This lesson plan begins a study called Toddlers Knowing God. Our aim is to help younger children begin to understand the nature and power of God. The target age group is 18-24 months, but you could modify these outlines to fit your teaching setting. “God made me special!”
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Bible Passage: Genesis 1
Bible Lesson Title: God made everything! God made you!
Target Age Group: Toddlers, age 18-24 months
Original Teaching Context: Toddler Sunday School or Nursery
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Supplies: Bible. See additional activities for other supplies and preparation. You can also download any of our free coloring pages about creation to accompany this lesson plan.
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 that God made everything! He spoke and all things were made! God made everything! God made you! (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.
God Made You
SAY and DO: God made everything! God made you!
God made your eyes. Where are your eyes?
God made your nose. Where is your nose?
God made your mouth. Where is your mouth?
God made your tongue. Where is your tongue?
God made your ears. Where are your ears?
God made your hair. Where is your hair?
(Continue as long as they are interested-hands, fingers, feet, toes, belly, knees, etc.)
God made everything! God made you!
God Made our Families
SUPPLIES: Pictures of families (this would work great with actual pictures of your toddlers families if available. Instead of just saying “God made mommies”, you would say “God made _______’s mommy.”)
DO: Hold up picture of a family.
SAY: God made everything! God made our families.
DO: Point to each person in the family and describe them: This is a mommy. God made mommies! This is a daddy. God made daddies! This is a brother. God made brothers! This is a sister. God made sisters! This is a baby. God made babies! God made everything! God made our families.
God Made Our Hands; God Made Texture
SUPPLIES: Items with texture-cotton balls, bark, shells, silky fabric, fuzzy blanket, etc. Place the items in two or three bins for your toddlers to explore.
DO: Encourage the children to explore the bins of these various items.
SAY: God made everything! God made our hands to feel. What do you feel?
DO: Pick up each item and help them describe it. Example: This is a cotton ball. God made your hands to feel! How does the cotton ball feel in your hands? (soft, fluffy) God made things soft! Repeat with each item.
God Made Colors
SUPPLIES: Big pitcher or soda bottle filled ¾ with water-pour a layer of vegetable oil on top (1 to 2 inches), food coloring.
SAY: God made everything! God made colors! Watch what we can do with color!
Do: Drop a couple of drops of each color into the pitcher in this order: yellow, red, green, blue. Do not drop green or blue until after red and yellow have begun to drop through the oil or they will drop too quickly and cloud up the water.
SAY: Wow! Colors are beautiful! God made colors! God made everything!
SUPPLIES: The outdoors! Or, you can gather the following items and put them around your classroom for the toddlers to find: leaves, twigs, flowers, bark, rocks, grass.
SAY: God made everything! God made flowers, trees, leaves, and rocks! We are going to take a trip outside to discover the wonderful things God has made!
DO: Take the toddlers to your outdoor play area and search for different things God has made. When a toddler finds something, say: You found a ______! God made _____! God made everything!
God Made the Animals
SUPPLIES: Toy animals or pictures of different animals the toddlers can imitate.
SAY: God made everything! God made the animals! Here is a _____. God made _____s! Can we pretend to be ______s? (Walk around the room like the animal, making the animal sounds. Then move on to the next animal.)
God Made Fruits and Vegetables
SUPPLIES: Various fruits and veggies, you will want some they will be able to have for a snack (like orange slices) so make sure you do an allergy alert.
SAY: God made everything that grows out of the ground or in a tree! God made fruits and vegetables!
DO: Hold up the fruit and veggies one at a time. See if they know what you are holding and then describe it. Example: What is this fruit? (an apple!) What color is the apple? (The apple is red!) The apple is smooth and round. Would you like to feel the apple? (Let each toddler touch the apple.) God made apples!
SAY: God made fruits and veggies for us to eat! They are delicious. We are going to have a snack now and eat ______________. Thank you God for making ____________ for us to eat!
Praise God through Song
SUPPLIES: Worship CD
SAY: God made everything! God made music! God is so good! We can worship Him through singing and dancing. Let’s sing and dance for Him together now!
DO: Sing and dance together to their favorite praise songs.
Pray to God
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 made everything! You made me! We love you! Thank you for loving us. Amen.