Friday 11 November 2011


Nursery Lesson Plan 13: Love One Another - 23 November 2011

Lesson Plan
FIBC Nursery (0-4 years old)
Date: 23rd November 2011, Time: 1 – 2.30pm
Concept Area: Church
Theme: People at church love each other and teach about God and Jesus
Bible Verse: John 13:34 Love one another.
Teachers: Elaine, Jannie and Teddy

1-1.30pm: Early Arrivers Activities

Activity 1: Make a “Love One Another” Photo Frame

A craft in which the children work together help foster cooperation and sharing:

·         Provide two pieces of 8- by 10-inch cardboard.
·         Cut the center from one piece, leaving about 2 inches around the edge for the frame.
·         Cover the frame with brown paper from a grocery bag.
·         Write at the top of the frame, "Love One Another."
·         Have the children press their thumbs into an ink pad, then onto the frame.
·         The kids will use markers to decorate their own thumbprint, creating a picture of themselves.
·         They should also write their names under their pictures.
·         Take a digital picture of the entire group and print it.
·         Tape the group picture behind the frame piece so the picture shows from the front.
·         Glue or tape the whole cardboard piece onto the back of the picture for stability.

Activity 2: Hearts

·         Draw one large heart and several smaller hearts on red construction paper. Help the children cut them out.
·         Next, paste a picture of Jesus on the large heart.
·         On the smaller hearts, paste photos of each of the children, teachers and parents.
·         When completed, place the large heart facedown on a table.
·         Help the children place all the small hearts facedown in a circle around the large heart.
·         Have the children turn over the large heart first.
·         Explain that Jesus loves him so much that He puts people in his life—people who love him and whom he can love.
·         When we love Jesus, it helps us to love others. All love comes from Jesus.
·         Before your child turns over each smaller heart, say, "Jesus loves you so much, He gave you ___ (as the child turns over the heart, shout the name of the person on the photo) to love."
·         Continue until all the small hearts are turned over. Explain to the children that as much as all these people love him and he loves each person, Jesus loves all of us even more than that!

Activity 3: Stringing Bead Bracelet for Mommy

Activity 4: Printing Heart Card for a Neighbour or friend

·         Print heart shape hearts from shape sorter into a cardboard to be made into a card for a neighbour or friend.
Ask: “What word do you think of when you see a heart? Here in the Bible it says, “Let us love. Do you know whom the Bible tells us to love? Read the whole verse “Love one another”. We can begin by loving everyone in the room.
Say: “When we show respect and kindness to others, we are showing love each other.

Say: “How can we show love to one another? We show our love by meeting the needs of others. One of the ways to demonstrate our love is by being willing to give in to the other's wishes, requests, concerns, and consciences.

Say: “To be willing to change for each other out of love, to make adjustments and compromises in order to live in harmony.

Say: “How do your parents show love to you? By playing with you, by listening to you, by giving you lots of hugs and kisses. How do you show love to your parents? By helping mommy to set the table, by giving mommy and daddy a hug, by helping mommy to clean up.”

Say: “How do you show love to others? By thinking about the needs of others such as by making a card to cheer someone up. By sharing your toys to children who have few toys, by being kind and including everyone when playing, by visiting your granny who may be lonely, by listening attentively when someone talks, by being a good friend, by cooperating and sharing, by telling others about Jesus.”

Say: “We can’t love one another in our sinful nature. We need God’s Holy Spirit within us. Then love becomes a behaviour flowing from within. How can we have the Holy Spirit in us? By accepting Jesus Christ as our Saviour.”

1.30 – 1.40pm: Bible Story Time

Bible Story: Jesus’ Love

Jesus loved people. He loved thieves, tax collectors, sick people, poor people, children and His followers. He loved people who were devoted to Him and those who were different from Him. He even loved difficult and mean people.

·         God calls us to love others, just as He loves us.
·         We show love to others by forgiving, accepting and honoring them.
·         We can only love others when we are full of God's love

Because we are loved by Him, we are called to love like Him. The extent to which we love one another validates and communicates our faith (John 13:34-35).

We can learn how to love like Jesus by living out the following "one another" passages in the Bible.
1.     Forgive one another (Colossians 3:13).

Say: “The ultimate example of forgiveness was displayed when Jesus hung on the Cross and cried out for those who were crucifying Him: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). We should forgive others even when they don't deserve it or ask for it. That demonstrates a love that keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5).”

2.     Accept one another (Romans 15:7).

Say: “To truly love someone, you must avoid trying to change the person for your own purposes. Accepting love is patient and kind, even when someone does not meet your expectations (1 Corinthians 13:4).”

3.     Honour one another (Romans 12:10).

Say: “Honour means to esteem someone as highly valuable. It leads us to treat others as though they are personally autographed by God. When we value others above ourselves, we are emulating the attitude of Christ (Philippians 2:3-5).”
But what if the person you are trying to love does not receive it? Loving others isn't always easy, but a Christ-like love means forgiving, accepting and honouring even those who are different and difficult. Our ability to love others comes from God (1 John 4:7). We can only give love when our hearts are full of God's love. That is the formula. Any other attempt at loving one another simply does not work.

Bible Verse: John 13:34 – A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Ask the children to recite it one-by-one John 13:34 “Love one another.”

1.40 – 1.50pm: Singing

Introduce the key Bible Verses with musical instruments, hand motions and songs as follows:
·         Beloved let us love one another
·         Jesus Loves Me
1.50 – 2pm: Snack Time

·         Sing the “Say Grace Song
·         Pray to thank God for the snack and for His love for each person.
·         Bring out the muffins/pancakes along with napkins and small paper plates.
·         Let each child choose a muffin and hand it to the person on his right. Talk about how when we show respect and kindness to others, we are showing love to each other.
·         Evaluation: Have the children state ways of showing love that they can remember.

2 – 2.15pm: Physical Game Time

Activity 5: Letter Mat for Hopping
·         Write the letters “L O V E” on plain A4 paper each and taped them onto the floor in a line.
·         Ask the children to stand in line and hop from one letter to another.
·         As they hop, ask them to say out the name of the letter.
·         When they hope on the last letter E, ask the child to say to the child who has finished hopping before him, “Let us love one another” and give the child a hug.

2.15 – 2.30pm: Clean up Time

·         Say: “What are some of the ways you can show love? You can show love by helping teachers to clean up.”
·         Clean up together and sing the song “Time to Clean Up

2.30pm: Parents pick up kids

- My Read and Rhyme Bible Storybook by Crystal Bowman & Cindy Kenney
- The Rhyme Bible Storybook by L.J. Sattgast

1 comment:

  1. This is very age appropriate and easy to implement for my toddler. Thank you for sharing :)


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