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Safari :: Easter ✝️🎉

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus is alive.
BIBLE VERSE: “He has risen.” Mark 16:6b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus is Alive | Matthew 26-28

This month we are learning, “Jesus is alive.“ God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for the sins of all people. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. He was raised to life and now He is alive!

We will learn the story, “Jesus is Alive,” in Matthew 26-28. It was part of God’s plan for Jesus to die on a cross for our sins. The people who loved Jesus were very sad. Mary Magdalene and some friends were walking to His grave. An angel said, “He isn’t here. He is alive!” Later, the women saw Jesus. They worshiped Him. He told them to go and tell His helpers that He would see them soon!

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember Jesus is alive. 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 child:

  • Who is standing in the picture? (Jesus)
  • Why do the women look surprised? (Because Jesus died on the cross, but now He is alive.)

Say, “Yes, that’s right! They were sad because Jesus died, but now He is alive! Who is alive?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is alive.”


Safari :: Week of March 24

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can follow Jesus.
BIBLE VERSE: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19 (NIrV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Friends | Matthew 4:18-22

Play a game with your toddler to remind them that we can follow Jesus.  Say, “Line up behind me and do what I do! We are going to be different animals as we walk around the room. Are you ready? First we are going to pretend to be CHICKENS!”

Lead your toddler around the room and do movements of different animals for them to mimic as you walk.

First, be a chicken by tucking your hands under your arms and flapping them like wings while saying,“Cluck, cluck.” Then be a giraffe by stretching your neck up high and pretending to eat leaves from trees. Next, be a bunny by hopping and placing your index fingers on top of your head as ears. Lastly, pretend to be a fish by making a fish face and moving your arms in a swimming motion. Continue as long as your toddler is interested.

At the end of the activity say, “You did a great job following me around the room today! Who else can we follow?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can follow Jesus!”


Safari :: Week of March 17

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can follow Jesus.
BIBLE VERSE: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19 (NIrV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Friends | Matthew 4:18-22

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

I Will Follow Jesus (to the tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (clap, clap)
I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (clap, clap)
If I’m happy or I’m sad,
Jesus always makes me glad.
I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (clap, clap)

I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (stomp, stomp)
I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (stomp, stomp)
If I’m happy or I’m sad,
Jesus always makes me glad.
I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (stomp, stomp)

I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (Hooray!)
I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (Hooray!)
If I’m happy or I’m sad,
Jesus always makes me glad.
I will follow Jesus, yes, I will! (Hooray!)

You can also put all three actions together for a fourth verse (clap, clap, stomp, stomp, hooray!).


Safari :: Week of March 10

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can follow Jesus.
BIBLE VERSE: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19 (NIrV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Friends | Matthew 4:18-22

This week we played a game to help us remember we can follow Jesus.

Find something in your house you can use as a “tunnel” to crawl under or through (table, tent, chair). Say, “Today, we are going to follow each other through the tunnel!” Encourage your toddler to crawl through the tunnel, following you. Say, “We did a great job following each other!”

Choose different toddlers to be the leader as you explain other ways to move through the tunnel:

  • wiggle like a worm
  • hop like a frog
  • crawl with their eyes closed
  • flop like a fish

Continue as long as your toddler is interested. At the end of the activity say, “Perfect! I love the way we followed each other through the tunnel! We can follow Jesus, too! He wants us to follow Him! Who can you follow?” Encourage your toddler to say,  “I can follow Jesus!”


Safari :: Week of March 3

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can follow Jesus.
BIBLE VERSE: “‘Come and follow me,’ Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19 (NIrV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Friends | Matthew 4:18-22

This month we are learning, “I can follow Jesus.“ God sent His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever and also to make a way for us to know God forever. We will learn the story, “Jesus and His Friends,” in Matthew 4:18-22.

Jesus began to tell a lot of people about God, so He asked a group of fishermen to leave their boats and follow Him. There were twelve men who left their jobs to follow Jesus and to be His helpers! They all wanted to teach people about God’s love.

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember we can follow Jesus. 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 child:

  • Who is Jesus waving to? (some fishermen)
  • What was Jesus asking them to do? (To follow Him and help Him tell people about God.)

Say, “Yes, Jesus asked the fishermen to leave their boats to follow Him. He wanted them to help Him tell people about God! Just like the fishermen followed Jesus, who else can follow Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can follow Jesus!”