M.KIDS AT HOME

Welcome to April!

Preschool

Week 3: Early Church

Bible Story

WHAT YOU N E E D :
Print out “Four Corners Sharing” Activity Pages,
Painter’s tape or regular tape

WHAT YOU DO :
Tape one picture in each corner of the room.
Encourage your child to run to the different pictures that you call out.
Repeat as long as desired.
WHAT YOU SAY:
Around the room, there are four pictures. Do you see them? (Pause.) Okay, listen for the picture I call then run to it. If I was hungry, what would I need? (Pause.) Food! Run to the picture of food. (Pause.) If I didn’t have any toys to play with, what would I need? (Pause.) Toys! Run to the picture of toys. (Pause.) If I got my clothes all dirty, what would I need? (Pause.) Clothes! Run to the picture of clothes. (Pause.) If I asked, ‘Who wants to be your friend forever?’ where would you run? (Pause.) To Jesus! Run to Jesus. (Pause.) Jesus wants to be your friend forever! (Repeat as long as desired.)

A F T E R T H E A C T I V I T Y:
“To love people like Jesus loved them, His friends shared. They shared everything! If someone needed a coat, they gave him one of theirs. If someone need a place to stay, they shared their house. If someone
didn’t have something to eat, they would give her food. Jesus’ friends were super sharers because that is how Jesus loved people. “He shared with everyone. Jesus’ friends spent lots of time together. They ate
and talked and laughed together. They loved each other because Jesus loved them. They also praised God. This showed everyone that they were friends with Jesus. We can be friends like Jesus, too, and share with others so they know Jesus loves them and wants to be their friend forever. Who wants to be your
friend forever? Jesus wants to be my friend forever.”

Week 4: Great Commission

Bible Story

WHAT Y O U N E E D :
Print out "Make and Share Kite” and “Make and Share Label” Activity Page
Stickers
Dot markers or regular marker
Paper or plastic straws
Clear tape
Scissors

WHAT Y O U D O :
Have your child decorate their kites and add the label to each.
Attach each kite to a paper straw with clear tape on the back.
Demonstrate how they can fly their kites by holding onto the straw and waving the kite through the air.

WHAT YOU SAY:
Jesus was a super sharer, and we can be, too—especially when we share that Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Let’s make a kite to keep and one to share.”

D U R I N G T H E A C T I V I T Y:
“Use the dot markers(or regular markers) and stickers to decorate your kites. Add one label to each kite. Now turn it over and tape a straw to the back of each one. (Pause.) Look at how you can make them fly. (Demonstrate.) Think of someone you’d like to give your extra kite to and tell them Jesus wants to be their friend forever.

A F T E R T H E A C T I V I T Y:
“Jesus told His friends to go tell everyone, everywhere that Jesus wants to be their friend forever. We can tell everyone, everywhere that Jesus wants to be their friend forever, too! Who wants to be your friend
forever? Jesus wants to be my friend forever.”

Elementary and Preteens

Week 3: Isaac’s Walls

Bible Story:

WHAT YOU NEED:
“Peacemaking Opportunities” Activity Page

WHAT YOU DO:
Tell your child that you will give them a scenario.
Give them a moment to brainstorm and share some unique ways they can be peacemakers in that situation.
After brainstorming, guide your child in voting for which solution they think is the best one for that situation.
Then let your child work to act-out the problematic situation and a solution.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Great job of brainstorming ways to keep peace in some difficult situations! “We face situations every day where we can choose to fight or walk away. Walking away helps build a bridge of peace between you and the people you care about. This doesn’t include allowing someone to bully you or someone else, or to be unkind to you over and over again. If that is happening, tell an adult you trust—like me—so we can help you with it. In all other situations, keeping the peace means we think about how we can get along with the other person before we try to prove we are right or fight for what’s fair. You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight.”

Week 4: Abigail Intervenes

Bible Story:

WHAT YOU NEED:
Print out the “Coloring by the Numbers” Activity Page
Markers

WHAT YOU DO:
Encourage your child to recite the memory verse a few times together.
Pass out the “Hidden Verse Coloring” Activity Pages and markers.
Instruct your child to follow the key provided to color their page. While they color, encourage your child to color this month’s verse in such a way that it really stands out.

WHAT YOU SAY:
“Wow! You did a beautiful job coloring! The bridge and this verse are great reminders that we should do everything we can to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

“When you build each other up, you can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Like Abigail, God has designed all of us to be creative problem-solvers. We can be part of the solution in our homes, in our classrooms, on our sports teams, and in our neighborhoods. I’d like for you to take this verse home and put it somewhere in your room or on the bathroom mirror to remind you that God wants you to be a peacemaker everywhere you go.

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