Chore Time

Have your child help you with a chore (cleaning room, setting the table, etc.) Talk about how their work is important to God, and how it helps the rest of the family. Big Idea: God created us to do good works. Readiness Milestone: Understand that we all have important work to do. Related Scripture: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.  Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV) ... Read More

Grocery Shopping

Take your child grocery shopping with you. Let them make some controlled choices, like selecting between Gala or Fuji apples, or different pasta shapes. If your child asks to get things that are not on your grocery list, talk to them about wants versus needs. You NEED nutritious foods like apples to be healthy and strong. You WANT treats like cookies. Big Idea: God supplies all our needs. Readiness Milestone: Understand the difference between a want and need, and the need for making good choices. Related Scripture: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of ... Read More

Simon Says

Play games like “Simon Says,”“I Spy,” and “Verbal Scavenger Hunt” giving directions to locate an object in the room. Big Idea: God sees everything. Readiness Milestone: Use words and descriptions to locate and compare people and places. Related Scripture: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” Hebrews 4:13 (NIV) ... Read More

Pathways

If you’re outside, create a path with sidewalk chalk from one object to another. Have your child follow it. You can do the same activity with a piece of string or ribbon indoors. Materials: Sidewalk chalk, or ribbon Big Idea: God has a plan for each one of us, and provides a path for us to follow. Readiness Milestone: Understand the physical relationship between people and places. Related Scripture: Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.  Psalm 90:12 (CEV) ... Read More

Favorites Then and Now

Show your child a few favorite baby toys, and compare those with their favorite toys now. Talk about how they grow and change, and how God is with them during every part of life, even though they will keep growing and changing. Materials: Favorite baby toys Big Idea: God’s timing is perfect. Readiness Milestone: Develop an awareness of change over time. Related Scripture: Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.  Psalm 90:12 (CEV) ... Read More

Bible Dress-Up

Costumes for Bible dress-up. If you don’t have costumes, make your own. You can use household objects like a pillowcase or towel around for a head covering, or bathrobe for a robe. Be creative! Materials: Costumes for Bible dress-up. If you don’t have ready-made costumes, you can use household objects, like a pillow case with string for a head covering, a bathrobe for a robe, etc. Big Idea: God created all the people of the world. Readiness Milestone: Identify ways in which people are alike and different. Related Scripture: There before me was a great multitude that no one could ... Read More

Experience a Solar Eclipse

If you’re able, go outside with your child to watch a solar eclipse. Talk about the way the moon goes around the earth, and the earth revolves around the sun. Materials: Special glasses for watching the eclipse Big Idea: Gods creation is incredible! Readiness Milestone: Observe and explore the major features of the natural world around him/her, both on Earth and in the sky. Related Scripture: God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 (NIV) ... Read More