It is our hope to be a resource your family can use in order to help build a spiritual foundation for your children to build their life upon. Our goal is to provide tools, ideas and activities that you can use to point your children to Christ and help them develop not only biblical knowledge, but also a personal relationship with God. Below you will find different topics followed by a variety of resources and ideas. These are not written to be used as strict lesson plans that need to be completed fully or in a specific order, but should instead be viewed as starting ideas or a menu from which you can pick and choose in order to fit the needs and ability of each child. .
We will be referencing The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones for younger children for applicable stories, as well as the International Children's Bible (ICB).
JOHN THE BAPTIST
"Heaven breaks through" pg. 200 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
Matthew 3, Luke 1 & 3, John 1
THE STORY OF THE WISE MEN
"The King of all kings" pg. 192 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
Matthew 2 ICB
THE STORY OF THE SHEPHERDS
"The Light of the whole world" pg. 184 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
Luke 2 ICB
"He's here!" pg. 176 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
Luke 1-2 ICB
OLD TESTAMENT REVIEW (a few of these weren't covered in the Jesus Storybook Bible)
'GET READY' FROM THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE
"Get ready!" pg. 170 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
Nehemiah 8-10 ICB
Malachi 1, 3, and 4 ICB
Ezra 7 ICB
The Jesus Storybook Bible does not go in depth about Ezra or Nehemiah, but if you are reading from another children's Bible or would like to go more in depth, the following videos include more about them.
JONAH AND THE WHALE/BIG FISH:
"God's messenger" pg. 160 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
If you have more than one child at home, you can have them build a tower together using teamwork and see how tall they can make it. Then have one (or more) of them have to build while the other gives directions, but have the one giving directions have a mouth full of marshmallows.
"A new beginning" pg. 38 in The Jesus Storybook Bible
For the 'Days of Creation Discovery Bags' you can use them in multiple ways: 1) Leave the bags without numbers and make the kids guess what day of creation it is for based on the contents. 2) Number the bags or tell them what day of creation it is for and then make them guess what is in the bag by only feeling with their hand(s) and not looking.
Ideas of bag contents: 1) flashlight, candle, light bulb 2) Cotton balls or something fluffy for clouds 3) Dirt, sand, leaves, plants/flowers (fake or real) 4) Sun, moon, and/or stars. Toys or cut out of paper or other material. 5) Toy birds and fish, feathers, goldfish 6) Toy people and animals, lego people 7) A small pillow, nothing, toy/small bed
**Note: In verse 9 the ICB uses the word "praise" in place of "Hosanna". The word Hosanna is used on many of the crafts and activities to follow, so you may want to include it when you are reading/teaching.