This page is just a snippet of how I teach my littles about God using play. I will post any links for you in the posts below. We use The Jesus Storybook Bible for B who is 2.5 years old because it points every Old and New Testament back to why we need Jesus. I made up the lesson unless otherwise stated. I was also an elementary PE teacher for 5 yrs with a degree in Kinesiology with a Teacher Certification.
What you will find below:
- Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Bin and God creates all things new
- Shape Stations and Eph 4:15
- Tower of Babel : Building 4 ways: Genesis 11
Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Bin and God creates all things new
A new creation! How exciting and glorious and true! We can teach our littles about how amazing God is and what Christ did for those in Him using a butterfly. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favorite for B, so why not use them together?!
I grabbed the book and found anything around the house that would make this book become more tangible.
The play food and real food combo made this the perfect after nap activity with a snack built right in.
Snack to eat: watermelon balls, strawberries, and an apple.
Play Food: ice cream, sausages, cupcakes
Real food: spinach leaves hole punched
The book in action:
- Making connections of finding the watermelon on the page and in the bin
- Counting the holes on the page and on the leaves with our Catepiller
- How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly
- How we are made into a new creation
- Paint stick or any pen, stick will work
- Construction paper
- Masking tape to tape paper to paint stick
- Pipe cleaner for antenna
Shape Stations and Eph 4:15
Today, I pulled out anything shape related from our playroom and made a few stations. You probably have some of these but making it more intentional play with really help focus the attention of your little one. Some of these toys might be new to you, but you should pick them up or order them on amazon, because they are so fun and not your typical toys. My sister in law with 2 older girls helped me find with our new favorite toys and my elementary PE teacher comes out when I get so excited about stations and learning!
Kk playing with the same toys- just a little bit differently.
- Hexacus Builders- copy, build, create
- Shape Sorting Systems-sorting
- Building and Deconstructing Chains- fine motor
- Pop and Snap Chains- fine motor
- Shape Tracing and Bath Tub play- tracing and drawing with bath tub washable crayons
Easy 5 min bible lesson:
- Just how these piece fit together and have a purpose and specific place it goes, we are also meant to fit together, each piece is very important. We are members and part of the body of Christ.
This awesome toy can be bought from Amazon for about $20. Its from Popular Playthings. They give you an idea booklet to copy and build or you can build your own ideas. It is perfect for little ones who enjoy building but gives extra challenges.
Shape Sorting Systems:
I think we were given these at each baby shower. We took it from a baby activity by combining the shapes all together. Ideas:
- sort shapes to correct system
- sort shapes into the correct shape hole
- sort shapes into squares, circles, triangles.. even if they didn’t look the same
- sort shapes into colors disregarding the actual shapes
Building and Deconstructing Chains: (fine motor)
We used those baby chains (also a baby shower gift) that you can get from anywhere. I think ours were from Target or Amazon called Bright Starts Lots of Link Accessories for $5.
How to teach deconstructing chains:
- If you hold the chain by the first link and let the rest of the chain fall below
- Grab the 2nd chain link in the non dominate hand to hold it still
- Use the dominate hand to move the top chain link to the opening
- Pull down or out away from the stationary link
Snap and Pop Chains: (fine motor)
We love these little guys. They are $10 from Amazon or Target called Sassy Shake and Rattle Beads Toy. Fun for working those fine motor as well as push and pull/pop apart. (notice B sticking his tongue out as he focuses!)
- Easy and fun, just snap together- but it takes practice
- non dominate hand hold 1 stationary piece while dominate hand pops it into place
Tracing Shapes in the Bathtub with washable bathtub crayons:
We use our bathtub twice a day. Once for a real bath 🙂 and once for play. These $8 Crayola washable bath crayons in regular or color swirl are just awesome! Its the perfect place to play with fun, messy dough (see this page for ideas!) and wash the mess (and the kid) off. The bath tub creates the perfect kid level white board for coloring or teaching. I gave B an ice pop while he played- genius idea bc no sticky mess.
What you need:
- Jesus Storybook Bible
- Any building materials: blocks, bristle blocks, Legos, mega blocks
- How high can you build your tower?
- Can it touch the ceiling? The sky? Heaven?
We are trying to build the highest towers we can and staircases to heaven like the people at the Tower of Babel. “People didn’t need a staircase; they needed a Rescuer. Because the way back to heaven wasn’t a staircase; it was a Person-Jesus. People could never reach up to Heaven, so Heaven would have to come down to them.” Based on Genesis 11. We 💙 The Jesus Storybook Bible- using Old Testament stories to talk about Jesus. It’s not about teaching the skill of building blocks but rather using blocks to teach about who God is and how much He loves Us.
Servant King :: Play with water & bubbles :: from Last Supper Mark 14, John 13-14
- Wash clothes and towels
- Water and bubbles
B was totally surprised when I brought out the water and bubbles inside the house… and not at bath time! We talked about Jesus serving His friends at the last supper, how to serve kk his sister and momma, and how Jesus is a servant King. Easy. Quick. 5 mins. Simple conversation starters.