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Safari :: Week of May 25

WE’RE LEARNING… I can love like Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: A Short Man I Luke 19:1-10

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that we can love like Jesus!

Say, “I’m going to say an example of how we can love like Jesus. If you can follow Jesus’ example, jump as high as you can! Are you ready? (Pause for your toddler to respond.)

Jump as high as you can if you can love like Jesus by:

  • being kind
  • sharing
  • helping others
  • praying for others
  • letting others go first
  • inviting people to church


Continue the activity for as long as your toddler is interested. After the activity say, “Great job! Who can love like Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can love like Jesus!”


Safari :: Week of May 18

WE’RE LEARNING… I can love like Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: A Short Man I Luke 19:1-10

This week we sang a song to remind us that we can love like Jesus. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

Yes I Can! (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (clap, clap)
I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (clap, clap)
We can love like Jesus,
and show everyone much He loves us.
I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (clap, clap)

I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (stomp, stomp)
I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (stomp, stomp)
We can love like Jesus,
and show everyone much He loves us.
I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (stomp, stomp)

I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (“Hooray!”)
I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (“Hooray!”)
We can love like Jesus,
and show everyone much He loves us.
I can love like Jesus, yes I can! (“Hooray!”)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job! When we love like Jesus, we can show everyone how much He loves them. Who can love like Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can love like Jesus!”


Safari :: Week of May 11

WE’RE LEARNING… I can love like Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: A Short Man I Luke 19:1-10

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that we can love like Jesus!

Say, “If you can love like Jesus by being kind to others, shake the blanket as fast as you can!” Repeat the activity using a different example each time:

  • helping others
  • sharing
  • praying for others
  • letting others go first
  • inviting people to church


After the activity say, “Who can love like Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can love like Jesus!”


Safari Toddlers :: May Parent Cue Article

I remember my first real cup of coffee.

I’d been an occasional office-pot coffee drinker (lots of cream and sugar)—mostly because my office was freezing and the coffee was hot. Then, on a trip to California, a friend handed me a mug of freshly ground, French press, dark roast java with a touch of heavy cream.

That’s when I fell in love with coffee. I still measure every cup against that amazing moment of discovery.

As an adult, these moments show up once in a while.

For a toddler or preschooler, every single day is packed with brand-new experiences.

A leaf that flames red and drifts off the tree.
The sensation of swinging so high you may just kick a cloud.
A set of toy train tracks that click together in dozens of ways.
Juicy clementines that fit perfectly in a toddler’s palm.
Burrowing tiny fingers and toes into white silky sand.

These fresh discoveries bring your kid intense delight on a daily basis. But the flip side is true, too.

When the swing stops, they may never fly again.
When the orange is finished, will there ever be another?
A bee sting might just hurt for the rest of their lives.
There is no way to cope with a friend who stirs stone soup with the wrong end of the stick.
And when you present a waffle with peanut butter instead of syrup, it is quite possible the world will end right then and there.

When you or I have a rough day, we have a track record. Frustrating as it may be to spend a whole day on a project that gets scrapped, we know tomorrow still has the potential to be a good day.

Preschoolers simply don’t have the life experience to see past the present instant. Emotion is reality. As far as they are concerned, what they feel in the moment is how they will feel always-and-forever-the-end.

You may not be able to fix the sandwich you cut in triangles instead of squares. But there are a few ways to help your child navigate their sea of intense feelings.

1. Be a solid, stable presence in the storm. Don’t discount your child’s emotion, but don’t be swept up in it yourself.

2. Once the initial flood of emotion has passed, help your child build perspective. Remind them of a time something similar happened—and the results. “You scraped your knee and it hurt for a little bit. But then it made a really cool scab and got all better.”

3. Take the opportunity to show your child that God cares about the smallest moments of our lives. At our house, we pray about blisters, a baby brother who likes to grab things, and being sad about having to come inside. It’s a great chance for your preschooler to see how God works through prayer, whether it’s right away or over time. My three year old surprised me recently by calmly commenting—when his nose was still hurting several minutes after we prayed—“I think it might take God a little while to heal it.”

In this season, the lows are deep and the highs are over the moon. Keep leaning into the God who chose to experience all those emotions Himself to help you weather the storms.

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


Safari :: Week of May 4

WE’RE LEARNING… I can love like Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: A Short Man I Luke 19:1-10

This month we’re learning, “I can love like Jesus.” We can follow Jesus’ example and show love to everyone around us.

We will learn the story, “A Short Man” in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who took a lot of people’s money. Jesus knew Zacchaeus wasn’t making good choices, but He wanted to be Zacchaeus’ friend anyway. One day Jesus was visiting Zacchaeus’ town. Zacchaeus climbed to the top of a tall tree just to see Jesus! Jesus told Zacchaeus to get down from the tree and they both went to Zacchaeus’ house. Jesus was kind and showed love to Zacchaeus. It changed his life! We can follow Jesus’ example and show love to everyone around us. When we love like Jesus, we can show everyone how much Jesus loves them!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that we can love like Jesus. 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:

  • Who do you see in the tree? (Zacchaeus)
  • Even though Zacchaeus took people’s money, did Jesus still show love to him? (Yes)
  • Can you love like Jesus? (Yes)

Say, “Even though Zacchaeus made wrong choices, Jesus was kind to Zacchaeus and showed love to him. We can love like Jesus, too!” Ask your toddler, “Who can love like Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can love like Jesus!”