Nature’s Sounds

Talk about the different sounds that God made in nature, and sounds that man makes. Go outside and listen – What do you hear? Construction sites with machines? Cars? Birds? Bumble bees? Big Idea: We can recognize similarities and differences. Readiness Milestone: Compare and describe objects and sounds in the environment in terms of shape, size, color, texture, material, sound, or speed. Related Scripture: Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!  Psalm 98:4 (NLT) ... Read More

Fur, Fin, Feather!

Play “Fur, Fin, Feather.” Either with studied animals, or pictures in a book, have an assortment of different types of animals. Have your child classify and compare the animals. Do they have fur, fins, or feathers? Do they hop, run, fly, or swim? Do they have four legs or two? . . . the possibilities are endless! Materials: Studied animal, or paper animal Big Idea: God created everything in a unique way. Readiness Milestone: Match and sort by size, shape, and color. Related Scripture: Bring a pair of every kind of animal into the boat with you. Genesis 6:19 (NLT) ... Read More

Nature’s Shapes

Look for shapes in creation. What types of circles did God make? (The sun, planets, oranges, etc.) What types of squares? What types of triangles? Practice drawing and decorating them. Materials: Pencils, crayons, paper, etc. Big Idea: God created things with a specific purpose. Readiness Milestone: Name the basic shapes: circle, triangle, square, and rectangle. Related Scripture: The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours-you created it all.  Psalm 89:11 (NLT) ... Read More

Scavenger Hunt!

Go on a number scavenger hunt and look for different numbers around your house (clocks, dates on the calendar, numbers on the keyboard of your computer, etc.) Big Idea: God uses numbers, too! Readiness Milestone: Recognize some numbers. Related Scripture: He counts the stars and calls them all by name.  Psalm 147:4 (NLT) ... Read More

Count your Days

Count the days of the week, and talk about how God made each one. 1-Monday, 2-Tuesday, etc. Big Idea: God uses numbers, too! Readiness Milestone: Recognize some numbers. Related Scripture: Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12 (NIV) ... Read More

Count your Blessings!

Count your blessings in groups! One Blessing: One beautiful day. Two Blessings: Your two teachers at school. Three Blessings: Your three goldfish. Four Blessings: Your four cousins. Keep counting as many blessings as you can! Big Idea: God has given us many blessings we can count and thank Him for. Readiness Milestone: Count your objects by touching each one in turn. Related Scripture: You have given him blessings that will last forever. You have made him glad and joyful because you are with him.  Psalm 21:6 (NIRV) ... Read More

Nature’s Variety

Get many different kinds of food- peas, carrots, cereal, crackers, tomatoes, etc. and sort them by shape, colors, and size. Go outside and gather leaves, pebbles, sticks, flowers, and talk about their shapes and colors. Materials: Various household and outdoor objects Big Idea: God created everything in a unique way. Readiness Milestone: Match and sort by size, shape, and color. Related Scripture: The Lord God placed all kinds of beautiful trees and fruit trees in the garden.  Genesis 2:9 (CEV) ... Read More

Roll the Dice

Roll two dice together. Count up the dots between the two when you roll them. For added learning, compare the two. Which die has more dots? Which one has fewer? Are the two dice the same when you roll them? Materials: Dice- small are okay, but the extra large foam dice are even better Big Idea: You are so important to God that He can measure and count every little detail about you. Readiness Milestone: Count to ten or higher. Related Scripture: Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Luke 12:7 (NIV) ... Read More