God’s Little Explorers: Week 27 (U is for Up in the Sky + The Ascension)

Each Thursday, I will be reposting our lessons from last year.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

Considering purchasing the complete download of God’s Little Explorers?  You can find out the top 10 differences between the weekly free preschool lesson plans and the complete download here.

Welcome!  Here are this week’s lesson plans.  You can find the printable plans at the bottom of the post.  If you’d like to know more about God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, head over here.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments or send me an email!  Also, if you find any errors, please feel free to let me know.  This is a work-in-progress!!

God’s Little Explorers Week 27

  • Theme:  ”u” is for Up (in the Sky)
  • Bible Story:  Jesus’ Ascension
  • Bible Verse:  
    “After He said this, He was taken up before
    their very eyes; and a cloud hid him from
    their sight..” —Acts 1:9 NIV
  • Letter: u

This week we talked about “u” is for up, so we talked about all kinds of things up in the sky–sun, moon, stars, and even kites!  Be sure to check out the lesson plans for most of the activities, but here are a few that we did:

thumbtack constellation activity for kids

I gave the girls a thumbtack (supervision required!!).  I had them put a piece of black paper on a pillow and poke holes in the paper with a thumbtack to make their own special constellation!

constellation activity for kids

We stuck them in the window, and the girls loved how they “lit up”.

apple star stamping

I cut an apple core in half and removed the seeds.  Then, we used the core like a stamp to make “stars” on the number practice printable (included in the download).  She was supposed to put stamps or star stickers to correspond with the number.  She couldn’t quite get them to line up straight, so I put a ruler across for the later numbers.  That seemed to help!

You can find full “Starry Stamp” instructions here.

star light box play

This was probably the most fun!  I took a pair of scissors and poked holes in a big box we keep in the shed for free play.  Then, I poked some of the bulbs from a strand of Christmas lights down into the holes.  We turned out the lights in the garage, and they had a great time!

Again, this activity requires parental supervision!

counting the stars in the box

She said she was counting the stars!  :)

I have a few more photos to come of some sun activities and kite activities!

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Stars

Kites

Let’s Go Fly a Kite:  5 Windy Day Activities for Kids

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God’s Little Explorers: E is for Excited (Emotions) + Jesus is Alive!

Each Thursday, I will be reposting our lessons from last year.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

Considering purchasing the complete download of God’s Little Explorers?  You can find out the top 10 differences between the weekly free preschool lesson plans and the complete download here.

 

Welcome!  Here are this week’s lesson plans.  You can find the printable plans at the bottom of the post.  If you’d like to know more about God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, head over here.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments or send me an email!  Also, if you find any errors, please feel free to let me know.  This is a work-in-progress!!

God’s Little Explorers Week 26

  • Theme:  ”e” is for Excited (Emotions) + Jesus is Alive
  • Bible Story:  Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
  • Bible Verse:  “He is not here; he has risen!”  Luke 24:6 NIV
  • Letter: e
  • Color:  Black

art therapy painting sadness

Because we were focusing on emotions this week, we did some “art therapy” paintings.  First, I asked them to paint sadness….

painting anger preschool

Then, anger….

painting joy

and joy!

sorting colors

We found and sorted black items.

funny faces

Of course, we had to practice all the different kinds of emotions (and faces) we could make–happy, sad, grumpy, angry, frustrated, surprised, scared, exasperated.  They really hammed this up!

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I gave the girls several plastic eggs and had them draw whatever kind of faces they wanted to portray.  This one is happy!

alphabet matching busy bag

We also used these Alphabet Matching Eggs for a busy bag.

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20 Christ-Centered Easter Activies for Kids and Families

Monthly contributor post from Jenn at The Purposeful Mom:

With Easter/Resurrection Sunday quickly approaching, I thought I’d share some Christ-Centered Easter activites for kids and whole families! We have done a few of these activities, but honestly I tend to be very simple at this time of year. My husband is a pastor and so this Lenten and Easter season is a busy one for us.

All that to say, don’t feel like you should do all of these or that you’re not a creative mom if you choose the simplest one! Reading the story of Christ’s trial, death and resurrection are the integral part of this holiday, and reading that straight from the Scriptures is the most important thing you can do with your family to remind them of God’s great love for us, the littlest ones hearing this beautiful redemption story for the very first time!

If you’d like to supplement with an activity and craft or two (or a recipe!), here are 20 I have found around the internet that look educational, creative and fun while still driving home the Easter story!

20 Christ-Centered Easter Activities for Kids and Families

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Five Faith-Based Easter Art Projects

Five Resurrection Crafts with Free Printable

Easter Bible Reading Plan (Read-to-Me)

Easter Bible Reading Plan for Independent Readers

Easter Story Lego Challenge

Christ-Centered Easter Sensory Bin

Crucifixion Art

Salad Spinner Calvary Painting (Plus 4 More Crafts)

Crown of Thorns with Clay Dough

Watercolor Crosses

Free Easter Printable Set

Preschool Easter Story Eggs and Poem

Easter Cross Paper Plate Craft

On the Road to Easter Word Search Printable

Jellybean Prayer for Easter

Make an Easter Tomb Using Natural Materials

Easter Resurrection Play Set (DIY)

Easter Resurrection Cookies

Tomb Cake for Easter

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

Have any favorites to add? Be sure to share them in the comments!

 

Jenn ThorsonJenn is a daughter of the King, happily married to her college sweetheart and mom to four wonderfully spunky children. She spends her time taking care of her home and family, coaching a speech team, blogging and dreaming up more ideas than there are hours in the day. She shares her thoughts on staying debt free, raising children of character and living a life of intentional faith one day at a time at The Purposeful Mom.

Jenn is also the author of God’s Word in My Heart: A Scripture Learning Guide with Memory Verses.

God’s Little Explorers: Week 25 (S is for Servant/Community Helpers + The Last Supper)

Each Thursday, I will be reposting our lessons from last year.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

Considering purchasing the complete download of God’s Little Explorers?  You can find out the top 10 differences between the weekly free preschool lesson plans and the complete download here.

 

Welcome!  Here are this week’s lesson plans.  You can find the printable plans at the bottom of the post.  If you’d like to know more about God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, head over here.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments or send me an email!  Also, if you find any errors, please feel free to let me know.  This is a work-in-progress!!

God’s Little Explorers Week 25

  • Theme:  ”s” is for Servant + Community Helpers
  • Bible Story:  The Last Supper
  • Bible Verse:  “…The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 9:35 ESV
  • Letter: s
  • Color:  Pink

palm sunday activity for kids

We talked first about Jesus’ Triumphal Entry.  Since my youngest daughter had already made a palm branch at church, we used it and acted out the scene where Jesus rides in on a donkey, the people are waving palm branches and throwing down garments (we used coats), and saying “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9, ESV)

You can find a simple palm branch craft here.

alphabet list of community helpers

We brainstormed a “community helper” for each letter of the alphabet. It was tough! I had to recruit the six and eight-year-olds to help!

the servant king jesus bible storybook

We read “The Servant King” from The Jesus Bible Storybook!  It was perfect for this week.

washing feet like jesus

Of course, we had to wash feet after the story.  Next time, I think I’ll make them go outside and get super-muddy feet beforehand!

letter s

I gave the option of making a little s all over the big S or gluing string, and she chose the handwriting project.

pink collage

We found all kinds of pink pictures to add to our pink collage.  I’m sure you can guess this was one of the favorite colors so far…

string s

Making s with string in the Alphabet Notebook.

treasure map

Here is the treasure map!  We’re getting close!!!

You could also do a Transportation spin-off of the Community Helper theme with these ideas:

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