We tend to hear about Jesus as either the baby in the manger or during His ministry as an adult.It is hard to imagine Him as a child, but clearly that was part of His experience of life on earth.This week’s lesson focuses on those childhood years in Jesus’ life. As you do these activities with your preschooler this week, remind them that Jesus was a child just like them. Let that reality remind you just how human Jesus was and that He really can sympathize with your weaknesses. Thank Him for being both God and man.
This week your child learned that Jesus was a child on this earth and that He experienced all we experience. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him at the temple. There some Godly servants, Simeon and Anna, told Mary and Joseph that Jesus would be the one to offer redemption to all people.
Jesus grew up in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. Every year He returned to Jerusalem with His parents for a special time to worship God called Passover. One year, when He was twelve, His parents left for home after Passover, but Jesus stayed in Jerusalem to talk about the Scriptures with some religious leaders. Mary and Joseph came back to look for Him and found Him in the temple, learning about God’s Word. Jesus returned home and was obedient to His parents. He grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2: 21-52).
"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
Grab construction paper, an envelope and some glue. Have your child glue the address side of the envelope to the paper, so you can still open the envelope. Open the envelope and glue the top flap of the envelope down so it looks like a temple. Using small Lego or doll figures, act out the story of Jesus staying in the temple while His parents were looking for Him. Now, hide the temple and Jesus somewhere in the room and have your child pretend to be Mary or Joseph looking for Jesus while trying to find the “hidden” temple.
Make a family quilt. Grab a couple sheets of card stock and fold the sheets in half and half again, so you have four squares per sheet. Cut out the squares and use nine of the squares to make the quilt. If your child is able, let him punch a hole in each corner of the square with a hole punch, if not you can do it. Have your child draw eight pictures of favorite family events, such as a trip or just favorite activities you do together as a family like riding bikes. Tie the squares together using yarn. In the center of the quilt, attach a paper square which has the memory verse from Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Sing and act out this song to the tune – “Here We go Around the Mulberry Bush”
This is the way that Jesus grew, (squat and slowly rise) Jesus grew, Jesus grew,
This is the way that Jesus grew, And I am growing, too.
This is the way that Jesus walked. . . (walk around the room) And I am walking, too.
This is the way that Jesus prayed. . . (fold hands and bow head) And I am praying, too.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God for keeping His promise to send Jesus, His Son.
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