Thursday, December 30, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter R







R- Red Sea


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story Moses Parted the Red Sea
- identify what God lead the people with by day and by night
- discuss what happens when the Red Sea was parted by Moses



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

Red Sea Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “Moses Parted the Red Sea” from your own story book. Or while you are reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page ) as the story unfolds.


Then ask questions from below.

Who led the Israelites out of Egypt? Moses

What did God lead the people with by day? A big cloud.

What did God lead the people with at night? A pillar of fire.

When the Israelites left, did the Egyptian King changed his mind? Yes.

What did Moses do so the Israelites could escape from the Egyptians? Parted the Red Sea.

When the Egyptian soldiers tried to follow the Hebrews what happened? The sea rushed back and the soldiers were all drowned.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who led the Israelites out of Egypt? Moses

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Crossing the Red Sea and Moses, Moses (songs), page 3

Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing- Our God Helps Us (song), Crossing the Red Sea (finger play), page 44



Activities:

Introduce activity: What did God lead the people with by day? A big cloud. What did God lead the people with at night? A pillar of fire.

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Exodus From Egypt lesson

missionarlington.org- Through the Red Sea (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- The Red Sea (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did Moses do at the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape from the Egyptians?


dltk-bible.com- Moses and the Red Sea Paper Craft

dltk-bible.com- Parting the Red Sea Craft

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- The Parting of the Red Sea (page 5 & 6)

The Parting of the Red Sea- A craft that allows a hands-on experience of parting the Red Sea (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 22 & 23).

Crossing the Sea- Reenact the crossing of the Red Sea with this easy and fun to do Red Sea model. Even though this is from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to make. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 17 & 18).

makingfriends.com- Moses and the Parting of the Red Sea craft
A great bible story to teach during Passover.

Crossing the Red Sea- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 19 & 20.)



Games:

Introduce game: What did Moses do at the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape from the Egyptians?

lds.about.com- Red Sea Troubles (color and black and white versions)
This is a very unique file folder game, because the Red Sea actually parts and then Moses and the children of Israel can escape from Pharaoh and his soldiers.



Moses Crossing the Red Sea Game- A fun and simple board game for younger children reviewing the story of Moses from his birth to parting the Red Sea. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 60 & 61 for game board and page 55 for directions).



Crossing the Red Sea

Materials: Bed Sheet

Directions: Two adults hold the four corners of the sheet as it rests on the floor in front of the children. The children line up single file at one side of the sheet. The first child in line will play the part of Moses and stretch out his hand. Once the first child in line has stretched out his hand, the adults will quickly raise the sheet high above their heads. As the sheet parachutes above them, the children will run under the sheet to the other side. If children are under the sheet when it comes down, they are out of the game. Have children take turns being the first one in line and playing the part of Moses.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did Moses do so the Hebrews could escape from the Egyptians? Parted the Red Sea.

dltk-kids.com- Moses Crossing the Red Sea Snack

dltk-kids.com- Moses Parts the Red Sea Snack

missionarlington.org- A fun snack idea is to split a banana into two pieces lengthwise. Put blue Jell-O on each side to illustrate the water. In the middle add crushed graham crackers for the dry land. Enjoy! (page 4)


Letter R Snacks-

Rainbow Sherbet, Raisin, Raisin Oatmeal, Ranch Dip & Veggies, Raspberries, Ravioli, Red Jell-O, Rice, Rice Cakes, Rice Krispy Cereal, Rice Pudding, Rolls,



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

holyspiritinteractive.net- Moses Parts the Red Sea (coloring)

coloring.thecolor.com- Red Sea Parting (coloring)

psscentral.com- Moses Parts the Red Sea (mini book)


lambsongs.co.nz-

“Follow The Cloud” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


“How Did Moses Cross the Red Sea?” by Jill Kemp (booklet the children can color)

Cover

Booklet


dltk-teach.com- What begins with R? (mini book)

Red Sea- (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter R

storytime-storytime.blogspot.com- Walking On Dry Land (dot-to-dot), Draw Me A Riddle (dot-to-dot)
Scroll down for these.

Sea Crossing Moses- (find the hidden picture) Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: PK – K by Linda Standke, page 8.





Saturday, December 18, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter Q







Q- Quail


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story Moses in the Desert
- identify what God fed the Israelites on the desert
- discuss that God gives us what we need



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

Quail Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “Moses in the Desert” from your own story book. Or while you are reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page ) as the story unfolds.

Then ask questions from below.

Who led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt? Moses

Why did the people become unhappy? They had been walking in the desert for many days and they were hungry.

What should the Israelites done instead of grumbling? They should have remembered the great things God had done to free them from slavery.

What did God give the Israelites to eat? Manna, bread from heaven and quail.

How long were the people out in the desert? 40 years.

What do you need? Do you have food, clothing, shelter, and safety? God has seen that your needs are taken care of through people in your life. Who helps take care of your needs? Your parents, teachers and friends.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What did God give the Israelites to eat? Manna, bread from heaven and quail.


Sing a song to the tune of “BINGO.”

There was a food that God did give
And manna was its name O
M-A-N-N-A, M-A-N-N-A, M-A-N-N-A
And manna was its name O.

There was a food that God did give
And quail was its name O
Q-U-A-I-L, Q-U-A-I-L, Q-U-A-I-L
And quail was its name O.



Activities:

Introduce activity: Who led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt? Moses


newlifedfw.com- God Sends Quail and Manna lesson

Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- Quail From Heaven Bible lesson page 89



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did God give the Israelites to eat? Manna, bread from heaven and quail.

daniellesplace.com

Paper Bag Quail- (scroll down to this craft that is near the bottom)

Body Patterns



dltk-kids.com- Paper Plate Quail Craft

Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- Quail Everywhere page 90

totallytots.blogspot.com- Neat Q is for Quail craft posted



Games:

Introduce game: Did the people listen and do what Moses said? Do you think that is easy? Can you do that?


Moses Says

Need: Nothing

Directions: Played just like Simon Says. Moses says, “Hop on one foot.” Etc.



Introduce game: So you think you are good at following directions? Let’s find out.

Following Directions

Need: Bop It, Ballzerko, Simon, etc.

Directions: Divide the class into groups. Have one group play one game and the other plays another, etc. Students must do what the toy tells them to do. Change games after all students get a chance to play.



Introduce game: Moses led his people through the desert. Do you think they did what he told them to do? Do you think this was easy? Let’s find out.

Outrageous Desert Obstacle Course

Set up an obstacle course that the students must do the crab walk backwards through it. Have them crab walk around objects, go under the table, carry a ball on their stomach and put it into the trash can, etc. Demonstrate what you want the students to do.


Another version:

Introduce game: Do you think it was easy to walk in the desert? Let’s find out.

Supply list: one table, one chair

Set up your obstacle course as described in your instructions and have the children watch you walk through the obstacle course before they try it themselves. As you go through each stage, explain what it represents.

Say: First, you’ll hop on one foot because the sand is so hot. Next, you will crawl under a table to get away from the sun. Then you roll on the ground from exhaustion. Finally, you crawl to a chair to rest.

Have the children go through the obstacle course, resetting it for each child as needed.



Introduce game: What did the Israelites see day in and day out on the desert? Sand

Pass the Sand!

Divide the group into two teams and line them up. Have the first team players in line grab a handful of sand from a container. They must pass the sand to the next player, who passes it to the next player, and so on down the line. When the sand reaches the last player, she pours what's left of it onto a plate. The team with the most sand at the end of the relay wins the game. You may have to weigh the sand on a food scale to find out if it's close!




Snacks:

Introduce snack: What is out in a desert? Sand

yumyum.com- Ants in the Sand


What did God give the Israelites to eat? Manna, bread from heaven and quail.

applesaucekids.com- Manna


What is quail? It is a small bird. What does it taste like? It tastes like chicken.

Give the children chicken tenders and discuss how quail tastes like chicken.


Letter Q Snacks-

Quiche and Quesadillas



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

sermons4kids.com- Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat." Exodus 16:15 (coloring)

first-school.ws- Q Quail (coloring)

dltk-kids.com- Q is for Quail (coloring)

Bible Stories from A to Z by Mary Murray- Quail From Heaven (booklet for the children to color), page 91

Moses in the Desert- booklet for the children to color

dltk-teach.com- What begins with Q? (mini book)

first-school.ws- Quail (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter Q

superteacherworksheets.com- Letter Q Practice Sheet

sermons4kids.com- Dinner on the Ground (maze)

biblewise.com- The 40 Year Journey (maze)

makinglearningfun.com- Q quail (dot-to-dot)





Saturday, December 11, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter P







P- Plagues


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story 10 Plagues of Egypt
- discuss the ten plagues God sent upon Egypt and the Pharaoh
- discuss that God took care of his people and they did not experience the plagues



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

dltk-bible.com-Moses Word Wall
Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. (Fly, Frog, Miracle, Moses)

Plagues Word Wall- (Moses, Pharaoh, Ten)



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “10 Plagues of Egypt” from your own story book.

lds.about.com- Print out these pages on card stock and cut them out. Then glue flannel material on the back and use them on your flannel board. Use these pictures while you read the story.


Then ask questions from below.

What did God ask Moses to do? Go to the Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go.

At first did the King let the Hebrews leave? No.

How many plagues happened because the Pharaoh would not let God’s people go? 10

Did God take care of his people so they did not experience the plagues? Yes

What was the worse plague? The eldest child of every Egyptian family died.

Did the Egyptian King finally let the Hebrews go? Yes.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What did God ask Moses to do? Go to the Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go.

God is Strong (finger play) Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing, page 42.

God Told Moses (song)- Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing, page 42.

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Ten Plagues on the Land (song), page 2

kidssundayschool.com- The Plague Song



Activities:

Introduce activity: At first did the King let the Hebrews leave? No.

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Moses and the Ten Plagues

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Moses (click on 3) lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

missionarlington.org- Moses and the Plagues (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- The Pharaoh and the Plagues (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

daniellesplace.com- Moses and the Plagues of Egypt Bible Lesson, Crafts, & Activity Ideas



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What hopped out of the Nile River and into all the Egyptian houses?


Frog

Need: Paper plates, white and red construction paper, crayons, glue

Directions: Pre cut tongue for students out of red construction paper. Have the tongue about one inch wide and twelve inches long. Have students color paper plate green on one side and fold plate in half. (Note: Be sure to have students use old crayons and peel the paper off of crayons and rub the side of the crayon on the paper plate instead of coloring it. This will be a lot faster and easier for the students). Students then cut out two eyes that are pre drawn on white construction paper (round circles that are at least three inches across) and color eyes. Glue on eyes on outside of frog (green side) on the top of the paper plate that is folded in half. Have the eyes halfway on and halfway hanging off the fold near the center. Glue tongue inside the frog’s mouth starting from the center of the fold and out the front of the mouth. Curl tongue with pencil and draw a bug on end of tongue if you wish.



Games:

Introduce game: Who led the people out of Egypt? Can you follow Moses? Let’s find out.

Follow Moses

Need: A large walking stick

Directions: Someone is the Leader (Moses) and carries a stick for his staff. Students follow Moses and do what Moses does. (Like Follow the Leader).



Introduce game: How many plagues happened when the Pharaoh would not let the Israelites go?


Plagues Cards for Memory, Go Fish and Sequencing. Print out 2 copies, cut out, laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this game are not my own and are from various internet sources.)




Introduce game: What hopped out of the Nile River and into all the Egyptian houses?




Leaping Frogs File Folder Game: The object of the game is for the player (the frog) to get to the Pharaoh’s Palace first. The players roll a die and follow the directions on the space they landed on. If the player lands on a space that is already occupied by another, BUMP that player back to the START space. The first frog to the Pharaoh’s Palace wins.









Snacks:

Introduce snack: What was the second plague? Thousands of frogs swarmed out of the river and into all the Egyptian homes.

jas.familyfun.go.com- Sherbet the Frog


Letter P Snacks-

Pancakes, Peas, Peaches, Pear, Peanut Butter, Pickles, Pineapple, Pizza, Plum, Pop Corn, Potato Chips, Pudding, Pumpkin, Pretzels, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

diaspora.org- The Passover Coloring Book (children can color this and make a book)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- 10 Plagues coloring (scroll down to this)

The Plagues- booklet for the children to color

dltk-teach.com- What begins with P? (mini book)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Plagues (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter P

christianbook.com- Barefoot Moses (find the hidden picture)
Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: PK – K by Linda Standke, page 7. (Click on Sample and go to page 7.)

kidssoup.com- Frog (dot-to-dot)

biblewise.com- The Ten Plagues (maze)

tlsbooks.com- Match the Frogs
Draw a line from the frog on the left to the matching frog on the right.

worksheetunivers.com- Red Frog, Yellow Frog
Color all the large frogs red. Color all the small frogs yellow.

educationaoasis.com- Count the Frogs

amazingworksheets.blogspot.com- Write the Missing Number

kidssoup.com- Frog Addition





Saturday, December 4, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter O







O- Offering


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story The Widow’s Mite
- discuss what different things we can give to the church as an offering
- discuss what the money that is given to church is used for



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

Offering Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. (Ask the children what the person is doing in the first picture. Have you seen people doing this during Mass? Discuss. Ask the children what the second picture is. Tell them we are supposed to help others and we can do that by giving. Ask them what other things we can give those who need help (clothes, blankets, water, shelter, medicine, etc.).



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “The Widow’s Mite” from your own story book.


Then ask questions from below.

How much did the widow give? All she had.

How many coins did she give? 2

How much was it worth? Less than a penny.

Why did Jesus especially appreciate the Widow’s gift of coins? Jesus liked the way the widow gave all she had from the heart. He saw her great faith in God and the church’s work. Jesus appreciated how she gave what she had without grumbling or showing off.

What can people give to the church instead of money? People can make large or small sacrifices of time. People can do community service which is helping others at church and out in the community.

Does this story mean a small gift is always better than a large gift? Give what you can to help others and the church. It doesn’t matter who much or how little, but give from the heart.

What things do we (or our parents) give to the church? Things: money, time, food for the poor, coats and clothes for people who need them, etc.

What is the money given to the church used for? Missionaries, charities, running the church, church maintenance, food for the poor, etc.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: When we give to the church how should be act? Should we grumble? Show off to others that we gave? Should we boast about how much we gave?

Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing- Jesus Loves A Cheerful Giver (song) and Little Coins For Jesus (finger play), page 124



Activities:

Introduce activity: Who gave all she had? The widow

sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Mite object lesson

sermons4kids.com- Giving Our All object lesson

missionarlilngton.org- A Giving Attitude (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- An Attitude of Giving (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)




Crafts:

Introduce craft: When we give to the church should we grumble or show off? How should we behave when we give to the church?

mssscrafts.com- Offering Craft

sundayschoolcrafts.com- Offering Can

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Craft a Church Tithing Bank for Kids

lds.org- Never Forget One-Tenth for Tithing
Cut out elephant bank to help you remember to put one-tenth of all your earnings inside for tithing.

shereebirrell.blogspot.com- I Can Pay Tithing, Budget, and Save Money craft

christiancrafters.com- Tithing Bank


*Craft for Tithing- Have the students make envelopes and put play money inside for a simple craft to emphasize tithing.

Play Money- Print this out or make your own play money. Cut out money and put into envelopes.



Games:

Introduce game: How much did the widow give? All she had.

Coin Toss- See who can toss the coin into a bowl. Share how the woman gave all she had to the church.




Tithing: A simple game to help reinforce tithing to young children.


Introduction: Tithing is our contribution to the support of the Church which some people call an offering. The Church uses that money to help pay for the Church expenses and contributions for the community and around the world.

Directions: Give each player 5 tokens (play money, poker chips, milk caps, etc.) to represent their tithing (money that they have put aside to give to the Church). Put one small basket on the table to put the donations in. Place your marker on any space on the game board. Each player in turn rolls the die and moves their marker along the board. They may go forward or backwards or follow any branch of the board they wish, as long as they only go one direction within a turn. This means that you can go forward or backward, but only forward or only backward in a single turn. When a player lands on a space that has a basket on it, they pick up a Game Card and read it out loud (if they cannot read it, someone else can read it for them). Then they put their donation (1 token) into the basket and their turn is over. The first player to donate all their tithing money wins.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: How many coins did she give? 2

Cheese Gelt Coins

Get a round cracker and spread peanut butter on it. Cover with another cracker and you have edible money.


Letter O Snacks-

Oatmeal, Oatmeal Cookies, Olives, Omelets, Orange, Orange Sherbet, Orange Jell-O, Orange Juice, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

raindrop.org- A Widow Gives All She Had (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Mite (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Offering (coloring)

lambsong.co.nz- “Two Tiny Coins For God” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


religiousdoodles.com- Tithing

religiousdoodles.com- Blessings From Paying Tithing

religiousdoodles.com- I'm glad to pay a tithing, 1/10 of all I earn. It's little when I think of all God gives me in return.

maxvision.us- I Can Pay Tithing

media.ldscdn.org- I Can Pay Tithing

dltk-teach.com- What begins with O? (mini book)

first-school.ws- Offering (handwriting)

mathworksheetwizard.com- Kindergarten Money Worksheets (make your own and print out)

moneyinstructor.com- Teaching Kindergarten Money Worksheets
Here are some recommended printable money worksheets and interactive lessons that are appropriate for teaching money to kindergarten and preschool. Many of these worksheets are customizable to the particular needs of your student or child, and may be used in school or at home.

enchantedlearning.com- Money and Coin Activities

donnayoung.org- Coin Counting Worksheets

education.com- Monster Money! Counting Coins (free worksheet)





Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Church Potluck Recipe: Brownie Peanut Butter Bites





This delicious recipe is easy and totally scrumptious! Great for a last minute treat to take to a Church Potluck! (You need a mini muffin pan to make this.)






Brownie Peanut Butter Bites

1 (15 oz.) pkg. brownie mix
1/3 c. hot water
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
48 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine brownie mix, water, oil and egg. Beat well with a spoon. Fill paper-lined mini muffin cups about 1/2 full. Press one peanut butter cup into batter in each cup. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until brownie is set. Cool completely.

40 – 48 pieces



*Be sure to put a label on this dessert in case there are those who are allergic to peanuts.





Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Advent Activities for Children from loyolapress.com





Children Advent Calendar- Many people like to use a special calendar to help them mark the days until Christmas. You can use this Web calendar to remind you to do something each day to share the meaning of the season. Hover your mouse over the picture on each day of Advent to find an idea to help you prepare for Jesus' birthday. (Printable version available.)

Advent Bingo- In the Advent Bingo center, participants will be able to recall their liturgical experiences of Advent and deepen their understanding of the Church's celebration of this season. The focus of this center is Advent practices and symbols found in Catholic liturgy.

Advent Banner- Hang this banner in the room so that the children can be reminded of their prayers, letting Jesus know that he is welcome in their hearts.

Advent Bookmark- To remember a verse in Isaiah that helps us celebrate Advent.





Saturday, November 20, 2010

What ever happened to good manners at church? (file folder game)






This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


What ever happened to good manners in church? Find out if you know how to behave in church.

*Feel free to modify this game to suit your needs. It is in MS Word format and can be changed easily.





For younger children: Have the children look at the large picture of the woman on the game board. Ask them: “How do you think she feels? Why do you think she feels this way? What is she saying? Why are good manners important at church?” (Because you should respect God's house.) Etc. Discuss. Have the children look at the other pictures on the board and ask them these questions: “How do you think he/she feels? Why do you think he/she feels this way?” Etc.

“How should you behave at church? What should you not do in church? Can you run in church? Why should we not run in church?” (It does not show respect to God and it is not good manners.) “God doesn't come to your house and run around. You shouldn't run around in his.” Discuss. “If you ran in church, what would other people do? Which picture on the board looks like how the person would feel if they saw you run in church?” Discuss other bad behaviors and manners that kids do in church. Have the students point to the picture on the board of how someone in church would react if they saw them do or say the bad behavior.

For older children: Good manners and how we treat others in every day life has changed over the years. This laid back attitude in life and being casual has affected how we live today and how we behave. Unfortunately, lack of manners is also in our churches and we should not condone this behavior or lower ourselves to it. This kind of behavior is not acceptable and does not belong in church at any time.

Introduction: While "Come as You Are" sounds relaxed and friendly, too relaxed is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to showing respect to God. We certainly would not behave this way in front of the Queen of England or the President of the United States. We behave and have good manners at church because it is God’s house.

When you are at Mass, CCD classroom, Fellowship Hall, VBS, etc. or at any church function, good manners need to be used at all times. Manners, whether at Mass or in other situations, reveal the value we place on each other and God. Why do we need to use good manners at church? Good manners show honor and respect towards others. We need to honor and respect God and everyone. So how do we respect the Church and use good manners?

Put the Game Cards in a small basket and set near the game board. Place your markers on START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).



Directions- Print out Directions and keep inside file folder when not playing game.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.

Game Cards- Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.

Game Cards Lists With Answers- For the teacher to check answers.





A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter M







M- Moses in the Bulrushes


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story Moses in the Bulrushes
- explain how Moses was kept safe as a baby
- identify who found Moses



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

dltk-bible.com- Moses Word Wall
Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “Moses in the Bulrushes” from your own story book.

Or read story “A Baby in a Basket" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 22 & 23 and do cut outs while the story unfolds.


Then ask questions from below.


1. The Hebrews in Egypt were forced to work as what for the Egyptians? Slaves.

2. The King of Egypt ordered his soldiers to do what to all the Hebrew baby boys as soon as they were born? Kill them.

3. Moses’ mother secretly hid Moses and later did what to him? Put him in a basket and floated him down the Nile River.

4. Who found Moses’ basket floating down the river? The Egyptian Princess.

5. What did she do with Moses? He grew up in the palace with the Princess and was treated as if he was an Egyptian prince.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: The King of Egypt ordered his soldiers to do what to all the Hebrew baby boys as soon as they were born?

kidssundayschool.com- Itty Bitty Moses (song)

Pray and Play Bible 2 by Group Publishing- Hush Little Moses, Baby in the Basket, Baby Moses (songs and finger plays), page 39. A Baby’s Adventure (finger play), page 41

Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing- Baby Moses (song) and God Watched Over Baby Moses, page 38.



Activities:

Introduce activity: What did Moses’ mother do so that the soldiers would not kill him?

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Baby Moses lesson

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Baby Moses (click on 1) lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

clutheran.org- Early Life of Moses

missionarlington.org- Moses is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- Moses is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Whose mother secretly hid them and later put him in a basket and floated him down the Nile River? Or- What did Moses’ mother put him in and floated him down the Nile River?

dltk-bible.com- Moses crafts
Lots of different kinds posted here.

Little Blots of Faith- Baby Moses Craft
This is a fun little craft where children can use their hand prints to make some bushy covering for baby Moses. Materials are minimal, and children of all ages can participate. Let children color baby Moses with crayons, pressing hard. Then with watercolors allow them to paint over the picture to fill in the river. Then trace their hands on green construction paper and cut out to make the reeds. Glue the bottom of the handprints over the basket, so they can peek in on Baby Moses.

daniellesplace.com- Baby Moses in a Basket crafts

Baby Moses- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 17 & 18.)



Introduce craft: What is in the Nile River that could have eaten baby Moses? A crocodile.

storyplace.org- Stand-Up Crocodile

enchantedlearning.com- Alligator Craft or Card (just call this a crocodile)



Games:

Introduce game: What was the name of the baby that was put in a basket and sent down the Nile by his mother? Who found Moses?


Who Has Baby Moses?

Need: Small object to be baby Moses (example: clothes pin).

Directions: The children sit in a circle close together. The child who is “It” stands away from the circle and hides their eyes while baby Moses is passed around. When “It” says "STOP!", the child holding baby Moses hides it (under their leg, up their sleeve, etc.). The child who is “It” guesses who has baby Moses. The child who had baby Moses is now “It”.



christianpreschoolprintables.com- Moses Color Match File Folder Game (scroll down to this)








Moses in the Bulrushes File Folder Game: The players spin the spinner and follow the directions. If the player spins “Leader’s Spot”, they get to move their marker to where the leader is and share that spot. The first player to the princess wins.





Snacks:

Introduce snack: What was the name of the baby that was put in a basket and sent down the Nile by his mother? Who found Moses?

pillsbury.com- Crescent Dogs (looks like a baby wrapped in a blanket)
For an added touch put a face on the baby using mustard.

Crafts: 110 Totally Awesome Crafts for All Ages by Group Publishing- Baby Moses Baskets, page 12


Introduce snack: What is in the Nile River that could have eaten baby Moses? A crocodile.

albrookschool.org- Cucumber Crocodile (scroll down for this)


Letter M Snacks-

Marshmallows, Mellon Slices, Mango, Meat Balls, Milk, Milk Shake, Macaroni & Cheese, Muffins, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

moodypublishing.com- Baby Moses 1 (coloring)

moodypublishing.com- Baby Moses 2 (coloring)


lambsongs.co.nz- “Baby Moses Is Safe” by Jill Kemp- Booklet the children can color.

Cover

Booklet


lambsongs.co.nz- “Crocodile on the River Nile” by Jill Kemp- Booklet the children can color.

Cover

Booklet


psscentral.com- Moses in a Basket (mini book)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with M? (mini book)

first-school.ws- M is for Moses (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter M

christianbook.com- A Baby in a Basket
Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs, page 7. (Click on Sample and go to page 7.)

billybear4kids.com- Help Moses as a Baby (maze)

billybear4kids.com- Help Moses (maze)

Big Puzzles for Little Hands by Carla Williams- A Princess Rescues A Baby (maze) page 24.

storytime-storytime.blogspot.com- The Hidden Baby (letters dot-to-dot worksheet)

oregonzoo.org- Crocodile (dot to dot)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Baby Moses Puzzle
Print on Heavy Cardstock or laminate with contact paper to make this puzzle sturdy for little hands. Cut on the white lines and let children assemble the picture of Moses being drawn from the water.





Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary



The Immaculate Conception, a solemnity, is the patronal feast of the United States. It is one of the few Holy days of obligation on the Church calendar -- that is, all Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on this day. As this feast occurs early in Advent, it is a perfect time to consider Mary and her important role in the celebration of Christmas.



References & Activities

newadvent.org- Immaculate Conception

americancatholic.org- Feast of the Immaculate Conception (history)

churchyear.net- Immaculate Conception History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions & More

saints.sqpn.com- Feast of the Immaculate Conception

ewtn.com- Mary’s Immaculate Conception by Father William G. Most

catholicculture.org- Immaculate Conception

churchyear.net- Prayers and Collects for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

loyolapress.com- Activities in Preparation for This Day in the Liturgical Year

catholicicing.blogspot.com- Explain the Immaculate Conception to Kids

Mary is the Mother of Our Church- lesson plan for 1st grade on up with: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets

fcpeace.com- Hail Mary (coloring booklet)

Rosary- references, activities, coloring, crafts, games, puzzles, worksheets, etc.



Coloring

supercoloring.com- Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception coloring sheet by catholicicing.com- Symbolism in this picture includes Mary in the womb of St. Anne (wearing her defining veil). St. Anne and Mary both have their backs turned towards the apple tree to visually state that Mary was conceived without original sin. There are 3 beams of light coming down from the sun that stand for the trinity. Also, the snake (Satan) is unhappy about what has happened here.

waltzingm.com- Immaculate Conception Coloring Page

paperdali.blogspot.com- Immaculate Conception Coloring Page



Crafts

paperdali.blogspot.com- Saint Anne paper doll/coloring page

catholicicing.com- Immaculate Conception Craft For Catholic Kids- How To Explain The Real Meaning!

catholicinspired.com- Immaculate Conception Craft {Liturgical Ornament}



Food

catholicccuisine.blogspot.com- Recipes for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception



Games

fcpeace.com- Memory game on the Feast of Mary


Write the Hail Mary on strips of paper or card stock. Cut out strips and glue strips of the Hail Mary in the proper order on a piece of construction paper. (For younger students you can do this together as a group activity.) You can also play this as a game by dividing the class into teams and give each team the strips of the Hail Mary. See which team can put it in the proper order the fastest.



These games are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.



Hail Mary File Folder Game- How well do you know the prayer Hail Mary? Work your way around the game board and find out!






Mary is the Mother of Our Church File Folder Game- The objective of the game is to answer questions about Mary to receive a letter tile and spell Mary.




Puzzles/Worksheets


saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary handwriting in print

saintanneshelper.com- Hail Mary handwriting in cursive

crusaders-for-christ.com- Hail Mary copy work in print and cursive (scroll down and look under Marian Handwriting

fcpeace.com- What is meant by Immaculate Conception?

rciacentral.com- worksheet from Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) #484-511; 963-975

ncregister.com- Questions with answers about Immaculate Conception that you can easily make into a worksheet




These activities are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Hail Mary crossword

Hail Mary worksheet- To find out how well the students know The Hail Mary, have the students fill out the worksheet using the word bank.



Hail Mary puzzle- All you need is some heavy paper and a copy machine. Copy puzzle and have the children glue it on some heavy paper and color. Then have the children cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the children put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or ziplock bag.




Hail Mary Puzzle #2- All you need is some card stock and a copy machine. Print puzzle on card stock and have the students cut on the lines to make a puzzle. Have the students put the puzzle together to practice Hail Mary. Put puzzle pieces in an envelope or Ziploc bag.





Saturday, November 6, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter K







K- King Solomon


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story King Solomon Builds A Temple
- identify who the temple was built for
- identify who built the temple



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson



Vocabulary Words:

King Solomon Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “King Solomon Builds A Temple” from your own story book. Or while you are reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page ) as the story unfolds.


Then ask questions from below.

Who was Solomon’s father? King David

What was King Solomon supposed to build? A temple or church.

What did King Solomon ask God to give him? Wisdom to rule his kingdom of Israel.

Who did King Solomon build the temple for? God

How long did it take to build the temple? Seven years.

What was put inside the temple? The arc of the covenant.



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who was Solomon’s father? King David

clclutheran.org- Solomon Builds a Temple lesson with activities for pre school (click on Lessons, then under Old Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Solomon Builds a Temple lesson click on preschool).

Hymn - sung to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (scroll down to this)
Solomon built God’s Temple


missionarlington.org- Solomon Builds a Church Temple (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

This is the way we build the church (scroll down to this)


Introduce finger play: What did Solomon build? He built a temple. What is a temple? A church.

Here’s the Church (finger play)



Here's the church, (fingers interlocked; fingers inside)
And here's the steeple. (index fingers rise to a point)
Open the door (keep fingers interlocked but turn palms up)
Here’s all the people. (wriggle fingers)



Activities:

Introduce activity: What was King Solomon supposed to build? A temple or church.

clclutheran.org- Solomon Builds a Temple lesson with activities for pre school (click on Lessons, then under Old Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Solomon Builds a Temple lesson click on preschool).

missionarlington.org- Solomon Builds a Church Temple (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)

missionarlington.org- Solomon Builds A Temple (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Introduce lesson: Where is our church? What does it look like? Does it look like Solomon’s Temple? Who’s house is the church?

Lesson 1: The Church Is God’s House (Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doerfler Dall, page 8).

msssbible.com- Going to Church/The Sabbath (activities and lessons)

dltk-bible.com- Church and Respect lesson


Discussion:

We act differently in different places. How would you go into a park? (Skip and run). How would you walk if you were going through a store with your mother or father. (Slowly). How should you walk in church? How do you behave? What do we do when we come into the church? (Have students tell you exactly what you should do from start to the end of Mass: Sign of the Cross after you dip your finger into the stoup, genuflect before you sit down at the pew, stand up when your parents do, kneel when your parents do, cross your arms over yourself when you go up during Communion to receive a blessing, etc.).



Crafts:

Introduce craft: Who did King Solomon build the temple for? God

ebibleteacher.com- Build a model temple from a shoebox. Use gold paper and have students draw windows for the sides, columns and a doorway for the front, etc. Have a diagram for them to go by.

Have the students use Legos to “Build” a church
daniellesplace.com- Stained Glass Window Church Craft (scroll down to this). Enlarge template for younger students to do. Teachers may need to help children put church together.
emmanuel.org- God’s House

Lesson 1: The Church Is God’s House craft- Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doerfler Dall, page 13 & 15.

mssscrafts.com- Matching Pieces Church

benjerry.com- Community Church Building
The classic, clapboard church building with a clock and bell tower. Enlarge template for younger students to do. Teachers may need to help children put church together.


Introduce craft: Who built a temple for God? King Solomon

thebestkidsbooksite.com- A Puppet Fit For A King!

dltk-kids.com- Paper Crown

firstpalette.com- Craft Foam Crown

craftbits.com- Curly Paper Crown

dltk-teach.com- King K Craft



Games:

Introduce game: How long did it take to build the temple? Seven years.

Have the students use Jenga blocks and make a tall temple. Or just use regular blocks and build a tall temple. The game ends when the tower falls down.



Introduce game: How are you supposed to behave in church? Let’s see if you know how.



What ever happened to good manners in church?- Find out if you know how to behave in church. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the space has a Roll Play activity on it, perform it to the best of your ability. If needed, the teacher will help you understand what to do and coach you how to do it correctly. If the space has a picture of person reacting to bad behavior that they had just seen in church, draw a Game Card and read it out loud (if the student cannot read, the teacher or someone can read it for them). Answer the question to the best of your ability (the teacher can coach the student if necessary).



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did King Solomon build? A temple.

calvaryknoxville.org- Cracker Temple (scroll down to page 14)


Introduce snack: What do we call the place where we worship? A church.

Church Sticks, Squares & Triangles- (scroll down to these snacks)



Letter K Snacks-

Kudos Granola Bars, Kool-aid, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Kiwi, Kumquats, Kabob, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- King (coloring)

coloringbookfun.com- King Solomon and the Temple (coloring)

kidssundayschool.com- The Building of Solomon’s Temple (coloring)

bibletodaykids.com- King Solomon Dedicates the Temple (coloring)

coloring.ws- King Solomon (coloring)
With or without words

levangelisation.com- King Solomon (coloring pages)

King Solomon (booklet for the children to color)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with K? (mini book)

King Solomon (handwriting)

first-school.ws- K is for King (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter K

clclutheran.org- Solomon Builds a Temple lesson with activities for pre school (click on Lessons, then under Old Testament click on download lessons and levels. For Solomon Builds a Temple lesson click on preschool).

Solomon Builds God’s Temple (worksheet)
Teacher, read the sentences and have the students color the happy face if the sentence is true. Color the sad face if the sentence is false. (Page 2)

dltk-bible.com- Manners in Church (worksheet)
A simple worksheet to reinforce a lesson about minding manners during church.





Thursday, November 4, 2010

Do This in Memory of Me (craft)



Here is an easy craft that students can make emphasizing “Do this in memory of me.”





This activity is free, however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. (All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this activity are not my own and are from various internet sources.)


“Do this in memory of me.” (craft)


Directions:

1. Students cut out circle and glue in the middle of a paper plate.

2. Have students put a thin layer of glue where there is red on the chalice. Sprinkle with red glitter.

3. Have students put a thin layer of glue where there is gold for the Body of Christ. Sprinkle with gold glitter.

4. Students continue decorating the edges of the paper plate with glitter and various other craft supplies.





Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cain and Abel (file folder game)






heartofwisdom.com- offers a FREE Cain and Abel file folder game. Instructions and game cards are included in the 4 page PDF file with a copywork Bible verse page.





Monday, November 1, 2010

Church Potluck Recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé






Thanksgiving is almost here and most churches have a Thanksgiving potluck dinner. Here is something I like to bring to church and make for our Thanksgiving dinner at home.



Sweet Potato Soufflé

3 c sweet potato (cooked and mashed or 29 oz. can sweet potato), drained
1 c sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 t vanilla
½ c milk
½ c butter, melted
1 t vanilla (optional)

Mix potato ingredients together until well blended and spread in a 13 x 9 inch pan.


Topping:

1 c light brown sugar
½ c flour
1 c pecans, chopped
1/3 c butter

Mix well. Ingredients will be stiff and crumbly. Crumble over top of sweet potato. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.


NOTE: This may also be put into 2 pie shells and served as a desert. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.





Saturday, October 23, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter I







I- Isaac is Born


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Isaac is Born
- identify that Abraham as a man who obeyed and trusted God
- identify Isaac as the son that God promised to Abraham and Sarah



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson


Vocabulary Words:

Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Bring a little tent or drape cloth over the table and let the children sit inside.

Read story: “Isaac is Born” from your own story book. Or read story “Sarah Laughs" from the book Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 18 & 19,"


Then ask questions from below.

Who was Abraham’s wife? (Sarah)

When we learned about them, were they young? (No)

Did God keep his promise to Abraham and Sarah? (Yes)

Did they trust God? (Yes)

How do you think God felt about them when they obeyed? (Happy)

Do you think Abraham was happy when he obeyed? (Yes)

How can we be like Abraham and listen to God? (Obey our parents and teachers.)

Who can tell me what it was that Abraham and Sarah wanted very much? (A child.)

What did God promise Abraham? (To give him a son.)

Did Abraham have a son right away? (No)

What did they name the son? Isaac

Who had as many descendants as there were stars in the sky? (Abraham)



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays:

dltk-bible.com- Father Abraham (song)

gardenofpraise.com- God’s Promise to Abram (song)



Activities:

Introduce activity:

hennypenny.ourjunction.com- Isaac is Born lesson

dltk-bible.com- The Story of Abraham and Sarah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

missionarlington.org- Isaac is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)



Movie:

Introduce movie: Who always keeps his promises? (God)

Movie- Veggie Tales: Abe and the Amazing Promise and ask questions:

What promise did God make to Abraham?

Why would having a baby be unusual for Abraham and Sarah?

Did God give Abraham what he promised right away?

What are some times when you had to be patient?

What can we do if we should be patient, but it is hard to do?




Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did Abraham and his family live in? (Tents)

sundayschoolkids.com- A Tent for Abraham and Sarah
Easy to make printable craft of a tent that is black and white or in color. Printables of people are also posted. (Scroll down to bottom for printables.)


Introduce crafts: What kinds of animals did Abraham have? (Camels, sheep, and cows.)

craft-idea.blogspot.com- Camel Craft

thebestkidsbooksite.com- Cool Cork Camel

scissorcraft.com- Easy Folding Camel

familyfun.go.com- Lamb Note Holder
You can simplify this craft by using cotton balls.

dltk-kids.com- Hand Print Lamb Craft

familycrafts.about.com- Hand Print Lamb Craft
Make lots of extra popcorn for a snack. :)

mssscrafts.com- Scripture Sheep
This cute sheep craft can be adapted in a number of different ways to be used as a simple Bible craft or as a memory verse game.

daniellesplace.com- Paper Lunch Bag Cow Puppet (Scroll down for this. Patterns provided.)

dltk-kids.com- Paper Bag Cow Bag
You can make a brown cow like the one in the picture or use different colors for an dairy, white, tan or black cow.



Introduce craft: Who is known as “The Father of all Nations”?

mssscrafts.com- memory verse activity

daniellesplace.com- Abraham and His Descendants Craft

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Abraham’s Promise Family Picture Frame (scroll down to this)

childrenschapel.org- God’s Promise to Abraham and Isaac (Star Mobile)

dltk-bible.com- God Made Families (family portrait craft)

God’s Promise to Abraham Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 9 & 10.)

Baby Isaac Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 11 & 12.)



Introduce craft: Abraham had a very large family. Let’s make a family tree of our own family and see how big it is.

preschoolrock.com- Family Tree Preschool Craft
Help your preschooler remember all of the people who are important in their life with this family tree preschool craft. It’s much less structured than traditional family trees and can be made into a treasured keepsake gift for parents, grandparents, or other family members.

enchantedlearning.com- Paper Family Tree
Make a simple but pretty family tree and learn about your family's heritage

enchantedlearning.com- Family Collage Craft
Make a collage of your family by cutting out pictures or draw your own pictures.

preschooleducation.com- Families Crafts (several posted here)



Games:

Introduce game: God told Abraham things to do and he obeyed him. Abraham was good at following directions. Do you think you are good at following directions? Let’s find out.

childrensministryvault.com- Will You Do It Game

childrensministryvault.com- Hot Potato Surprise

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Bible Sequence: Abraham Stars
These are size and number sequence. These work well when discussing God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are stars in the sky. After children order them, talk about how God always keeps his promises! (Scroll down to this.)

first-pres-church.org- Bible Variety Workshop: Feely Box Trust Me Game
Children learn of Abraham and Sarah’s trust, obedience, and faithfulness to God as they hear how they followed God’s instructions to leave their home and go to a land that God will show them. Children explore how that might have felt to Abraham and Sarah by playing a Feely Box Trust Me Game. (Scroll down to this under Bible Variety Workshop.)



God Says

Need: Nothing

Directions: Played just like Simon Says. God says, “Hop on one foot.” Etc.




Following Directions

Need: Bop It, Ballzerko, Simon, etc.

Directions: Divide the class into groups. Have one group play one game and the other plays another, etc. Students must do what the toy tells them to do. Change games after all students get a chance to play.


Introduce game: God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are ____ in the sky. (stars)

enchantedlearning.com- Color Word Dominoes
Several different kinds to print out.

kidprintables.com- Shape Flash Cards
Play Memory, Go Fish, etc. with these cards. Print out: Shapes Flash Card Set 1 (circle, oval, square, triangle) & 2 (rectangle, heart, star, diamond).



Introduce game: What does a shepherd do? What happens if one lamb is missing?

What Lamb Is Missing?

Need: Nothing

Directions: Students sit in a group on the floor. One student is “It” and must turn around and hide their eyes. Another student is picked by the teacher and they go outside of the room. “It” then must guess what lamb is missing. Whoever was the lost lamb is now “It”.



Herding Sheep Game

Need: Balloons and a staff

Pick one student and have them stand beside you in front of the class. Place an empty box on its side at the opposite end of the room.

Say: Let's practice being shepherds. First we need some sheep. Let's pretend these are sheep. (Put 1 balloon on the floor in front of the student). Here is your shepherd's staff (hand student a staff). Take your staff and herd your sheep into the pen (the empty box turned on its side). Hold your staff pointing down so no one gets poked, and be careful you don't hurt your sheep. Guide it gently – don’t push it from behind, but stand in front of it and coax it along. (Encourage student as they guide their sheep.)

Say: This is not a race, we just want each person to have a turn. When you get your sheep in the pen, pick it up and walk back to me and give me the staff and the sheep.

When each student has had a turn, ask the following questions:

Was it easy to make your sheep go where you wanted them to go?

Do you think it's easy for shepherds to get sheep to go where the shepherds want them to go? Why or why not?

It's hard to make balloons go where we want them to go, and it's even harder to take care of sheep because they sometimes run away or get lost.



Snacks:

Introduce snack: How old were Abraham and Sarah?

childrensministryvault.com- 100 Birthday
Snack with a lesson


Introduce snack: God's promise to Abraham to give him as many children as there are ____ in the sky. (stars)

pillsbury.com- Gingerbread Stars

jas.familyfun.go.com- Crispy Cheese Stars

jas.familyfun.go.com- Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

(You can also get a large star shaped cookie cutter and make star shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.)

Spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers.


Letter I Snacks-

Ice Pops, Instant Pudding, Ice Cream, Ice Tea, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

coloring.ws- Abraham and Isaac (coloring pages)

cgi.org- Faith (coloring)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Isaac coloring page (scroll down to this)

tstl.net- Abraham coloring pages

christiananswers.net- Abraham and Isaac (coloring)


lambsongs.co.nz- “Abraham and Isaac” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


psscentral.com- Abraham and Issac (mini book)

dltk-teach.com- What begins with I? (mini book)

enchantedlearning.com-How Many Colorful Stars?
A book for early readers for the children to make.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- I is for Isaac (handwriting) Scroll down for this.

tlsbooks.com- Trace the Star (worksheet)

akidsmath.com- Count the Stars (worksheet)
Make your own worksheet and have your students count the stars.

dltk-bible.com- Abraham and Sarah (maze)

christianbook.com- Abraham and Sarah Move To A New Land (maze)
Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs, page 6. (Click on Sample and go to page 6.)

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Star (dot-to-dot)
You could use this with Abraham curriculum as well, just take the top verse off. (Scroll down to this.)

printables.scholastic.com- Shapes: Count and Color (Math)
Students count and color the stars and write the correct numeral in the blank provided and color in the stars. (Scroll down to this.)

donnayoung.org- Count the Stars (worksheets)
Count the stars and write the number on the line.

education.com- Addition: Count the Stars (worksheet)
Count the stars in each group. Write the number in the box. Write the sum in the last box.