God’s Little Explorers: Week 21 (O is for Opposites + Mary & Martha)

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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 21

  • Theme:  ”o” is for Opposites
  • Bible Story:  Jesus at Mary & Martha’s house
  • Bible Verse:  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10
  • Letter: o
  • Color:  Blue

Here are a few opposite theme activities we did:

opposite games for preschool

First, we went around the house finding opposites like hot and cold….

learning about opposites

Off and on….

opposites theme

Open and closed… (please ignore the crumbs!!)  :)

A few more ideas are up & down, under & over, in & out, loud & soft, upstairs & downstairs, inside & outside, and top & bottom.

estimation for preschool

I had my daughter estimate how many mini clothespins she thought would fit into this container.  Then, we filled it up and counted how many actually fit.  We talked about the opposites “in and out”.

clothespin game for kids

Since the clothespins were already out, we played a quick game.  We stood on a chair and tried to drop the clothespins into several containers (milk jug, pitcher, and jar).

sweet and sour taste test

We had an “opposites taste test” where they tried sweet foods and sour foods, salty foods and bland foods, spicy foods and not-so-spicy foods.

red light green light mary martha

We played “Red Light, Green Light”, but substituted Mary for Red Light (since she stopped and listened to Jesus) and Martha for Green Light (since she was on-the-go and too busy to stop)!

opposite day

We ended the week with an “Opposite Day”.  We had dinner for breakfast, wore pajamas backwards all day, did school in the afternoon, and had breakfast at dinner.

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10 Reasons You Should Start A Family Lego Project Today

From monthly contributor, Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:

10 reasons you should start a family lego project today

Last month, my kids and I worked on a Creation Series in Legos.  It was even more fun than I expected.  We learned about God’s creation and had an absolute blast building together.  We built everything from land and sea to turtles and very colorful birds.  Some of our animals didn’t make the cut in the series on my blog, but one of those animals soon became my favorite.

Here is why:  My son started on a giraffe.  At first, it looked like a yellow horse with two brown spots.  When he showed me, I suggested making the legs longer and to give the giraffe a longer neck.  We worked on it together.  Another day, my daughter and I decided he should have more brown spots.  Later, my son changed up the face.  And then a couple days later, my daughter thought our little guy needed a tail (I hadn’t even thought of that).

The process was enlightening and entertaining.  After about a week of adding updates, we had a cute giraffe, a sweet example of what we could create when we worked together.  We all agreed he was complete and that he was good.  Our little family Lego project turned out to be so much fun.

Have you ever worked with your kids to build something?

If not, I’ve got many reasons you should get started right now:

A Family Lego Project

10 Reasons to Start A Family Lego Project:

1.  It is Bonding.  Anytime you work on something together as a family, you will find satisfaction in the time spent together and challenges you overcome, even if it is as simple as legos.

2.  It is Fun.  Design, build, and laugh together as you create your project.

3.  It is Free.  Assuming you have legos already in your house (or all over your house), this project won’t cost you a dime.

4.  You are Doing Something Your Kids are Interested In.  My kids get very excited when I enter their world of play, whether it is getting on the floor with them or playing with their toys.

5.  It Creates Memories.  Your kids will remember you joining them in their play and working together.

6.  Working with Legos Has Been Shown To Develop Problem Solving Skills.  I’m all for activities that pack a double punch (fun and good for development).

7.  You are Creating Something As A Team.  You have to work together, build upon each other’s designs and function as a team.

8.  It Gets Your Collaborative Creative Juices Flowing.  Think outside the box.  Be creative.  I am willing to bet that you will be amazed at what your kids come up with and you may even surprise yourself.

9.  They Aren’t Getting Any Younger.  Kids grow up too fast.  Don’t miss out on spending time with them now.

10.  It is an Opportunity to Encourage One Another.  Build up your kids with words of affirmation and encourage them to work through any discouragement.  Be their cheerleader.

 

How to Get Started:  

Pick an animal or scene you and your kids want to create.  Like our Creation Series, you can use a painted shoe box as a set and build different parts of it.  No rules.  Just get started and enjoy the process.

And if you’d like to follow along on our Creation Series in Legos, you can get started here.  Follow our lead or be inspired to create all on your own.

Happy Creating!

 

Do your kids like legos?  Have you ever built with them?

(Stacie’s note:  Check out this fun “Shared Art” project we did for more family project ideas!)

 

 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 20 (V is for Vision: Five Senses + The Blind Man Sees)

 

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 20

  • Theme:  ”v” is for Vision (Five Senses)
  • Bible Story:  The Blind Man Sees (John 9)
  • Bible Verse:  “…I was blind, and now I can see.”  John 9:25
  • Letter: v
  • Color:  Green

Here are a few activities we did:

the big picture story bible

We read the story of Jesus restoring the blind man’s sight from The Big Picture Bible.

jesus restores blind man's sight, the blind man sees

After the story, I let the girls play with play dough and gave them two wiggly eyes (I got the idea from my friend Jenae at I Can Teach My Child).  My middle daughter wanted to get a little more elaborate and create a man, stick the eyes on his head, and cover them with “mud”.

5 senses lesson

I put several different foods/spices into cups.  After blindfolding my youngest, we let her smell them to see if she could figure out what they were.  We had peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin, blueberries, banana, and coffee in the cups, and she got all of them right!  Then, I had her keep on the blindfold and she did a taste test.

Five Senses Booklet

Make your own “Five Senses Booklet” by folding a sheet of paper in half length-wise.  Cut the top part of the paper to make five sections.  Have your child draw (or you can draw) a small picture for each sense:  an eye for vision, a nose for smell, mouth for taste, ear for hear, and a hand for touch.  Label with words.

Five Senses theme idea

Next, find pictures in magazines to go with each sense.  Glue the item under the correct sense.  Use the booklet to review the five senses.

ice leaf

One day we finally had snow and the girls played outside.  They ran across this neat ice leaf and it was in-the-moment sensory experience!

sound matching game with eggs

I filled up 12 plastic eggs with six different kinds of materials.  I filled two eggs each with separate items:  beans, salt, pom poms, jingle bells, and oatmeal.  Then, I left two of the eggs empty.   I put them in an empty egg carton and asked my daughter to shake them and find the matching eggs.

five senses preschool lesson

One afternoon was particularly nice (for winter!), so we played outdoors.  I focused in on each sense and asked them questions:  What do you hear?  What do you see?  Pick up some leaves…what do they feel like?  Can you smell anything today?  I didn’t have them taste anything, however!

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God’s Little Explorers: Week 19 (L is for Love + The Good Samaritan)

 

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 19

  • Theme:  ”l” is for Love
  • Bible Story:  The Good Samaritan
  • Bible Verse:  “He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”  Luke 10:27
  • Letter:  l
  • Color:  Yellow

Here are a few activities we did this week:

valentine craft for toddlers or preschool

We painted some Simple Heart Art to remind us of God’s love (and to share with family).

christian valentine craft for kids

We talked about different ways we can show love to others and made a heart chain to hang on the wall to remind us!

good samaritan lesson for preschoolers

After we read about the Good Samaritan, we put a band-aid on one of my daughter’s dolls to help us remember the story.  We also had fun acting out the story!

valentine match busy bag

I made this simple number match game (H colored the hearts).  To play, just match the correct numeral with the correct number of hearts.  You can also adapt this to make it more difficult and play it like “Memory” by turning the pieces over and drawing two at a time until you make a match.  Printing this on cardstock is preferable.

heart thumbprint

We attempted to make some fingerprint hearts for our “l” printable (included in the download) with an inkpad and our thumbs.

letter l

My youngest also practiced writing the lowercase l in her alphabet journal.

heart scripture scavenger hunt

My middle daughter colored and cut-out the printable Bible verse hearts.  Then, we hid them for my youngest.  She found them, and we helped her put together the verse in order!

sign language heart valentine card

Finally, I taught the girls the hand gesture for “I love you” in sign language.  I traced their hand and folded down two fingers to make the sign.  They glued it onto a piece of cardstock and made a Valentine for dad!

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