This Zacchaeus Preschool Theme page is based on Luke 19:1-10. Jesus loves all of His people and encourages all of us who seek Him to meet Him where we are at! Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector. He was, based on the reaction of the people in Jericho that day, despised. He was in an undesirable and dishonest occupation, as tax collectors were notorious for charging people more than was due for their share of taxes. In addition, he was a Jew who chose to work for the Romans and therefore considered somewhat of a traitor by his fellow Jews.
He was curious to meet the Lord he had heard so much about. He did not let his small stature stop him! He climbed a tree to hear him speak. Jesus called him by name to meet with him!
His response was one of immediate transformation! He not only met with Jesus, but repented of his sin and made amends to those he had cheated......with interest.
This passage serves as the opportunity to teach our children much about the nature of God. He loves all his children. He knows us all by name and loves us all. He knows in our humanity that we make mistakes; we sin. He is there for us to come to him where we are at and confess and repent of our sin and live our lives in a way honorable to Him.
Provide many magazines, scissors, glue, paper plates and crayons.
Have the children color their paper plates. Tell them it is the world.
The children find and cut out people from the magazines and glue them all over the paper plate.
Remind the children that Jesus loves ALL His children! Perhaps have a small pre-printed note for them to glue on that reads: Jesus Loves Us All
Provide either paper plates or white circle papers (or paper with circles drawn on them for the children to cut out on their own and practice those cutting skills!); yarn, crayons, googly eyes, glue, large craft sticks, strong tape
The children make a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other side. They should use the yarn for hair, crayons to color the face, googly eyes, etc.
Tape the large craft stick on.
Use these when retelling the story or to ask questions at an end of the day circle time: How did Zacchaeus feel when he couldn't see through the crowd? When the people seemed angry that Jesus was going to meet with him? When Jesus called him by name?
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Zacchaeus 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!
Wee Little Fruit
Do you have a dehydrator?! Have the children help you to slice fruit such as strawberries and bananas with plastic knives and dehydrate them.
Have the children measure the size when they cut them.
The next day, compare the size and have a treat!
Celery Tree Snack
Why not?!! Have the children help you to spread either cream cheese or other spread into celery for a snack!
Zacchaeus Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Welcome to My House
Set up your dramatic play area to represent the Bible times. Place pillows and place mats on the floor and remove the tables and chairs. Provide play food in a basket. Provide large shirts and fabric for headpieces for the children to wear.
Create (or have your children help to create) a tree to hang "outside" the dramatic play area out of brown paper and add leaves.
EXTENSION: Have a leaf cutting station in your classroom for the children to cut out leaves and glue on the tree!
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