“God is My Light” Lesson for Toddlers

Todder Bible Lessons

This is the third lesson plan in our series titled, “Toddlers Knowing God.” Each of these studies help children age 18-24 months better understand the character & nature of God. Click here to see the main index for these Bible lessons.

This particular lesson is based on Psalm 18:28; 27:1. In very simple language, it shows how God can guide us and chase away fear.

Bible Passage: Psalm 18:28; 27:1
Bible Lesson Title: God is My Light
Target Age Group: Toddlers, age 18-24 months
Original Teaching Context: Toddler Sunday School
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Main Idea: God is our Light. Do not be afraid! God chases away the darkness.

Supplies: Bible, Picture of the sun. See additional activities for other supplies and preparation.

Lesson

With toddlers, you want to keep your lesson simple. If your class is able, get them to sit together on floor in front of you. Hold up your Bible.  SAY: The Bible is God’s Word.  The Bible tells us God is our Light. Read the two short verses or choose one. (Hold up picture of the sun.) SAY: God is our Light. Do not be afraid! God chases away the darkness. (Repeat three times.)

The following activities are designed to reinforce the simple Scripture truth, encourage their development, and engage their imaginations and creativity. Choose the ones that will work best for your classroom.

Learning Activities:

Lights Out

SUPPLIES: Flashlights, glow sticks

DO: Pass out the flashlights and/or glow sticks. Turn off the lights (if there are windows, you can turn them all off. If not, leave some light on to prevent tripping/falling and fear.) Let the children shine them around the room or wave them in the air. Discourage them from shining at each other.

SAY: Everywhere we point the light, the darkness goes away. God is our Light! He makes all darkness go away! (If you are using glow sticks, say something along these lines, “These glow sticks make a little light. God is the biggest Light. He is our Light! He makes all darkness go away!”)

See and Learn

SUPPLIES: Picture of each of the following: sun, moon and stars, lamp, flashlight, candle

DO: Hold up each picture and ask them if they recognize it. If not, tell them what it is and describe what it does (ex. God made the sun. The sun gives us light so we can see in the day.).

SAY: God is our Light. We never have to be afraid because He chases away all darkness!

Discover Light Sources

SUPPLIES: Sticky notes to label the light sources around your room (lamp, light switch, light bulb, flashlight, sun (sticky note on the window), candle)

SAY: Lots of things give us light! God is our Light. Do not be afraid! He chases away the darkness. Let’s walk around the room and see what gives us light!

DO: Show them the different light sources. Turn them on and off to demonstrate how they work. Let them try. See if they can find the sticky notes around the classroom without your help. Ask them what each item is several times and see if they can learn a new word. This activity can also be done in an unstructured way. While the children are playing, you can simply point them to the sticky notes (one-on-one), describe them, and repeat the main idea.

Sing and Dance

SUPPLIES: Song, This Little Light of Mine, Shine Jesus Shine, or one of your choosing.

SAY: God is our Light. Do not be afraid! He chases away the darkness. Let’s sing about God being our Light!

DO:  Turn on the song. Sing and dance to the music!

Peek-a-Boo

SUPPLIES: Blankets

DO: Play peek-a-boo. When the blanket is over their heads say, “child’s name   is in the dark!” When they lift the blanket away say, “Peek-a-Boo! God is ______’s Light! He chases away the darkness!”

Hide and Seek

SUPPLIES: Various toys from around the room, flashlights.

DO: Hide the toys in front of the children so they will not be too hard to find. Give each child a flashlight and turn off the lights (all of the lights if you have windows. If not, you want to keep a little light in the room so they are not afraid and to prevent tripping/falling.) Instruct them to look for each of the toys you hid with the flashlight. Help them look!

SAY: Everywhere we point the flashlight, the darkness goes away. The light helps us to see so we can find our toys. God is our Light! He makes all darkness go away! He helps us see all truth!

Pray

Hold hands or bow your heads together (just demonstrate and ask them to do the same. Some may, most may just watch.) Say a short prayer like the following: Dear God, you are our Light. We do not have to be afraid because you chase away all darkness. We love you! Thank you for loving us. Amen.


Comments

  1. Harley Carano says

    I would suggest to add motions/hand movements to the “God is our light. Do not be afraid! God chases away darkness.” So they can remember it better!

  2. rpcstudent says

    Thank you so much for the lessons. I am teaching our church’s toddler Sunday School for the month and have already used the God is my Shepherd and God is my Fortress lessons and am planning the God is my Light. I am very thankful for finding these lessons and am really enjoying using them. I would also suggest a memory verse added to the lesson. That would give something else to work on in class and also something for the parents to work on with their kids.
    Thank you again, and God bless!

  3. says

    This is an awesome website!!! Am involved with a feeding project in an informal settlement where most of the children are orphans and really poor in South Africa. So, looking forward to incorporating these lessons with our Early Childhood development programme!!

  4. Terri Shown says

    I really love this toddler series. It is hard to find lessons for 1 and 2 year olds. One thing that could make it better is if you could design a parent take home page that encourages them to continue teaching what they learned in class.

    • Angel says

      True on parent take home page. That would be perfect. I like the series as well! Nice Job!

  5. Kris says

    I have recently started leading the nursery at our church and am just getting the real little ones comfortable with being away from parents (thank the Lord) and I cant tell you how thrilled I was to find this site through Pintrest. I cant wait to start to teaching our toddlers lessons about God in a way to keep their interests and ways they can learn. Thank you so much for your posts! I hope you continue, especially with lessons for toddlers. God Bless!

  6. Udonna Lowery says

    Thank you for posting these toddler lesson. I became Nursery Director as of August and was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to find anything to target age group 1-2. However locating this site was a relief. I taught God is my Shepherd in which the kids glue cotton balls to a newspaper ball which turned out to be the cutest sheep. Parents post picture of kids asleep with sheep. We are in process of doing God is my Fortress whee we had ponchos fun made from trash bags kids enjoyed being sprayed and spraying us. We are making our own fortress which will include child photo. Planning lesson for God is my Light now. I have received great feedback from Director of Children and parents of children. Thanks again please provide more lesson for fiddlers.
    Thanks

  7. says

    Hi, friends. Last week (July 15, 2012) I taught our preschool class in Aurora, CO using your “God is our Fortress” lesson. As you probably know, on Friday mass chaos erupted here in Aurora as a gunman went on a shooting spree, in the very theater where most of our church goes to the movies. My husband preached at an impromptu prayer service using Psalm 46, which begins, “God is our refuge and strength…” and continues “the God of Jacob is our fortress.” It hit me this morning as I prepared to teach “God is our Light” that last week the Lord prepared our kids to learn that truth before tragedy struck. Thank you for posting these lessons. They are great! Easy and so well-done, and, as I see so clearly, used by the Holy Spirit to touch kids all around the world.

    • Kara Jenkins says

      Wow Kate! That is so awesome. I rarely think about where my lessons are being used and how far God takes them. It’s amazing to see how He works. I am thankful for the truth your church is proclaiming, especially in the midst of a tragedy I can’t even fathom.

  8. Bekah says

    Thank you for posting Sunday school lessons geared toward this age group! I am starting up a toddler preschool class this fall, and I have been on the lookout for lessons written to this age…they are few and far between. I am looking forward to more Toddler lessons! I don’t think kids this age are too young to hear stories/lessons about their God.

    • Kara Jenkins says

      Hi Bekah! I’m glad you will be able to use my lessons! I wasn’t sure how helpful they would be or how many teachers would be interested in them, but the responses are definitely encouraging me to write more! My daughter is close to this age (15 months), and she is part of the reason I decided to try out some lessons specifically for this young age group. They are definitely not too young to begin learning truth about our God!

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