Monday, November 18, 2013

"I Can Know God" For Toddlers

Today's post is a series of 5 simple teachings for toddlers to learn about God.  I took short activities, Bible verses, and songs from the "I Can Know God" teaching series.  Each of these activities could be done over and over again.  Toddlers learn best with lots of repetition.

Parent Preparation:
Day 1: Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 23:23-24
Day 2:  Jeremiah 32:17
Day 3: Genesis 17:1
Day 4: 1 John 4:8, Ephesians 2:4, John 3:16
Day 5: 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 91:4

Supplies:  Bible.  Print out of teaching notes. Day 3: a heavy object, Day 4 a heart (drawn on paper, or cut out of paper) Day 5: a blanket

Day 1: God is Big 
  • (Play a short game of Hide and Seek)
  • God tells us "I am with you." Isaiah 41:10
  • When we played hide and seek, you could hide from me, and I didn't know where you were.  Can you hide from God?
  • No!  God is big.  He fills the heaven and earth.  God is so big that wherever you go He is going to be there with you!
Sing: "Bigger Than Big", by Jay Stocker from the "Whirl and Worship" CD

For further ideas check out "I Can Know God" Part 1: God is Big

Day 2: God is the Creator
  • One of God's names is "Creator". God made the heavens and hearth by His great power.  (Read Jeremiah 32:17)
  • (Go on a walk together with your child.)
  • What do we see that God made?  What did He use His strength to make?  What was He so smart to make? 
Sing: "God is So Good"

For further ideas check out "I Can Know God" Part 2: God is the Creator

Day 3:  God is Almighty
  • How strong are you?  What is the heaviest thing you can pick up?  (show your child a heavy object, have him/her try to lift it up)
  • Since I am an adult, I am stronger than you.  (show how much easier it is for you to pick up the heavy object)  Do you know Who is stronger than me?  God!  He is stronger than any person.
  • God told Abraham one of His names.  He said "I am God Almighty" Genesis 17:1.  Almighty means most powerful.
Sing: "My God is So Great"

For further ideas check out "I Can Know God" Part 3: God is Almighty

Day 4: God is Love
  • (show your child a paper heart) What shape is this?  What does this heart make you think of?
  • "God is love" 1 John 4:8.  When you see a heart you can remind yourself that God loves you.
  • God loves you with a "great love".  He doesn't just love with a little bit of love.  He loves you with a great love!
  • God showed His love for you by sending His Son Jesus Christ.
Sing: "God Loved Us" from Gospel Light Preschool Curriculum CD#1

For further ideas check out "I Can Know God" Part 4: God is Love

Day 5:  He Cares For You
"Under the Wings" activity:
  1. Take a blanket and spread it across your arms and pretend that it is your wings.
  2. Have your child pretend to be a baby bird looking for food.
  3. Pretend that you see a fox.  Call for your "baby bird" to come under your wings.  (repeat pretending there is rain, and a hawk)
  • God doesn't have wings, He isn't a bird.  A bird cares for it's babies, and God cares for you.  "He cares for you."  1 Peter 5:7b 
Sing: "Under - Psalm 17:8" from "Songs for Saplings ABC"  (this is fun to do while "under the wings")

For further ideas check out "I Can Know God" Part 5: He Cares For Me 

Related Blog Post:
11 Simple Ways to Teach Your Child the Bible in 5 Minutes or Less

© Brigette Hill 2013 

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