Toddlers Knowing God
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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.
Eight lesson plans, links to relevant internal and external resources and additional access to Bible colouring pages.
Children aged 18 months to 24 months. Small groups.
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.
Each session has a ‘main idea’ listed at the beginning which tells the leader what the children will learn about God in the session.
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.
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.
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.
There is no explicit digital material with this series.
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.
This series is available online at https://ministry-to-children.com/toddlers-knowing-god/ and has internal links to Bible colouring pages.
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.
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.
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).
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.
One activity in each session focuses on the Bible passage; the other activities reinforce what the Bible passage teaches us about God.
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.
Very gently for the target age range. Children learn mostly about how God’s character applies to their lives.
No, this resource can be used for any denomination and contains no specific liturgy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not a focus of this series
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.
Not a focus.
Not a focus.