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Safari :: Week of December 8

Read Luke 2:1-7 together as a family. Use a storybook Bible if you have one (pages 82-87 in The Beginner’s Bible for Toddlers or pages 268-271 in God’s Story for Me Bible Storybook).

 

BIRTHDAY PARADE ACTIVITY

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember Jesus is God’s Son!

Lead your toddler in a parade around the room while singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus. During the parade, switch it up and encourage your toddler to march, hop, twirl, crawl, walk slow, or walk fast.

Continue the activity for as long as your toddler is interested. After the activity say, “God gave us His Son Jesus to be our friend forever and we celebrate Jesus’ birth at Christmas! Who is God’s Son?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is God’s Son!”

 

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

This month our memory verse is Isaiah 9:6:

“God (point up)
has given (extend hands forward)
a son (pretend to rock a baby)
to us.” (point thumbs to chest)
Isaiah 9:6, NCV  (open hands like a book)

Practice reciting the memory verse with the motions together as a family. Have your toddler repeat the memory verse after you using a loud voice, a whisper voice, and a silly voice.

 

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Safari :: Week of December 1

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus is God’s Son.
MEMORY VERSE: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Baby Jesus is Born I Luke 2:1-7

This month we are learning, “Jesus is God’s Son.” God loves us so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever!

We are learning the story, “Baby Jesus is Born,” in Luke 2:1-7. When Mary and Joseph were traveling back to their hometown of Bethlehem, Mary was about to have a baby. When they arrived in Bethlehem, there was nowhere to sleep. A kind man helped them by letting them stay in his stable. While they were there, baby Jesus was born! We celebrate Christmas because Jesus is God’s Son who was born and given to us to be our friend forever. God loves us so much, that He gave us His Son, Jesus!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that Jesus is God’s Son. 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 is the baby in the picture? (Baby Jesus)
  • What can we learn from the story of Jesus’ birth? (Jesus is God’s Son. God gave His Son, Jesus, because He loves us.)

Ask, “The story of Jesus’ birth teaches us that Jesus is God’s Son. We celebrate Christmas because God gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. Who is God’s Son?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is God’s Son!”


Safari :: Week of November 24

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can give thanks to God.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers | Luke 17:11-19

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that they can give thanks to God.

Give examples of some things your toddler might be thankful for (family, friends, church, food, clothes, toys, etc.) and encourage your toddler to clap his or her hands when you say something he or she is thankful for. Repeat the activity, saying a different example each time.

After the activity say, “We have so much to be thankful for and we should always give thanks to God! Who can give thanks to God?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can give thanks to God!”


Safari :: Week of November 17

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can give thanks to God.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers | Luke 17:11-19

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that they can give thanks to God.

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 park, a restaurant, school, church, toys, food, etc. After each location or item ask, “Can you give thanks to God for (name of location or item)?” Pause for your toddler to respond. Say, “Yes! God gives us the things we have and we should give thanks to Him.”

Repeat the game, choosing a different location or item each time.


Safari :: Week of November 10

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can give thanks to God.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers | Luke 17:11-19

This week we sang a song to remind us that we can give thanks to God. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

If You’re Thankful and You Know It (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands! (clap, clap)
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands! (clap, clap)
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Give thanks and surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands! (clap, clap)

If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet! (stomp, stomp)
If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet! (stomp, stomp)
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Give thanks and surely show it.
I can trust God. Yes I can! (stomp, stomp)

If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (Say, “Hooray!”)
If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (Say, “Hooray!”)
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Give thanks and surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (Say, “Hooray!”)

You can also put all three together for a fourth verse. (clap, clap, stomp, stomp, “Hooray!”)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “You did a wonderful job singing! God has done so many great things for us and we should always give thanks to Him! Who can give thanks to God?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can give thanks to God!”