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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!”


Safari :: Week of June 30

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 month we are learning, “God’s Word helps me.” When we read and learn God’s Word, we are hiding it in our hearts and it will help us live for God every day!

We will hear the story, “King David Wrote the Psalms,” and learn what King David wrote in Psalm 119:11. King David knew that if he learned God’s words and kept it close to his heart, then they would always help him. God’s Word will always help us, too!

God gave us the Bible, which has His words in it. When we read and learn God’s Word, we will remember what it says and it will help us live for God and make right choices every day. God’s Word helps us!

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

  • Who is the king in the picture who wrote down the psalms? (King David)
  • What happens when we learn God’s Word and keep it in our hearts? (God’s Word helps me.)

Say, “King David knew that if he learned God’s words and kept them close to his heart, they would always help him. God’s Word will always help us, too! What helps you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God’s Word helps me.”


Safari :: Week of June 16

MONTHLY FOCUS: The Bible teaches me to obey.
MEMORY VERSE: “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” John 14:15 (GNT)
BIBLE STORY: Josiah Obeys God | 2 Chronicles 34:1 – 35:19

This week we sang a song to remind us the Bible teaches us to obey. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

God Wants Me to Obey (to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”)

God wants me to obey,
God wants me to obey.
The Bible teaches me everyday,
God wants me to obey.

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested.

After the activity, say, “You did a wonderful job singing! God gave us the Bible so we could learn more about who God is and how to obey Him. The Bible teaches us to obey!”


Safari :: Week of June 9

MONTHLY FOCUS: The Bible teaches me to obey.
MEMORY VERSE: “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” John 14:15 (GNT)
BIBLE STORY: Josiah Obeys God | 2 Chronicles 34:1 – 35:19

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember the Bible teaches us to obey. Say, “Let’s play a fun game to help us remember the Bible teaches us to obey! I’m going to say, ‘The Bible Says’, and give you instructions to obey. When I say, ‘The Bible says to obey!’, I want you to sit down as fast as you can. Are you ready?”

  • “The Bible says to love your neighbor! Give me a hug!”
  • “The Bible says to obey!” (Lead your toddler in sitting down as fast as they can.)
  • “The Bible says to help others. Give me a high five!”
  • “The Bible says to give thanks. Clap your hands!”
  • “The Bible says to obey!” (Lead your toddler in sitting down as fast as they can.)
  • “The Bible says to tell the truth. Say, ‘Tell the truth!’” (Lead your toddler in saying, “Tell the truth!”.)
  • “The Bible says to obey!” (Lead your toddler in sitting down as fast as they can.)

 

Continue as long as your toddler is interested.

At the end of the activity say, “Great job! I love the way you obeyed those instructions. We can read about the instructions God gives us in the Bible. When we read the Bible, we will learn how to obey. The Bible teaches us to obey! What does the Bible teach me?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible teaches me to obey!”