The Prodigal Son – Story and Activity to go with The Jesus Storybook Bible

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Today we are joining up with the Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop one last time to bring you an activity to go along with the story of the Prodigal Son, found in The Jesus Storybook Bible as “Running Away” on page 272.

The story of the Prodigal Son is such a great one! Reading this story was very timely for us as we have been having a lot of “talks” lately about making right choices and doing good things. It is so important to also have reminders that there is nothing you can do that will make God (or mom and dad!) stop loving you. It’s not the good things we do that make God love us, but just the fact that we are His children.

We had a ton of fun with our activity to go along with the story! It really helped K cement the story in his mind as he went through each part. I hope you give it a try!

The Prodigal Son Activity Stations

For today’s activity I decided to make stations for K to experience each section of the story. He helped me get everything ready as well, so he was fully involved in the activity!

At every station we talked through that part of the story again and I asked K a lot of questions to see if he could remember what happened.

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Our first station was for the part of the story where the son took the money from his dad and ran away to spend it. I set up a play cash register, some food (a banana), a fancy glass, and some fancy clothes. The first thing K did was get the money from me (pretending to be the dad).

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As he “spent” his money I had him put on the fancy clothes, and pretend to take a drink from the fancy glass. We talked about how the son didn’t want to listen to his dad anymore, he wanted to spend him money on whatever he wanted. Then I asked K what happened to the son’s money. We talked about how it all ran out because he didn’t listen to his dad. So we put away the money and the glass and we took off the fancy clothes and headed to the next station.

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The next station was a big bowl with some cereal in it to be the “pig food.” I thought about putting something truly yucky in the bowl like dog food, but decided to just keep it fun and use our imaginations. We didn’t have any pig toys or stuffed animals so K grabbed some of his other stuffed animals and just pretended they were pigs!

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He thought it was so silly to be eating with the pigs! I kept trying to tell him to make a yucky face like he was eating pig food, but he could barely stop giggling! This face was the best we got!

After eating “pig food” we talked about how the son realized he didn’t need to eat pig food, he could just go back home. We talked about how the son was afraid that his dad would be mad and wouldn’t love him anymore. What would happen?DSC_4047

Then, K ran to the next station where I was waiting as the dad to give him big hugs and kisses. I told him how much I loved him and that I would love him always and forever!

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It’s really hard to take a picture of yourself giving hugs! My little snuggle bug absolutely loved this part though!

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For the last station we had a party to celebrate the return of the son! We had a special treat (chocolate chips) because you always have treats at parties. I had hung some streamers and turned on some music, so we ended the activity with a….

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DANCE PARTY!!

 


I hope you enjoyed our activity for the story of the Prodigal Son – I know we did! If you are looking for more hands-on activities to go along with the Jesus Storybook Bible, be sure to check out the whole series here. If you are looking for activities and crafts specifically geared towards a younger age, be sure to check out our Play Through The Bible series. 

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Zacchaeus – Play Through The Bible – Week 24

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Week 24 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus. K really liked this story. Something about a little guy climbing a tree really sparked his interest! I really enjoyed this week as well, there was so much to talk about and do. I hope you and your little one enjoys this week as much as we did!

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 Four – Zacchaeus


Focus Point

Zacchaeus met Jesus and it changed his heart.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “Little Zacchaeus” starting on page 224 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “Little Zacchaeus” starting on page 308 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
  • After reading both stories, I told the story again from memory, adding a few details. We talked about what Zacchaeus’ job was – tax collector  – and reenforced that he lied and stole money from people. We talked about how no one liked Zacchaeus and I asked K if he thought Jesus would like him. Most importantly, we talked about Zacchaeus’ heart. We talked about how when Zacchaeus met Jesus, Jesus changed his heart. He didn’t want to do bad things after meeting Jesus and he gave all the people their money back. We’ve talked a lot about our hearts ever since The Parable of the Sower, and K really seems to be starting to understand.

Activity

If you have a small tree nearby, be like Zacchaeus and climb it! If you don’t have a good tree, find something you could use to pretend to climb a tree (a playground, bunk-bed, counter top, etc).

Discussion

Parent: “What was Zacchaeus’ job?”

Child: “Taking money.”

Parent: “Yes, but he lied and stole lots of money didn’t he? Did people like him?”

Child: “No!”

Parent: “Why did Zacchaeus climb a tree?”

Child: “So he could see Jesus.”

Parent: “Yes, and what did Jesus say to him?”

Child: “Come down from that tree!”

Parent: “And then where did they go?”

Child: “To Zacchaeus’ house.”

Parent: “What happened to Zacchaeus’ heart after he met Jesus?”

Child: “He wanted to do good things.”

Parent: “Right, and what did he do with his money?”

Child: “He gave it back to people!”

Parent: “That’s right. Jesus loved Zacchaeus even though he was doing bad things and that made him want to do good things for Jesus.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Zacchaeus Small World

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Materials Needed:

  • Peg people or figurines – Jesus and disciples, extra for the crowd
  • Figurine for Zacchaeus
  • Small cardboard box
  • Small branches from a bush or tree
  • Small cup
  • Play-doh

For this small world, I used a recycled box (ours is actually a piece of packing material that we have used for a lot of different things!) with an opening cut into the side as Zacchaeus’ house. I scattered around disciples and people to be the crowd, putting Jesus over by the tree. For the tree I clipped a few branches from a bush and made them stand up by sticking them into a small cup filled with Play-doh. I stuck Zacchaeus in the tree and everything was ready for pretend play!

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Day Two – Coloring Page

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

Day Three – Z in a Tree

 

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Materials needed:

  • Printable Zacchaeus (got ours here)
  • Paper towel tube (I cut this one down a little)
  • Green construction paper cut into tree top shape
  • Red dot marker (optional)

 

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Use the dot marker to add some fruit (or flowers) to your tree, optional.

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Glue Zacchaeus onto the tree top.

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Cut a slit on each side of the paper towel tube and insert the tree top. All finished!

Day Four – The Tax Collector’s Coins

 

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Materials needed:

  • Circles cut out of cardboard (we made six)
  • Aluminum foil, cut into six small pieces
  • Permanent marker

 

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For this simple craft all you have to do is wrap the aluminum foil around the cardboard circles. K would start the wrapping process and then I would finish to make sure it was all wrapped tight.

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We used the permanent marker to write numbers on our coins.

Day Five – Zacchaeus Meets Jesus Handprint Craft

 

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Materials needed:

  • Green and brown paint
  • Blue piece of construction paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Jesus and Zacchaeus clip art (here and here)

The inspiration for this craft came from here.

 

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First, using the brown paint, cover your child’s arm from wrist to elbow.

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Press the brown arm down onto the paper, wipe up a bit, and then paint both of your child’s hands with the green paint.

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Press green handprints at the top of the brown arm to make the leaves of the tree.

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Glue Zacchaeus up into the top of the tree.

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Glue Jesus down on the ground.

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We used our extra green paint to make some grass and we were finished!

Extra Resources

You can’t miss this classic song!

Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man

 


I hope you enjoyed week twenty four 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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5 Ways to Teach Your Toddler About God

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Today I’m over at Intentional By Grace sharing 5 tips I’ve learned over the last year about how to teach your toddler about God. Here’s a sneak peak…


Toddlers. You’ve got to love them. Wild balls of energy with short attention spans and an even shorter ability to sit still. Logic means nothing to them, and don’t even start with the analogies and metaphors. So how exactly are you supposed to even begin to explain to them the very long, very complex thing that is the Bible?

We can all agree that teaching Biblical truths to our children from a young age is important, but sometimes it is just so hard to know where to start. 

Shortly after my son turned two I knew that I wanted to start being more intentional with teaching him about the Bible, so I set out to find ways to make connections with his toddler brain and heart.

I want to share with you five things I’ve learned in the last year… read more at Intentional By Grace.

Preschool Room Tour

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A few weeks back I was having an Instagram conversation with someone about the space we use to do all our preschool crafts and activities. If you follow me on Instagram, or have read some of our Play Through The Bible posts, you might have noticed some of what we’ve done with the room. Because of this conversation, I decided to do a little room tour!

I was hoping to be able to have a designated room for all our crafts, sensory materials, and preschool activities, but when we moved here that was unfortunately not a possibility. We ended up putting pretty much everything in our dining room. Using a very limited budget and a little bit of creativity, we ended up with something that might not be the prettiest, but is functional and able to adjust as needed. Check it out!

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Although I was tempted to give it a little of a face-lift before taking this picture, I decided to leave our shelf in its “real life” state. I like to call it ordered chaos. :)

Originally we bought this old entertainment center second hand on the cheap at a Habitat for Humanity Restore. We painted it a discounted off white and used it in our bedroom to store baby things when K was born and we were all sharing one room. After spending a year in storage it needed another facelift before we brought it into our new place. So, we painted it a bright white and it found a new home in the dining room.

This shelf (creatively named “the white shelf”) houses all K’s craft supplies, sensory materials, and a lot of his learning toys and activities. The top tends to house random things that need to be out of reach. Right now it is holding my camera, Bible and journal, K’s Old Testament Play Through The Bible crafts, my laminator, some Legos and K’nex that are a little difficult for K to use, and the sign we used to announce our pregnancy.

On the left side from top to bottom we have:

1) random things that need to be out of K’s reach
2) paints, markers, scissors and other things that should be out of K’s reach but he figured out how to get to with a chair in about 2 seconds
3) random craft supplies
4) paper (scrap paper in basket)
5) recyclables for crafts (paper plates in basket)

The big spot in the middle is learning toys and activities. Underneath to the right is coloring books and stickers and to the left is more learning games and toys.

Our rule with the “white shelf” is that K has to ask before he gets something off and he is only allowed one thing at a time. So far this method has worked pretty good. It keeps the mess in check, but still allows him freedom to creatively and independently use the materials.

The goal is to eventually have the hubby add a few more shelves in order to keep things more organized, but we always have a foot long list of projects and that one isn’t ranked at the top as of now. Someday it would be nice to have cute matching baskets and the like, but for now random containers will have to work!

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Moving around the room, we have our lovely windows with sun actually coming through. There is a tree in our backyard that makes it very difficult to get good lighting in this room, so I snapped these pics quick while I had the chance.

I try to hang as much of K’s work as I can, especially things he worked hard on, so here you’ll see some paintings and other projects hanging up. (Sheep was made here.) On the floor are the seeds we started here. I ended up killing off about half of them – whoops!

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If you keep going around the room (you can see our hand-me-down dining room table in the middle), you will find the main activity area. There’s more projects hanging on the wall: the alphabet K worked so hard on, the little man that he made all by himself, and his life-size skeleton he colored due to his obsession with bones.

On the left is an easel I found at a thrift store for less that $15. We use pretty much exclusively dry erase crayons on this. I had never heard of them before I bought the easel, but they are amazing!

In the middle is the giant chalkboard that my super handy hubby made. Originally it was going to go in K’s bedroom, but it found it’s way here and ended up being perfect for the space!

Next to the chalkboard is hanging a large, cheap calendar. I made a countdown calendar for K at Christmas time and he loved it, so I bought him a real calendar and we’ve been using it since. We don’t we anything “official” with it everyday, but he crosses the days off as they pass and I try to add events to the calendar that are of interest to him. It has really helped with his numbers and counting and he is slowly starting to understand the days of the week, what a month is, etc.

On the right is an old square coffee table that we didn’t have a use for. I shoved it in the corner and put a cheap plastic tablecloth over it. It works great as a work space for K.

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One more turn around the room and you come to the island that is shared with the kitchen. Here we have a simple craft display that my personal handyman set up. It’s just a wire screwed into the countertop. So far, we’ve used this area to display K’s Play Through The Bible crafts. It has worked great to be able to go back and reference what he’s learned.

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These next two pictures are a little bonus. :) If you take a step out into the living area, you will find K’s small toy area. We try to keep most of his things in his room, but downstairs he has his Lego table (thrifted!) and a small bin of toys.

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Finally, if you turn to the left, you’ll see the reading nook. A comfy (hand-me-down!) chair and a basket stuffed overflowing with library books. When we do reading lessons, this is where we sit as well.

Well, I hope you liked this little tour! I don’t do many of these types of “real-life” posts, but I always enjoy reading them on other blogs. It is fun to see what different people do! I do share a lot of these types of things on Instagram though, so I’d love to interact with you there! 

 


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Jesus Heals A Blind Man – Play Through The Bible – Week 23

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So sorry about  how late this post is going up! It was one of “those weeks” where Bible craft time just didn’t happen! Plus, it was rainy all week and that always makes the dismal light situation in our house go from bad to horrible – not good for pictures! Thankfully, we had some time to today to sit down a do a few simple crafts to go along with our story.

Week 23 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Jesus healing a blind man. Even though our story Bible only gave one blind man story (the man calling out from the side of the road), we also included the story of Jesus healing the blind man by putting mud on his eyes. We kept it simple and still had a lot of fun!

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 Three – Jesus Heals a Blind Man


Focus Point

Jesus heals a blind man.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “The Blind Man” starting on page 218 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • We had to stop on the first set of pages and talk a little bit about what it meant to be blind. K had never heard the word before. I told him that it meant you couldn’t see. I told him to close his eyes and said that if you were blind it would be like that all the time! I asked him if he thought it would be good to be blind and he said “no.”
  • I made extra mention of how the crowd tried to tell the blind man to be quiet. I asked him what he thought Jesus would say. (This ties in to last week’s story with the disciples trying to tell the children to go away.)
  • After we finished reading the story, I told K the story of another blind man. I told him how Jesus put mud on his eyes and when he washed them, he could see! He thought this was just the craziest thing and immediately had to run and tell the story to daddy.

Activity

Play a blind man listening game. This would be a great game to play outside where there is a lot of sounds to hear. Have your child close their eyes and pretend to be blind. Have them listen really closely just like the blind man did in the story. Have them be quiet as long as they can (this is a hard one for toddlers!) and then have them tell you about the sounds they heard.

Discussion

Parent: “Could the blind man see?”

Child: “No.”

Parent: “But who did he hear?”

Child: “Jesus.”

Parent: “What did Jesus do for the blind man?”

Child: “Made it so he could see!”

Parent: “Yes, because Jesus is very powerful. He can do miracles!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Small World

Due to time restraints, we didn’t do a small world this week!

Day Two – Coloring Page

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

Day Three – Blind Man Mask

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Materials needed:

We found this fun idea from Crafting the Word of God!

 

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First, color the two faces. K did one and I helped with the other.

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Cut out the faces.

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Cut out the eye patches and glue those onto one of the faces.

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Glue the two faces together with the craft stick stuck in between.

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All finished!

Day Four – Blind Man Healed with Mud

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Materials needed:

  • Blank face (we found one here)
  • Tape (not pictured)
  • Markers
  • Two small brown squares cut out of construction paper

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First, color a face onto your head. In true toddler style, K gave the man a purple face, pink hair, and a blue beard! :)

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Tape the brown squares over the eyes (only on one side so they can flip open).

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Open and close the flaps to put on the “mud” and wash it off.

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Yay!

Day Five – Eyes in the Mud

 

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Materials needed:

  • Play-doh, preferably brown (we already had some made up that was a bunch of colors mixed together – works for us!)
  • Googley eyes

I found the idea for this activity on I Can Teach My Child. She has a whole lesson plan to go along with the activity, so check it out.

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I just gave the Play-Doh and eyes to K and let him play freely, putting the “mud” on and off the eyes. It kept him entertained for quite a while!

Extra Resources

We didn’t use any extra resources this week, do you have any to share?

 

 


I hope you enjoyed week twenty three 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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**GIVEAWAY** Win a Jesus Storybook Bible Collector’s Edition Package!

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I am super excited to announce that the Jesus Storybook Bible blog hop we have been joining up with this month is hosting a giveaway of the Collector’s Edition of the Jesus Storybook Bible! This is an amazing resource that would bless any family. Here’s all the information….


 

We are so thrilled to bring you a Jesus Storybook Bible Giveaway sponsored by Zonderkidz. We love using the Jesus Storybook Bible in our home and know you will love it, too. One winner will receive the Collector’s Edition of the Jesus Storybook Bible valued at $44.99, complete with a beautiful copy of the book, an audio version of the stories, and a DVD collection with animated versions of the stories. This collection would be the perfect Easter gift for any child. Be sure to follow The Jesus Storybook Bible Facebook Page for more information, and stay tuned for the rest of the Jesus Storybook Bible Hands On Activity Series.

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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!

 


Jesus Storybook Bible Collector's Edition GiveawayWe are so thrilled to bring you a Jesus Storybook Bible Giveaway sponsored by Zonderkidz. We love using the Jesus Storybook Bible in our home and know you will love it, too. One winner will receive the Collector’s Edition of the Jesus Storybook Bible valued at $44.99, complete with a beautiful copy of the book, an audio version of the stories, and a DVD collection with animated versions of the stories. This collection would be the perfect Easter gift for any child. Be sure to follow The Jesus Storybook Bible Facebook Page for more information, and stay tuned for the rest of the Jesus Storybook Bible Hands On Activity Series.

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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 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 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.

 


Jesus Storybook Bible Collector's Edition GiveawayWe are so thrilled to bring you a Jesus Storybook Bible Giveaway sponsored by Zonderkidz. We love using the Jesus Storybook Bible in our home and know you will love it, too. One winner will receive the Collector’s Edition of the Jesus Storybook Bible valued at $44.99, complete with a beautiful copy of the book, an audio version of the stories, and a DVD collection with animated versions of the stories. This collection would be the perfect Easter gift for any child. Be sure to follow The Jesus Storybook Bible Facebook Page for more information, and stay tuned for the rest of the Jesus Storybook Bible Hands On Activity Series.

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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:

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.

DSC_3913Use the stamps to write “God loves me” on your paper. We were going to write “Jesus loves me”, but of course we couldn’t find the “j” stamp anywhere! If you don’t have stamps you can just write it on there with markers.

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! 

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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:

 

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! 

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