This Good Samaritan Theme page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
You might want to use one or all of these activities during the week that you include this Bible story in your program.
Let the Theme planning begin! This parable can be found in your Bible in Luke 10:25-37
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Good Samaritan Theme Art
On The Look Out!
Materials needed: One paper towel tube for each child; crayons, stickers, arts and crafts supplies and glue.
The children decorate their "telescope". When dry, they use it to be "on the look out" for friends who might need help in their class or to notice when someone is being helpful!
SUGGESTION: Hole punch a hole in one end to string yarn so that the children can walk around with their telescope around their neck and not lose it!
Materials: pinch type clothespins, square gauze pads, paint, paper.
The children hold the clothespins (attach them to gauze pads in advance) and dip the pads into the paint to paint a picture.
Good Samaritan Theme Block Center Ideas
Add people and animals to your block area during this theme.
Good Samaritan Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Act It Out!
Assign your students one part in this story. You'll need: Robbers, The Levite, the Priest, the Samaritan, the Man, the Innkeeper
As you read the story, pause to let each child act out their part.
Repeat so that all of your children have a turn acting a part out.
VARIATION: Print out pictures of each part and give one to each child. They place their piece on the flannel board as their part is read.
You could use flannel pieces of: Robbers, The man, the Levite, the Priest, the Samaritan, the Innkeeper, the Inn, some money
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Helpful Hands Snacktime
Serve a healthy snack that is helpful to the body--such as fruit salad.
Have each child serve the friend to their right or left.
Good Samaritan Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Provide robes, bandanas for headpieces, bandages, a mat or carpet area with a sheet and pillow for the hurt man to stay in at the inn, play food to give the hurt man, and any other items you can think of to allow the children to reenact this story.
Also, be prepared for it to turn into a hospital! Perhaps provide a doctor kit as well!
Being Good Samaritans
Provide bandaids, bandages, dolls, stuffed animals and doctor kits!
Good Samaritan Theme Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
In advance, wrap extra gauze around the cotton tip of a Q-Tip.
The children use these to paint with today!
Good Samaritan Theme Large Group Games
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Band Aid Team Relay
Materials Needed: LOTS of bandaids!
The class is a team (no need for competetive teams in preschool--let's work on having them work together!); a baby doll
The children go, one at a time across the room to the doll. They open one band aid, put it on the doll and come back to their friends.
The next child goes and does the same.
Encourage the children to cheer on their friend who is helping the hurt doll!
SUGGESTION: Take the outside papers off in advance so that the only part the children have to take off are the 2 pieces that peel. Tearing and ripping the outer paper of a bandaid is a bit too much for preschoolers to handle!
Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Provide people puppets (and a donkey puppet if you can find one!) to allow the children to act out the story on their own!
Book Suggestions for the Library
The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand by Jan and Stan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Donkey to the Rescue: by Tim Dowley and Steve Smallman
The Story of the Good Samaritan by Patricia A Pingry
Who Is Sam Harrington? by Dara Goldman
ZuZu's Wishing Cake by Linda Michelin
Themed Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
The Good Samaritan paid all the expenses incurred by the hurt man. Provide a large bowl of coins. Provide empty bowls or cups for the children to sort by type, size, color, etc.
VARIATION: Choose a mission to donate money to. Send home a letter to the families explaining the service project and ask them to send in coins. However, encourage the parents to work out ways for their children to earn the money by doing extra tasks. (The idea is for the children to earn and learn to give from their own earnings...not to be--as Dave Ramsey, my favorite Financial Whiz puts it--"a courier for their parents' money!).
Use this donated change for this activity. When your collection week or time is done, count the money with the children and donate to your chosen cause.
Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas
to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
I'm A Helper
There is a great CD by Rob Evans called I'm A Helper. On this CD, is a song called, yup, you guessed it: Good Samaritan
You can find it on his website by searching online under The Donut Man!
Pass the Bean Bag
Play music while all the children sit in a circle. When the music stops, the child with the bean bag holds onto the bean bag.
The goal is to help each other to have a turn. Many times, preschoolers want to THROW the bean bag or toss it to the person they want.
This is a great activity to help them focus on being sure EVERYONE has a turn!
Themed Activities for the Senses!
The Jericho Road
Place sand, small rocks, a donkey, a house and little people in your sand table. This gives the children the items they need to act out the story!
Themed Science Activities--
for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
How Will We Pay?
Make corn starch goop. You make this by added cornstarch and water. When in your bin, it will feel hard to the touch.
When you lift it with your hands, your body heat melts the "solid" to a liquid! It is VERY awesome!
To connect to this theme's story, add some coins to the mixture.
When the children use their hands to pick up pieces of the "solid", they will find the coins as the goop melts in their hands!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your theme!
Boo Boo Collage
Materials Needed: variety of bandages/bandaids, large poster board, permanant marker
As children come to the writing table, ask them how they can help someone who is hurting. Have them print their name on a bandaid and stick it on the board.
You print their helpful idea on the poster board.
Get Well Cards
Provide crayons, stickers and blank cards for the children to decorate. Save them to send to a children's unit or a burn unit of a hospital.
Another suggestion is to keep the cards in your classroom and mail one out with the children each time a child is out sick.
Miscellaneous Activities for your theme!
Here are some service projects related to this Bible theme:
1. Collect items for a local shelter.
Call the shelter to find out what they are in need of. Focus on one item to collect. For example, our local shelter runs out of toilet paper often. If every preschool family donates a four pack of toilet paper, wow! What a difference that would make!
2. Collect items for backpacks to donate to children in need.
3. Collect hats, mittens and gently used coats to donate to local schools or shelters in need.