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1 NEW! Deep Blue Toddler Bible Storybook A bright, colorful, and engaging board book that features nineteen favorite Bible stories! This Bible storybook will introduce your little ones to God and Jesus, help them know that God loves them, and show them how they can follow Jesus. Perfect to read during quiet moments or as part of a devotional time. This storybook also includes tiny prayers to say together. Shop our online catalog at Cokesbury.com. deepbluekids.com Community Resource Consultants

2 Contents Written by Anita Edlund 2 Introduction 4 What Toddlers & Twos Need to Know December 5 A Baby Is Born Bible Story: Luke 2:1-7 Bible Verse: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David s line, and he will rule as a wise king. (Jeremiah 23:5) Anchor Point: We prepare to celebrate Jesus birth. January 18 Jesus and the Children Bible Story: Matthew 19:13-15 Bible Verse: This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world. (John 6:14) Anchor Point: God sent Jesus to tell us about God. February 29 Jairus s Daughter Bible Story: Mark 5:21-24, Bible Verse: Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him! (Mark 4:41) Anchor Point: Jesus shows God s power. Check out deepbluekids.com and follow us on social media to connect with other leaders, download additional content, and stay up to date on all the Deep Blue news. Download the Deep Blue app today! It s free. Cover and Deep Blue Kids Credits: Design by Ed Maksimowicz. Original Deep Blue Kids by Tim Moen (Character Design), Jesse Griffin (3D Artist), Julio Medina (3D Artist), Eric M. Mikula (Facial Rigging), and Christopher Slavik (Layout Artist); Deep Blue Toddlers developed, created, and adapted by Charles Long. Art and Photo Credits: p. 1 (photo) by Shutterstock ; pp. 8, 26 by Diana Magnuson; pp. 11, 12, 18 (lion), 22, 29 (necklace), 34 by Ron Benedict; p. 17 by Christine Chang/Wendy Lynn & Co.; p. 40 by Brian Dumm/Storybook Arts, Inc.

3 Toddlers & Twos This Quarter Christmas is upon us once again! The Advent and Christmas season rolls around quickly for adults; but it is a brand-new experience for the little ones in your class. Help the children enjoy the wonder of the season. Tell and retell the story of baby Jesus throughout the month of December. We have included several ways of experiencing the story through the learning centers. Each activity will be special to different children. Show pictures, tell the story, sing the songs, and act out the story all these are ways to make the story significant and meaningful for young children. In January, your children will hear and experience the story of Jesus blessing of the children. This story really highlights the theological concept and objective we have for the toddlers in your class: Jesus loves them. The center activities included in your lesson plan will help reinforce this important core belief. During the month of February, your children will hear the Bible story about Jairus and the miraculous healing of his daughter. The children will hear of the faith Jairus had in Jesus ability to help. They will have an opportunity to act out the story, sing songs, make fun art projects, and learn about the love Jesus had for the girl. This winter, your class will learn a lot about God s love for them. Take time to reflect on the ways God is showing love to you. How does God show love for you? What can you do to share that love with the children in your class? Brittany Sky Deep Blue: Toddlers & Twos resources are available in Braille on request. Contact: Braille Ministry, c/o Donna Veigel N. 91st Avenue #96 Peoria, AZ (623) Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide

4 Using These Resources Here s how it works Bible Story Picture Cards Each child should have one Bible Story Picture Card to take home each week. This component will help the parent or guardian read the monthly Bible story to their child in an interesting, fun way each week. There also will be one activity on the card to do with their child to help the child remember the Bible story. Leader Guide Each teacher or leader needs one copy of the Leader Guide. The Leader Guide helps the teacher/leader know how to set up the room to best prepare for the teaching and learning environment of the toddlers and two-yearolds. Included in the Leader Guide are monthly activities for unique ways to tell the Bible stories, craft activities, games, songs, and other activities that will help the children become familiar with the Bible stories. Class Stuff The Class Stuff includes an attendance chart, Bible verse posters, song posters, interactive posters, games, storytelling figures, patterns, and other resources to use with the children in the classroom. Annual Music CD The Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD contains songs and other audio helps that are specifically chosen for the Bible stories for each month of the year. Some songs that are specifically recommended for the children to learn are written into the sessions in the Leader Guide and are on the song posters in the Class Stuff. Deep Blue Adventures App Children have fun while learning! The app includes a parental dashboard feature and minigames, including Scripture Scramble, Trivia, Breakout, and Rocket Glider. In addition, the app has videos and customizable avatars. deepbluekids.com Find teacher helps, parent helps, training videos, extra coloring sheets, and more all free at our website! Winter deepbluekids.com 3

5 What Toddlers & Twos Need to Know For developing faith foundations, children need For knowing the Bible and our faith traditions, children need For relating to God and the church, children need For relating faith to daily living, children need to have an attractive, safe space that encourages personal development and awareness of others. to recognize the Bible as a special book with special significance. to observe parents/ guardians and teachers/leaders pray, read the Bible, and talk about God and their own faith. to hear people talk about God, Jesus, and the Bible during the week as well as on Sunday. to have loving, caring adults who help children experience trust. to be guided in respecting others rights and in being friends. to have basic love expressed through gentleness blended with sufficient firmness. to associate the name Jesus with pictures and with the Bible. to hear Bible stories and to be shown where those stories are located in the Bible. to experience trust in others that will later serve as a foundation for trust in God. to offer thanks to God by saying brief prayers and by placing offerings in the collection plate. to see pictures of children s daily experiences in church classrooms. to hear teachers/ leaders and parents/ guardians pray for food and other daily needs. to experience faith through baptism and the care of the congregation. 4 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide

6 A Baby Is Born Bible Verse The time is coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David s line, and he will rule as a wise king. (Jeremiah 23:5) Learn & Serve: Kenya KENYAN DRUMS Supplies: paper bowls, stapler, crayons, stickers (optional) Place two paper bowls together, with the insides facing in and their rims touching. Staple the rims together in two places to make a drum. Each child will need a paper bowl drum. Give the child a drum to color. If you have stickers, encourage the child to add some stickers. Invite the child to play the drum. SAY: God created all people. People live in different places. We live in (name of your town and country). There is a place called Kenya. The people there play drums and dance. We can make music and dance, too. It is good to learn about different places and the people who live there. December Bible Story Luke 2:1-7 Anchor Point We prepare to celebrate Jesus birth. Requires preparation. TIP We ve included this activity in each unit to connect with our older age levels, which are learning about new places and what God s doing in each location. The children in your class may have siblings participating in Learn & Serve this year. Winter deepbluekids.com 5

7 Bible Story Center FIRST SUNDAY OF DECEMBER Supplies: baby doll, blanket, basket or box Wrap a baby doll in a blanket, and put it in a box or basket in the Storytelling Area. Tell this Bible story to the children. Don t show the doll until directed to do so. SAY: Everyone had to go to their hometown to be counted. Joseph s family was from Bethlehem, so Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem. Mary was going to have a baby soon. It was a long trip. Mary and Joseph were tired. They needed a place to sleep. Many people were in Bethlehem, so all the rooms were full. Mary and Joseph found a place to stay. The place was where animals sleep! While Mary and Joseph were staying with the animals, Mary had her baby boy. (Show the doll to the children.) That baby was Jesus. Do It Again: Tell the story below, stopping to count all the children when indicated. This helps the children understand why Joseph and Mary went on their trip. SAY: Everyone must be counted! Go around the group and count all the children. SAY: Joseph s family was from Bethlehem, so Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem. Mary was going to have a baby soon. Everyone must be counted! Go around the group and count all the children. Invite the children to count with you. SAY: It was a long trip. Mary and Joseph were tired. They needed a place to sleep. Many people were in Bethlehem, so all the rooms were full. Mary and Joseph found a place to stay. The place was where animals sleep! While Mary and Joseph were staying with the animals, Mary had her baby boy. That baby was Jesus. Everyone must be counted! Go around the group and count all the children. Invite the children to count with you. SAY: We have (insert your number) children. That s good! When Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem, there were just two of them Mary and Joseph. After Mary had her baby, there were three Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide December

8 SECOND SUNDAY OF DECEMBER Supplies: Class Stuff p. 17, adult scissors, large index cards (or cardstock), glue stick Cut out the December Storytelling Figures (p. 17). Fold large index cards in half. Glue each figure to a card so that the figures can stand in front of the children. Tell this Bible story to the children, and show the figures when indicated. SAY: Everyone had to go to their hometown to be counted. TIP You may use building blocks instead of large index cards, if you wish. Put Joseph in front of the children. SAY: Joseph s family was from Bethlehem, so Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem. Mary was going to have a baby soon, so she rode on a donkey. Add Mary and the donkey. SAY: It was a long trip. Mary and Joseph were tired. They needed a place to sleep. Many people were in Bethlehem, so all the rooms were full. Mary and Joseph found a place to stay. The place was where animals sleep! Add the sheep, cow, and goat. SAY: While Mary and Joseph were staying with the animals, Mary had her baby boy. (Add baby Jesus.) That baby was Jesus. Mary wrapped baby Jesus in a blanket to keep him warm and laid him in the hay in the manger. The manger, which is where the animals usually ate, was Jesus bed that night. Do It Again: Stand the storytelling figures in front of the children. Say this rhyme, pausing after each line so that the children can say the line with you. Then help the children count the animals. SAY: Little baby in the hay, I m so glad you were born that day. There were no rooms left for you, except with the animals. It had to do. Your name is Jesus, and I love you. I m so glad that you love me, too. THIRD SUNDAY OF DECEMBER Supplies: basket or box (for manger), hay or shredded paper (to go in manger), baby doll, blanket, stuffed animals Put hay or shredded paper in a box or basket (manger) in your Storytelling Area. Wrap a doll in a blanket and lay it in the manger. Put animals around the manger. Invite the children to come see the baby. At the end of the story, lift the baby from the manger and show him to the children. You may pass the baby around so that each child can hold it. SAY: Everyone had to go to their hometown to be counted. Joseph s family was from Bethlehem, so Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem. Mary was going to have a baby soon. Winter deepbluekids.com 7

9 It was a long trip. Mary and Joseph were tired. They needed a place to sleep. Many people were in Bethlehem, so all the rooms were full. Mary and Joseph found a place to stay. The place was where animals sleep! While Mary and Joseph were staying with the animals, Mary had her baby boy. (Show the doll to the children.) That baby was Jesus. Do It Again: Gather the children around the manger scene, and tell this short story. After the story, show the children how to say Jesus in American Sign Language. Reread the story and use sign language to say Jesus. Jesus Touch the middle finger of your right hand to the palm of the left hand. Reverse. SAY: Today, a special baby has arrived! God sent baby Jesus to be born. Mary was happy that Jesus was born. Joseph was happy that Jesus was born. The angels in heaven were happy that Jesus was born. The shepherds in the fields were happy that Jesus was born. And I am happy that Jesus was born. God sent baby Jesus to be born. FOURTH SUNDAY OF DECEMBER Supplies: construction paper, adult scissors, masking tape Cut many footprints from construction paper. Plan a path for the children to walk, then tape the footprints along your path. Count the children, and then read this story to the children. SAY: Everyone had to go to their hometown to be counted. Joseph s family was from Bethlehem, so Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem. Mary was going to have a baby soon. Lead the children on the journey, following the footprints from the beginning to the end as you tell the rest of the story. SAY: It was a long trip. Mary and Joseph were tired. They needed a place to sleep. Many people were in Bethlehem, so all the rooms were full. Mary and Joseph found a place to stay. The place was where animals sleep! While Mary and Joseph were staying with the animals, Mary had her baby boy. That baby was Jesus. Count the children again. Announce how many children made the journey. Do It Again: Invite the children to follow you on the footprint trail again. Sing this song to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell as you make the journey again. SING: Joseph takes a trip. Joseph takes a trip. Joseph goes to Bethlehem. Joseph takes a trip. 8 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide December

10 Mary rides along. Mary rides along. Mary rides to Bethlehem. Mary rides along. Their baby boy is born! Their baby boy is born! Their baby s born in Bethlehem! Their baby boy is born! FIFTH SUNDAY OF DECEMBER Supplies: Class Stuff p. 17, adult scissors, large index cards (or cardstock), glue stick Prepare the December Storytelling Figures (p. 17), if you haven t already done so (see p. 7). Put Joseph, Mary, and the donkey in front of the children. Read this rhyme, adding the motions and using the pictures when indicated. SAY: Joseph and Mary went on a long trip, along with their donkey. Clip, clop, clop, clip. Put your hands together by your head and close your eyes, as if sleeping. SAY: Joseph and Mary were tired. They wanted to rest. But there was no room in the guest room! Nooooo room! Nooooo room! (Shake head no. ) Add the sheep, cow, and goat around Mary and Joseph. SAY: Where could they sleep? There was room with the animals like donkeys and sheep! A Room! A Room! (Nod head yes. ) Put your hands together by your head and close your eyes, as if sleeping. SAY: So, Mary and Joseph with the animals did stay. The animals shared their manger and hay. Add baby Jesus. SAY: That special night, Mary s new baby came. Mary had a baby boy, and Jesus was his name! Do It Again: Sing this song to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell. Stop after each verse and ask the children the questions about the Bible story. SING: Joseph takes a trip. Joseph takes a trip. Joseph goes to Bethlehem. Joseph takes a trip. ASK: Where did Joseph go? (Bethlehem) Winter deepbluekids.com 9

11 SING: Mary rides along. Mary rides along. Mary rides to Bethlehem. Mary rides along. TIP Don t expect your children to make these art projects perfectly. It is more important for them to have a positive experience than it is for them to have perfect projects. ASK: Why did Mary and Joseph have to go to Bethlehem? (All the people had to be counted.) SING: Their baby boy is born! Their baby boy is born! Their baby s born in Bethlehem! Their baby boy is born! ASK: What special thing happened when Mary and Joseph got to Bethlehem? (Mary had a baby boy.) What was the baby s name? (Jesus) Learning Activities The Art Cart TIP Carefully watch the children to make sure they don t put the bells in their mouths. TIP The cup needs to be paper so that the paint sticks. You can use a larger bell if you use a larger cup. TIP These Christmas bells may be used with the Christmas music in Music and Movement. CHRISTMAS BELL CUPS Supplies: 9-oz. paper cups (white or light colored); red, green, and yellow paints; pen; paper plates; paper towels; red or green chenille stems; 18-mm jingle bells (2 per child); plastic lid Purchase for each child one 9-oz. paper cup (white or light colored) and two 18-mm jingle bells. Gather red or green chenille stems (one per child). Pour red, green, and yellow paints in a shallow layer on paper plates. Fold paper towels over several times, dampen them, and place them on a plastic lid. Use a pen to poke two small holes an inch apart in the bottom of each paper cup. Give the child a paper cup, and invite her or him to use the paints to make thumbprint or fingerprint dots all over the cup. Use the paper towel pad to clean the child s thumb or finger before changing colors. When the paint dries, give the child a chenille stem. Encourage the child to put one end of the chenille stem into a hole in the cup, from the outside to the inside. Invite the child to thread a jingle bell onto the end of the stem. In order to keep the child from being poked by the chenille stem, you twist it to keep the bell in place. Repeat the process with the other end of the stem and the other hole. Pull the bells down farther so that you can work with the stem. About an inch or two up from the bells, twist the stem around itself several times. Pull the chenille stem up from the outside until the bells stop moving. On the outside of the cup, twist the chenille stem around itself several times at the cup. With the stem twisted inside the cup and outside the cup, the stem stays in place. This also gives the child a small loop to hold the bell. SAY: Ring the bells! Christmas time is coming! Ring the bells! Baby Jesus is born! 10 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide December

12 CHRISTMAS WREATH Supplies: Leader Guide p. 17, red construction paper, green construction paper, adult scissors, 6-inch paper plates, black pen, crayons, glue sticks Photocopy and cut out Baby Jesus (p. 17) for each child. Photocopy and cut a Bow (p. 17) from red construction paper for each child. Draw the lines on each bow. Gather a 6-inch paper plate for each child. Cut many 1-inch squares from green construction paper. Give the child Baby Jesus to color. Give the child a 6-inch paper plate, and invite her or him to glue baby Jesus in the center of the plate on the top (eating) side. Encourage the child to glue green construction paper squares all around the rim of the plate to make a Christmas wreath around baby Jesus. Give the child a red bow to glue to the bottom of the wreath, below baby Jesus. SAY: At Christmas, we celebrate that Jesus was born. You can hang this wreath at your house to remind you that Christmas is the birthday of baby Jesus. BABY IN THE MANGER Supplies: Leader Guide p. 17, 9-by-12 blue construction paper, yellow construction paper, brown construction paper, small craft sticks, adult scissors, ruler, crayons, glue sticks, small animal stickers (optional), pen Photocopy and cut out Baby Jesus (p. 17) for each child. Photocopy and cut a Star (p. 17) for each child from yellow construction paper. Cut 9-by-12 blue construction paper in half to make a 9-by-6 piece for each child. Cut 1½ inches off each end of small craft sticks. Each child needs two of these end pieces and three whole craft sticks. Cut a 6-by-6 square from brown construction paper for each child, and then cut a sloping roof on each piece. If you wish, gather small stickers of animals you might see in a manger scene. Give the child a blue rectangle (sky) and a brown shape (stable). Turn the blue paper so that the long sides are at the top and bottom. Help glue the brown stable to the sky, with the stable s point at the top. Give the child a Star to glue to the top of the stable. Give the child Baby Jesus to color. Help glue baby Jesus in the center of the stable, with the bottom of the art about two inches from the bottom edge of the stable. Glue three craft sticks horizontally to make a bed for baby Jesus. These should cover part of baby Jesus so that it looks like he is in the manger. Place two cut craft sticks so that the cut end of each one is against the bottom of the manger and about ½ inch from an end of the manger. Help glue them in place. If you have animal stickers, invite the child to add them around the manger. TIP You may use readymade bows, instead of construction paper bows. SAY: Baby Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem. The animals lived in the stable. Mary wrapped baby Jesus to keep him warm and placed him in the manger. Winter deepbluekids.com 11

13 CHRISTMAS SHEEP Supplies: Leader Guide p. 17; white construction paper; black construction paper; adult scissors; black marker; white, 6-inch paper plates; glue; cotton balls Photocopy and cut out Sheep Shapes (p. 17). Cut an oval (head) from white construction paper for each child. Draw a sheep s eye and mouth (side view) on each oval. Cut one half-circle (ear) and four rectangles (legs) from black construction paper for each child. Gather cotton balls and a white, 6-inch paper plate for each child. Give the child a white, 6-inch paper plate, and help him or her glue the oval (head) to the right edge of the back (non-food) side of the plate. Help glue the half-circle (ear) to the head. Help glue the rectangles (legs) to the bottom rim of the plate, two on the back side and two on the front side to look like the sheep has legs on both sides of its body. Help the child break pieces off cotton balls, stretch the pieces, and glue the cotton all over the sheep s body on the side with the head. SAY: At Christmas, we celebrate that baby Jesus was born. He was born in a stable in Bethlehem. The animals lived in the stable. The little sheep could have been watching baby Jesus as he slept. Game Time MANGER, MANGER, BABY! Supplies: none Familiarize yourself with this game, which is played like Duck, Duck, Goose. Invite the children to sit in a circle on the floor. Choose one child to be IT. IT will walk around the outside of the circle behind the other children. IT will tap each child on the head and say, Manger. When ready, IT will say, Baby! The child whose head was tapped when IT said baby will chase IT around the outside of the circle until they come back to the place where that child had been sitting. Encourage IT to sit where the other child had been sitting. That child will be the new IT. SAY: Mary had a baby. She wrapped him in a blanket to keep him warm. Then she placed him in the manger. 12 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide December

14 ANIMAL TURNOVER Supplies: Class Stuff p. 5, adult scissors, 9-by-12 construction paper (5 colors), glue stick, masking tape Cut out the Animal Turnover Cards (p. 5). Cut five colors of 9-by-12 construction paper in half to make 6-by-9 rectangles. Glue each animal card to half a construction paper sheet, making sure to put each pair of animals on the same color. Mix up the animals, and spread them out on the floor so that the children have room to move. Put a loop of masking tape on the back of each animal, and tape them to the floor. This game is played like Fruit Basket Turnover. Invite each child to stand on a picture of an animal. Tell the children you will call the name of an animal. If a child is standing on that animal, she or he needs to change places with someone else that moves. Remind the children that you will not call their animal every time. Sometimes, they will have to stay where they are. When you call out Jesus is born! have all the animals move and change places. TIP Using the same color of construction paper for each pair of animals will help the children find the matching animal. SAY: Jesus is born! Mary was happy! Joseph was happy! And in our game, even all the animals were happy, too! Music and Movement MARY HAD A LITTLE BOY Supplies: baby doll (optional) Familiarize yourself with the song Mary Had a Little Boy to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. Invite the children to pretend to rock a baby in their arms as they sing Mary Had a Little Boy along with you to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. You also could have the children make a circle and pass a baby doll around the circle as they sing. SING: Mary had a little boy, little boy, little boy. Mary had a little boy, and Jesus was his name. He was born in Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Bethlehem. He was born in Bethlehem one very special day. ASK: Mary had a little boy. What was his name? (Jesus) Where was he born? (Bethlehem) Winter deepbluekids.com 13

15 MARY HAD A BABY Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player, drum Familiarize yourself with the song Mary Had a Baby on the CD, noting when the words good news are sung. Gather a drum that you can tap as the music plays. Play the song Mary Had a Baby on the CD. Tap the drum and invite the children to tap the floor in front of them to the music. Raise your hand when you hear good news. (The words good news are used throughout the song. If you are familiar with the song, you will know when those words are coming.) Encourage the children to repeat the words good news with you when they see your hand raised. SAY: Mary had a baby! Good news! Listen to us sing good news, good news! TIP If you made the Christmas Bell Cups, the children can use them with this song. HE IS BORN Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player, musical sticks or other simple instruments Gather some musical sticks or simple musical instruments for the children to play as they listen to He Is Born on the CD. Give each child a musical stick or simple musical instrument to tap or shake while listening to the song. Play the song He Is Born on the CD, and encourage the children to play along. SAY: Jesus is born! We can make music to honor the birthday of baby Jesus. CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player, red and green streamers, adult scissors Find the song Christmas Music on the CD or other Christmas music on any other children s CD. Cut various lengths of red and green streamers for the children to move as the music plays. Give each child red and green streamers to hold and move. Play the song Christmas Music from the CD or any other Christmas music from a children s CD. Encourage the children to move to the music. SAY: Christmas is a time to celebrate the day that baby Jesus was born. We can dance and show how happy we are that Jesus was born. 14 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide December

16 Holiday Fun ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY Supplies: Christmas puzzles, red or green play dough, cookie cutters, placemats Find things the children are familiar with, such as puzzles and play dough, but add a Christmas twist to make it fun again. Provide Christmas puzzles, red or green play dough, cookie cutters, and placemats. Put out simple Christmas puzzles for the children to work together. Supply red or green play dough (Christmas colors). Set out cookie cutters for playing with the play dough, and put placemats under the play dough. SAY: At Christmas, we celebrate the birthday of baby Jesus. We are happy that Jesus was born! MANGER SCENE Supplies: Bible-times clothes (robes, tie belts, sandals, cloths for headwear), basket or box (for manger), hay or shredded paper (to go in manger), baby doll, blanket (to wrap up doll) Gather Bible-times dress-up clothes. Put hay or shredded paper in a box or basket (manger). Wrap a doll in a blanket and lay it in the manger. Invite the children to dress up and take care of the baby in the manger. SAY: There was a special baby born in Bethlehem. His mother, Mary, wrapped him in a blanket to keep him warm. What was the baby s name? (Jesus) ANIMAL TRAIL MIX Supplies: animal crackers (regular and chocolate ones, if your area has them), goldfish crackers, craisins or raisins, candy-coated chocolate pieces, pretzel twists, large bowl, plastic gloves or plastic bags, paper cups Check each Child Information Card for allergies. Avoid any foods that may cause a problem for a child. Gather the foods to make the Animal Trail Mix, paper cups, a large bowl, and plastic food preparation gloves (or plastic bags). Remind the children of all the animals that were in the stable when Jesus was born. Tell them that a manger is where the animals usually had their food to eat. Mary used the manger for a bed for baby Jesus. Pour the trail mix ingredients into paper cups so that all the children can help pour the foods into the large bowl. With plastic gloves or plastic bags on your hands, mix the ingredients in the bowl. Put the animal trail mix in a cup for each child for a snack. SAY: Mary and Joseph could not find a place to stay. They found space with the animals. Mary and Joseph were glad to have a place to sleep. Then baby Jesus was born right there with all the animals. What animals do you find in your snack? Do you think those animals would have been in the stable with baby Jesus? Winter deepbluekids.com 15

17 Closing Circle Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 4, 21; Bible Story Picture Cards; Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD; CD player Remove the Bible Story Picture Card for the day. (At the beginning of the quarter, also remove the article for the parents.) Display the December Bible Verse Poster (p. 4) and the December Song Poster (p. 21) where you and the parents can easily see the words. Welcome the parents as they return. Invite the parents and children to sit in a circle. Sing one of the Music and Movement songs (pp ). Save Joseph Takes a Trip for later. Say this rhyme, pausing after each line so that the children and parents can say the line with you. SAY: Little baby in the hay, I m so glad you were born that day. There were no rooms left for you, except with the animals. It had to do. Your name is Jesus, and I love you. I m so glad that you love me, too. Retell the Bible story (pp. 6 10). Encourage the parents and children to participate. SAY (together): The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David s line, and he will rule as a wise king (Jeremiah 23:5). SAY: Joseph s family was from Bethlehem. When Joseph heard that all the people had to be counted, he knew that he would have to go to Bethlehem. That is where his family lived. Mary went, too. Many people were making this trip to Bethlehem, so all the rooms were full. Mary and Joseph had to stay in a stable with the animals. Encourage the parents and children to stand in a circle and to hold hands. Sing Joseph Takes a Trip to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell (see the song poster or pp. 8 9). Circle to the right as you sing the first verse. Change directions each time you sing a new verse. Give each child a Bible Story Picture Card to take home. (At the beginning of the quarter, send home the parent article as well.) PRAY: Little baby in the hay, I m so glad you were born that day. There were no rooms left for you, except with the animals. It had to do. Your name is Jesus, and I love you. I m so glad that you love me, too. Amen. 16 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide December

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19 January Bible Story Matthew 19:13-15 Anchor Point God sent Jesus to tell us about God. Requires preparation. TIP We ve included this activity in each unit to connect with our older age levels, which are learning about new places and what God s doing in each location. The children in your class may have siblings participating in Learn & Serve this year. Jesus and the Children Bible Verse This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world. (John 6:1 ) Learn & Serve: Kenya SAFARI LION Supplies: white, 6-inch paper plates; orange, washable paint; paintbrushes; adult scissors; black permanent marker (teacher use only); large craft sticks; wide tape Cut slits around the rim of a white, 6-inch paper plate, starting on the outside and going to the inner circle. The slits should be one inch apart and go completely around the plate. The slits are a lion s mane. Each child will need one of these lion plates. Give the child a lion plate and a paintbrush, and put a small drop of orange, washable paint in the center of the plate. The child will paint with only this drop of paint. Invite the child to paint the lion. Set the plate aside to dry. When the plate is dry, draw a lion s eyes, nose, and mouth in the center circle. You may bend the sections of the lion s mane forward and back, alternating each time, to give it more dimension. Use wide tape to attach a large craft stick to the back of the lion s head. SAY: God created all people. People live in different places. We live in (name of your town and country). There is a place called Kenya. There are lots of beautiful animals in Kenya. They have lions in Kenya. What is your favorite animal? (Let the children answer.) It is good to learn about different places and the people who live there. 18 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide January

20 Bible Story Center FIRST SUNDAY OF JANUARY Supplies: red construction paper, adult scissors Fold a piece of red construction paper in half, with the short sides together. As you tell this story, cut a large half heart from the folded paper. Keep the smaller, folded heart in your hand, and let the large heart outline drop to the floor. Move inward about a ½ inch and cut another half heart. Keep the heart in your hand, and let the heart outline drop. Move inward about a ½ inch and cut another half heart. Let the heart outline drop. Keep cutting hearts as you tell the story. By the end of the story, try to have enough heart outlines so that each child will receive one. If you have a large class, you may need to cut hearts from more than one piece of paper. SAY: Many people wanted to see Jesus. Mommies wanted to see Jesus. Daddies wanted to see Jesus. And, of course, the children wanted to see Jesus. The mommies and daddies brought their children to see Jesus. It was a happy day! Jesus had his helpers with him. When his helpers saw all the people coming, they said to them, Go away! Stop bothering Jesus! It was not a happy day now. Jesus heard what his helpers said to the people. Jesus did not like what they said. Jesus told his helpers, Don t stop them. Let the children come to me. It was a happy day after all! Jesus took the children in his arms and hugged them. Jesus prayed for them. Jesus loved the children. The children loved Jesus. Pick up all the hearts that were cut while the story was being told. Give one to each child. When you give one of the hearts to a child, SAY: Jesus loves you, (child s name). Do It Again: Invite the children to stand in a circle and hold hands and then to circle to the right while you sing Jesus Loves the Little Children (see p. 22). Ask them to circle to the left while you sing the song again. Walk behind the circle, and then place your hands on a child s head and SAY: (Child s name), Jesus loves you. Continue doing this until you have told each child that Jesus loves her or him. SECOND SUNDAY OF JANUARY Supplies: none Tell this Bible story to the children, and invite them to join you in doing the actions. SAY: Mommies and daddies were traveling to see Jesus. Boys and girls were traveling to see Jesus. It was a happy day! Winter deepbluekids.com 19

21 Jump and shout, Hooray! SAY: The mommies and daddies wanted their children to see Jesus. He could hug the children and pray for them. It was a happy day! Jump and shout, Hooray! SAY: Jesus helpers said, Go away! Do not bother Jesus now! The helpers did not let the children go to Jesus. They did not want the mommies and daddies to bother Jesus, either. No one could go to Jesus. It was not a happy day now. Make a sad face and say, Aww. SAY: Jesus was sad when he heard what his helpers said. Jesus loved the children. Jesus said, Let the children come to me. It was a happy day after all! Jump and shout, Hooray! SAY: Jesus took the children in his arms and hugged them. Jesus prayed for them. Jesus loves you just like he loved the children in our Bible story. You are special to Jesus, too. Jump and shout, Hooray! Do It Again: Recite this rhyme. Encourage the children to do the motions with you. SAY: Jesus had his helpers with him that day, but this is what they had to say: (Cup your hands around your mouth.) Go away! Jesus is a busy man. (Motion with hands, as if sending someone away.) But Jesus had another plan. (Tap finger to your head, as if thinking of a good idea.) Come to me, you boys and girls. (Motion with hands, as if inviting someone to come.) I love all the children in the world. (Spread arms out wide like a giant hug.) TIP Painter s tape will make it easier to remove the figures. THIRD SUNDAY OF JANUARY Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 8, 17; adult scissors; tape Display the Interactive Poster (p. 8) where the children can reach it. Cut out the Interactive Poster Figures (p. 17), and put a curl of tape on the back of each one. Show the children the Interactive Poster of Jesus and the Bible-times children as you tell this Bible story. SAY: Mommies and daddies were traveling to see Jesus. Boys and girls were traveling to see Jesus. It was a happy day! The mommies and daddies wanted their children to see Jesus. He could hug the children and pray for them. It was a happy day! Jesus helpers said, Go away! Do not bother Jesus now! The helpers did not let the children go to Jesus. They did not want the mommies and daddies to bother Jesus, either. No one could go to Jesus. It was not a happy day now. 20 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide January

22 Jesus was sad when he heard what his helpers said. Jesus loved the children. Jesus said, Let the children come to me. It was a happy day after all! Jesus took the children in his arms and hugged them. Jesus prayed for them. Jesus loves you just like he loved the children in our Bible story. You are special to Jesus, too. Give four children one of the Interactive Poster Figures. Invite those children up one at a time to place their modern-day child on the poster. SAY: Jesus loved the children long ago. Jesus loves children today. Do It Again: Recite this rhyme for the children, and encourage them to do the motions you do. SAY: Jesus loves the sunshine. (Raise arms overhead and touch fingers together.) Jesus loves the trees. (Wave arms overhead, like a tree blowing in the wind.) Jesus loves the flowers, (Pretend to hold a flower and take a big smell of it.) and Jesus loves me! (Hug yourself.) FOURTH SUNDAY OF JANUARY Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 8, 17; adult scissors; tape Display the Interactive Poster (p. 8) where the children can reach it. Prepare the Interactive Poster Figures (p. 17), if you haven t already done so (see p. 20). If you used this poster last week, remove the figures and add fresh tape to each one. Tell this Bible story to the children, and invite them to join you in doing the actions. SAY: Mommies and daddies were traveling to see Jesus. Boys and girls were traveling to see Jesus. It was a happy day! Jump and shout, Hooray! SAY: The mommies and daddies wanted their children to see Jesus. He could hug the children and pray for them. It was a happy day! Jump and shout, Hooray! SAY: Jesus helpers said, Go away! Do not bother Jesus now! The helpers did not let the children go to Jesus. They did not want the mommies and daddies to bother Jesus, either. No one could go to Jesus. It was not a happy day now. Make a sad face and say, Aww. SAY: Jesus was sad when he heard what his helpers said. Jesus loved the children. Jesus said, Let the children come to me. It was a happy day after all! Jump and shout, Hooray! SAY: Jesus took the children in his arms and hugged them. Jesus prayed for them. Jesus loves you just like he loved the children in our Bible story. You are special to Jesus, too. Winter deepbluekids.com 21

23 Jump and shout, Hooray! Do It Again: Show the children the Interactive Poster of Jesus and the Bible-times children. Give four children one of the Interactive Poster Figures of modern-day children. Sing Jesus Loves the Little Children as those children take turns adding a modern-day child to the poster. SING: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, black, and white they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. SAY: Jesus loved the children long ago. Jesus loves children today. Learning Activities The Art Cart TIP Don t expect your children to make these art projects perfectly. It is more important for them to have a positive experience than it is for them to have perfect projects. JESUS LOVES YOU SEW Supplies: white, 6-inch paper plates; black marker; paper punch; red ribbon or red yarn; adult scissors; ruler; tape; red and pink crayons Gather a white, 6-inch paper plate for each child, and draw a large heart outline in the center of each plate. Punch eight or ten holes around the rim of each plate. Cut a 20-inch-long piece of red ribbon or red yarn for each child. If you use ribbon, cut one end diagonally. If you use yarn, wrap tape around one end. Tape the other end of the ribbon or yarn to the back of the plate, and bring the ribbon or yarn up through the first hole. Give the child a paper plate with ribbon or yarn attached, and invite her or him to color the heart. Show the child how to sew around the plate. The child will push the ribbon or yarn through the next hole, from the front of the plate to the back. On the next hole, the child will push it from the back to the front. Have the child continue like this until the ribbon or yarn goes down through the hole next to the first hole. Tape the loose end of the ribbon or yarn to the back of the plate. SAY: Hearts make us think of love. We talked about Jesus in our story today. Who does Jesus love? (all the children, all the people) 22 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide January

24 HEARTS GALORE Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD; CD player; lightcolored construction paper; red, white, and pink construction paper (or heart stickers); adult scissors; black marker; glue sticks Gather a variety of light-colored construction paper. Cut different sizes of hearts from red, white, and pink construction paper. You may use heart stickers instead. Each child will need many hearts, either cut out or stickers. Play Jesus Loves Me from the CD, and sing along as the child works. Invite the child to choose a sheet of light-colored construction paper. In the top, left corner of the paper, write Jesus. In the bottom, right corner, write me. Invite the child to glue (or stick) many hearts in between the words Jesus and me. SAY: God sent Jesus to tell us about God. Jesus told us that he loves all the children of the world. That means that Jesus loves you! WHO DOES JESUS LOVE? Supplies: Leader Guide p. 28, cardstock, adult scissors, crayons, mini stickers (optional), mirror (optional) Photocopy onto cardstock Who Does Jesus Love? (p. 28). Cut out the outline of the shape, and then cut out the circle in the center. Give the child a Who Does Jesus Love? cutout to color with crayons, including over the words. If you have miniature stickers, the child can add them to the rim for more decoration. Hold the cutout in front of your face (with the words facing out) and SAY: Who does Jesus love? Jesus loves me. Invite the child to hold the cutout in front of his or her face (with the words facing out) and you SAY: Who does Jesus love? I see (child s name), so Jesus must love (child s name). If you have a mirror, have the child again hold the cutout in front of his or face (with the words facing out) and look into the mirror. ASK: Who does Jesus love? Encourage the child to SAY: Me! SAY: It was a happy day for the children when they went to see Jesus. At first, Jesus helpers told the children to go away. That made the children sad. That made Jesus sad, too. Then Jesus said, Let the children come to me. Jesus hugged the children and blessed them. Jesus loved the children, and the children loved Jesus. Winter deepbluekids.com 23

25 Game Time WHO HAS THE HEART? Supplies: red construction paper, adult scissors Cut a heart from red construction paper that is small enough for a child to sit on during the game and not be seen. Invite the children to sit in a circle. Choose one child to be IT. Ask IT to close his or her eyes. Give another child the heart, and invite him or her to sit on it. Instruct IT to open his or her eyes, walk around the outside of the circle, and try to guess who is sitting on the heart. Since the other children know who has the heart, let them clap rapidly if IT is walking close to the person sitting on the heart. Encourage the children to clap slowly if IT is walking away from the person sitting on the heart. Let IT have three guesses. Choose another child to be IT, and play the game again. SAY: Hearts remind us of love. We heard in our Bible story today that Jesus loves all the children. I SPY SOMEONE JESUS LOVES Supplies: none Familiarize yourself with the game I Spy Someone Jesus Loves. Gather the children and play I Spy Someone Jesus Loves by describing a child in the room and letting the children guess who you are describing. If the children guess right, SAY: That s right! I spy someone Jesus loves, and it is (child s name). Continue until each child has been described. TIP If you do not have a red ball, tape a red heart securely to your ball. HEART BALL Supplies: red ball, black permanent marker Draw a heart on the red ball. Familiarize yourself with the game Heart Ball. Ask the children to stand in a circle. Invite the children to pass the ball around the circle. Encourage them to keep the ball moving without dropping it. When the ball comes back to the starting place, hold the ball. Have the children clap three times as they say, God loves me. Continue the game until the children are dropping the ball too much. SAY: God sent Jesus to tell us about God. Jesus told us that God loves all the children of the world. That means that God loves you! 24 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide January

26 Music and Movement THIS I KNOW Supplies: none Familiarize yourself with the motions and words of the song This I Know to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Sing the song This I Know to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Add the motions, and encourage the children to do as you do. SING: Jesus loves me, this I know. (Hug yourself.) Yes, the Bible tells me so. (Hold hands out in front of you, like an open book.) Red, brown, yellow, black, and white (Pretend you are pointing to different people.) they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves me, this I know. (Hug yourself.) Yes, the Bible tells me so. (Hold hands out in front of you, like an open book.) SAY: God sent Jesus to tell us about God. Jesus told us that he loves all the children of the world. LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player, masking tape Familiarize yourself with the song Let the Children Come to Me on the CD. Make a large masking-tape circle on the floor that the children can follow as they play this game like London Bridge. Choose two children to make a bridge, like in London Bridge. Have them stand over part of the circle you taped on the floor. Invite the other children to walk along the tape circle. Play the song Let the Children Come to Me from the CD as the children walk along the masking-tape circle. When the song says Jesus said, have the bridge come down and catch a child. Each time a child gets caught, SAY: Yes, Jesus loves (child s name). Continue until all the children have been caught. You probably will need to help the children making the bridge catch a different child each time. SAY: Let the children come to me, Jesus said. Let me hold them tenderly. Jesus loved the children of long ago. Jesus loves the children today, too. Winter deepbluekids.com 25

27 Jesus Touch the middle finger of your right hand to the palm of the left hand. Reverse. JESUS LOVES ME Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player Familiarize yourself with the song Jesus Loves Me from the CD. Familiarize yourself with the American Sign Language motions for Jesus. Sing Jesus Loves Me from the CD. Show the children how to say Jesus in American Sign Language. Play the song and sing along, using sign language for Jesus each time his name is mentioned. SAY: Jesus (show sign language) loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Tabletops JESUS AND THE CHILDREN Supplies: Class Stuff p. 20, building blocks, adult scissors, tape Cut out the Tabletop Figures (p. 20), and tape each one to a building block so that they stand up. Place the figures of Jesus and the children on the table. Invite the children to place Jesus in the middle of the table and then to place the children all around Jesus. ASK: Why were the children happy that day? (They were going to see Jesus.) What did Jesus helpers say to the children? (Go away! Stop bothering Jesus!) What did Jesus say? (Don t stop them. Let the children come to me.) COME TO ME Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 9, 16; 12-by-18 construction paper; glue stick; adult scissors; magnet strip; large magnet with a handle Gather the Tabletop Poster (p. 9), and glue it to a 12-by-18 sheet of construction paper so that the children can hold it. Cut out the Tabletop Poster Figure (p. 16), and attach a magnet strip to the back of it. Locate a large magnet with a handle. Place the poster of Jesus on the table. Place the figure of two children on the side of the poster that is opposite Jesus. Show the children how to use the magnet with a handle underneath the picture to make the children move. Encourage the children to let the children go see Jesus. SAY: Jesus said, Don t stop them. Let the children come to me. 26 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide January

28 PLAY DOUGH KIDS Supplies: play dough, vinyl placemats or plastic trays, gingerbread man cookie cutters Gather play dough and gingerbread man cookie cutters. Provide vinyl placemats or plastic trays for the children to use under the play dough, which makes cleanup easier. Encourage the children to make as many children as they can with the play dough and cookie cutters. SAY: You made so many children with the play dough! If these were real children, would Jesus love all of them? Yes! Closing Circle Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 3, 22; Bible Story Picture Cards; Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD; CD player; masking tape Remove the Bible Story Picture Card for the day. Display the January Bible Verse Poster (p. 3) and the January Song Poster (p. 22) where you and the parents can easily see the words. Make a large masking-tape circle on the floor that the children can follow as they play a game. Welcome the parents as they return. Invite the parents and children to sit in a circle. Sing one of the Music and Movement songs (pp ). If you sing Jesus Loves Me, point to the words on the poster. Retell the Bible story (pp ). Encourage the parents and children to participate. SAY (together): This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world. (John 6:14). SAY: God sent Jesus to tell us about God. Jesus told us that God loves us all. Ask two parents to make a bridge, like you do when playing London Bridge. Play the song Let the Children Come to Me from the CD as the children and parents walk along the masking-tape circle. When the song says Jesus said, have the bridge come down and catch a person. Try to catch children and adults alike. SAY: Wow, Jesus loves (caught person s name). Continue playing the song and the game as time allows. Give each child a Bible Story Picture Card to take home. PRAY: Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to tell us about you. Today, we learned that Jesus loves all the children of the world. Amen. Winter deepbluekids.com 27

29 Who Does Jesus Love? Who Does Jesus Love? CUT OUT 28 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide January

30 Jairus s Daughter Bible Verse Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him! (Mark 4:41) Learn & Serve: Kenya MAASAI NECKLACE Supplies: white, 9-inch paper plates; adult scissors; crayons Cut the middle circle out of a white, 9-inch paper plate for each child. Cut a 1-inch wedge out of each rim, and then flatten the rims. (You will not be using the center circle, which you cut out.) The plate rims will be necklaces the children will decorate, and cutting out the wedge will allow you to slip them on the children s necks. Give the child a plate rim (necklace), and invite her or him to color it with stripes. Help the child put on the necklace. SAY: God created all people. People live in different places. We live in (name of your town and country). There is a place called Kenya. In Kenya, a tribe of people is called the Maasai. We made a necklace that looks like one the Maasai would wear. It is good to learn about different places and the people who live there. February Bible Story Mark 5:21-24, Anchor Point Jesus shows God s power. Requires preparation. TIP We ve included this activity in each unit to connect with our older age levels, which are learning about new places and what God s doing in each location. The children in your class may have siblings participating in Learn & Serve this year. Winter deepbluekids.com 29

31 Bible Story Center FIRST SUNDAY OF FEBRUARY Supplies: Class Stuff p. 1, adult scissors, building blocks, tape Cut out the February Storytelling Figures (p. 16). Put a curl of tape on the back each figure, and attach each one to a building block. Put the figures of Jesus, his three helpers, and the crowd where the children can see them. Tell this Bible story to the children. SAY: Everywhere Jesus went, crowds of people followed him. Add Jairus. SAY: One day, a man named Jairus saw that Jesus was coming. Jairus was a leader at the temple. He had a 12-year-old daughter, who was very sick. Jairus said to Jesus, Would you please come to my house and see my daughter? She is sick and might die. Please, come and make her well. Move Jesus and his helpers over. Move Jairus with them. SAY: Jesus started walking to Jairus s house to see the girl who was sick. Other people kept stopping Jesus to ask for help, too. It took Jesus a long time to walk to Jairus s house. Move the crowd near Jesus. SAY: When Jairus and Jesus got to the house, Jairus s family was crying. They said, It s no use, Jesus. She is dead now. Jesus looked at them and said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. They laughed at Jesus, and Jesus sent them out of the house. Remove the crowd. Add the mommy and the girl lying down. SAY: Jesus followed the girl s mommy and daddy up to the girl s room. Jesus helpers came, too. Jesus held the girl s hand and said, Girl, get up! Remove the girl lying down. Add the girl standing up. SAY: The girl opened her eyes and got up. She started walking around. Her mommy and daddy were surprised at what Jesus had done. Jesus told them to give the girl some food. Do It Again: Use the storytelling figures, as indicated, and ask the questions. Put out the figures of Jesus, his three helpers, and the crowd. ASK: Who followed Jesus? (his helpers, all the people) Add Jairus. 30 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide February

32 ASK: What did Jairus tell Jesus? (His daughter was sick and might die.) Move Jesus and his helpers over. Move Jairus with them. ASK: Where was Jairus taking Jesus? (to his house, to see his girl and make her well) Move the crowd near Jesus. ASK: Why were the people at Jairus s house sad? (They thought the girl had died.) What did Jesus tell them? (She is not dead. She s just sleeping.) Remove the crowd. Add the mommy and the girl lying down. ASK: Where did the mommy and daddy take Jesus? (to the girl s room) Remove the girl lying down. Add the girl standing up. ASK: What did Jesus do? (He held the girl s hand and said, Girl, get up! ) What happened to the girl? (She was well again, and she started walking.) SECOND SUNDAY OF FEBRUARY Supplies: none Tell this Bible story to the children, and encourage them to do the motions with you. SAY: Walking, walking. (Walk your fingers down your other arm.) Everywhere Jesus walked, crowds of people followed him. Running, running. (Pound the floor with both hands, as if running with your hands.) One day, a man named Jairus saw that Jesus was coming. Jairus was a leader at the temple. He had a 12-year-old daughter, who was very sick. Jairus ran up to Jesus and said, Would you please come to my house and see my daughter? She is sick and might die. Please, come and make her well. Walking, walking. (Walk your fingers down your other arm.) Jesus started walking to Jairus s house to see the girl who was sick. Other people kept stopping Jesus to ask for help, too. It took Jesus a long time to walk to Jairus s house. Crying, crying. (Pretend to cry.) When Jairus and Jesus got to the house, Jairus s family was crying. They said, It s no use, Jesus. She is dead now. Sleeping, sleeping. (Pretend to sleep.) Jesus looked at the people and said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. Laughing, laughing. (Laugh.) The people laughed at Jesus, and Jesus sent them out of the house. Jesus followed the girl s mommy and daddy up to her room. Jesus helpers came, too. Jesus held the girl s hand and said, Girl, get up! The girl opened her eyes. Winter deepbluekids.com 31

33 Walking, walking. (Walk your fingers down your other arm.) The girl got up and started walking around. Her mommy and daddy were surprised at what Jesus had done. Jesus told them to give the girl some food. Tell this shortened story, and encourage the children to do the motions with you. SAY: Walking, walking. (Walk your fingers down your other arm.) Everywhere Jesus walked, crowds of people followed him. Running, running. (Pound the floor with both hands, as if running with your hands.) Jairus ran up to Jesus and said, Please, come see my girl and make her well again! Crying, crying. (Pretend to cry.) Jairus took Jesus to his house. When Jairus and Jesus got to the house, Jairus s family was crying. They said, It s no use, Jesus. She is dead now. Sleeping, sleeping. (Pretend to sleep.) Jesus looked at the people and said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. Laughing, laughing. (Laugh.) The people laughed at Jesus, and Jesus sent them out of the house. Jesus held the girl s hand and said, Girl, get up! The girl opened her eyes. Walking, walking. (Stand up and walk around the room as you finish the story.) The girl got up and started walking around. Her mommy and daddy were surprised at what Jesus had done. THIRD SUNDAY OF FEBRUARY Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player, big baby doll that can stand, doll bed Play Tell Me the Stories of Jesus from the CD. Gather the children around the doll in the bed. Tell this Bible story to the children. When the girl wakes up, remove the doll from the bed and let her stand (if she can). SAY: Everywhere Jesus went, crowds of people followed him. One day, a man named Jairus saw that Jesus was coming. Jairus was a leader at the temple. He had a 12-year-old daughter, who was very sick. Jairus said to Jesus, Would you please come to my house and see my daughter? She is sick and might die. Please, come and make her well. Jairus took Jesus to his house. When Jairus and Jesus got to the house, Jairus s family was crying. They said, It s no use, Jesus. She is dead now. Jesus looked at the people and said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. They laughed at Jesus, and Jesus sent them out of the house. Jesus went to the girl, held her hand, and said, Girl, get up! 32 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide February

34 The girl opened her eyes, got up, and started walking around. Her mommy and daddy were surprised at what Jesus had done. Jesus told them to give the girl some food. Do It Again: Place the doll back in the bed. Help the children make a circle around her and hold hands. Play Jesus Loves the Little Children from the CD, and invite the children to sing along. Encourage the children to circle to the right as the music plays. Stop the music. Stand the doll up, or sit the doll up in the bed. Invite the children to circle to the left around the doll as they sing the song again. SAY: Jesus loves the little children. Jesus loved Jairus s daughter and made her well. FOURTH SUNDAY OF FEBRUARY Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 8, 17; adult scissors; tape; children s music CD; CD player Display the Interactive Poster (p. 8) where the children can reach it. If you didn t prepare the Interactive Poster Figures (p. 17) last month, cut them out and put a curl of tape on the back of each one. Locate a children s music CD that you can play for the children during the game. Show the children the Interactive Poster, then tell this story. SAY: Everywhere Jesus went, crowds of people followed him. One day, a man named Jairus saw that Jesus was coming. Jairus was a leader at the temple. He had a 12-year-old daughter, who was very sick. Jairus said to Jesus, Would you please come to my house and see my daughter? She is sick and might die. Please, come and make her well. Jairus took Jesus to his house. When Jairus and Jesus got to the house, Jairus s family was crying. They said, It s no use, Jesus. She is dead now. Jesus looked at the people and said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. They laughed at Jesus, and Jesus sent them out of the house. Jesus went to the girl, held her hand, and said, Girl, get up! The girl opened her eyes, got up, and started walking around. Her mommy and daddy were surprised at what Jesus had done. Jesus told them to give the girl some food. Give four children one of the Interactive Poster Figures. Invite those children up one at a time to place their modern-day child on the poster. Do It Again: Play the game She s Just Sleeping. Tell the children to lie on the floor and pretend to be sleeping. When you say, Girls and boys, get up! they jump up and move to the music you have playing on the CD player. When the music stops, the children lie on the floor and pretend to sleep again. SAY: The people were sad because they thought the girl was dead. Jesus said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. Jesus took the girl by the hand and said, Girl, get up! Jesus made the sick girl well, so she could walk and run and jump again. Winter deepbluekids.com 33

35 Learning Activities The Art Cart SHE S JUST SLEEPING Supplies: Leader Guide p. 40, brown construction paper, adult scissors, ruler, small metal brads, crayons, black marker Photocopy and cut out Jairus s Daughter (p. 40) for each child. Cut a 9-by-3 rectangle from brown construction paper for each child. Put a dot about 2½ inches from one end on each rectangle. Gather a small metal brad for each child. Give the child Jairus s Daughter to color. Insert a small metal brad through the dot at the bottom of the girl s robe and through the dot on the brown rectangle (sleeping mat). Show the child how the girl can lie on her sleeping mat and then stand up. ASK: What did Jesus say to the girl? (Girl, get up!) Then the girl stood up! WAKING UP Supplies: Leader Guide p. 40; white, 6-inch paper plates; black, brown, yellow, and red construction paper; adult scissors; black marker; pen; crayons; glue sticks Photocopy Hair and Eyes (p. 40) for each child. Cut out one hair pattern, and trace and cut it from black, brown, yellow, and red construction paper so that the children have a choice of hair colors. Cut around the eyes, but don t cut them apart. Leave the paper between and around the eyes so that it is easier to handle while coloring. Gather and flatten a white, 6-inch paper plate for each child. Draw sleeping eyes (straight lines), a nose, and a mouth on each plate. Be sure they will show once the hair is added. Give the child a paper plate with a face on it, and invite him or her to choose hair. Encourage the child to glue the hair on the plate. The child can color the face, if desired. Give the child two open eyes to color. Cut out the eyes, and then help glue them on top of the sleeping eyes. TIP Don t expect your children to make these art projects perfectly. It is more important for them to have a positive experience than it is for them to have perfect projects. SAY: The family was sad. They thought their girl had died. Jesus saw the girl with her eyes closed. Jesus said, Girl, get up! The girl opened up her eyes, stood up, and walked around the room. 34 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide February

36 Music and Movement JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN Supplies: Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player Familiarize yourself with the song Jesus Loves the Little Children. Notice that this version of the song says, red, brown, yellow, black, and white. Invite the children to stand in a circle. Choose one child to stand in the center of the circle. Play Jesus Loves the Little Children from the CD as the children circle around the child in the center. When the song is over, SAY: Jesus loves the little children. Jesus loves (name of child in the center). Choose another child to stand in the center of the circle. Continue until each child has had a turn to stand in the middle of the circle. SAY: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, brown, yellow, black, and white they are precious in his sight. GOD IS VERY GOOD TO ME Supplies: none Familiarize yourself with the song God Is Very Good to Me to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. Sing the song God Is Very Good to Me to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb. Each time you say the word good, stomp a foot. SING: God is very good to me, good to me, good to me. God is very good to me. And I say, Thank you, God! Sing the song again and change the stomp to a clap. Each time you sing the song, use a different body motions, such as turning around, jumping, or toe tapping. SAY: Jairus was concerned about his girl, because she was very sick. Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house and see his girl and make her well. That s just what Jesus did. Jairus could sing this song God is very good to me! Winter deepbluekids.com 35

37 DO YOU KNOW THAT JESUS LOVES YOU? Supplies: none Familiarize yourself with this song to the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie? Sing this song to the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie? Each time you say the word love, stomp a foot. SING: Do you know that Jesus loves you? He loves you. He loves you. Do you know that Jesus loves you? He loves you, it s true. He loves you. He loves you. He loves you. He loves you. Do you know that Jesus loves you? He loves you, it s true. Sing the song again and change the stomp to a clap. SAY: The girl in our story today was sick. Do you think Jesus loved her? Yes, Jesus loved her! Do you know that Jesus loves YOU? Yes, he loves you, it s true! TELL ME THE STORIES OF JESUS Supplies: small children s Bibles, Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD, CD player Familiarize yourself with the song Tell Me the Stories of Jesus. Give each child a small children s Bible. Remind them that the stories they hear at church about Jesus come from the Bible. Play the song Tell Me the Stories of Jesus from the CD. Invite the children to dance the Bible as the music plays. The children can raise the Bible up in the air and back down as they float around the room. SAY: Our Bible is a special book. It tells us stories about Jesus and the things he did. In today s story, Jesus made a girl well again. Game Time HIDE AND SEEK Supplies: none Choose one child to be IT and to close his or her eyes. Encourage the other children to hide somewhere in the room. Invite IT to open his or her eyes and to look for the hidden children. Continue until all the children have been found. SAY: Jairus was looking for Jesus. He wanted Jesus to come to his house. His girl was sick, and he wanted Jesus to make her well again. 36 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide February

38 SHE S JUST SLEEPING Supplies: children s music CD, CD player Familiarize yourself with the game She s Just Sleeping. Locate a children s music CD that you can play for the children during the game. Tell the children to lie on the floor and pretend to be sleeping. When you say, Girls and boys, get up! they jump up and move to the music you have playing on the CD player. When the music stops, the children lie on the floor and pretend to sleep again. SAY: The people were sad because they thought the girl was dead. Jesus said, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. Jesus took the girl by the hand and said, Girl, get up! Jesus made the sick girl well, so she could walk and run and jump again. I SPY SOMEONE JESUS LOVES Supplies: none Familiarize yourself with the game I Spy Someone Jesus Loves. Gather the children and play I Spy Someone Jesus Loves by describing a child in the room and letting the children guess who you are describing. If the children guess right, SAY: That s right! I spy someone Jesus loves, and it is (child s name). Continue until each child has been described. SAY: The girl in our story today was sick. Do you think Jesus loved her? Yes, Jesus loved her! And Jesus loves you, too. Dramatic Play DOCTOR CARE Supplies: baby dolls, blankets, beds, doctor kits Gather baby dolls, blankets, beds, and doctor kits. Set up an area in the room where the children can pretend to be doctors. Encourage the children to pretend to be doctors. SAY: Jairus was looking for Jesus. His girl was very sick. Jairus wanted Jesus to come to his house to see his girl and make her well again. HOUSE CLEANING Supplies: Housekeeping Area and its supplies Mess up the Housekeeping Area (play kitchen, table, chairs, dress-up clothes, etc.). Show the children the messy Housekeeping Area, and encourage them to pretend that Jesus is coming. Encourage them to clean up the area for Jesus. SAY: Jairus was looking for Jesus. His girl was very sick. Jairus wanted Jesus to come to his house to see his girl and make her well again. Winter deepbluekids.com 37

39 COOKING IN THE KITCHEN Supplies: play kitchen, play dishes, play foods Set up a Kitchen Area for the children to use. Provide them with play dishes and play foods. You can use cleaned frosting tubs as food containers. Save labels from canned goods, and wrap them around the frosting tubs to be your pretend foods. Encourage the children to prepare some food in the play kitchen. SAY: Jairus was looking for Jesus. He wanted Jesus to go to his house and make his girl well again. Jesus healed her, so she could walk and run and jump again. Her mommy and daddy were so surprised at what Jesus did. Then Jesus told them to get their girl some food to eat. Heart Fun TIP If you line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil, you can write the child s name with a permanent marker on the foil next to the bread. That will ensure each child gets the toast he or she made. CINNAMON HEART TOAST Supplies: bread, butter, sugar-cinnamon mixture, heart-shaped cookie cutters, cookie sheet, aluminum foil, access to an oven, craft sticks, permanent marker Check each Child Information Card for allergies. Avoid any foods that may cause a problem for a child. Purchase the needed foods and collect the supplies. Check to see if you can use the oven. Invite the child to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut a heart from two pieces of bread. Encourage the child to use a craft stick to spread butter on the heart-shaped bread. Invite the child to sprinkle the sugar-cinnamon mixture on top of the butter. Place the hearts on a cookie sheet that is covered in aluminum foil, and toast the bread in the oven. You also can broil the toast. It browns quickly this way, so be sure to watch the bread closely. SAY: When we see a heart, we think about love. Jesus loved the girl in our Bible story today and made her well again. Jesus loves you, too. HIDE THE HEART Supplies: red construction paper, adult scissors Cut one large heart from construction paper. Hide it somewhere in the classroom. Tell the children that you have hidden a red paper heart somewhere in the room and that you want to see who can find it first. When a child finds it, hide the heart and let the children look for it again. Continue as long as the children are interested. SAY: When we see a heart, we think about love. We can remember that Jesus loves us and that we love Jesus. 38 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide February

40 Closing Circle Supplies: Class Stuff pp. 2, 23; Bible Story Picture Cards; Babies & Woddlers and Toddlers & Twos Annual Music CD; CD player Remove the Bible Story Picture Card for the day. Display the February Bible Verse Poster (p. 2) and the February Song Poster (p. 23) where you and the parents can easily see the words. Welcome the parents as they return. Invite the parents and children to sit in a circle. Sing one of the Music and Movement songs (pp ). Save Do You Know That Jesus Loves You? for later. Retell the Bible story (pp ). Encourage everyone to participate. SAY (together): Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him! (Mark 4:41). SAY: Jesus shows us God s power. In another Bible story, Jesus is on the lake with his disciples when a storm comes up. He tells the wind and the waves, Peace, be still! Our Bible verse today says Even the wind and the sea obey him! Jesus was showing God s power. In today s story, Jesus meets a girl who is very sick. He tells the people, She is not dead. She s just sleeping. Jesus shows us God s power when he makes her well again. Invite the children and the parents to stand where they are. Show them the song poster, and remind them that February is Valentine s Day. Explain that we can celebrate our love for God and God s love for us. Sing the song Do You Know That Jesus Loves You? to the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie? Point out the words on the poster. Each time you say the word love, stomp a foot. SING: Do you know that Jesus loves you? He loves you. He loves you. Do you know that Jesus loves you? He loves you, it s true. He loves you. He loves you. He loves you. He loves you. Do you know that Jesus loves you? He loves you, it s true. Sing the song again and change the stomp to a clap. Give each child a Bible Story Picture Card to take home. PRAY: Dearest God, you sent Jesus to tell us about you. You sent Jesus to show us your power. Thank you for Jesus. Amen. Winter deepbluekids.com 39

41 Jairus s Daughter / Hair and Eyes 40 Deep Blue Toddlers & Twos Leader Guide February

42 Toddlers & Twos Fall 2017 Summer 2018 deepbluekids.com Fall 2017 SEPTEMBER: Hannah Prays Bible Story: 1 Samuel 1:1-28 Bible Verse: Speak. Your servant is listening. (1 Samuel 3:10) Anchor Point: We listen to God. OCTOBER: David and Jonathan Bible Story: 1 Samuel 18:1-5; 20:1-42 Bible Verse: The Lord sees into the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) Anchor Point: We can love and serve God. NOVEMBER: Solomon Becomes King Bible Story: 1 Kings 2:1-4; 3:1-15 Bible Verse: God gave Solomon wisdom and very great understanding. (1 Kings 4:29) Anchor Point: We can ask God for what we need. Spring 2018 MARCH: People Welcome Jesus Bible Story: Mark 11:1-11 Bible Verse: Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! (Mark 11:9) Anchor Point: We welcome Jesus in the name of the Lord. APRIL: The Tomb Is Empty Bible Story: Luke 24:1-12 Bible Verse: He began to preach about Jesus in the synagogues. He is God s Son, he declared. (Acts 9:20) Anchor Point: Go and tell about Jesus. MAY: Pentecost Bible Story: Acts 2:1-43 Bible Verse: Change your hearts and lives. (Acts 2:38) Anchor Point: Knowing Jesus changes your heart and life. Winter DECEMBER: A Baby Is Born Bible Story: Luke 2:1-7 Bible Verse: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David s line, and he will rule as a wise king. (Jeremiah 23:5) Anchor Point: We prepare to celebrate Jesus birth. JANUARY: Jesus and the Children Bible Story: Matthew 19:13-15 Bible Verse: This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world. (John 6:14) Anchor Point: God sent Jesus to tell us about God. FEBRUARY: Jairus s Daughter Bible Story: Mark 5:21-24, Bible Verse: Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him! (Mark 4:41) Anchor Point: Jesus shows God s power. Summer 2018 JUNE: The Golden Rule Bible Story: Matthew 7:12 Bible Verse: Teach me your way, Lord, so that I can walk in your truth. (Psalm 86:11) Anchor Point: Jesus teaches us how God wants us to live. JULY: The Mustard Seed and the Yeast Bible Story: Luke 13:18-21 Bible Verse: Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. (Matthew 7:24) Anchor Point: We can learn from the stories Jesus told. AUGUST: Mary and Martha Bible Story: Luke 10:38-42 Bible Verse: I have given you an example: just as I have done, you also must do. (John 13:15) Anchor Point: We can follow Jesus example. Permission is granted to duplicate this page for local church use only Abingdon Press. Winter deepbluekids.com 41

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