This week in eKidz, we’re learning about the godly character that God wants to develop in us during eKidz Online. In our Quest lesson, we’ll learn God’s plan is always best, and our Safari toddlers will make a fun craft to help them remember that God is always with them!
How hard is it for you to be patient? ● Proverbs 14:16
As a family, discuss a few questions together after your child watches this week’s episode.
Question #1: What are a few great places to find and learn wisdom? (e.g., the Bible, Bible reading plans/devotionals, church, trusted leaders, parents, The Loop Show, eKidz Online, etc.)
Question #2: Read Proverbs 14:16. What are some things you can do to slow yourself down and think when you’d rather rush in and say or do something right away?
Question #3: Think about the HALT method from The Loop Show. Which one of these things most often leads you to rush in and make a foolish choice: when you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired?
Patience isn’t always fun because it usually means waiting on something. But patience is important! So how can we get better at it?
Think about it this way… what’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Or what’s one thing you’ve always wanted? If you knew it was coming to you, how long could you wait? An hour? A day? A month? A year? A few years?
Patience is trusting that God will give you His blessings at just the right time. Even if it means we have to wait. Patience builds your character and sets a great example for others to follow.
Main Point: God’s plan is always best.
Bible Story: Joseph Forgives ● Genesis 42–45
As a family, watch this week’s video and then discuss a few questions together.
Question #1: When Joseph’s brothers needed food, did they go to the grocery store or the palace? (the palace)
Question #2: Did Joseph follow God’s plan and forgive his brothers and give them food? (yes)
Question #3: Whose plan is always best? (God’s)
Family Activity: A Plan For Me
WHAT YOU NEED: paper, construction paper, scissors, washable paint, water, and a spray bottle
WHAT YOU DO:
- Before the Activity: Give your child a piece of paper. Then cut different sizes of hearts out of the construction paper. Put a few squirts of paint with some water in a spray bottle and shake it up.
- During the Activity: Encourage your child to lay a couple of the heart cutouts down on their paper then spray the watered-down paint over them. Remove the hearts to reveal the heart shapes.
WHAT YOU SAY:
- Before the Activity: “Joseph went through a lot of hard things. But no matter how hard it was, Joseph knew that God loved him, that God was always with him, and that he could trust God’s plan. God loves us, and He has a plan for us, too.”
- During the Activity: “Take a couple of the hearts and lay them down on your paper. (Pause.) Great! Take the spray bottle and shake it a little. (Pause.) Now, spray your paper all around the hearts. (Pause.) Now, lift off the hearts. (Pause.) Look! Do you see hearts on your paper? Yes!”
- After the Activity: “In our story today, Joseph’s brothers were very hungry and had no food. They had to go see Joseph because he was in charge of all the food. Joseph had a choice to make: Forgive his brothers and give them food, or send them away hungry. Joseph did what God wanted him to do. He forgave his brothers and gave them food. It was the best ending to the story, because Joseph followed God’s plan. God loves you, and His plan is the best plan! Who has a plan for you?” (God has a plan for me.)
This month, we’re learning, “God is always with me.” 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 sent him far away where he was put in jail for something he didn’t do. Even when Joseph was sent away and went to jail, God was with him. God was with Joseph, and He is always with us, too!
Choose an activity to complete with your toddler to learn that we can love like Jesus!
Bible Story Activity
WHAT YOU NEED: Bible (Use a children’s Bible if you have one or download the Bible App for Kids and watch “The Dreamer.”)
WHAT YOU SAY: “I love reading the Bible and spending time with Jesus. Let’s read our Bible story together right now!”
WHAT YOU DO: Read “Joseph’s Story” — Genesis 37:2-4, 37:23-28, 39:1-5, 41:46-49, 45:3-11 from the Bible.
Memory Verse Activity: Joseph Puppet
WHAT YOU NEED: activity page, scissors, crayons or markers, craft stick, tape
WHAT YOU DO:
- Before the Activity: Print the activity page and cut out one of the pictures of Joseph.
- During the Activity: Encourage your toddler to color Joseph’s coat using different colors. Then help your toddler tape the craft stick to the back of the picture of Joseph.
WHAT YOU SAY:
- Before the Activity: “Today, we learned about a guy named Joseph and a beautiful, colorful coat his dad gave him. Look, here’s Joseph! (Hold up a picture of Joseph.) But his coat isn’t colorful. Can you make Joseph’s coat colorful? (Pause.) Wow, you did a wonderful job! Now, let’s tape the stick to Joseph like this. (Demonstrate.) Great job!”
- After the Activity: “In today’s Bible Story, things weren’t going well for Joseph, but he knew that God loved him. Joseph knew that God was always with him. God is always with us, too! Who is always with you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God is always with me!”