I like to include preschool Bible lessons in my homeschool. The Bible is good for teaching children about loving God and other people. For preschool I like to make the Bible fun by doing hands-on activities, singing songs, and maybe having a snack. I also like to include a memory verse. It is easy for young children to learn verses.
Children can learn about character traits by reading the Bible. We have studied about being truthful, obedience, and other traits. We learned about loving our neighbor.
Preschool Bible lessons should be fun. Don't make the lesson bookish.
Preschoolers learn best when they uses their senses. So give them something to do or eat. Singing and doing hand motions also help children learn.
If you cannot think of a hands-on activity look for a coloring page. You can find coloring pages online or buy a Bible coloring book.
Young children like to sing. You can find preschool songs online or you can buy CDs. We used We Sing Bible Songs.
When my children were preschoolers we used felt figures to help teach the stories.
Snacks are also a fun way to teach the lesson. Have fishy crackers when you are teaching about Jonah and the large fish or about Jesus feeding the five thousand.
We used stories from the Bible to teach character. Some stories can be expanded to include math and science.
Here are some of the lessons that we did.
The story of Naaman can teach your child about patience. Naaman was required to dip in the Jordan River seven times before he could get rid of his leprosy (ll Kings 5). For the activity have your child dip a plastic doll seven times in a bowl of water. Be sure to have your child count to seven while he is dipping the doll. You could also have seven grapes or crackers for lunch to emphasize the number.
Have your child memorize James 5:8. The first part of the verse says, “You also be patient” (NKJV).
In you lesson stress that sometimes we have to wait for good things to happen. Make a snack such as cinnamon rolls that involve several steps and takes time to complete.
Teach your child about friendship. Read the story about David and Jonathan (l Samuel 20). When you are reading the story, have your child color a picture of David and Jonathan. Later in the day have a play day with another preschooler. You could sing the song Make New Friends. Use "a friend loves at all times" Proverbs 17:17 as the memory verse.
Read about the Good Samaritan. The story is found in Luke 10:30. The story can teach your child about helping others. Have your child act out the story with dolls or Lego men. Lay one doll on the ground. You child will need three other dolls. Two will pass by the doll on the ground. The third will help the injured doll.
For the activity do something for a neighbor or friend. The activity could be simply making a card for someone your child knows.
The story of Noah shows obedience. God told Noah to build a boat. When I was teaching my children about obedience I would talk about the story then I would give my child a small task that he needed to complete. I might be something simple like putting his cars away.
When my children were young we made sugar cookies. I would have them help measure the ingredients. Then we would cut out two of each animal. If you do not want to make sugar cookies you could have your child sort out some animal cookies and place two of each kind into a bowl.
For science teach your child about things that sink and float. Remind your child that Noah was kept safe in a large boat. Also show your child how water and light make a rainbow.
A fun craft would be to make animals out of finger prints. Have your child put a finger on an inkpad. Make a finger print on white paper. Draw eyes, ears, feet, and a tail to make different animals.
If you have older children you might like to see my free unit about the ark.
In Luke 6:47-49 Jesus describes two people who make houses. The wise man builds a foundation on solid rock. The other man builds on sand. Since we live near the ocean we have made sandcastles for an object lesson. When the tide came in the waves destroyed our castles. If you are not close to the ocean make a house out of mud and then use the hose to destroy it.
To reinforce the Bible story read the Three Little Pigs.
The story of Jonah can teach our children about responsibility. Jonah was told to go to Nineveh and tell the people about God. He did not want to go to the city. So he ran away. While he was running a big fish swallowed Jonah and spit him out on the shore. Then Jonah went to Nineveh. Talk to your child about the chores that he is responsible for. What happens when chores are not done? For the object lesson do a chore together.
In 1 Samuel 15:10-26 we read about a lie that Saul told to Samuel. In the story Samuel knows that Saul was not telling the truth because the sheep and cows were making animals sounds. During the story have your child moo like a cow and baa like a sheep.
In Luke 2 we read about the birth of Jesus. We can teach our children about God’s gift to us. I have read and discussed the gospels with my children so that they would understand salvation.
There are other preschool Bible lessons that you can teach your child. Read Bible story together. Discuss the stories. Find fun activities to do together to make the story come alive.
Preschool Bible lessons can teach your child character and about God. Don't feel that you have to teach everything to your young child the lessons can continue with elementary aged children. We never stop learning about God.
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