Hello! For our pre-school age group this week I decided that love is in the air so I went with it! It really started because I found a book on friendship but quickly realized there is plenty in my children’s Bible story books to back up that particular topic…so that’s what we did! We talked about the Samaritan and John 13:34.
To start with I had already downloaded a wonderful little coloring book to print for each child, but just printed one to share instead.
I didn’t staple it. They were already sitting at the table, excited about the craft so I didn’t have them move to the floor for circle time, either. I just held up the cards and went through them once, then asked that they join me on the second round. They loved shouting the color when I paused! It was so fun to see them all so excited to know the shape and color…They even told me how many! I’m learning that I don’t have to follow a set way of doing things according to the norm. As long as I’m consistent, we don’t have to fight through circle time if that’s not what’s best for us.
To talk about how love grows we played on some plant talk from earlier in the year. We already know that seeds need water to grow, so we colored “seeds and plants” on hearts cut from coffee filters. It’s funny, but when you think like a three-year old everything makes better sense. They were able to explain it to me better than I could present the concept to them.
Washable markers, coffee filters and a spray bottle are all you need for this!
I put our class tablecloth (you may recognize it as our iceberg from the penguin lesson…it’s been through it all with us!) upside down on the table, with the extra length folded under on each end. I figured the fleece backing might help absorb excess water.
Then all the youngins got two coffee filters stacked on top each other and drew however they wanted. Then we used a spray bottle to wet the filter. That was great finger exercise, critical thinking (they had to figure out how to do it if their fingers weren’t strong enough, then figure it how to stop spraying themselves and start spraying their paper.. 🙂 ), motor skills all that stuff. It’s funny how simple things translate into big skills later!
Then we watched our “love seeds” grow and spread and mix for a bit (it was technically marker…but we were calling our colors love by this point). We used all different colors because there are all sorts of ways to love. You just have to plant that seed (have an idea). Give it some water (do something to show your love and that you care), then that love can travel the world!
When we were happy with our creations I folded the ends of the tablecloth over to absorb some from the top, too. Plus it allowed us to still use our table for snacks without clearing it (They didn’t really dry until I opened it later, though…then they dried pretty quickly).
We had a mix up with snacks so I pulled some extra stuff from our “just in case” box. We were one short of everyone having their own packages, which was good. The church where we meet has a picture on the wall in our room of a group in Africa that they help, so it was good to share and demonstrate how we can easily take a little from each of these bags and have a-whole-nother meal, and nobody do without. We used that to launch some mealtime conversation about why we use our love to help others.
(Notice the scraps from our filter hearts on the table? Our girls made every one crowns out of those…waste not want not.)
While they were still finishing eating I passed out a great “…As I Have Loved You Love One Another…” printable from ldslane.net that went great with the topic and they colored while I told about the Samaritan. A few kids (my boy being one, of course) opted to just go play a bit, but I didn’t push it. They’re all glue crazy, so they asked if we could glue it to a colored paper. I printed the verse two to a sheet, so it worked beautifully to fold construction paper in half and make a card! Kids are so smart!
Then we moved on…
We blew up red balloons (I made them super small so they wouldn’t pop loudly if they happened to) and said they were our hearts full of love. Then we rubbed them on our heads to get all our big ideas of kind things we could do on them…
Then we put those ideas around other people (technically pink tissue paper cut into hearts) and watched their love come to us, too! We even were able to transfer a few between balloons to show how one little act of love can then keep getting passed on. I know it seems like a complicated thought…but really…they got it!
I hope you’re inspired to try something new. Maybe even spread a little love yourself!
As always..I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment, tell a story, yell at me if you want to!
‘Til next time!