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Safari :: Week of September 7

WE’RE LEARNING… God is good.
MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord is good to everyone.” Psalm 145:9a (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: The Good Shepherd I Psalm 23

During the worship experience this weekend, we played a fun game to help us remember that God is good!

As you’re driving in the car or while you’re at home this week, play “I Spy” with your toddler to help them remember that God is good! Say, “I spy…” and point out different items your toddler is familiar with. For example, you could say toys, snacks, people, etc.

After each item say, “Does God give you so many good things, like (name of item)?” Pause for your toddler to respond. Continue the activity, choosing a different item each time.

After the activity, say, “Remember, God is good. He loves us and gives us so many good things! Who is good?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God is good!”


Safari :: Week of August 31

WE’RE LEARNING… God is good.
MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord is good to everyone.” Psalm 145:9a (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: The Good Shepherd I Psalm 23

This month we’re learning “God is good.” God is good, and He loves us so much. He always takes care of us and gives us so many good things!

We will learn the story, “The Good Shepherd,” in Psalm 23. David wrote a song about how God loves us and cares for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. We can read David’s song in the Bible to learn that God is good to us. David’s song shows us that just like a shepherd, God will take care of us and give us so many good things. This month, we want our toddlers to learn the foundational truth that God is good and He loves them so much!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that God is good. 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 is in the picture? (a sheep, a shepherd)
  • In the Bible story, we learned that God takes good care of us — just like a shepherd takes care of his sheep. Is God our shepherd? (yes)
  • Is God good to us? (yes) 

Say, “That’s right! God is good, and He loves us so much! Just like a shepherd takes care of his sheep, God takes care of us, and He gives us so many good things. Who is good?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God is good!”


Safari :: Week of August 24

WE’RE LEARNING… The Bible is God’s Word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” 2 Timothy 3:16a (CEV)
BIBLE STORY: The Bible teaches us how to live. I Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 13:16, and John 14:15

Grab a Bible and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that the Bible is God’s Word!

Instruct your toddler to close their eyes and place the Bible somewhere in the room. Then, encourage your toddler to open their eyes and look for it. When your toddler finds the Bible, encourage them to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!” Repeat the activity, choosing a different location to hide the Bible each time.

After the activity say, “Wow, you did a great job finding the Bible! Remember, the Bible is God’s Word. It teaches us how God wants us to live. When we read the Bible, we learn how to be kind, share, obey, and help others! What is God’s Word?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!”


Safari :: Week of August 17

WE’RE LEARNING… The Bible is God’s Word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” 2 Timothy 3:16a (CEV)
BIBLE STORY: The Bible teaches us how to live. I Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 13:16, and John 14:15

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that the Bible is God’s Word!

Say, “If you know the Bible is God’s Word, shake the blanket as fast as you can!” Repeat the activity, each time with a different way to shake the blanket (with one hand, slowly, with your eyes closed, while jumping up and down, etc.).

After the activity say, “God gave us His Word, the Bible, to teach us how He wants us to live. In His Word, God teaches us to be kind, share, and obey. I’m so glad God gave us the Bible! What is the Bible?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!”


Safari :: August Parent Cue Article

Becoming a parent is one of those experiences in life where basically every cliché is true: It goes so fast. You’ll miss this. Just wait until they’re walking/talking/teenagers. They’ll grow out of it. It will get easier. At Parent Cue, we say something similar: It’s just a phase. So don’t miss it.It’s all true. The baby phase passes. Even on the days that seem like they’ll never end, time is moving; we can’t slow it down and we can’t get it back. But . . . Can I tell you a secret? I don’t love the baby phase.I’ve had three daughters and am beyond grateful for each one. I’ve lost a pregnancy and I know what a blessing it is to hold a child and know they’re yours forever.There is no greater feeling on this side of heaven.

But I still don’t love the baby phase. (Insert shrugging emoji here.) And you know what? That’s okay. I can love my baby and be present with my children and still loathe not be in love with the baby phase. Because let’s be honest—newborns are hard. Really hard. You’re sleepy. You’ve got spit up on your shirt. For some of us, our hormones are completely lop-sided. And you can’t remember the last time you took a shower. It’s okay if the gross and exhausting bothers you.

Everyone tells us to enjoy these days. To savor them. That we’ll be sad when they’re over. And maybe for some parts of the baby phase, that’s true. Baby skin is incredibly soft. Babies (can) smell delicious. Babies do bring with them a certain type of magic. But then you find yourself in the parking lot with a diaper blow out that destroys their outfit andyours, and you look in the mirror and see puffy eyes and greasy hair, and you feel lonely and overwhelmed . . .

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY IN THAT MOMENT.

I am not “missing” my daughters in any phase. I appreciate the easy parts and try to learn from the hard parts. But I won’t pretend the sweat dripping from my brow is a glow—it’s sweat. Hard-earned sweat. So the next time you’re hiding in the pantry or closet, desperate for your newborn TO KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE UNEXPLAINED SCREAMING, just know you’re not alone. It is a phase. You definitely don’t want to miss it. But that doesn’t mean you have to always like it.

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