3 John the Baptist Activities for Preschoolers: Starting Blocks Playbook for January 11th

God wants us to tell others about Jesus. It is a simple statement and one that all of us reading this would quickly agree with. However, though it is easy to agree that we should and need to tell others about Jesus, we often do not. I know, for me, evangelism is the weakest area of my walk with Christ. Why? Because I lack faith, and I fear what others might think of me. I have been determined to grow in this area and by God’s grace had to opportunity over the past year to be involved with leading two young ladies to Christ. How about you? When was the last time you shared God’s Good News with someone? Has it been too long? This is a great time to jump in with your kids to tell others about Jesus using the simple activities below.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that God has a perfect plan and that He makes people alike and different. An angel appeared to Zechariah and told him that Elizabeth, his elderly wife, would give birth to a son. They were to name their son John. He would be great in God’s eyes and teach people about God’s forgiveness and mercy. He was to be a messenger to the people about the coming Messiah who was Christ. John grew and lived in the desert, wearing clothes made from camel’s hair and eating honey and locusts. John was sent by God to prepare the way for the Lord. He baptized people; he even baptized Jesus! HE WAS ALWAYS POINTING PEOPLE TO JESUS. The story of John the Baptist’s life can be found in the following passages: Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:1-8, Luke 3, 57-80, and John 1:6-34.

Teaching Truth

  • We are to tell others about Jesus.

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

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

3 Activities that remind us Jesus is God:

1. Good News Picture

On a piece of construction paper, help your child create 3 objects: a cross, a heart, and a face. You can have your child simply draw/paint them, you can cut out the items/shapes and let your child glue them, or you can use other objects to create the picture. Help your child write out the good news under the individual pictures “Jesus” “Loves” “You!”

2. Telling People the Good News

Take your good news picture to the grocery store. When you check out, have your child give the picture to the clerk as you explain something as simple as: “This morning we were thanking Jesus for how much He loves us. And we thought we would bring this picture to encourage you while you’re serving other people all day long. He loves you too!” There is no better way to teach your children to point people to Jesus than by doing it!

3. Jesus is Coming

Keep an empty paper towel or toilet paper tube. Allow your child to decorate the tube using stickers and crayons—you can even tape some streamers and ribbons to the end. Once the tube is finished, have your child march around the room announcing and shouting into the tube “Jesus is coming!”. Talk about John the Baptist and how he spread the Good News using these questions:

  1. How did John the Baptist spend his time?
  2. What is the “Good News”? (What did Jesus do for us?) Why?
  3. What were some things about John the Baptist that might make him seem different?
  4. Encourage your child to see differences in appearance, ethnicity, ability, interests, etc. as God’s beautiful, creative design!

Pray

Thank you, Lord, for making us all special in our own way. Help us look for ways each day to point people to Jesus.

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