God’s Little Explorers: Week 18 (H is for Hungry + Jesus Feeds the Multitude)

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 18

  • Theme:  ”h” is for Hungry  (Food and Nutrition)
  • Bible Story:  Jesus Feeds the Multitude
  • Bible Verse: “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry…”  —John 6:35
  • Letter:  h
  • Color:  Orange

Here are a few activities we did this week:

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Since we are studying food this week and the story of Jesus feeding the 5000, we made bread.   We are gluten-free now, so the bread-in-a-bag option didn’t work for us (but it’s still a fun cooking project).  I found a recipe for gluten-free bread made with almond flour, so that’s what we adapted.  It was delicious!

 

fruit & veggie guessing game

We played a veggie & fruit guessing game. I blindfolded the girls and gave them various fruits and vegetables to see if they could identify them by touch. The broccoli was hilarious–she threw it down at first because she thought I’d put a spider in her hands.  Yeah….like I would do that.  ;)

preschool color sort

We went on an “Orange Hunt” and found all kinds of orange items in our house.

veggie painting

We also did some painting with various veggies (broccoli, celery, carrots, avocado) and kitchen utensils like a potato masher and fork.

orange color collage

We created an orange collage.  We will save all of the collages and make a color book at the end.

building with marshmallows

I didn’t include this on the lesson plans, but the girls made these fun marshmallow toothpick creations yesterday with some friends.  We’ve done these before, but never quite on this scale!

picnic lunch like the 5000

We set up a large blanket and spread out stuffed animals, dolls, and whatever other figures we had in the house to represent all the people in our Bible story.  Later, we had an indoor picnic!

grocery "find it"

We sorted food by category.  Then, I lined up various foods on the table.  I had my daughter close her eyes while I took one of them away.  She had to guess which one was missing when she opened her eyes.

You can easily make this more challenging by adding more items or taking away two items at a time.  This is a variation of our “Fall Find It” game.

god's little explorers treasure map

Finally, we added the letter h to our “Treasure Map”.  We’re getting closer!!

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Valentine’s Day Basket with Free Printable

Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:

Valentine's Day Basket Printable

Looking for an easy Valentine’s Day craft?  Well, look no further!

This month, I have a simple Valentine’s Day Basket printable for you.  Grab some card stock, tape or glue and let your children color or embellish as much as they like.  This craft is great for home, the classroom or Sunday school class.  And if you have a large group of kids, you can simply print the pattern on white copy paper.

Free Valentine's Day Printables

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There are two extra hearts on each printable that your child can glue onto their basket, trade colors with a sibling or save for another project.

And if you’d like to add more fun, hide candy around the house and let your kids go on the hunt.  I hid Sweethearts around the family room and my daughter was delighted to find them over and over again with her Valentine’s Day Basket.

Valentine's Day Basket

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How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  You can check out the one thing I am adding this year to celebrate my family and make Valentine’s Day more meaningful or if you want to love on those outside your home, take a look at the 7 Valentines You Don’t Want to Forget.

 

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

God’s Little Explorers: Week 17 (B is for Boat + Jesus Calms the Storm & Jesus Walks on Water)

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 17

  • Theme:  ”b” is for Boat
  • Bible Story:  Jesus Calms the Storm & Jesus Walks on Water
  • Bible Verse: “Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him saying ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’”  —Matthew 14:33
  • Letter:  b
  • Color:  Red

Here are a few activities we did this week:

boat fruit snack

We made simple boats from apples, bananas, and pears.  We cut them in half, stuck a toothpick near the back, and cut out some fruit leather to make a sail.

b sees d

Now that we’ve learned the letters b and d, I decided to introduce this trick to help my daughter remember the direction each letter faces.  If they are having trouble figuring out if the letter is b or d, I will ask them to hold up their hands and make a b and d and say “b sees d”.

b sees d page

After I taught them the above trick, I had my youngest color in the “b sees d” printable included in the packet.  We added faces to make it more fun–and to look like they were really “seeing” each other!

boat math game

This is the most simple game, but we played it for a while!  Color and cut out the “boats” included in the download.  Roll a die (or two if you want to practice addition) and put that many boats in the water.

letter b for boat

My 4-year-old just drew her “best boat” on the printable letter b a few times!

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Making oobleck is a favorite activity around here.  It’s just fascinating…and even more so when you can put your dolls feet into it.  We had a great time experimenting!  What happens when you push the doll into the Oobleck quickly?  What happens if you push the feet in slowly?

the reading teacher 20 easy lessons

I received a copy of The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons a few weeks ago, and I’m using that….along with our Eye Spy wands to teach my youngest to read!

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God’s Little Explorers: Week 16 (N is for Names + Jesus Calls the Disciples)

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 16

  • Theme:  ”n” is for Name
  • Bible Story:  Jesus Calls the Disciples
  • Bible Verse:  “…He called His disciples, and He chose from them twelve whom He also named apostles…” —Luke 6:13
  • Letter:  n
  • Number:  10

Because this week’s theme is names, I didn’t include very many pictures (I try not to post the girls’ names on here, so that’s why)!  

Here are a few activities we did this week:

n for name

Make the letter n in playdough.  If you have letter-shaped cookie cutters, this is the perfect time to use them (I highly recommend having a set, because you can use them for all kinds of activities)!

If you don’t have any, just roll out the dough and form into the shape of a lower-case n.

play dough name puzzle

While you have the play dough out, you can also try these play dough name puzzles.

nelson

This is an easy busy bag activity we did.  Just put your child’s name on a notecard, cut the letters apart, and have them put it back together.  You can find the complete instructions here.

name rainbow trace

Obviously this is not my daughter’s name, but I wrote hers with a marker and had her trace over it in a variety of colors for a rainbow name tracing activity.

your name is special

Take time to write a letter to your child about how you picked his or her name and why they are special to you.  I actually did this quite a while ago for my girls, but they still treasure those letters!

name cookies

Making letter cookies is always fun–and they loved seeing their names in cookies (and making their dad’s name, too)!

craft stick puzzle

Craft stick name puzzles are simple to make, and adding the letters of your child’s name on the bottom makes it easier to figure out how to put the puzzle back in order.

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