Variety in Art

Take your child to an art museum, and look at different styles of art. Talk about how God loves all of the people in the world, and how people use art to express themselves in different ways. If you can’t go to a physical museum, take a virtual tour of art from different countries online. Listen to the music from different cultures and pray for them while you see their art. Materials: Museum (If you can’t visit a museum in person, you can look at great works of art online.) Big Idea: God loves all the people of the world. ... Read More

Word Emphasis

Teach your child a Bible verse and emphasize different words each time you read it. Here’s Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) as an example. TRUST in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.Trust in the LORD with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.Trust in the Lord with all of your HEART, and lean not on your own understanding. Big Idea: You can learn simple verses. Readiness Milestone: Use complete sentences. Related Scripture: All your words are true. Psalm 119:160 (NIV) ... Read More

When I Grow Up!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Talk about all of the wonderful possibilities that God has for them. Don’t discourage your children if they want to be something like a puppy or a dinosaur. They’re doing a great job using her imagination! Big Idea: You can think in creative ways. Readiness Milestone: Use imagination to create own stories. Related Scripture: All who worship God, come here and listen; I will tell you every.thing God has done for me. Psalm 66:16 (CEV) ... Read More

Letter Games

Introduce letters to your child. Cut out different letters you want them to know, and place them in a visible place, like the door of the refrigerator. Make a game sounding out the letters. You can also use magnetic letters that they can easily move to make new letter combinations. Materials: Magnetic or cut-out letters your child can play with Big Idea: Letters are important to God, because they are one of the ways God speaks to us. Readiness Milestone: You can teach your child to learn and recognize the letters of the alphabet. Related Scripture: Your word is a ... Read More
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Build an Ark!

Use a Bible story for pretend play. Pretend to be Noah building an ark and gathering and matching animals. You could be David defeating Goliath or dancing before the Lord. You could be a royal queen like Esther. Be creative! Materials: Bible, props if needed Big Idea: God’s stories are exciting. Readiness Milestone: Listen to and enjoy stories and nursery rhymes. Related Scripture: Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 (NLT) ... Read More

Bible Stories

Read an exciting Bible story like: Noah’s Ark (Genesis chapters 6-9), Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 1), David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), Joshua and Jericho (Joshua 1-6). Retell the story to your child and relate it to real-life experiences (obeying, listening to God, rainstorms, animals, rainbows, etc). Have your child retell the Bible story to you. Materials: Bible for reading the stories. A children’s Bible with vibrant pictures would be especially fun for you to read together, but any Bible is great. Big Idea: You are part of God’s wonderful story. Readiness Milestone: Listen to and enjoy stories and ... Read More

Manners Matter

Remember your manners when you pray. I’m sorry-Tell God you’re sorry for ways you’ve hurt him or others. Thank you-Thank God for your life and family. Please-Ask God to help you every day. Big Idea: God wants us to talk to Him. Readiness Milestone: Hold conversations, listen, ask, and answer questions. Related Scripture: Hear me when I call, O God.  Psalm 4:1 (NKJV) ... Read More

Prayer Journal

Teach your child to talk to God like they talk to a friend. Keep a prayer journal with your child, and record your prayers and God’s answers. Materials: Paper, pen Big Idea: God hears and answers our prayers. Readiness Milestone: Hold conversations, listen, ask, and answer questions. Related Scripture: Everyone will come to you because you answer prayer.  Psalm 65:2 (CEV) ... Read More

God Made

Choose a letter and work with your child to come up with different things God made. B- Butterflies, Babies, Beans L-Lions, Love, Ladybugs T-Teachers, Toys, Tulips, Tambourines, etc. Big Idea: Letters are important to God, because they are one of the ways God speaks to us. Readiness Milestone: Listen to and enjoy stories and nursery rhymes. Related Scripture: Every word of God is perfect.  Proverbs 30:5 (NIRV) ... Read More