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Safari :: Week of February 9

WE’RE LEARNING… Jesus loves me.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember Jesus loves us!

Say, “If you know Jesus loves you all the time, shake the blanket as fast as you can!” Repeat the activity, each time with a different way to shake the blanket (with one hand, slowly, while jumping up and down, etc.). After the activity say, “Who loves us?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus loves us!”


Safari :: Week of February 2

WE’RE LEARNING… Jesus loves me.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This month we’re learning, “Jesus loves me.” We are important to Jesus and He loves us so much!

We will learn the story, “Jesus and the Children,” in Luke 18:15-17. When people brought their children to see Jesus, the disciples tried to stop them. Jesus told them, “Let the little children come to me.” (Luke 18:16) Jesus wanted everyone to know that children are important to God. Jesus showed the children how much He loved them and He wants us to know how much He loves us, too! We are important to Him and He will always love us, no matter what.

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember Jesus loves us. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who do you see in the picture? (Jesus and the children)
  • Who did Jesus show love to? (the children)

Say, “Jesus showed the children how much He loved them. Jesus wants us to know how much He loves us, too! Who loves you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus loves me.”


Safari Babies :: February ParentCue Article

You love your baby. You might even be surprised by how deeply you love him or her. In fact, there is a good chance this past year redefined how you think about love entirely. But if you want your child to grow up knowing you love him or her, you will have to prove it over time. Every kid needs adults who love them in a way that convinces them they are worth something. And the way you consistently prove love over time will give your child a healthy sense of worth. One way to prove your love is to show up.

It’s hard not to show up—especially when your baby is utterly dependent on you just to eat, sleep, and stay reasonably clean. Besides, if you don’t show up fast enough, your baby’s built-in alarm system may activate and alert the entire neighborhood.

Don’t underestimate the significance of your physical presence. It’s more than just de-activating their crying. Even though your three-month-old may not say “thank you” or make you a special card to celebrate your efforts, the attention you give now is making physiological and a psychological difference that will impact her future.

Brain research shows the more consistently a baby receives loving support—especially during times of stress—the larger and more developed the social portion of a baby’s brain becomes. Psychological studies show that the more consistently a parent shows up and responds to their baby, the more trusting the child will be in later phases. Spiritual development suggests establishing trust in early years lays a foundation for later faith.

Simply put: You cannot give your baby too much love. So keep showing up. You are giving your baby the love they need every time you . . .

»» smile and make eye contact
»» touch your nose to their nose
»» make silly faces
»» wiggle their toes
»» imitate their babbles
»» sing a lullaby
»» give them a shoulder to sleep on
»» pick them up when they cry
»» show up to let them know you care

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.


Safari :: Week of January 26

WE’RE LEARNING… God helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4a (CSB)
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant I Luke 2:1-7

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember God helps us.

As you’re driving in the car or while you’re at home, say ‘I Spy’ and point out different locations, or items, your toddler might be familiar with. For example, you could say the playground, school, church, home, etc. After each location or item ask, “Can God helps us when we’re at (name of location)?” Pause for your toddler to respond. Say, “Yes! God loves you and will always be there to help you. Who helps you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God helps me!”

Repeat the game, choosing a different location each time.


Safari :: Week of January 19

WE’RE LEARNING… God helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4a (CSB)
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant I Luke 2:1-7

This week we sang a song to remind us that God is our helper. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

God Helps Me (to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

God helps me, oh yes, He does,
Yes, He does. Yes, He does.
God helps me, oh
yes, He does.
He helps me every day.

Continue the activity, but sing your toddler’s name each time.

God helps (toddler’s name), oh yes, He does,
Yes, He does. Yes, He does.
God helps (toddler’s name), oh
yes, He does.
He helps (toddler’s name) every day.

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job singing! Who helps me?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God helps me!”