This Week in First Look - April Week 1
Who is your friend? Jesus is your friend!
Jesus wants to be my friend forever!
WEEK 1 VERSE:
JOHN 13:3-17 Jesus demonstrates how good of a friend He is by washing His friends' feet.
This month, our goal is to let toddlers and preschoolers know that Jesus wants to be their friend - they are fearfully and wonderfully made - and that makes them SO special! We will share bible stories, play worship videos, and engage your preschooler in hands-on activities that remind them that God made them carefully and loves them completely!
MORNING TIME - DO THIS:
When you go into your child's room this month, smile and say, "Happy Easter, [child's name]! Jesus is alive, and He wants to be your friend forever!"
REMEMBER THIS:“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
PreK: Week 1 Parent Cue
Babies: Monthly Parent Cue
Toddlers: Monthly Parent Cue
Do this fun activity with your child to remind her that Jesus washed all of His friend’s feet because He is such a good friend.
Tell your child: He wants to be your friend FOREVER!
All you need is:
- A bowl
- A spoon
- Teddy Grahams
- White Icing
- Blue Food Coloring
Find the full instructions here!
From PreK Parent Cue:
BIGGER THAN YOUR HOUSE By Brooklyn Lindsey
We talk all the time about Widening the Circle for our kids, inviting people into your life and into your kid’s life that you hope will influence both you and them in a positive way. But how do you do this? How can you invest strategically in these relationships?
1) Talk to the person you hope will influence your kid.
That person needs to know that your kid looks up to them and is influenced by them. Express your hopes that he or she will be someone your kid can confide in and will build a relationship with them. Talking to the people that your kids will be talking to is really important and helps establish a mutual level of trust . . .
From Toddler Parent Cue:
4 MEANINGFUL WAYS TO CELEBRATE EASTER WITH YOUR PRESCHOOLER By Autumn Ward
One of the things I wrestled with when my kids were growing up was how to make the true story of Easter the most important part of Easter while participating in all the fun around us. I loved watching my kids dig through their baskets and run through the grass looking for hidden eggs. I mean, how cute is a toddler walking off-balance carrying a basket that’s bigger than he is? And I’ll confess, I have eaten my share of Peeps and Cadbury Crème Eggs in my minivan after buying groceries . . . several weeks before Easter!
But even more than all that cuteness and yumminess, I had a sincere desire for my kids to know how much God loves them and what Jesus did for us so we can be with God forever. This is why we celebrate Easter.
Here are a few simple, but meaningful, ways to celebrate the true story of Easter that your kids may one day want to enjoy with their own . . .
From Babies Parent Cue:
WHAT EASTER IS ABOUT
By Sarah Anderson
IT’S EASTER!!!!! JESUS IS ALIVE!!!!!!!
Easter reminds us that something good can always come out of something bad. See, Jesus told us life would be hard. That bad things would happen. That things that don’t make any sense would confuse us and make us wonder about God and if He is really as good aswe want Him to be. We can count on life being difficult. But Easter is all about something being more true than life just being hard. Easter is about something new and something good happening in something old and something bad.
As parents it can be really easy to get discouraged in a tough season with our kids. It can feel like it can never end and things will never get better. But Easter is the reminder that no season lasts forever and to hang on. The story will get better . . .
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