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Safari :: Week of November 10

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can give thanks to God.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers | Luke 17:11-19

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

If You’re Thankful and You Know It (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands! (clap, clap)
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands! (clap, clap)
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Give thanks and surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, clap your hands! (clap, clap)

If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet! (stomp, stomp)
If you’re thankful and you know it, stomp your feet! (stomp, stomp)
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Give thanks and surely show it.
I can trust God. Yes I can! (stomp, stomp)

If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (Say, “Hooray!”)
If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (Say, “Hooray!”)
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Give thanks and surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it, shout “Hooray!” (Say, “Hooray!”)

You can also put all three together for a fourth verse. (clap, clap, stomp, stomp, “Hooray!”)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “You did a wonderful job singing! God has done so many great things for us and we should always give thanks to Him! Who can give thanks to God?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can give thanks to God!”

 


Safari :: Week of November 3

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can give thanks to God.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers | Luke 17:11-19

This month we are learning, “I can give thanks to God.” We can always give thanks to God for everything He does and all He has given us.

We are learning the story, “Ten Lepers,” in Luke 17:11-19. As Jesus was traveling, He met ten lepers who asked Him to heal them. Jesus told them, “Go show yourselves to the priest” and as they were on their way, they were healed! Although all ten men were healed, only one man came back to thank Jesus for everything He had done. Just like the one man said thank you, we can show God we are thankful by giving thanks to Him, too! We can always be thankful for everything God does and all He has given us.

 

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that we can trust God. 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 happened when the lepers went on their way? (They were healed.)
  • Why is the one man running back? (To thank Jesus for healing him.)

Ask, “Just like the one man went back to say thank you, can you give thanks to God, too?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Yes!” Say, “We can always give thanks to God! Who can give thanks to God?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can give thanks to God.”


Safari :: Week of October 27

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can trust God.
MEMORY VERSE: “I trust in you, my God!” Psalm 25:2a (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Daniel and the Lions | Daniel 6

Play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that they can trust God.

Say, “I’m going to ask you a question. If the answer is yes, jump in the air and say, ‘I can trust God!’

    • Say, “If it’s time for bed, but you’re scared of the dark, can you trust God and know He will be with you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Yes!” and jump up in the air, while saying, “I can trust God!” Say, “You can trust God because He will always be with you! You don’t have to be afraid!”
    • Say, “If you’re feeling sick, can you trust God can comfort you?”Encourage your toddler to say, “Yes!” and jump up in the air, while saying, “I can trust God!” Say, “You can trust God because He will always be there to comfort you!”
    • Say, “If you’re learning something new like, swimming, brushing your teeth, or your shapes and colors, can you trust God to help you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Yes!” and jump up in the air, while saying, “I can trust God!” Say, “You can trust God because He will always be there to help you!”
    • Say, “If your brother or sister went to play at their friends house and you start to feel alone, can you trust God and remember He is with you?”Encourage your toddler to say, “Yes!” and jump up in the air, while saying, “I can trust God!” Say, “You can trust God because He will always be with you. You are never alone!”

Safari :: Week of October 20

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can trust God.
MEMORY VERSE: “I trust in you, my God!” Psalm 25:2a (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Daniel and the Lions | Daniel 6

Before bedtime, cuddle with your toddler and play a fun game to help them remember we can trust God.

Take turns hiding under a blanket, pretending to be in “a den,” like Daniel was in our Bible story. Then, pull the blanket down to surprise each other and say, “I can trust God!” Repeat activity for as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “No matter what we face, we can trust God because He loves us. Who can trust God?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can trust God!”


Safari :: Week of October 13

MONTHLY FOCUS: I can trust God.
MEMORY VERSE: “I trust in you, my God!” Psalm 25:2a (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Daniel and the Lions | Daniel 6

This week we sang a song to help us remember we can trust God. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

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

I can trust God. Yes I can! (clap, clap)
I can trust God. Yes I can! (clap, clap)
No matter what comes my way,
I can trust Him every day.
I can trust God. Yes I can! (clap, clap)

I can trust God. Yes I can! (stomp, stomp)
I can trust God. Yes I can! (stomp, stomp)
No matter what comes my way,
I can trust Him every day.
I can trust God. Yes I can! (stomp, stomp)

I can trust God. Yes I can! (Say, “Hooray!”)
I can trust God. Yes I can! (Say, “Hooray!”)
No matter what comes my way,
I can trust Him every day.
I can trust God. Yes I can! (Say, “Hooray!”)

You can also put all three together for a fourth verse. (clap, clap, stomp, stomp, “Hooray!”)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. After the activity, say, “You did a wonderful job singing! Who can trust God?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can trust God!”