For the past two weeks, we have been working on the Greatest Commandment and the Parable of the Good Samaritan. This week, it is time for the kids to become the teachers! They will learn how to tell the story with the popsicle stick puppets they made last week, and the story will go from their head to their heart. Enjoy feeding your family’s faith this week!
Supplies: God Time pillows, candle and holder (see “Gathering,” below), My First Hands-On Bible or a family Bible with this story, access to the internet, a copy of the activity sheet printed on cardstock for each person, popsicle sticks, glue, crayons or markers for coloring.
Gather: We like to sit in a circle on the floor for God Time. Finding some pillows or cushions to sit on makes it even more comfortable. My kids like to use pillow pets for this purpose! Once you are in a circle, light a candle (or turn on a battery-operated one; we use an LED tea light in a pretty metal container).
Story: Read “The Good Samaritan” in the First Hands On Bible, your Bible, or you can check out this version: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=ERV
Read the whole story this week. You can do the activities in My First Hands On Bible, if you wish.
Discuss: Review the Greatest Commandment from last week. You can refresh your memory in the song section, below.
Ask your kids to tell you the story that you just read again. Who was a helper? Who was not a helper?
Song: The Greatest Commandment with Actions
This week’s song is a review of last week. My family thought that it was so important that it needed to be reinforced again this week. Here are the words with actions:
What is the greatest commandment? (shrug with palms up)
Love (arms crossed over your heart)
the Lord your God (point to heaven)
with all your heart (point to heart)
and all your mind (point to head)
and all your soul (sign language for Holy Spirit in front of your heart, left hand palm up,
right hand rising in tornado fashion from left hand)
and all your strength (muscleman arms)
and your neighbor as yourself (shake hands with someone nearby).
Repeat this until you have it down. I promise that it will stick with you!
Activity: Popsicle Stick Puppet Show
Get out the popsicle stick puppets that you made last week (If you are just joining us this week, see last week’s post for the first activity). Here is a pic of the completed project:
It’s time to let the kids be the star of the show! Here is a sample script of the show, if you don’t feel comfortable telling it off the cuff:
At first, I told the story and let my daughter show the story with the puppets. Here is our amateur video of the story:
After doing this a few times, she decided that she could tell the story and do the puppets. Unfortunately, I did not catch this on video. Of course, we had to send the video we did make to grandparents and we watched it again and again. This time I didn’t mind, because it is now a story from the Bible that she can tell by heart! Enjoy making your own puppet shows and videos as you feed your family’s faith!
Prayer: (You can do this all together, or as a “repeat after me” prayer, depending on reading ability) Dear Jesus, we thank you for those who are willing to help people in need. Help us also to become like them, and like you. In your name we pray, Amen.