cloth bed.

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You can add the rest of the disciples waiting outside too if you’d like!

Day Two – Coloring Page

http://azcoloring.com/coloring-page/314509

Day Three – Jairus’ Daughter Finger Puppet

 

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Materials needed:

The idea for this cute and simple craft came from Growing Kids in Grace (now tNCC).

 

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Cut out your finger puppet.

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Color.

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That’s it!

Day Four – Don’t Be Afraid

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Materials needed:

  • Printout of scary things (see explanation below)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Red construction paper

First, you are going to need a printout of some things that your child thinks are scary. I asked K what he thought was scary and I had to give him some ideas since he is generally a not easily frightened little kid! We came up with shots, snakes, monsters, the dark, and the White Witch (we had just watched The Chronicles of Narnia). I just did a google image search and dragged the pictures into a word document and then printed it out.

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Put some glue on your heart…

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…and put it overtop of the scary pictures.

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We talked about how we don’t have to be afraid of things because Jesus is powerful and his love is greater than all the scary things in the world. Over and over again we said “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.”

Day Five – Painting the Story

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Materials needed:

 

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I was having a hard time coming up with another craft for this week, so we opted for a perennial favorite – painting! Just print out the coloring sheet and paint away!

Extra Resources

We didn’t find anything extra this week. Do you know of any?

 


I hope you enjoyed week nineteen of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram! 

 

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Jesus Feeds the 5,000 – Play Through The Bible – Week 18

 

 

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Week 18 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.  This week we are starting something new! Instead of a craft for day 1, I will have a very simple small world you can set up for your child to use to play out the story. If you’ve never heard of small worlds, you can read more about them here. Small worlds can be very elaborate set-ups, but, true to form here, we are going to keep things really simple. You can have your child help you prepare the small world or you can set it up for them. I set our small world up in our lego table so that K could come and go from it throughout the week. It was a great addition to our week!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Eighteen – Jesus Feeds the 5,000


Focus Point

Jesus uses a little boy’s lunch to feed lots of people.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “A Tasty Lunch” starting on page 168 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “Lunch to Share” starting on page 244 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
  • The hardest part of this story for K to understand the concept of Jesus turning a small amount of food into a lot of food. We just kept talking about it as we read the story and did the crafts, focusing on Jesus feeding lots and lots of people.
  • This was also the first time we really talked about what a miracle is. Trying to explain a miracle to a three year old was a good example of child-like faith. It is hard to explain that a miracle is God doing something that seems impossible to someone to doesn’t yet know impossible!

Activity

Gather some balls (to use as pretend bread and fish) and a basket. Put the balls in a pile and set the basket up a ways away. Tell your child that they have to gather all the fish and bread (the balls) as fast as they can and put them in the basket. We decided to take our game outside!

Ready, set, go!

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Discussion

Parent: “When Jesus said to feed the people, who gave him some food?”

Child: “A little boy.”

Parent: “Did the little boy have enough food for everyone?”

Child: “No.”

Parent: “What did Jesus do?”

Child: “Broke the bread and gave it to all the people!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Feeding the 5,000 Small World

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Materials Needed:

  • Peg dolls (we made ours here)
  • Extra figurings for the crowd (we used our extra peg dolls)
  • Paper plate, colored green
  • 13 milk jug lids (for the baskets)
  • Bread and fish cut out of construction paper

Day Two – Jesus Feeds the 5,000 Coloring Page

 

http://www.sermons4kids.com/feed_5000_colorpg.htm

Day Three – Fish and Bread in a Basket

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Materials needed:

 

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First, color the printouts.

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Then cut them out.

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Glue the fish and the bread to the back of one of the baskets.

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Glue the other side of the basket onto the back.

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All done!

Day Four – More Fish and Bread

 

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Materials needed:

  • Orange and brown construction paper
  • Two paper plates
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Hole punch

The idea for this craft came from Growing Kids Ministry.

DSC_3785First, cut out two fish from the orange paper and five loaves from the brown paper. Numbering them sneaks in a little number practice.

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Cut one of the paper plates in half, line them up, and punch holes around the bottom.

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Use the yarn to “sew” the basket together.

DSC_3794Tying it off on both ends.

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Put your fish and bread inside the basket.

DSC_3797Now you have a nice basket full of fish and bread!

Day Five – Jesus and the Crowd Fingerprint Scene

 

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Materials needed:

  • Green construction paper
  • Pen
  • Paints

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Draw a little hill on the green paper.

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Put some paint on one of your fingers (we used brown)…

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Press your finger down on top of the hill to make Jesus.

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Use the other paints to make a bunch of little fingerprint people.

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Using the pen, give the people some arms and legs.

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Write on the picture “Jesus Fed All The People” and you’re all finished!

 

 

Extra Resources

We didn’t find anything extra this week. Do you know of any?

 

 


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Jesus Calls His First Disciples – Play Through The Bible – Week 17

 

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Week 17 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Jesus calling his first disciples.  K loved this week because he is all about going fishing lately!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Seventeen – Jesus’ Calls His Disciples


Focus Point

Jesus asks some fishermen to follow him.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “A Wish for Fish” starting on page 156 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • I talked about how these men were using a net to fish, since K has only ever seen fishing with fishing poles.
  • Pretend to be fishing and then make sad faces when you don’t catch anything.
  • I briefly explained what is means to be “fishers of men.” I said that it means telling people about Jesus and asking them to follow him too. K was able to remember the phrase “fishers of men” pretty well, but I didn’t push him to remember the meaning for now.
  • Since this was the first mention of Jesus’ disciples, we spend some time talking about who they were. Day five’s craft was a great time to expound on this topic more.

Activity

Hop into a laundry basket boat and act out the story! You can use a blanket for the net and for the fish either toys or fish cut out of construction paper.

Discussion

Parent: “Did the men catch any fish by themselves?”

Child: “No.”

Parent: “Who helped them to catch a lot of fish?”

Child: “Jesus!”

Parent: “What did Jesus tell them to be fishers of?”

Child: “Fishers of men!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Fishers of Men Coloring Page

http://www.sermons4kids.com/fishers-of-men-colorpg.htm

Day Two – No Fish Yet

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Materials needed:

  • Brown and gray (tan, or white) construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Blue paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fish stickers (can cut fish out of paper if you don’t have any stickers)

 

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Cut a boat shape out of the brown paper.

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Paint the bottom half of the gray paper with the blue paint.

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Glue your boat on top of the water.

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You or your child can draw a couple guys in the boat. Ours were frowning due to their lack of fish. Please don’t be intimidated by my mad drawing skills.

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Add your fish stickers in the water (we didn’t even wait for the paint to dry first!).

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All finished!

Day Three – Fish

 

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Materials needed:

  • Piece of construction paper (we used gray)
  • Sequins
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

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Trace and cut out a large fish shape from your paper.

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Glue sequins onto your fish.

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Simple and easy!

Day Four – Finally Catch Some Fish!

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Materials needed:

  • Blue construction paper
  • Gray construction paper (optional, originally I was going to use this to cut out fish shapes)
  • Fish stickers (not pictured)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Mesh (ours came off an orange package)

 

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Stick your fish stickers (or glue your cut-outs) together in the middle of the page.

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Put some glue around your fish.

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Put your mesh overtop of the fish.

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Write “Follow me and be fishers of men” on the top to finish it off!

Day Five – Jesus and His Disciples

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Materials needed:

  • 13 peg dolls (we bought these ones from Amazon)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush

 

For our last craft I decided to make something we could use for the rest of the series – Jesus and his disciples peg dolls. They will be perfect for K to use to play out the stories we read.

We kept it really simple…

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First, we painted the heads. Of course, after we started I realized I didn’t have any brown or tan. I mixed together a color for the heads the best this non-artistic momma could, but it did end up a little too green! Good thing it didn’t bother K a bit.

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After we painted the heads, we painted each body a different color, making Jesus be white.

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All done! Not the prettiest, but made with love by three year old hands (with a little help from mom).

Extra Resources

Here is a great song for this week:

Fishers of Men Bible Song

 


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The Baptism of Jesus – Play Through The Bible – Week 16

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This week for Play Through The Bible we learned about the story of Jesus’ Baptism. The concept of baptism is a difficult one for little thinkers, but we tried our best and K really enjoyed this week’s activities.

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

 


Week Sixteen – Jesus’ Baptism


Focus Point

Jesus obeyed his father, God, and was baptized.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “Jesus is God’s Son” starting on page 208 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook and “John the Baptist” starting on page 150 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • Like I mentioned earlier, the concept of baptism can be tricky for a toddler/preschooler to understand. Like many things in the Bible, it is full of symbolism and metaphor, ideas that don’t mesh well with a concrete thinking 3 year old! Times like this can be frustrating when you want to help your child understand, but it’s just not happening. However, I had to remind myself that the purpose of these early lessons are just to introduce the ideas. So, I tried my best to give a simple explanation of the story and then just left it with a simple “Jesus was baptized.”
  • We talked a lot about how John wore a camel hair coat and ate bugs. K thought this was very interesting. I did not offer up an explanation for this strange behavior, and he did not ask!

Activity

Bring along some small plastic figurines to bath time and use them to play out the story or just to talk about baptism more in general.

Discussion

Parent: “Who told people that Jesus was coming and baptized people?”

Child: “John the Baptist.”

Parent: “Was Jesus baptized?”

Child: “Yes!”

Parent: “What animal to God’s spirit appear like at Jesus’ baptism?”

Child: “A dove.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Jesus’ Baptism Coloring Page

http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/bible/jesus/baptism.gif

Day Two – John the Baptist

 

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Materials needed:

  • Yellow, brown, and tan construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown yarn

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It is kind of hard to see in this picture, but use a pencil and outline a circle for a head and a coat shape on the tan and brown papers.

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Cut your outlines out.

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Cut some of the brown yarn into small pieces. This is going to be your furry camel hair for John’s coat.

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Glue down the circle and coat cutouts onto the yellow paper.

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Put some glue on the coat and cover it with the yarn.

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Add some details like hair, a face, and feet.

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All done!

Day Three – Dove

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Materials needed:

  • Paper plate
  • White scrap paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

 

DSC_3742Trace out a simple shape of a bird on your paper plate.

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Cut it out.

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Cut your white scrap paper into small pieces…

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…like so. These are going to be your “feathers.” If you have real feathers feel free to use those, but that is not a craft supply we normally have on hand.

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Cover your bird in glue.

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Put your “feathers” on your bird.

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Add some eyes if you’d like. I thought about cutting out a beak and gluing it on, but K was happy with what we had, so I just left it.

Day Four – Baptism

 

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Materials needed:

  • Jesus’ Baptism coloring page (we used this one)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

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Since we are going to be using these guys for tomorrow’s craft, I went ahead and cut them out before he painted them. That way there would be no chance of being upset at getting his picture cut into.

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Paint away! Be sure to save for the next craft.

Day Five – Baptism #2

 

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Materials needed:

  • Jesus and John the Baptist cut-outs from yesterday
  • Green and blue construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

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Cut out a wide strip of the blue paper with wavy edges. This will be your river.

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Glue the blue paper onto the green.

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Glue on John the Baptist.

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And glue on Jesus.

That’s all!

Extra Resources

We didn’t find any extra resources this week. Do you know of any?

 


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