I teach the children's Sunday School class at our church once a month and coordinate the teachers for the other weeks. I thought it would be fun to share some of the lessons and ideas I use when I teach.
First, a little background. The kids at our church at young. Our age span for Sunday School is 2 1/2 to 6 and we typically have anywhere between 2 and 6 kids on a Sunday morning. The first curriculum book we chose for this year didn't work well for our age group but we recently purchased Explore Bible Stories: 52 Bible Lessons for Ages 4-6. It is much better for young children - lots of songs, activities that allow kids to get up and move, and simple crafts. We've used it for 2 months and all the teachers really seem to like it.
I use the curriculum book as the basis for my lesson, but I always like to add some extra things - crafts, songs, etc. This week's lesson was about the story of the 10 lepers and the importance of being thankful. I found some really cute things to go along with this lesson.
- ABC Jesus Loves Me: Week 12 - Songs, crafts, and a coloring page
- When You Rise - Really fun ideas for younger kids and we made this heart craft shown at this site. The kids liked putting the band-aids on.
- Ministry to Children: Preschool Thanksgiving Lesson - This web site is wonderful! There are some wonderful songs on here and heart craft we made was adapted from this site. The Bible story here is interactive for the children, too.
We used 10 Little People to represent the 10 lepers and the kids liked playing with them, too!
We are looking for a fun DVD of children's Sunday School music to play each week. Any recommendations? Leave me a comment!