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Our goal for preschool curriculum is to build a foundation of biblical knowledge so preschoolers will know the major stories of the Bible and how they fit together into God’s big story. Our curriculum is organized into 12 units and we teach the major stories of the Bible in mostly chronological order. Each week there is a Teaching Truth which is the most important thing we want kids to hear and learn about God and His Story that week.
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
SUPPLIES: Styrofoam cup, glue, tape, yarn or string, balloon, markers, miscellaneous craft supplies (i.e. tissue paper, wiggly eyes, sequins, paint, etc.) Find a large styrofoam cup to be the big fish. Decorate the cup with tissue paper, sequins, wiggly eyes, etc. It can be as simple or elaborate as your child wants. Poke a small whole in the bottom of the cup and thread a piece of yarn two or three feet long through the hole and tie a knot. Fill a small balloon with a fourth to a half a cup of flour and tie it off. Using a marker, draw a small person on the balloon. Tie the other end of the yarn to the balloon. Your child can now try to get Jonah (the balloon) into the big fish (the cup) by swinging the cup and trying to catch the balloon inside the cup.
SUPPLIES: Couch, large pillow
Reenact the story of Jonah using your couch and a large pillow. Choose someone in your family to be Jonah. Everyone else will be the sailors in the boat. Have the sailors sit on the couch. When Jonah joins you on the couch, start swaying back and forth. You can even add sound effects of the wind and the waves. Remind them that this happened because Jonah was trying to run away from God. You will have to be fairly loud since the waves are crashing into your boat and the wind is howling! Gently toss Jonah to the large pillow (which represents the big fish). The people on the couch can stop swaying and offer a sigh of relief. Have Jonah pray to God, jump up, and go to Nineveh (a nearby room) to tell the people that God has a message for them. Afterwards, review the story using these questions:
Teach your child about Jonah and the fish by singing a song to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down.”
Jonah was swallowed by a fish... By a fish... by a fish... Jonah was swallowed by a fish... Swallowed whole!
Jonah prayed to God above... God above... God above... Jonah prayed to God above... and was forgiven!