We’re in week two of a new series, using the curriculum What’s Up. Last week, we did an introduction/review of the basics of the gospel using an owl puppet for the younger kids and a sock puppet app for the older kids. While the older kids thought the sock puppet was funny, they were super disappointed that the owl puppet didn’t visit them as well. Who would have guessed? (Or should I say whooooooooo would have guessed?)
If you’d like a copy of the owl or sock puppet script, leave me a comment and I’ll send it on out! You can also check out the sock puppet videos on youtube. Here’s #1 to get you started!
For part two of this lesson (March 9th for us), we’re going to talk to four friends that each have a blurry view of the gospel. I’m still toying around with apps and programs, but some how we’ll have a video of the following characters:
- All About Me Angie (Loves showing off how “good” she is)
- Nervous Nelly (concerned she’ll never do enough for God)
- Easy Going Ed (Not really changed by his salvation)
- Smug Scott (I’m a lot better than those other people)
To introduce the concept (in Large Group), I think we’ll start with a game. I’m going to check out the app FuzzWords which blurs a picture for kids to guess about. Or maybe I’ll just make some blurry pictures of stuff around the church. A more active option is to have kids put on glasses (reading glasses or sunglasses) with Vaseline on them (to blur the vision) and them run relay races.
After kids are introduced to the four “blurry vision” characters, they’ll head to small group to discuss and do a coordinating activity. If you’re looking for some extra activities to coordinate with a “Kids and the Gospel” lesson, keep reading!
This curriculum really emphasizes giving the kids room to discuss, wonder, question, and wrestle with their faith. Even if they are not saying the “right answers” at the beginning, it’s important to let them think about the true state of their heart and go from there. It’s time we started being honest in the church and kids are generally good at being honest unless we give them a reason not to be.
- Which animal/character do you relate to?
- Do you feel like your friends view Christians this way?
- Are there any people in the Bible that act the same way?
Just for Preschool
This past weekend, I taught the Children’s Church class using the preschool book from The Gospel Project. The ideas were so simple I thought the kids wouldn’t go for it, but they all loved them (even the 2nd graders). The moral of this story? Keep is simple with preschoolers. Maybe, just focus on one character (I think preschoolers might relate best to Nervous Nelly) and talk about her thoughts and feelings. Maybe even have all the kids use puppets to talk to Nervous Nelly as she asks questions and has the kids answer them.
Pictures of Salvation
Another idea for preschoolers (and kindergarten) is drawing pictures of salvation. After the large group lesson, talk to the kids about different aspects of salvation, such as love (heart), a gift, the cross, heaven, reading the Bible, praying — all of these are part of being a Christian. After naming a few things as a group (and maybe writing them on the board as well), have kids draw a picture of something that is important to them. After about 5 minutes, have them show the class their picture and talk about. Hang it in the classroom to review the next week.
Put it In Order
Since we’re getting pretty close to Easter, the younger kids might like to put pictures of Jesus’ life in order. You can find sequencing cards here (click on Cards 1,2, or 3 to get a word document). There are also plenty of Easter activities at Christian Preschool Printables to check out.
Object Lessons about the Gospel
There are some great illustrations about the gospel if you do some looking around the web. I’ll share a few with you here:
Tea Bag Gospel: This one is pretty fun, except for the parts about getting cut open and then set on fire.
Food Coloring and Bleach Object Lesson: I have used this one before and the kids really seemed to enjoy it (just be careful!). This would be especially good for the “Smug Scott” personalities since it shows that even a “little bit of sin” taints all the water. Find the full instruction at Let the Little Children Come.
Legos and the Gospel: The Proverbial Homemaker shares several lessons related to the gospel that can be done with Legos (or duplos) including sin separates us. Worth a closer look!
This is a fun paper trick that shares the gospel with some folds and spelling. Check out Future Flying Saucers for the full instructions.
The Colors of the Gospel
In last week’s post, I mentioned the wordless book (and my 4 year old son came home with a fun bracelet that he told us all about) as a way of reviewing the gospel message with the kids. This week, I found a few more (edible!) ways to use the same method.
That’s it for this week! What do you do to teach kids about the gospel? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment.