You stand around the corner of your tot’s Bible school class and listen to him belt out “Jesus loves me, this I know,” and enjoy his enthusiasm, if not his ability to follow the tune. Toddler attention span is short and it takes various activities keep the kids occupied. You can use the same activities at home for family devotions to make the lesson more memorable or for keeping your tot busy.
Your tot can learn Bible verses and truth in Bible school songs. For example, “Jesus loves me, this I know,” the most well-known children’s hymn on the planet, tells the Gospel story. Tots enjoy songs with hand signals, such as “This Little Light of Mine” or “Arky, Arky.” You can find kid’s praise and worship music at many Christian bookstores that will keep your little one singing lustily as well as making his heart tender towards God.
Bible school allows kids to interact and learn appropriate social skills such as sharing, taking turns and playing together without fighting. Invite a small group of his friends over to hunt for common Christian symbols in a tot scavenger hunt. You call out, “Find a cross” and watch them scurry around looking for one you left on your tot’s bed or toy shelf. You can use kid’s Bible songs for a game of musical chairs or a game of hot potato. They can practice table manners and sharing over snacks.
Tots love crafts and you can come up with some simple ones for your child. Roll a glue stick over a toilet paper roll and add cotton balls, a craft foam head, pipe cleaner tail and construction paper feet to create a lamb for a lesson on the 23rd Psalm or the parable of the lost sheep. He could decorate a craft foam cross with markers, stickers or glitter glue. Glue two craft sticks together in the shape of a cross and let him wind colorful yarn around it. He can put fish-shaped crackers in a net bag to remind him Jesus called his followers to be fishers of men.
You can help your tot memorize simple Bible verses or Bible truths such as “I serve God” or “Jesus lives in my heart.” These can accompany Bible stories you read to him or kid’s Bible story videos. He can act out familiar Bible stories such as Jesus in the manger at Christmas or Samuel listening when God called him. A bathrobe, long T-shirt or tunic makes an effective biblical costume with a belt and whatever prop fits the story.
As the pressure to pass standardized tests increases, even preschools are spending more time on strictly academic subjects. Instead of a general introduction to the alphabet, many preschools include a ...Read More
Just because your little learner's lead teacher makes it look easy, doesn't mean that acting as an early childhood educator is simple. Teaching preschool age children requires highly specialized training ...Read More
The best time to send your child off to school depends largely on whom you ask. Proponents of starting kindergarten as early as possible believe it gives a child a ...Read More
Your little one may face a culture shock in daycare if your Christian values prevent him from doing things that are common in many daycare centers. That does not mean ...Read More
In the world of foster care and adoption, when it comes to siblings, keeping them together is always the first choice. Even though in your mind, you see yourselves all ...Read More
Most parents adore that toothless gummy grin, but whether you like it or not, teeth begin to surface as your baby turns around 6 months old and his first milk ...Read More
You can use the camera on your iPod Touch to take VGA-quality photos and store them on the device, but you can also transfer high-quality photos from your computer to ...Read More
Because it's not enough that your preschooler or kindergartner can build an amazing sand castle and (almost) tie her own shoes -- now you have to worry about her math ...Read More
While an early educational program might not ensure that your preschooler is Harvard bound, it can help her to learn better. Whether you are looking to build on a specific ...Read More
In the beginning of the PC revolution, when monitors where often 12 to 14 inches in size, using your keyboard directly in front of the screen was not an option; ...Read More
Instilling self-control by establishing and sticking with rules is the name of the game when it comes to reigning in misbehaving toddlers and preschoolers. Self-control -- something many adults could ...Read More
As the mom of a toddler or preschooler, you are probably well acquainted with the magic of dipping. There's just something about dunking her meal that can get even the ...Read More
Potty training is a normal part of every child's physical and emotional development, but not every child develops at the same pace. If your child is resistant to potty training ...Read More
The grief that accompanies parental death can trigger psychological side effects for your child. If these psychological effects are long term or if they interfere with your child’s emotional or ...Read More
According to the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, 80 percent of children living in the United States have at least one sibling. Many children have more than one sibling, and ...Read More
There are a number of psychological tests used to measure intellectual ability in children, but there are a limited number that are available for preschool-aged children. Although measurement of skills ...Read More
Toddlers are curious by nature. Young children in the toddler stage are discovering their independence and are interested in exploring the world around them. However, their exploration can lead to ...Read More
You don't have to break the bank to throw your little one a top-notch bash. Free or low-cost places such as public parks are creative alternatives to the more pricey ...Read More
If you're looking for a fun activity for you and your preschooler, (and an unforgettable party treat) these puppy cupcakes are sure to please. If you want to get creative ...Read More
Sensory play activities are enjoyable and educational for your toddler or preschooler. You're encouraged to join in the fun but expect to get your hands messy! Any pastime that stimulates ...Read More