This Month In Safari :: Jesus is amazing.

We’re Learning… Jesus is amazing.
Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm ● Matthew 8:23-27

Bible Story Activity

WHAT YOU NEED: Bible (Use a children’s Bible if you have one.) 

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 “Jesus Calms the Storm” — Matthew 8:23-27 from the Bible. (CLICK HERE for children’s Bible recommendations.)

TODDLER ACTIVITIES

Complete the activities below with your toddler to help them learn Jesus loves everyone.

January 1:

Song Activity:

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Say, “This month, we’re learning Jesus is amazing! Let’s learn a memory verse to help us remember how amazing He is.”
  • Lead your toddler in practicing the memory verse below.

    ‘Everyone (arms out and around)
    who heard him (hands behind ears)
    was amazed,’ (hands like binoculars, open and shut)
    Luke 2:47 (Open hands like a book.)

  • Then lead them in singing the song below to the tune of “If You’re Happy, and You Know It.”

    “Everyone who heard him was amazed. (Clap, clap.)
    Everyone who heard him was amazed. (Clap, clap.)
    Everyone who heard him was amazed. (Clap, clap.)
    Everyone who heard him was amazed.” (Clap, clap.)
    (Repeat with stomp your feet, and shout hooray!)

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

January 8:

Memory Verse Activity: 

WHAT YOU NEED: Safari Playlist

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Before the activity, practice saying the memory verse and doing the motions a few times.
  • Play the Safari playlist and have a dance party to help your toddler remember the memory verse.
  • After about 30 seconds, pause the music and encourage your toddler to stand very still or FREEZE.
  • Lead them in saying the memory verse with these motions:

          “Everyone (spread arms wide)
          who heard Him (cup hand around ear)
          was amazed.” (make an amazed face)
          Luke 2:47 (open hands like a book)

  • After saying the verse, turn the music on again and repeat the activity every 30 seconds for as long as your toddler is interested.
  • After the activity, say, “Great job! Who is amazing?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is amazing!”

January 15:

Song Activity:

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Lead your toddler in singing the song below to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell.”

          There was a scary storm.
          There was a scary storm.
          The disciples were afraid of it, but Jesus stopped the storm.

          Jesus stopped the storm.
          Jesus stopped the storm.
          The wind and waves were very calm, when Jesus stopped the storm.

          We can trust in Jesus.
          We can trust in Jesus.
          Jesus is amazing, and we can trust in Him.

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

January 22:

Response Activity:

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • “Jesus is so powerful, He was able to stop a storm! Jesus is powerful and He is amazing. When we feel scared, we can stop and remember Jesus is powerful and His power is amazing — He can help us!”
  • Read each prompt below and encourage your child to do the corresponding action.
  • Say, “If you can know Jesus is more powerful and amazing than (a loud thunderstorm, a big dog, the dark, the tallest slide at the playground), hold up your muscles and shout, ‘Jesus is amazing!’” 
  • Repeat the activity for as long as your toddler is interested. 
  • After the activity, say, “We don’t have to worry or be afraid, because Jesus is powerful and He is amazing! We can always trust Him. Who is amazing?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is amazing!”

January 29:

Game Activity:

WHAT YOU DO: 

  • Play “I Spy” with your toddler to help them remember that Jesus is amazing.
  • Say, “I Spy,” and point out different items your toddler is familiar with. (For example, you could say the sun, clouds, toys, people, etc.)
  • After each one, ask, “Is Jesus more amazing than (name of item)?” Pause for your toddler to respond. Then say, “Yes! Jesus is amazing — He is more amazing than (name of item)!”
  • Continue the activity, choosing a different item each time. After the activity say, “Great job! Who is amazing?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus is amazing!”