This session is for children aged 1-4, but do keep it really short and simple for under 2’s.
Make sure you read the full session before you start, and check out these practical tips to get the most out of your time together.
We pray you’ll have a wonderful, fun time with your little ones!
We’re learning about Jesus the Storyteller!
Today’s aim is to think about being kind like Jesus!
Make it special: Give everyone in your family a hug or a high five and say ‘I love you!’
WORSHIP (5-6 MINS)
You could use these songs or any of your own favourites. The second one is new but easy to learn! Have fun worshipping God together!
INTRO (10 MIN)
Here’s Sarah with an introduction and story that Jesus told!
EXPLORE THE STORY TOGETHER (3-4 MINS)
Watch the video below or read it again:
- ‘Stories Jesus Told’ by Butterworth and Inkpen
- Lion First Bible p370
- Jesus Calling Bible p176
- Or from the bible: Luke 10:30-37
UNPACK THE STORY (2 MINS)
- Who was kind to the man who was hurt? What did he do for him? What did the other men do?
- Jesus told this story to help us to be kind to others, whoever they are!
- We can be kind in what we do and say and think…
- Can you think of ways to be kind?
- We can help out
- We can tidy and share our toys
- We can have kind hands and be gentle
- We can learn to wait our turn
- We can say ‘thank you’
- We can help and pray for someone who is sad or hurt
SHOUT OUT (2 MINS)
Say together or repeat after each other using different voices: WHO CAN BE KIND? I CAN!
FUN ACTIVITIES (5-10 MINS)
Explore: Sing ‘head shoulders knees and toes’ to help with pointing to body parts. Then ask your child: where are your kind hands, your kind feet, your kind mouth, your kind heart… and so on. Encourage your older child to swap over and have a go at asking you to show them instead!
Play: the story with toys, little people, animals…
Wonder together about what happened: I wonder how the man felt… I wonder why the stranger helped him… I like his kindness…
Craft: cut out some of the plasters and hearts from the template and stick onto the card figure, or use real plasters if you have any. Chat about kindness with your child.
Activity sheets of the story
EXTRA: Read ‘All these things’ by Susie Poole, if you have it – a great book on practical kindness!
Or watch it being read here!
Resources: pdf template of activities, scissors, colouring pens, tape/glue, card/paper.
PRAYER TIME IDEAS (5 MINS)
- SHOUT OUT: WHO CAN BE KIND? I CAN!
- Help me Jesus: Thank Jesus that he is kind to us and he can help us to be kind to others. You could say a simple prayer for each person in your child’s life to help with this. Here are some suggestions, make it relevant for your child and anything key that happening at the moment:
- Thank you Jesus for my brother, help me to be kind when we are in the car together
- Thank you for my new friend at nursery, help me to be kind when we play together
- Thank you for Grandma, help me to be kind to pray for her
- Thank you for mummy, help me to be kind to tidy my toys…
We’d love to hear from you!
We’d love to hear from you! Show us your crafts and playtime. Which is your favourite story so far?
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