Toddlers Knowing God
Kara Jenkins, Ministry-To-Children, 2012

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Toddler’s Knowing God is an 8 lesson series by Kara Jenkins based on selections from the Book of Psalms. Each study points to a specific attribute of God and shows how even very young children can begin to respond to the LORD.

What do you get?

Eight lesson plans, links to relevant internal and external resources and additional access to Bible colouring pages.

Who is it for?

Children aged 18 months to 24 months. Small groups.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. The lessons can be viewed as pdfs online or can be printed if preferable for the leader. There are clear headings with simple instructions for leaders to follow. A very easy format to understand, interpret and implement.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has a ‘main idea’ listed at the beginning which tells the leader what the children will learn about God in the session.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    Leader notes are extremely accessible with simple language, instruction and layouts. There is some context also given on working with toddlers and how to do it well.

    Who could lead it?

    Due to the simple layout and easy to follow nature of these sessions, any adult passionate about bringing young children to God can lead this session with the right support from the church.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    The participant resources are limited due to the age range of the children, however there are Bible colouring pages which can be used and are a good supporting material.

    How good is any digital material?

    There is no explicit digital material with this series.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Preparation depends on resources available in each individual context for this series. The majority of each session is made up of learning activities, which are all interactive but can require some time to get all resources needed. For example, getting a parachute and lots of beads for a craft may take time depending on the setting, however each activity does list what supplies it needs so leaders can quickly see if they have access to materials. Preparation for the leader otherwise in learning content is very minimal and straight forward.

    Is there website support? Links?

    This series is available online at https://ministry-to-children.com/toddlers-knowing-god/ and has internal links to Bible colouring pages.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    This resource does extremely well at interacting with children. 90% of each session is made up of various songs, games and sensory activities to keep the young audience engaged and entertained.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Very well. There are all sorts of fun and interactive activities to engage children and help them to learn. These are all relevant for the main objective for the lesson too in teaching children about different characteristics of God.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    This series was developed for use in Sunday school but can be used in schools too. The sessions can be run as a series or as one off lessons depending on the context. Most of the activities don’t involve too much mess which means clearing up time is limited and parents don’t need to worry about what their children are wearing! Ultimately these lessons are full of fun and sensory stimuli which are adaptable to various settings and group sizes. The resource was intended for ages 18 months to 24 months but realistically could be used for children up to 3 years of age. Preparation is easy but leaders need to ensure they have all supplies listed prior to running sessions, and will need to ensure they have enough helpers too. Each session runs for approximately 1 hour, but this can be shorter or longer depending on how long the leader runs each activity (some activities could be omitted and others extended if needs be, it is flexible with what the leader needs).

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Children apply material with activities and interaction with the leader. For example, when learning about God being everywhere, children play hide and seek and at the end are asked ‘Can God find you?’ and other simple closed questions.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    One activity in each session focuses on the Bible passage; the other activities reinforce what the Bible passage teaches us about God.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    For most of the sessions, children hear about God in the quiet, snack time so the leader can read and have their attention once they have let some initial energy out. Some sessions include a craft to present the Bible passage. Leaders know how to present the material as each activity has a ‘Say’ instruction.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Very gently for the target age range. Children learn mostly about how God’s character applies to their lives.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, this resource can be used for any denomination and contains no specific liturgy.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Gently for the age range. Children learn through activities which reinforce the simple Scripture truth, encourage their development, and engage their imaginations and creativity about how to follow God. They learn about the Bible and about prayer and song.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    This series lays an important foundation for young children and develops essential concepts for their faith development. They learn two key things 1) the character and nature of God and 2) who God is to them.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Gently due to the age range this series is targeting. Children learn about how amazing God is and all his qualities which allow them to imagine all the things he has done and can do now in the world today.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Simply and relevantly for the children’s lives and contexts. For example, in the session on ‘God is our fortress’ children learn that they can run to God when they are scared or sad and that he will protect them.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not a focus of this series

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Not a focus in this series but indirectly children will bring what they learn about God in to their characteristics and therefore the community around them.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Not a focus.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Not a focus.

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