Day 5: New Life
*There are 2 activities for this day’s lesson. Feel free to choose one of the activities OR spread them out over several days! :)
- Bible (I like the NirV)
- Children’s Bible (I’m using the Say & Pray Bible)
- Activity #1: Paper with 2 hearts drawn on it, Stickers to fill one of the hearts on the paper
- Activity #2: Gift box with baby Jesus from Week 2, Children’s puzzle, tin foil
Day 3: Lesson and Activities
- Open Bible to Ruth 4:13-16. Ask if child wants to touch God’s Word. Touch gently. Then, “read” story. The Lord blessed Ruth so that she became pregnant. And she had a son named Obed. The women said to Naomi, “We praise the Lord. Today He has provided a family protector for you! He will make your life new again.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and took care of him.
- Song: (Amen, Amen) Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, He brings new life! (2x)
Children’s Bible Reading: Open Say & Pray Bible and read “story.” Look at Naomi (grandma), baby Obed, Ruth (Mommy), and Boaz (Daddy). Read verse James 1:17.
- Prep: Draw 2 hearts on paper. Write EMPTY under one of them and FULL under the other.
- Remember how Naomi was empty? God brought new life. God made her heart full! Leave one heart on the paper empty and place stickers in the second heart to make it full.
- Prep: Wrap each puzzle piece in tin foil and place in Jesus gift box.
- Open each puzzle piece “gift” and place them on the correct spot on the puzzle. I used a Baby Shark puzzle, so we connected each family member to the story in Ruth: Grandma (Naomi), Baby (Obed), Mommy (Ruth), Daddy (Boaz).
- Finally open the gift box with baby Jesus from Week 2. Jesus is the greatest gift God gives us. When we trust in Jesus, we can have new life like Naomi.
- Katelyn enjoyed playing Peek-a-boo with the box. When she opened the lid, she would say, “Jee!” for Jesus. :)
Closing: James 1:17, Every perfect gift is from God. God gives new life!
- Child-led Exploration:
- I hung her heart painting on the wall, so Katelyn enjoyed playing with a few pieces of masking tape. She stuck them to the wall and even stuck one to the paper, helping to tape it up.
- I also let her play with the large sticker piece that surrounded the smaller stickers.
- And after the tin foil gift opening, I showed her how to tear the tin foil in pieces and how to squeeze them into tin foil balls!
- I like to have a display of what Katelyn has been learning from week to week, so I choose one picture from each week to hang on the wall in her play room. I also write the weekly verse or any other key themes on the paper. It’s fun to look back on all the lessons and to review them with Katelyn. She loves pointing up at the pictures on her wall!