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Safari :: Week of March 16

WE’RE LEARNING… God made everything. God made me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God created the heavens and earth.” Genesis 1:1b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: The Beginning I Genesis 1

This week we sang a song to remind us that God made everything. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

God Made Everything (to the tune of “The Farmer and the Dell”)

God made me, God made me,
God made everything we see,
and God made me. 

Continue the activity, but replace “me” with your toddler’s name each time it appears in the song.

God made (toddler’s name), God made (toddler’s name),
God made everything we see, 
and God made (toddler’s name)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Remember, God made everything we see and He made you and me. He loves us so much! Who made everything? Who made you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God made everything. God made me!”


Safari :: Week of March 9

WE’RE LEARNING… God made everything. God made me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God created the heavens and earth.” Genesis 1:1b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: The Beginning I Genesis 1

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember God made everything, including all of the animals!

Act out an animal using actions and sounds. Encourage your toddler to guess which animal you’re pretending to be. After your toddler guesses correctly, ask, “Who made (animal acted out)?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God!” Continue the activity for as long as your toddler is interested, choosing a different animal each time.

After the activity say, “Great job! God made all of the animals and everything we see. He made you and me!”


Safari Babies :: March Parent Cue Article

When you have a baby, your world changes in an instant, and you may begin to wonder WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?

We all start out with a picture of what we think family should look like. Then we actually have a family. And we discover it’s not exactly like we thought it would be.

Parenting is complicated. You constantly feel like a rookie playing in the World Series and the stakes are immeasurably high. Once you think you have it figured out, the game changes. But there are no do-overs, no first pancakes. You get only one shot at each child, and you don’t want to mess up.

That’s a lot of pressure. Maybe this job should have come with a ten-page application, references needed. Or at least an instruction manual. But there really is no book on how to do this. No ONE perfect way . . .

You will make mistakes as a parent. You might . . .bribe, bargain and threaten just to get in the car faster. forget that it’s Pajama day at school. order them oddly-shaped nuggets from the drive-through a few too many times. let them hold onto their pacifiers, bottles, and Wubbies a teensy bit longer than they should.

But that’s okay! It really is. Embrace the imperfection by saying out loud, “My child will not be perfect and neither will I! And that’s okay!”

It’s okay because you’re not in this for an Instagrammable life. So, back to the question, what have you gotten yourself into?

A RELATIONSHIP. Your relationship with your child is more important than getting everything right. So, loosen up a little. Be easier on yourself. Let go of whatever image you’re trying to protect.

 Maybe you should stress less and play more, cuddle more, laugh more. . . .Just remember: Kids get messy. And so does family. Kids don’t need perfect parents to turn out great. What they do need is for you to invest in your relationship with them above all else.

This is going to take some time. Years, in fact. But time is on your side right now. And the good news is that you haven’t made any many mistakes yet. This will be the only time as a parent you will be able to say this, so celebrate this moment.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.


Safari :: Week of March 2

WE’RE LEARNING… God made everything. God made me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God created the heavens and earth.” Genesis 1:1b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: The Beginning I Genesis 1

This month we’re learning, “God made everything. God made me.” God made everything we see and He made us. God made us wonderfully and He loves us so much.

We will learn the story, “The Beginning,” in Genesis 1. In the very beginning, the world was dark and empty, but God had a plan. He created day and night. He made a big blue sky,  a shining sun, and puffy clouds. He even created a big ocean with lots of fish, land with flowers and tall trees, and animals to creep and crawl. But God’s favorite and best creation was people! God saw that He made everything wonderful and He rested. God made everything we see and He made you and me. He loves us so much!

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

  • What do you see in the picture? (trees, a river, flowers, animals)
  • Who made everything? (God made everything.)
  • Who made me? (God made me.)

Say, “God made everything! He made the big blue sky and the puffy clouds. He made all of the animals that fly in the sky, swim in the sea, and crawl on the ground. God made you and He loves you so much! Who made everything? Who made you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God made everything. God made me!”


Safari :: Week of February 23

WE’RE LEARNING… Jesus loves me.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love comes from God.” 1 John 4:7b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This weekend, we made a fun craft to help us remember how much Jesus loves us!

Grab your toddler’s newsletter from this weekend to play a fun game with your toddler! Say, “If you know Jesus loves you (all the time, when you’re happy, when you’re sad, when you’re hurt, etc.), hold your paper in the air!” Continue the activity saying a different example each time. After the activity ask, “Who loves you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus loves me.”