Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet: Three Activities for Preschool Families

Jesus was the ultimate example of a servant. When I think of the King of the Universe getting down on His knees and washing the dirty, stinky feet of His disciples it humbles and amazes me. It also makes me love Him all the more. Remind your kids (and yourself) that Jesus loves them enough to serve them (and die for them) as you do these activities this week. Be sure to check out the Watermark Kids Significant Summer Calendar and Activity Book as well as Watermark External Focus Give and Go materials for more great ideas on teaching your kids to serve this summer.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Jesus wants us to serve others. We serve Jesus by serving others. Jesus knew the time was close for Him to leave the world. When dinner had been served, Jesus got up, wrapped a towel around Himself, and began to wash the disciples’ feet. In doing so, He taught them that even as He served them, they were to serve one another after He was gone. (John 13:1-20)

Teaching Truth:

  1. We show others God's love by serving them.

Memory Verse:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...And love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37,39 (NIV)

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

3 Activities that remind us that We Show Others God's Love By Serving Them:

1. The Serving Savior

Read the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet to your child then give him a piece of play-doh or modeling clay. Divide the clay into two parts and help your child make a water bowl out of one piece and a foot from the other. Last give your child a small fabric square to use. Let your child retell the story using the bowl, foot and towel as props. When he is finished, talk with your child about the story using these questions.

1. What did Jesus do for the disciples?
2. Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet?
3. How does Jesus feel when we serve others?

2. Service Coupon Book

Let’s make a coupon book so your child can serve others during this week. Brainstorm several ways your child can serve someone else this week, such as watering the plants or putting away the laundry. Grab a sheet of construction paper and help your child fold it in half and in half again so you have four squares. At the top of each square write, “I choose to serve you by...” and leave space for your child to draw of picture of how he will serve someone else. Cut the squares apart, stack together and staple them to make a small book. Over the next several days, have your child use the coupons to serve someone else.

3. Washing Feet

Have your child grab several stuffed animals or baby dolls, a wash cloth and an empty plastic bowl. Have your child pretend to wash the dolls just as Jesus washed the disciples’ feet.

Pray

As Jesus modeled service for His disciples, pray for opportunities this week to model service for your child/children. Ask God to show you how you can go above and beyond this week to serve your child in a way that will uniquely speak to him/her of Jesus’ love.

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