Jesus Grew: Three Activities for Preschool Families

We tend to hear about Jesus as either the baby in the manger or during His ministry as an adult. It is hard to imagine Him as a child, but clearly that was part of His experience of life on earth. This week’s lesson focuses on those childhood years in Jesus’ life. As you do these activities with your preschooler this week, remind them that Jesus was a child just like them. Let that reality remind you just how human Jesus was and that He really can sympathize with your weaknesses. Thank Him for being both God and man.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Jesus was a child on this earth and that He experienced all we experience. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him at the temple. There some Godly servants, Simeon and Anna, told Mary and Joseph that Jesus would be the one to offer redemption to all people.

Jesus grew up in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. Every year He returned to Jerusalem with His parents for a special time to worship God called Passover. One year, when He was twelve, His parents left for home after Passover, but Jesus stayed in Jerusalem to talk about the Scriptures with some religious leaders. Mary and Joseph came back to look for Him and found Him in the temple, learning about God’s Word. Jesus returned home and was obedient to His parents. He grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2: 21-52)

Teaching Truths:

  1. Jesus was a boy who grew just like you and me.
  2. Jesus is God!

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 was a boy just like you and me:

1. Snack Time

Take a moment during snack time and talk about how Jesus was obedient to his parents. Have your child follow your directions to prepare his plate for his snack. You can be as detailed as you want in giving the directions. An example could be, “1. Place three pretzels on the plate. 2. Place five grapes above the pretzels. 3. Place one napkin next to the plate.” As your child eats his snack, read the story from the Bible about Jesus growing.

2. Family Quilt

Make a family quilt. Grab a few sheets of card stock and fold the sheets in half and half again, so you have four squares. Cut out the squares and use nine of the squares to make the quilt. If your child is able, let him punch a hole in each corner of the square with a hole punch, if not you can do it. Have your child draw eight pictures of favorite family events, such as a trip or just favorite activities you do together as a family like riding bikes. Tie the squares together using yarn. In the center of the quilt attach a paper square which has the memory verse from Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

3. Jesus Grew Song

Sing and act out this song to the tune – “Here We go Around the Mulberry Bush”

This is the way that Jesus grew, (squat and slowly rise)
Jesus grew, Jesus grew,
This is the way that Jesus grew,
And I am growing, too.
This is the way that Jesus walked. . . (walk around the room)
And I am walking, too.
This is the way that Jesus prayed. . . (fold hands and bow head)
And I am praying, too.


This week, pray for your children to walk in the footsteps of Jesus...
*that as they grow physically they would grow in wisdom
*that they would learn to live in a way that is a blessing to others and pleasing to God
*that they would have a love for God’s Word.

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