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Safari :: Week of November 11

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can thank God for everything.
MEMORY VERSE: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19

This weekend we played a game to help us remember we can thank God for everything. Show your toddler how to say thank you in sign language: bring your flat hand toward your mouth and then bring your hand forward and down a bit. Encourage your toddler to do the say “thank you” using sign language.

Say, “Let’s march around and thank God for some of the things in our room.” As you march to different rooms and objects in your house, use sign language to thank God for everything He has made. Say, “Let’s march over (area of room). Thank You (sign language), God, for (object/person).”  Things you can thank God for:

  • friends
  • toys
  • snacks
  • windows

Continue as long as your toddler is interested.


Safari :: Week of November 4

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can thank God for everything.
MEMORY VERSE: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19

This month we are learning, “I can thank God for everything.” God has done so much for us, and no matter what, we can thank God. We are learning the story, “Ten Lepers,” in Luke 17:11-19.

When Jesus was traveling, He met ten men covered with sores. They begged Jesus to heal them. Jesus told them, “Go show yourselves to the priest.” As they were walking away, something amazing happened. They were miraculously healed! Only one man came back to thank Jesus for everything He had done. Just like the one man said thank you, we can thank God for everything, too!

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember God can help us. 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? (The ten sick men.)
        • Why is one man running back? (To thank Jesus for healing him.)

Say, “Even though Jesus healed ten men, only one man came back to thank Jesus. Let’s be like the one man who thanked Jesus for healing him. Just like that man thanked God for everything, we can thank God for everything, too.”


Safari :: Week of October 21

MONTHLY FOCUS: God can help you.
VERSE FOCUS: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: David Protects the Sheep | 1 Samuel 17:34-37

This month we are learning, “God can help you.” No matter what situation we are in, we do not need to be afraid, because God can always help us.

This week we used a toy lion and sang a song to remind us that God can help us. Grab a stuffed lion or a picture of a lion, place it between you and your toddler, and sing the following song to the tune of Ring Around the Rosie.

Ring around the lion,
ring around the lion.
Roar, roar,
we all fall down!

The lion grabbed the sheep,
the lion grabbed the sheep.
Roar, roar,
we all fall down!

God helped David save the sheep,
God helped David save the sheep.
Baa, baa,
we all fall down!


Safari :: Week of October 14

MONTHLY FOCUS: God can help you.
VERSE FOCUS: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: David Protects the Sheep | 1 Samuel 17:34-37

This month we are learning, “God can help you.” No matter what situation we are in, we do not need to be afraid, because God can always help us. This week we sang a song to help us remember God can help us.

Sing the following to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.

God helps [toddler’s name].
Yes, He does. Yes, He does. Yes, He does.
God helps [toddler’s name].
Yes, He does.
He helps [toddler’s name] every day.


Safari :: Week of October 7

MONTHLY FOCUS: God can help you.
VERSE FOCUS: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: David Protects the Sheep | 1 Samuel 17:34-37

This month we are learning, “God can help you.” No matter what situation we are in, we do not need to be afraid, because God can always help us.

We will learn the story, “David Protects the Sheep,” in 1 Samuel 17:34-37. David was a shepherd and he took care of sheep by feeding them and making sure they were safe. One night, a big lion came and grabbed one of the sheep. David knew he needed to save the sheep, but he needed help. He knew God was with him and God would help him. God made David strong and helped David save the sheep!

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember God can help us.

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 his sheep)
  • Who helped David get his sheep back after a lion took it? (God helped David)

Even though David couldn’t see God, David knew that God made him strong and helped him get his sheep back. Just like God helped David, God can help us, too!