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Safari :: Week of August 5

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can go God’s way.
MEMORY VERSE: “Teach me Your way, O Lord.” Psalm 27:11a (NASB)
BIBLE STORY: Jonah and the Big Fish I Jonah 1:1 – 3:10

This month we are learning, “I can go God’s way!” It’s important to trust God and follow Him because His way is the right way, every single time!

We will learn the story, “Jonah and the Big Fish” in Jonah 1:1 – 3:10. When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah didn’t want to obey at first, but when Jonah decided to go God’s way, God forgave them and he was able to talk to the people there about God. Just like Jonah, it’s important that we remember God’s way is always the right way! There are different ways we can choose to go, but God wants us to trust and follow Him because He knows what’s best. We can go God’s way!

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember God’s Word helps me. 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 toddler:

  • Who is the man in the picture who was swallowed by the big fish? (Jonah)
  • After Jonah was swallowed by the big fish, which way did Jonah decide to go? (God’s way.)

Say, “When God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah didn’t want to obey at first, but when Jonah decided to go God’s way, he was able to talk to the people there and God forgave them! God wants us to trust and follow Him because He knows what’s best. We can go God’s way! Say, “Who can go God’s way?” Encourage you toddler to say, “I can go God’s way!”


Safari :: Week of July 28

MONTHLY FOCUS: God’s Word helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: King David Wrote the Psalms | Psalm 119:11

Grab a Bible and play a game with your toddler to remind them God’s Word helps us.

Say, “When we read and learn God’s Word, we are hiding it in our hearts and it will help us every day! I have hidden the Bible and I want you to try to find it.” Help your toddler look for the Bible. Say, “Just like I hid the Bible, we can hide God’s Word in our hearts and it will help us every day!”

Repeat the game, choosing a different location to hide the Bible each time.


Safari :: Week of July 21

MONTHLY FOCUS: God’s Word helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: King David Wrote the Psalms | Psalm 119:11

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

When you’re driving in the car this week, say “I Spy” and point out different locations your toddler might be familiar with. For example, you could say the park, a restaurant, school, church, etc. After each location ask, “Will God’s Word help you when you’re at (name of location)? Yes! God’s Word always helps us.”

Repeat the game, choosing a different location each time.

Say, “Great job! God’s Word will always help us — anytime and anywhere — when we hide it in our hearts. It will always help us to know what God wants us to do! God’s Word helps us!”


Safari :: Week of July 14

MONTHLY FOCUS: God’s Word helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: King David Wrote the Psalms | Psalm 119:11

This week we sang a song to remind us God’s Word helps us. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

God’s Word Always Helps Me (to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

God’s Word always helps me,
Oh, yes it does. Yes, it does. Yes, it does.
God’s Word always helps me.
Oh, yes it does.
Everywhere I go.

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. After the activity, say, “You did a wonderful job singing! When we read and learn God’s Word, we hide it in our hearts and it always help us! What helps you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God’s Word helps me!”


Safari :: Week of July 7

MONTHLY FOCUS: God’s Word helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: King David Wrote the Psalms | Psalm 119:11

Play a fun game with your toddler to help him or her remember God’s Word helps us.

Say, “I’m going to tell you about a time when you might need God’s Word to help you. If you think God’s Word can help you, put both hands over your heart and say, ‘God’s Word helps me!’ Are you ready?”

  • Say, “If you’ve been playing at the playground for a long time and someone else wants a turn on the swing, can God’s Word help you share?” Encourage toddlers to put their hands over their heart and say, “God’s Word helps me.”  Say, “Yes! God’s Word teaches us to share and can help us take turns!”
  • Say, “If you’ve been in the car driving for a long time, can God’s Word help you wait?” Encourage toddlers to put their hands over their heart and say, “God’s Word helps me.” Say, “Yes! God’s Word teaches us to be patient and can help us wait!”
  • Say, “If there’s a rainstorm and the thunder is too loud, can God’s Word help you remember to be brave?” Encourage toddlers to put their hands over their heart and say, “God’s Word helps me.” Say, “Yes! God’s Word teaches us God is with us and can help us be brave.”
  • Say, “If you’re playing with your toys, but your mom and dad tell you it’s time to clean up, can God’s Word help you obey?” Encourage toddlers to put their hands over their heart and say, “God’s Word helps me.” Say, “Yes! God’s Word can help us obey.”

At the end of the activity say, “Great job! When we read and learn God’s Word, we are hiding it in our hearts and it always help us!”