Jesus and the Children: Three Activities for Preschool Families

The disciples thought Jesus was too busy to spend time with children. They were wrong. He corrected their thinking by saying, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them.” How long has it been since you spent time with Jesus – This morning? Yesterday? Last week? Too long? Be reminded as you walk through these activities with your kids this week that He loves you too and is never too busy to spend time with you. Make sure you are not too busy to spend time with Him.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Jesus loves children. Jesus always has me for us, and we can talk to him through prayer. Jesus was sitting with some of His followers, talking to them about families. Little children began to approach Him but were told by the disciples to go away. The disciples were afraid Jesus had more important things to say and do. Jesus quickly said, “No, let the little children come to me.” Jesus loves the children just like a shepherd loves and cares for his sheep. (Matthew 19:13‐14, Mark 10:13‐14, Luke 18:15‐17)

Teaching Truths:

  1. Jesus loves children.
  2. Jesus is never too busy to spend time with children.

Memory Verse:

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 (NLT)

Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!

3 Activities that remind us that Jesus loves children:

1. Red Light, Green Light

Play a form of “Red Light, Green Light”. Before you start the game, talk about how the disciples told the children to stop and leave, but how Jesus said to let the children come to Him. Grab a sheet of red & green construction paper. You can cut the paper into circles, if you want. The red paper will be the red light and the green paper the green light. Explain to your child that he will tiptoe forward when he sees the green light and tiptoe backwards when he sees the red light. Play the game with your child by holding up the green light and sharing with him that the children were going to Jesus when the disciples told them to go away (hold up the red light). Jesus saw this and asked children to come (hold up the green light). Play several times even switching places and letting your child hold up the red & green lights.

After you play the game, take a break and talk to your child using these questions.

- Was Jesus too busy to spend me with children?
- Can we still come and talk to Jesus even though he’s not sitting in this room? Yes. How? Through prayer.
- How do you think the children felt when the grown-ups said they couldn’t see Jesus? - Does Jesus love children?
- Does Jesus love you?
- How do you feel when you know someone loves you?

2. Jesus Loves Me, Too!

Grab four thick wooden craft sticks. Help your child glue the four sticks together to make a square frame. Write, “Jesus loves Me, too!” on the frame. Gather magazines, old photos or even this year’s Christmas cards. Cut out pictures of children and let your child glue them on the frame. Try to get all different kinds of children to use to decorate the frame and then tape a picture of your child in the frame. Talk about the differences among the children. Remind your child that Jesus loves all children no matter what they look like or where they live, and He wants them all to come to Him.

3. Come to Me Song

Sing this song with your child to the tune, “Wheels on the Bus.”
When Jesus saw the children he said,
Come to me, Come to me, Come to me
When Jesus saw the children he said,
Come to me, all through the day!


Jesus, thank you for loving me. We know that you are like a good shepherd- you care for us and we are important to you. Help me be like a good sheep who listens to the shepherd and stays close beside him. Show me the times when I am not staying close to you and help me love you more. Amen.

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