These are the very first lessons and activities that I did with Katelyn right after I decided to stay home with her full-time instead of teaching in the classroom. It was fun to look back and find some pictures I had taken. She was only 15 months old!
I actually found these lessons and activities online (https://missionbibleclass.org/how-to-plan-a-bible-class/age-groups/infants-and-toddlers-0-2-year-olds/) and adapted it to a 5 lessons per week at-home curriculum. However, in wanting to keep with my one week per story pattern for my own Bible Time lessons, I’ve shortened the Creation lessons to just one week (however, there are 6 days instead of 5 since I already had it categorized that way). If you are interested in the 6 week Creation lessons, I have those as well.
I will probably eventually tweak these lessons and activities a lot since I seem to have gotten a lot more creative as I’ve been working through my own Bible Time lessons. But for now, here are the Creation lessons and activities that began my excitement and motivation for Toddler Bible Time!
This week we will take a look at 5 different healing miracles! And I’m actually taking each day and spreading it out across the week (partly because that way I can do one focused activity in a day and partly because I need to work on creating some more lessons!).
On Day 1, Jesus heals a woman of her fever, so we will do a little role playing, plus have a theme of hot/cold water activities. Day 2 is about the healing of a blind man, so activities will focus on our eyes. Day 3 is the healing of the ten lepers. Activities will include dots, counting to ten, and Jesus making us clean. On Day 4, a man is healed who was unable to speak and hear, so we’ll be doing some activities with ears and other body parts. And finally on Day 5, the lame man is made to walk. Themes that day will include legs walking, friends helping, and cardboard houses.
Jesus’ physical healing is a very special thing, but I want to try to emphasize throughout all these lessons the most important truth that Jesus heals our hearts of sin!
I love the stories of this week’s lessons! The first two days introduce the disciples – first working by themselves to catch fish and coming up empty. There are no fish! On the second day they meet Jesus! They listen and obey when He tells them to put their nets down again, and this time they catch so many fish! The third day is about following Jesus and sharing Him with others, “fishing for people.” And the week ends with lessons on trusting Jesus to calm storms and to provide for our needs. What wonderful lessons to learn as a child and to review as an adult!
This is such a fun week – learning about Jesus as he grew into a young boy! It’s fun to talk about Jesus growing and experiencing things as a child. There’s not a whole lot in the Bible on this period of Jesus’ earthly life, but it’s been a precious journey for me to teach my daughter these lessons.
The lessons begin with Anna and Simeon’s meetings with baby Jesus at the temple when He was being dedicated at 8 days old. Then there are lessons on Jesus growing and learning, getting “lost” at the temple in Jerusalem, and growing in favor with God and man. Themes include: seeing Jesus and His salvation, Jesus is the Light of the World, gratefulness, sharing the good news of Jesus, growing so big, things that are “lost,” learning, growing strong, and obedience.
What a precious story awaits us this week! All of the Old Testament points to the need for a Savior, and this week, He arrives – in the form of a baby in Bethlehem! “Let us go to Bethlehem!” is the theme and title of these lessons. Day 1 begins with a special announcement – the Savior is coming! Activities will focus on the angel and His message of good news. The following days will follow different people as they go to Bethlehem: Mary and Joseph, Jesus’s arrival, the Shepherds, and the Wisemen. And we must also “go to Bethlehem” in the sense that we need to come to see the Savior – to see the wonder of baby Jesus, to worship Him, and to bring Him our gifts.
Katelyn and I started this week’s lessons at the beginning of November. No, it’s not Christmas time yet, but I didn’t want to wait until December to teach her the story. For one thing, my Type A personality wouldn’t let me go out of order with the lessons, and I didn’t want to be without our Bible Lessons for a whole month. But also, I figured it might be nice to spread out the Christmas story so it wouldn’t be too much overload all at once, since I have another Christmas story devotional activity I’m planning to do during the month of December. But these activities would be perfect to spread out through the month of December if you’re looking for a way to keep the focus on the Christmas story.
Welcome to the final week of the Old Testament Toddler Bible Lessons! I found it a bit odd that the story of Esther came after the story of Jonah since Esther comes earlier chronologically in the Bible. But since I’m following the Say & Pray Bible, I followed the order in that book. :)
The book of Esther in the Bible never once mentions the name of God, but His powerful working is evident throughout the story. The verse of the week is Psalm 56:11, “I trust in God. I will not be afraid.” Other themes throughout the lessons are: God’s creation of us, beauty on the inside and outside, God working behind the scenes, worshiping God alone, pride and humility, courage, and Jesus our Advocate (speaking on our behalf).