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 Jesus and the Children theme!
How Much or How Far? Jesus and the Children
In advance, tape two parallel lines at circle time, far enough apart that the children can jump from one to the other.
Have them take turns standing behind the line and jumping to the next one.
Once everyone has had a turn, have the children sit ON the line.
Discuss how far they jumped (if you want, measure how far).
Tell the Jesus and the Children Bible story.
Ask them to tell you something they remember from the story.
When all who want to have had a turn, tell them:
Jesus loves us all. He wants everyone, even grown ups, to trust him as children do! How much do you think Jesus loves us?
Let them reply.
Tell them that some things we can measure, like how far we can jump or how tall we are.
But we can not measure how much Jesus loves us because it is more than we can measure!
You Are Important To Jesus: Jesus and the Children
In advance, print a picture of each child in your class. Attach to an index card with their name printed on it.
Materials needed: Index cards with pictures and a footstool.
Read the Jesus and the Children Bible story. Discuss any parts of the story the children want to talk about (Ask what they think about the story).
Ask who they think is important to Jesus. Let them answer.
Tell them, well, I KNOW who is important to Jesus in our group! I have the names of those who are important to Jesus. I will hold up the card, and you all can read the name.
If it is YOUR name, come step up on this stool and say "JESUS LOVES ME!"
Show each card, one at a time. Be sure you have your own name and picture! We are ALL important to Jesus, and by not having your own name, you are discounting Jesus love for you in front of the children!
Ask again, when done, Who is important to Jesus? That's right, we all are. Jesus loves ALL of us!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Jesus and the Children 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 Jesus and the Children themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Going To See Jesus Trail Mix
You will need 3 or 4 ingredients to make trail mix, keeping allergies in mind (suggestions are raisins, cheerios, chex cereal, pretzels, goldfish crackers, etc.).
Place each ingredient in its own bowl.
Provide a 1/8 cup measuring cup in each bowl.
Provide each child with a zip type baggie.
They should scoop one scoop of each into their baggie.
Help them seal it.
Then they shake it.
Take a walk around your classroom or school (follow the leader style) talking about the Bible story. Tell the children that you are going pretend you are the children in the story and take a walk to meet Jesus.
Walk around and then, when you are close to your snack table area, remind the children of the disciples. What did the disciples say or do when the children got near Jesus?
Right! They tried to make them go away! But, what did Jesus say? (Let them respond).
Sit at the snack table. Tell the children:
Jesus told the disciples not to stop the children, but to let them come to Him because he loves them and wants to bless them!
Let's say a prayer of thanks right now before we have our snack.
Thank you for how much Jesus loves us and wants to bless us! Help us to learn more about him everyday.
Jesus and the Children Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Acting Out the Story
Provide items to your housekeeping area this week. Provide biblical times clothes (robes, headpieces, etc.); babies; dress up clothes and add pieces of brown paper (or large, paper grocery bags opened up) to make a road for the children to follow to go see Jesus.
EXTENSION: Add the red light/green light signs from the Red Light/Green Light Come to Me activity from the Gross Motor Section below.
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Materials needed: 2 blindfolds and an obstacle course set up.
Talk to the children about the obstacle course. Let them guess what they need to do at each point (step over the mat, climb under the chair, etc.)
Choose 2 children to go through the obstacle course. Tell them they are going to do it without being able to see by wearing a blindfold (respect the children who say no to using a blindfold).
Have an adult helper talk the children through the obstacle course.
Give them a huge round of applause when they make it through!
Remove the blindfolds.
Ask the children what it was like: to have the blindfold on, to go through the course without being able to see.
Ask what would have happened if they didn't have the leader to tell them what was coming next?
Discuss with the children that Jesus tells us that he leads us like a shepard leads his sheep...he looks out for them.
Jesus looks out for us, too. We can not see what is coming up sometimes in life, but Jesus sees it and he helps us through it--sometimes we know how when we pray to Jesus and sometimes we know because of the people Jesus has put in our lives.
Like your family and teachers who look out for you when you are walking outside, or at the park.
We can follow Jesus and know he has a plan for us and loves us and provides for us.
Jesus and the Children-STOP!
Ask one child to be Jesus and another to be a disciple. Give that child a piece of red paper that says STOP.
Teach the children this song (sung to Farmer in the Dell)
We're going to see Jesus.
We're going to see Jesus.
Hi! Ho! We're Happy, OH!
We're going to see Jesus.
Have "Jesus" stay on one side of the area.
All the children should sing this song while dancing around the room. When done, they should all hop (skip, crawl, change it up!) over to see Jesus.
The "disciple" should hold up the sign and yell "STOP!" and all the children freeze.
Let each child take turns being either Jesus or the Disciple.
Then, have all the children sit down with you.
Tell them that it is so sad that "we" couldn't see Jesus. Why couldn't we?
Discuss the Bible story with them. The disciples surely thought Jesus had more important things to do than bless children.
They stopped the children from seeing Jesus.
But, Jesus did not allow this to continue, he said (teach this line to the children): "LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME!"
Practice that line a few times. And go on to explain the rest.
Yes, Jesus said "Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."
Materials needed: a small, aluminum can (a soda can); a balloon; a piece of fabric (preferably wool or something that will create static on the balloon--socks work great!).
Inflate the balloon as large as you can and tie it off. Write the name "JESUS" on the can with a marker.
Tell the children:
Jesus told the disciples to let the children come to him. He wants ALL of us to follow him...little kids, grown-ups, all of us. And we can!
It's kind of like this. This can is like us. This balloon is like Jesus--see, his name is right here! J-E-S-U-S!
We (point to the can) can follow Jesus (point to the balloon).
Let me rub this balloon on this sock and make it super staticy..there.
Now watch... (put the balloon near the can and slowly move it away from the can. The can will follow. If not, rub it some more! It's probably best if you don't do it on a carpet, but something smooth and flat).
See that can is following the balloon........the person is following Jesus!
We CAN (get it.... a CAN!! ;) ) follow him, too! We do this by learning about him in the Bible, attending Sunday school and living the way Jesus wants us to live: Loving God and loving one another.
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