Three Activities for Preschool Families: Jacob

God has amazing plans for each of us. He wants to bless us in ways we can’t even imagine! In spite of our own brokenness and doubt, God loves us with a passion and we are called to trust Him and ask him for help when needed. As you explore and enjoy these activities with your kids this week, share with your kids in simple ways how you see God working in your daily life.

HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…

This week your child learned that Isaac and Rebekah have two sons: twins, Esau and Jacob. Jacob tricks Esau into giving him his “birthright” and tricks his father, Isaac, into giving him Esau’s blessing. To protect Jacob from Esau’s anger, Isaac and Rebekah send him away to live with his uncle, Laban. On the way Jacob has a dream. The Lord appears at the top of a ladder reaching up to heaven and God confirms the promise He made to Jacob’s father, Isaac, and his grandfather, Abraham. Jacob makes plans to reconcile with Esau but is fearful of Esau’s response and prays for God’s protection. The night before Jacob is reunited with Esau he wrestles with the Angel of the Lord and receives a blessing as well as a name change. God changes Jacob’s name to Israel.

Teaching Truths:

  1. God always keeps His promises
  2. God loves us even when we sin

Memory Verse:

"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true.” Psalm 18:30

3 Activities that Help Us Learn That God Always Keeps His Promises & Loves Us Even When We Sin:

1. Popsicle Puppets

Grab four sheets of construction paper and draw a simple gingerbread man on each sheet.After your child cuts out each man, have him draw eyes, nose and a mouth on each one. Write the following names on the gingerbread men: Jacob, Esau, Isaac & Rebekah. Let your child color each one and glue or tape small strips of yarn to Esau’s arms. Tape a popsicle stick to the back of each gingerbread man and help your child act out the story using his new popsicle puppets.

2. Walk the Line

Head outside and draw a line down the driveway with chalk. Then set your child at one end of the line, blindfolded. Go to the other end and call his name and tell him to walk in a straight line towards you. Inevitably, he will start to stray a little bit off the line. When he does, use your voice to correct him and help him walk straight to you. If needed, help lead him by using your hand as a guide. When he makes it to the end of the line, read the story of Jacob from the Bible and talk about how, even though Jacob strayed from the path God had for him, God always kept His promises. Use these questions to discuss God’s plan for Jacob with your child.

1. How did Jacob trick his father?

2. Did God love Jacob even though he tricked Isaac?

3. Does God love us when we make bad choices?

4. What do we need to do when we make bad choices?


3. Movie Night

Cut two lengths of celery stalk roughly the same length. Help your child pipe in icing to the inside of each celery stalk. Using pretzel sticks as the rungs, create a ladder by sticking the pretzels into the icing. Use a couple of gummy bears or teddy grahams as the angels, and let your child move them up and down the ladder. As your child eats his snack, retell the story of Jacob and the ladder.


Pray

God, we thank you from the truths and promises you show us through the story of Jacob. Thank you for your Word and that we can learn more about you from it! We pray you would help us to trust you more every day and help those around us to know that you keep your promises and love us even when we sin.

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