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Becky Boone   -  

Baby Beginnings Activities

Babies & Toddlers (About age 0-18 months)

  • Show It!: Jesus’ Love in Pictures
    • Show your little one pictures of dads showing love and care for their children. Show them a photo of them with their father or men in their lives that are father figures. Talk about Jesus’ love for children, and how that is similar to the pictures you are looking at together.
  • Do It!: Day and Night
    • When the sun is in the sky, (raise hands above head in a circle)
    • Jesus loves me. (cross hands over chest)
    • When the starts are way up high, (stretch arms straight up and “twinkle” fingers)
    • Jesus loves me. (cross hands over chest)
    • In the day and in the night, (raise hands over head in circle, then straighten hands to “twinkle” fingers)
    • While I play and then sleep tight, (make a large smile, then put both hands under side of face)
    • Jesus loves me. (cross hands over chest)
  • Sing It!: Yes, Jesus Loves You (Tune: Refrain to “Jesus Loves Me”)
    • Yes, Jesus loves you.
    • Yes, Jesus loves you.
    • Yes, Jesus loves you!
    • The Bible tells us so.
  • Tell It!: Jesus Loved Zacchaeus
    • Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus.
    • But Zacchaeus was little.
    • Zacchaeus couldn’t see over the taller people.
    • So he climbed up into a tree!
    • Now he could see Jesus.
    • Jesus saw Zacchaeus, too.
    • Jesus loved Zacchaeus.
    • And Jesus loves you!
    • (See Luke 19:1-6.)
  • Hear It!: “Jesus loves us.”
    • (See Revelation 1:5.)

Kids (About age 18-36 months)

  • Pretend Play
    • Family for Dinner
      • Collect: Toy dishes and food
      • Do: Help your child set the table, serve food and pretend to eat dinner with family.
      • Say: Lucia, who eats dinner at our house? Do family and friends come over sometimes? Jesus went to His friend Zacchaeus’s house. Jesus loved Zacchaeus. Jesus loves you.
      • Bonus Idea: Serve crackers to your child to eat together.
    • Picnic and Story
      • Collect: Bible Story Picture (above) or sturdy picture books about Jesus; Picnic basket or large grocery bag; Blanket; Snack food and napkins
      • Do: Ask your child if they would like to have a picnic. Let them help you pack the basket or bag. Find a place indoors, if the weather isn’t conducive, and spread out the blanket. Eat the snack food. Read the story of Zacchaeus or other stories about Jesus.
      • Say: Jesus loved Zacchaeus. And Jesus loves (your child’s name and everyone in the family.) Thank You, Jesus, for loving us.
    • Jesus Loved Zacchaeus
      • Collect: Bible Story Picture (above); One or more large scarves or large pieces of fabric
      • Do: Show and talk about the Bible Story Picture. Let your child pretend to be Zacchaeus by draping a scarf or fabric over their shoulders or heads.
      • Say: Look at this picture of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was Jesus’ friend. Zacchaeus wore clothes that are different from ours. Rorie, do you want to pretend to be Zacchaeus? You can put this scarf over your shoulders. Jesus loved Zacchaeus. Jesus loves you, too.
    • People Puppets
      • Collect: Variety of people puppets (if you don’t have any, you can use dolls or cut paper puppets, you can find online and print out)
      • Do: Use a puppet to talk to your child. If your child is interested, take turns using the puppets. Be ready to help your child get a puppet on his or her hand.
      • Say: This is a little boy. He says, “Hello, James. Jesus loves you.” James, which puppet do you want to play with? Let’s use our puppets to say “Jesus loves me.”
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chapters 12-13 (to page 152): First Battle
Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Lesson 5 Outline:
A. Summarize Chapters 1-11
B. Read Chapters 12-13 of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or the Chapters Summary
C. Interactive Activity: “I am a Character”
D. A visit with the Professor: Using Gifts
E. Bible Memory Game: Thrones of Cair Paravel Obstacle Course
Verse: “The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us.” 1 Corinthians 12:7
F. Travel Log: Serving Others
G. Discussion Questions

Supplies:

  • “I am a Character” cards
  • Station Markers
  • Flags
    • Put Bible verse on it and have kids decorate prior to game
  • Bucket of ice water
  • Leaves (1 for each child)
  • Flag sticks (1 for each child)
  • 1 Can to put flags in
  • 1 Table
  • 2 Chairs
  • Fruit cups (1 per child)
Snack Idea: Fruit Cup
Instructions: Give each child a cup full of miscellaneous fruit in it.
Application: When the children met Aslan for the first time he said, “Let the feast be prepared.” Part of the feast probably included fruit!
Parent’s Prayer:
“Dear Lord, as I study the Bible verse for today, I thank You for the gifts You have given me! Please help me to guide my children in how to use the special gifts You have given them! Help me to show them how rewarding it is to use our gifts to glorify You. Allow me to help them to discover how they can use their gifts to bring others to a clearer understanding of who You are and how much You love us all.”

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5B. First Battle
Chapters 12-13 Summary
Miles away from Edmund and the Wicked Queen, the Beavers and the other children were walking into the delicious dream of Spring until, finally, they were walking uphill across some very deep, springy moss to a sunny place where very tall trees grow very far apart. The could hear the sounds of they sea just beyond and looked below to see the entire forest.

In the very middle of this open hilltop was the Stone Table – a big grey slab on top of four big corner-stones. While they looked at this very old stone, they heard music and there was the great Lion, Aslan. He stood in the middle of a crowd of creatures. There were Tree-Women and Well-Women playing music and four great creatures called centaurs who are half horse and half beautiful giant man. There was also an eagle, a unicorn and a bull with the head of a man. The children were in awe with their eyes fixed on Aslan. Lucy thought how royal and strong and beautiful Aslan’s face was, but when they told him how Edmund was trying to betray them with the White Witch, he looked sad.

Aslan wanted to speak to Peter along about the battle ahead against evil. He took him to the very top of the hilltop to look out over the Kingdom and to see the castle of Cair Paravel. It was here, Aslan said, that the four thrones were and that the four children would sit on the thrones. AS Aslan was talking with Peter, Susan’s horn sounded the call for help. The Battle had begun.

Susan was, indeed, in trouble! A huge wolf, sent by the White Witch was after her. As she tried to climb a tree to safety, the wolf lunged and reached for her ankles. He was caught off guard when he was struck from behind by Peter’s sword. The wolf turned his attention from Susan to kill Peter, but Peter had a second chance to strike and plunged the sword deep into the wolf’s heart.

It does not take long for word to reach the White Witch that her best wolf is dead and that the three children have reached the Stone Table. Since she was unable to reach the Stone Table before them, she prepared to take Edmund’s life right then and there by tying him to a tree and sharpening a big knife. Before she could complete her task, there was the sound of beating wings and Edmund heart a big strong voice telling someone to untie him and give him wine. He fainted as the rescue team of centaurs and eagles carried him to the Stone Table and into the presence of Aslan. As for the Witch and her Dwarf, her traveling companion, they were magically transformed into an old tree stump and boulder by the touch of the Witch’s wand.

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5C. Interactive Activity: “I am a Character”

Game Set-Up:
Create “I am a Character” small cards. One card per character:

  • Edmund
  • Old Professor
  • Mrs. Beaver
  • White Witch
  • Mr. Tumnus
  • Aslan
  • Peter
  • Lucy
Instructions:
  1. Divide kids into two teams, or just play on no teams. Designate one team as Team A and the other as Team B.
  2. Choose one child from Team A to pick one of the “I am a Character” cards and look at it. Each team takes turns asking this player yes/no questions until they guess who the Story Character is.
  3. The team that guesses who the Story Character is, wins a point.
  4. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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5D: A Visit with the Professor: Using Gifts
Good day! I pray that you are enjoying your visits wit me as we study Through the Wardrobe together. By now you should be pretty familiar with all the characters in our story. While we continue our lesson today, see if you can figure out which character you are most like. Is it Peter and his gallant leadership? Is it Mr. Beaver and his ability to explain things clearly. Or is it Lucy who clearly loves and is merciful to those who are hurting.

In each and every case, the three children and their friends used their gifts that they received from Father Christmas to serve others. Peter used his gifts defending his sister against the witch’s evil servant, the wolf. Mr. Beaver not only explained the history of Narnia to the children, he also showed them the way to Aslan.

Once we are given our spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit, we are to use them to serve others. I like the way it is written in the Living Bible…

The Holy Spirit displays God’s power through each of us.” 1 Corinthians 12:7

The gifts from the Holy Spirit show God’s power in making a difference through out lives in the lives of others. We are to use them to glorify Him. Discovering what your gift is and sharing it with others is one of the most exciting parts of being a Christian. You can begin this journey by looking around you and determining what it is in others that you admire. Then determine what things you like to do…things that bring you success and you enjoy doing. This is your starting point. From there, let the Holy Spirit guide your steps as you learn how to sharpen those skills. And, above all, give God the credit for your gifts. Say, THANKS, for you are wonderfully made by Him.

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5E. Bible Memory Game: Thrones at Cair Paravel
Supplies:
  • 1 Bucket of ice water with leaves in it (1 leaf per child)
  • 1 Can/Bucket with flags in it
  • Station Markers & Flag Master
  • 1 Table
  • 2 Chairs
Game Set-Up:
  • Create a flag master for each player (have kids decorate them before the game)
  • Create each station name and instructions
  • Set up each station as diagrammed below
Instructions:
  1. Divide the kids into two teams or just have one team. Review the Bible verse as a group.
  2. On “GO” the first player on each team runs the obstacle course. Stations:
    1. The End of Winter: Reach into the bucket of ice water and pull out a leaf.
    2. The Stone Table: Run around the table & put the leaf on it.
    3. The Pavilion: Find your flag.
    4. The Throne: Sit on the throne & say the Bible verse: “The Holy Spirit displays God’s power though each of us.” 1 Corinthians 12:7
  3. Run back to team still carrying your flag. Tag the next player in line.
  4. Repeat step #2-#3 until all the players have completed the course.
  5. The team to complete the course first wins.
x x|                                                                Table                     Flags
| Starting Line                  Bucket
x x|                                                                                                              Chairs

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5F. Travel Log: Serving Others
Instructions:
  1. Read 1 Peter 4:10 together: “Everyone should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
  2. Discuss what this verse means.
  3. Ask children: “Which of the following gifts do you find easiest to use to serve others? Write down an example of when you have demonstrated that gift.”
    1. Helps – doing things for others
    2. Giving – giving possessions cheerfully
    3. Teaching – able to explain God’s Word clearly
    4. Mercy – showing love to those who hurt
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5G.Discussion Questions
  1. Name three spiritual gifts. (Write these on a paper/board. Keep adding to the list until you have twenty or more.) You may use your Bible.
  2. Identify three that you think you may possess.
  3. Tell each other how you can use one of these gifts.