There's much more going on in the brains of your
youngest kids than meets the eye. According to the National
Association of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies, 80
percent of the brain develops by age 3! The social, intellectual,
and spiritual ways you're pouring into young kids sets an
incredibly important foundation. Now's the time to start helping
these kids cultivate a relationship with God. Here are a few ideas
aimed at kids between the ages of birth and preschool that will
help them learn more about the Bible and God.
Songs - Kids love animals. Kids love music. Here's a
simple activity that combines both. This song and movement activity
helps your youngest ones start to understand that God created all
God Rocks!- For 2- and 3-year-olds, this simple lesson uses
rocks to help kids discover that God can do all things. What
incredible things our kids can do if they know right from their
start that their God can do anything!
for Jesus- Here's a simple game that you can play with your
kids soon after they begin walking. Place pictures of Jesus in low
areas around a room and ask kids to find him. Then explain that
Jesus is everywhere. The added bonus of this game is that it helps
them build leg muscles.
Babies- This is a cute way to help your kids remember that God
loves every single baby. By using pictures from old books and
magazines, you'll create a Bible Baby Book complete with songs to
sing about each one.
5. Lambs of
God- Using John 10:27, this craft is a lot of fun for your
preschoolers. Simple lamb-shaped masks will help kids understand
that Jesus takes care of us, just like a shepherd cares for his
Looking to start or upgrade your ministry's
nursery and preschool? We've got lots of tricks and tips in our
archives. Make sure to check out
this article by Lynda Freeman on essentials that every nursery
and preschool needs. Also, this
article by Tim Cox shows you eight characteristics every good
nursery needs to have.
If you are looking for Sunday school material
for your youngest ages, check out the Play-n-Worship series. Designed for how
young minds develop, these Sunday school resources will help you
lay a foundation for kids that will be with them for the rest of
What does your nursery and preschool ministry
look like? What advice do you have to new volunteers joining this
unique area of ministry? Share with us your tips and tricks using
the comment section below.