This Armor of God Preschool Theme is based on the Bible book of Ephesians 6:13-18. Read, pray and reflect on this passage. Also read where the Armor of God is referred to by Isaiah in Isaiah 11:4-5 and 59:17.
This theme for preschoolers is typically taught concretely and sometimes it is avoided because of the battle references.
That is not the purpose of this section of the Bible! Let's have a mini Bible study together!
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." (NIV)
The armor Paul is talking about here is concerning "the achievement of righteousness & justice and the proclamation of God's truth that brings peace." (1)
Let's look at each piece of armor and their biblical meanings and keep this in mind as we carry out activities with our preschoolers.
-Belt of Truth: A belt was an item put on before the others. Integrity of character, truthfulness (as in faithfulness to God). Preschool translation: Don't lie!
-Breastplate of Righteousness: A breastplate covers the majority of a person's major and most important organs. Righteousness is a moral quality, biblically it is the state of moral perfection required by God. We can not be righteous on our own, but do so through faith in Christ. Therefore, the breastplate of righteousness refers faithfulness in God through Christ. Preschool translation: Do good things that honor God.
-Feet fitted: The footwear used in battle allowed sturdy grounding. Here, feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace refers to standing strong in the word of God. It refers to a readiness of action-to spread the Gospel. Preschool translation: Talk about God.
-Shield of Faith: A shield is used in battle to deflect arrows, missiles or other items projected during battle and could be moved toward the direction of the items. Many shields at that time were watered down and could therefore extinguish flaming missiles and arrows. Our sheild of faith is our faith is the faith that saves us (Ephesians 2:8). Preschool translation: Have faith.
Isaiah 59:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 both refer to the breastplate (as one of faith and love) as well as helmet of salvation.
-Helmet of Salvation: A helmet, obviously, protects the head. Putting on a helmet of salvation reminds us to, with our heads, remain strong in our faith and our hope of salvation (how God saves or rescues us) and He has, through Christ! Preschool translation: God protects me.
-Sword of the Spirit: In this list of pieces of armor, the sword is the only one that is used for offense as opposed to defense. The sword of the Spirit refers speaking the word of God--spreading the Gospel. Preschool translation: The Bible is God's word.
-And pray! We should teach our children to be aware of the needs of those around us. Our friends, friends' families or others who may be sick and pray for them. Teach them to pray together for the needs of those around them. Prayer is another theme that will be on the page soon.
In summary, as we use concrete activities for teaching of each piece of armor, remember to talk to you preschoolers about what piece of Armor of God is about. Scripture is using armor that is used for physical battle as a metaphor to teach us how to live as Christians and how to respond and treat each other.
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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!
Story Prop Box
Bring the following items in a box to bring to circle to introduce the story:
umbrella (protects us from rain and sun); flashlight (keeps us safe in the dark); healthy piece of food (to stay strong); pair of shoes (to protect feet from walking on things we shouldn't); belt; crown (helmet of salvation to remind us of the promise of Christ)
Show the children one item. Have them identify it and talk about what it is used for.
Introduce the story. Tell them that today's story is about us putting on "the full armor of God". And it helps to protect us from making poor choices, doing things we shouldn't, etc.
Read this Bible story often at Circle Time throughout the week.
Provide items that will float at first but then sink such as pieces of different types of paper; cardboard; a cup.
They float but as the water gets to them more and more, they sink.
We are strong and saved and protected by God. We need to continue to learn about him and live our lives as he has shown us in His word, the Bible, or slowly, we will become weak and give in to temptations.
For example: God does not want us to lie. It is displeasing to Him and hurts others. If we stop thinking about these Godly things, it will become easier for us to just tell a little lie, then a bigger one.
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