Three Activities for Preschool Families: The Farmer and the Seed

Jesus wanted the people to know through the parable of the Farmer and the Seed that our hearts should be like the good soil, ready to hear and learn God’s word. Take a few minutes to reflect on how you are cultivating good soil in your heart and in the heart of your child.Be encouraged as you go through the activities this week and remember that as we seek Jesus, He will help us learn more and more about His Kingdom and the great love He has for us.

HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…

This week your child learned that we must use God’s word as a guide for living, and God wants us to spread His Word. Jesus told a parable about a farmer who planted some seed. Some of the seed fell on the road, where the birds ate it. Some seed fell on the rocks, where it started to grow but could not take root, so it withered away as soon as the sun came out. Some fell in the weeds and could not grow because the weeds choked it out. And some fell on good dirt, where it produced a wonderful harvest for the farmer. Jesus explained that God’s word is like the seed and our hearts are like the ground. Some hearts are like the road - God’s word just remains on the surface so the evil one can come and take it out of the person’s heart. Some hearts are like the rocky ground - they may respond with enthusiasm at first, but they do not let God’s word live deeply in them, so when things get difficult they do not live by God’s word. Some hearts are like the ground of weeds - they are too worried by the many things in this world to care about what God’s word says. Finally, some hearts are like the good ground - they listen to all God has to say. These people live by His words and they produce good fruit for Him. (Luke 8:4-15, Mark 4:3-9 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.)

Teaching Truth:

  1. Jesus wants our hearts to be like good soil, ready to obey God's word.

Memory Verse

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
John 14:6 (NLT)

3 Activities that Help Us Learn This Week's Teaching Truth:

1. Science Experiment

Grab four empty baby food jars or plastic cups & a package of plant seeds. First, have your child get the four types of ground ready. For the “road,” cut a round piece out of black construction paper and place it in the bottom of the jar. For the rocky soil, fill one of the jars with some gravel.For the weeds, fill one of the jars with weeds from your yard. Fill the last jar with good dirt or potting mix. Help your child plant the seeds in the four settings, place near a bright window & keep watered according to the directions on the package. Make sure to keep your child involved over the next few weeks as you care for the plants and observe which thrive and which do not.

2. Farmer and the Seed Song

Sing this song with your child to the tune of Farmer and the Dell.

The Farmer and the seed,

The Farmer and the seed

God plants His word in us,

The Farmer and the seed

Some are like the road,

Some are like the road

It stays on top without a crop,

Some are like the road

Some are like the rocks,

Some are like the rocks

They only get it for a minute,

Some are like the rocks

Some are like the weeds,

Some are like the weeds

They care too much for other stuff,

Some are like the weeds

Some are like good ground,

Some are like good ground

They listen well to all God tells us,

Some are like good ground

The Farmer and the seed,

The Farmer and the seed

God plants His word in us,

The Farmer and the seed

After singing this song with your child, ask these questions:

  1. What kind of soil do you want to be?
  2. Can seeds grow anywhere?
  3. What do seeds need to grow?
  4. When God’s Word is planted in us, how do we care for it? (We listen, we memorize, we practice, we obey, etc.)

3. Farmer and the Seed Snack

Have fun during snack time and create each area where the seed goes. Grab a few items such as fruit by the foot or fruit roll up, chocolate chips, lettuce and pudding with Oreos & sprinkles. Using the sprinkles as the seeds, on a paper plate have your child roll out the fruit by the foot and shake fun sprinkles on the ‘road’. In a bowl, pour in some chocolate chips for the rocks and then sprinkle some seeds. For the weeds, grab another bowl and shred some lettuce into the bowl and then sprinkle some seeds. Lastly, make or buy some chocolate pudding and crush some Oreos on top and of course sprinkle it with seeds.Have your child enjoy his snack after he has created it and talk about the parable of the farmer and the seed.

Pray

Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God that He will help our hearts to be like good soil, ready to obey God’s Word.

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