Items Needed:

Worksheets: Elephant, Child, Color Train
Books: Bible, When the Elephant Walks
Activities:  Yellow construction paper, jumbo paintbrush, pom poms, shallow container, star stickers, yellow watercolors, laundry basket or push toy, scissors, water, yellow jumbo crayon

Objectives:

Bible Symbol:  Child
Bible Story:  Jesus Loves the Little Children
Scripture: Mathew 19:13-15
The Beginner's Bible for Toddlers:  pg 130-133
Through the Bible in FeltStory #138

Bible Song:  Jesus Loves, Jesus Loves Me, Me, Me (Traditional)
Jesus loves, Jesus loves, me, me, me
It's written in the Bible you see, see, see
For the Bible tells me so,
I know, I know, I know
Jesus loves, Jesus loves, me, me, me

Character Scripture:  Kindness
Matthew 7:12 (NIV) - So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Poem:   Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Traditional)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are! 

Color:  Yellow
Shape:  Diamond
Animal:  Elephant
Taking Care of Me:  Where are my ears?
Sign Language:  More - pinch your fingers together, then bring your hands together so fingertips touch and then separate the hands, do this several times

Book of the Week:

  When the Elephant Walks by Keiko Kasza 

Fine Motor Skill:  Pom-Pom Transfer
Gross Motor Skill:  Push Toy

Suggested Activities:

• Bible Story Activities:
- Jesus loves little children!  And He loves when children talk to Him in prayer.  It is never to early too begin praying with and allowing your child to pray. 
1. Begin by teaching your child to fold his hands and bow his head at meal time and bedtime while you pray.  To begin, place your hands over the child's to hold them together.
2. Teach the child to say "amen" at the end of prayers. 
3. When the child has a few words, have him repeat you.  (Dear Jesus...Thank you for the food.  Amen.)
4. Let the child fill in sentences as you lead the prayer.  (Thank you for ______.)
5. Allow the child to pray whatever is on his/her heart. 

Click to read more tips to Helping Kids Learn How to Pray

- ABC Book:  Using the Child worksheet, cut out the boy or girl and glue to a yellow piece of construction paper.  Add yellow star stickers on the child and the titles "C-Child" and "Jesus Loves the Children." 

• Color Activities:
Color TrainColor Train - Add a yellow train to your Color Train by having the child color, with a jumbo crayon, the yellow train.  Display the train at the child's level to point and discuss the colors.

• Shape Activities:

Water Paint Shapes  Using yellow construction paper, cut out a large diamond  Using minimal water, have the child water paint the diamond.  Talk about the shape as the child paints.

• Animal Activities:
- Using the Elephant worksheet, point to the elephant's ears.
- Using the elephant worksheet and watercolors, paint the elephant yellow.  (You may need to put the paint on the brush for the child.)
- Point and count the elephant's legs.
- Find pictures of elephants in the books that you read.

• Sign Language:
"More" is especially helpful at meal time and snack time.  Before you give the child another bite, help him sign "more."  With repetition and consistency, the child will begin to use this sign to let you know when he would like more and eliminate the desire to scream for more.  I encourage you to train the child when he is just a little bit hungry and not tired. 

Sometimes understanding the description to sign a word can be difficult.  Remember that the ABCJLM Sign Language Video contains all of the signs. 

• Book of the Week Ideas:
- Point to the elephants as you read the book. 
- Turning pages is a great fine motor skill.  Since board book pages are thick, their pages are easy for little hands to turn. 
- Point out other objects in the illustrations (umbrella, tree, drink, etc.)

• Fine Motor Skill:
Pom Pom Transfer Pom-Pom Transfer - Create a small pile of pom poms on the table or floor along side a shallow container.  Demonstrate to the child how to pick up the pom poms and place them in the container.

• Gross Motor Skill:
Push Toy - Leaning on a laundry basket or push toy, allow the child (with assistance) to push the object around a safe room.

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