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Safari :: Week of May 12

MONTHLY FOCUS: God is with me.
MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” Psalm 118:6a (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Joseph’s Story | Genesis 37-47

Play a game with your toddler to remind them God is always with us. Say, “Let’s play a fun game to help us remember God is always with us!” Ask your toddler to walk to a location around the house. At each location ask, “Is God with you in the (name of location)?” then say, “Yes, God is always with us!”

Continue as long as your toddler is interested. At the end of the activity say, “Great job! It doesn’t matter where we go, God is always with us! You don’t ever have to be afraid, because God will be with you no matter what. Who is with you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God is with me.”


Safari :: Week of May 5

MONTHLY FOCUS: God is with me.
MEMORY VERSE: “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.” Psalm 118:6a (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Joseph’s Story | Genesis 37-47

This month we are learning, “God is with me.” Whenever we are scared, we can remember that we don’t have to be afraid because God is with us!

We will learn, “Joseph’s Story,” in Genesis 37-47. When Joseph’s father gave him a special, colorful coat, his brothers were angry and they put him into a deep, dark pit. Then, they sent him far away where he was put in jail for something he didn’t do. Even when Joseph was in the pit and he went to jail after his brothers sent him away, he didn’t have to be afraid because God was with him the whole time. We don’t ever have to be afraid, because just like God was with Joseph, He is always with us, too!

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember God is always with us. 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 the man celebrating with his family in the picture? (Joseph)
  • Who was with Joseph when he went to jail after his brothers sent him away? (God was with Joseph.)

Say, “Yes, that’s right! Joseph didn’t have to be afraid when his brothers sent him away or when he was in jail, because God was with him the whole time. God was with Joseph and He will be with you, too. Who is with you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God is with me.”


Safari :: Week of April 28

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

Sing a song with your toddler to celebrate Jesus is alive.

Sing the following to the tune of “Ring Around the Rosie.”

Jesus died for you.

Jesus died for me.

Now He’s alive. Now He’s alive.

We all fall down.

Partner with your toddler and do the following motions:

Jesus died for you. (point to your partner)

Jesus died for me. (point to yourself)

Now He’s alive. (jump) Now He’s alive. (jump)

We all fall down. (fall down)


Safari :: Week of April 21

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

Play a dancing game with your toddler to celebrate Jesus is alive.

Get some music ready and say, “Jesus is alive! Let’s celebrate by playing freeze dance! When the music starts, let’s dance to celebrate and worship Jesus! But when the music stops, FREEZE!”

Turn on the music. Encourage your toddler to dance to the music. After a few seconds of dancing, pause the music. Encourage your toddler to freeze until they hear the music play again. Repeat as long as your toddler is interested.

Say, “Great dancing! We have a great reason to dance and celebrate. Jesus is ALIVE! We can tell everyone all about Jesus. Who is alive?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is alive!”


Safari :: Week of April 14

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

Play a game with your toddler to celebrate Jesus is alive.  Sit with your toddler and take turns saying, “Jesus is alive!” You can even have your toddler jump up when it is his or her turn.

Change it up a bit and say the following:

Giraffe is alive? (No!)
Monkey is alive? (No!)
Elephant is alive? (No!)
Jesus is alive? (Yes!)

When they say, “Jesus is alive!” have everyone celebrate.

Say, “Who is alive?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is alive!”