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Safari :: Week of June 24

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can be brave.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and brave, do not be afraid. I am the Lord your God.” Joshua 1:9
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant (David and Goliath) | 1 Samuel 17:1-50

This week we colored a picture (check the back of your toddler’s newsletter) to remind us we can be brave.

Say, “Look at your page. Who is in the picture?” Encourage your toddler to say, “David and Goliath are in the picture!” Say, “How many stones are around David? Let’s count the stones together.” Assist your toddler in counting. Say, “There are five stones around David, but he only needed ONE stone to knock down Goliath! David knew he could be brave because God was with him. You can do brave things like David because God made you, and He is always with you. Who can be brave like David?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can be brave!”


Safari :: Week of June 17

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can be brave.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and brave, do not be afraid. I am the Lord your God.” Joshua 1:9
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant (David and Goliath) 1 Samuel 17:1-50

This week we sang a song to remind us that we can be brave.

Sing the song with your toddler to the tune of, “The Muffin Man.”
I can be brave like God wants me to,
God wants me to,
God wants me to.
I can be brave like God wants me to,
Each and every day.

Repeat a few times, singing in different voices. (fast, slow, underwater, princess, superhero, etc.) Say, “Great singing! We can be brave because God is always with us!”


Safari :: Week of June 10

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can be brave.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and brave, do not be afraid. I am the Lord your God.” Joshua 1:9
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant (David and Goliath) | 1 Samuel 17:1-50

This week during eKidz we played a game to remind us we can be brave.

Say, “Let’s play a fun game to show we can be brave. When I say a movement, I want us to do the movement together. I know you can do it because you are brave! Are you ready? (Pause.) Here we go!” After each movement, say, “Great job! That may have been hard, but you did a great job being brave.”

Movements:

  • touch toes with your eyes closed 
  • cover your eyes and jump on one foot
  • jump as high as you can with your hand on your nose
  • look at your parent or sibling and tell them why you love them
  • go get a toy and share it with your parent or sibling (have kids grab a toy and give them one minute to play and share)

After the Activity: “I knew you could do what I did, because you are brave! We can be brave by doing things that may be hard or scare us, and we can be brave by being nice to our friends. Who can be brave?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can be brave!”


Safari :: Week of June 3

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can be brave.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and brave, do not be afraid. I am the Lord your God.” Joshua 1:9
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant (David and Goliath) | 1 Samuel 17:1-50

This month we are learning, “I can be brave.” We will learn the story, “The Mean Giant,” in 1 Samuel 17:1-50. David was only a young boy, but he was brave. He wasn’t afraid to fight Goliath even though Goliath was a mean man who did bad things. David knew he could be brave because God would protect Him. Just like David was brave when he needed to fight Goliath, we can be brave, too!

Meal Time Mat - June

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

  • What do you see in the picture? (David and Goliath)
  • Do you think David was afraid to fight Goliath because he was so big? (Yes, that would be scary.)

Say, “We can be brave when we have to do things that scare us because God protects us. Just like God made David brave when he had to fight Goliath, we can be brave, too!”


Safari :: Week of May 27

MONTHLY FOCUS: God cares for me.
VERSE FOCUS: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17 (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Daniel and the Lions Daniel 6

Sit on the floor with your toddler. Say, “Let’s ing a song to remind us that God cares for us. I’m going to start by asking you a question, and you answer by saying, ‘God cares for me!’ Let’s practice.”

Say, “When I’m scared, (encourage your toddler to show you his or her scared face) ‘who cares for me?’” Hold your hands out like you are asking a question. Encourage your toddler to point his or her fingers in the air while jumping and yelling, “God cares for me.”

Other phrases to say:

• When I am hurt, (encourage your toddler to show a hurt face, like he or she has a boo boo) who cares for me?

• When I am upset, (encourage your toddler to make an upset face) who cares for me?

• When I am sad, (encourage your toddler to make a sad face, like he or she lost a favorite toy) who cares for me?

• When I am tired, (encourage your toddler to yawn a big yawn) who cares for me?

Say, “No matter what happens or how we feel, God cares for us!” Encourage your toddler to repeat, “God cares for me.”