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Safari :: Week of November 2

WE’RE LEARNING… I can thank God for everything.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers I Esther 1-10

This month, we are learning, “I can thank God for everything.” God has given us so many wonderful things. We can thank Him for everything!

We will learn the story, “Ten Lepers,” in Luke 17:11-19. As Jesus was traveling, He met 10 lepers who asked Him to heal them. Jesus told them, “Go show yourselves to the priest.” As they were on their way, they were healed! Although all 10 men were healed, only one went back to thank Jesus for everything He had done. Just like the one man said thank you, we can show God we are thankful, too! We can always be thankful for everything God does and all He has given us. We can thank Him for everything!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that we can thank God for everything. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the placemat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who do you see in the picture? (Jesus, 10 sick men Jesus healed, the man who went back to thank Jesus)
  • Jesus healed 10 sick men. Did they all go back to give Him thanks or just one of them? (just one of them)

Say, “That’s right! Just like the man went back to thank Jesus, we can give thanks, too. God has given us so many wonderful things, and we can thank Him for everything! Who can give thanks to God for everything?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can give thanks to God for everything.”


Safari :: Week of October 26

WE’RE LEARNING… God can help me be brave.
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and brave … my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NET)
BIBLE STORY: The Brave Queen I Esther 1-10

While you’re driving in the car this week, play “I Spy” with your toddler to help them remember that God can help them be brave!

Say, “I spy…” and point out different places your toddler is familiar with. (e.g., playground, school, church, home, etc.) After each location, say, “Will God be with you and help you be brave when you’re at (name of location)?” Pause for your toddler to respond.

Continue the activity, choosing a different location each time. After the activity, say, “Remember, you don’t have to be afraid because God is always with you and He can help you be brave! Who can help you be brave?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God can help me brave!”


Safari :: Week of October 19

WE’RE LEARNING… God can help me be brave.
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and brave … my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NET)
BIBLE STORY: The Brave Queen I Esther 1-10

During the worship experience this weekend, we sang a song to remind us that God can help us be brave. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

God Can Help You Be Brave (to the tune, “Happy Birthday”)

God can help you be brave.
God can help you be brave.
When you’re scared or afraid,
God can help you be brave.

Continue to sing, but replace “you” and “your” with your toddler’s name each time.

God can help (toddler’s name) be brave.
God can help (toddler’s name) be brave.
When (toddler’s name) is scared or afraid,
God can help (toddler’s name) be brave.

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job! Who can help you be brave?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God can help me be brave!”


Safari :: Week of October 12

WE’RE LEARNING… God can help me be brave.
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and brave … my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NET)
BIBLE STORY: The Brave Queen I Esther 1-10

Before bedtime this week, cuddle with your toddler and play a fun game to help them remember that God can help them be brave.

Ask, “Who can help you be brave when you’re afraid of _________? (e.g., a thunderstorm, a bug, going down the big slide at the playground, etc.) and hide under a blanket. Then, pull the blanket down to surprise your toddler and encourage them to say, “God can help me be brave!” Repeat the activity for as long as your toddler is interested, saying a different example of something they might be afraid of each time.

After the activity, say, “No matter what happens, we don’t have to be afraid because God is with us and He will help us be brave! Who can help you be brave?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God can help me be brave!”


Safari :: Week of October 5

WE’RE LEARNING… God can help me be brave.
MEMORY VERSE: “Be strong and brave … my God, is with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NET)
BIBLE STORY: The Brave Queen I Esther 1-10

This month, we’re learning “God can help me be brave.” When we’re afraid, we can remember that God is with us and He can help us be brave!

We will learn the story, “The Brave Queen,” in Esther 1-10. When one of the king’s helpers wanted to destroy all the Israelites, Queen Esther was scared. She knew her family and all of God’s people were in danger. So, Esther chose to be brave, and she came up with a plan to talk to the king. When she went to the king, he decided to keep all the Israelites safe! Esther’s story teaches us that when we’re afraid, we can choose to be brave. 

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

  • Who do you see in the picture? (Esther, the king, Haman)
  • When Esther’s family and friends were in danger, she was afraid. Even though she was scared, did Esther choose to be brave and talk to the king? (yes)
  • Can God help you be brave, too? (yes) 

Say, “That’s right! When we’re scared, we can choose to be brave, too. God is with us, and He will help us be brave! Who can help you be brave?” Encourage toddlers to say, “God can help me be brave!”