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3- through 5-year-olds, April 2014, Week 2

April 13, 2014 Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever. Key Question: Who is your good friend? Bottom Line: Jesus is my good friend. Memory Verse: “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17, NIrV Bible Story: Everyone can praise Jesus. Entry Celebration • Matthew 21:1-16

Make It Fun (Introductory Activities, 10 minutes) 1. Kitchen Parade What You Need: Pots and pans, plastic bowls, and wooden spoons. What You Do: Before the activity: Have children line up in a single file line. During the activity: Give each child a spoon and a bowl, pot, or pan. Lead the line around the room while the children bang on the pots, pans, and bowls with the wooden spoons. At the end of the activity: Stop the parade and have the children return their “instruments” to a designated area. What You Say: Before the activity: “I love parades! They are so much fun. My favorite part of a parade is a marching band. I have a wonderful idea! Let’s make our own marching band!” During the activity: “Here are our instruments. (Point to pots, pans, bowls, and spoons.) Everyone pick up one instrument so that we can have our parade! (Allow children to get instruments and help them form a single file line behind you.) I am going to lead our parade. Are you ready?” (Lead the line of children around the room while they are playing their instruments.) At the end of the activity: “Great job! Now let’s put our instruments away over there. (Point to the designated area where you would like the instruments to be returned.) That was so much fun! Today in our Bible story we are going to hear about a different kind of parade. It is a parade that was for a very special person. Let’s get ready to hear our TRUE story from the Bible and find out who it was!”

Curriculum Materials for 3- through 5-year-olds • ©2014 The ReThink Group. All rights reserved. • www.ThinkOrange.com

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2. Leaf Patterns What You Need: Play-Doh® in different colors, rolling pins, and leaf-shaped cookie cutters. What You Do: During the activity: Show the children how to make leaves with the Play-Doh®. Roll the Play-Doh® flat with the rolling pins and then use the leaf cookie cutters to make leaves. Once the children have made lots of leaves, pair the children up with a friend and see how many color patterns they can make using the leaves. What You Say: Before the activity: “Come sit with me! I’ll show you how to make leaves with this PlayDoh®!” During the activity: “Oooh, what color is this leaf? (Pause.) And what about this one? Let’s count the (color) leaves together. One, two, three … (continue counting). Now that we have lots of leaves, let me show you how to make patterns with them.” At the end of the activity: “You did all kinds of things with your leaves today. Guess what the people in our Bible story do with leaves. (Pause.) They wave them in the air and cover a road with them to show Jesus how special He is!”

Make It True (Large Group, 15 minutes) Worship WORSHIP LEADER: “Hi friends! How is everybody today? (Pause.) I’m so glad you came today! Hey, have you ever been to a parade? (Allow children to answer.) I have, too! I just love to go to a parade. It’s so much fun to watch the people that march by and the floats that drive by. I could go on and on! Hey! I have an idea. Let’s stand up and march just like we are in a parade. (Start marching in place.) You got it! Now let’s wave to the people as we march by and maybe throw them some pretend candy, too! (Wave and ham it up a bit as if you’re in a parade.) “You guys were great in our pretend parade! We’re going to hear about a parade that Jesus was in during our Bible story today. But first let’s sing together about how Jesus came to be a good friend to ALL of us!” Lead children in singing “Tell Everybody,” this month’s worship song. “What a great song to help us remember the friendship we have with Jesus. Tell me, who is your good friend? (Pause.) [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend! Let’s say it together as LOUD as we can on the count of three! One, two, three … who is your good friend?”

Curriculum Materials for 3- through 5-year-olds • ©2014 The ReThink Group. All rights reserved. • www.ThinkOrange.com

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CHILDREN and WORSHIP LEADER: [Bottom Line] “Jesus is my good friend!” WORSHIP LEADER: “That’s right! [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend. That just makes me so happy! Do you remember what we said last week about what is one of the most important things about being a good friend? (Pause.) LOVE! Love is one of the most important things in being a good friend. Our Memory Verse this month will help us remember that. It says, ‘A friend (hook your pointer fingers together) loves (hug yourself) at all times’ (stretch your arms out to each side with your palms facing up as you turn in a circle), Proverbs 17:17. (Open your hands like a book.) Let’s say that together.” CHILDREN and WORSHIP LEADER: “‘A friend (hook your pointer fingers together) loves (hug yourself) at all times’ (stretch your arms out to each side with your palms facing up as you turn in a circle), Proverbs 17:17.” (Open your hands like a book.) WORSHIP LEADER: “‘A friend loves at all times.’ That’s how Jesus loves us … ALL the time! In our Bible story we’re going to hear about a parade. Well, the reason for that parade was because Jesus’ friends loved Him so much and were so EXCITED that He was coming to visit them! One of the things that they did during this parade was to wave palm branches in the air and say, ‘Hosanna!’ Let’s say say, ‘Hosanna!’ and wave our arms in the air just like they waved palm branches. Sound like fun? Lead children in waving their hands in the air and saying “Hosanna!” WORSHIP LEADER: “Whew! That was FUN! I can’t wait to hear all about the parade Jesus’ friends had for Him! Thank you for singing with me today! I’m going to go and find a good seat for this Bible story. I don’t want to miss a second of it!”

Introductory Sketch What you Need: The table set used during week 1, helium balloons, streamers, and tape. HOST: “Hey, guys! Just have to put this bouquet of balloons right over here. (Place balloons on center of table.) Perfect! How are you guys doing?! (Pause.) You look sharp today! I’m just finishing up my decorating. I’ve been working on making this place look extra special because my friends are coming over for a sleepover! (Squeal with excitement.) I am SO excited! My friends are the best! I think I need to hang another streamer right over there. What do you guys think? (Pause.) All righty! Another streamer it is! (Tape streamer up and while doing so suddenly remember something.) Hey, today is a special day and [Storyteller’s name] is going to talk about a friend that everyone celebrated too. (Finish hanging streamer.) There! Looks great! “You guys get your listening ears ready. Let’s hear our bible story!”

Curriculum Materials for 3- through 5-year-olds • ©2014 The ReThink Group. All rights reserved. • www.ThinkOrange.com

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Bible Story What You Need: Bible and palm branches. STORYTELLER: “Hi, guys! You guys are looking extra good today! Today I’m going to tell you a true story from the Bible about what a good friend Jesus is! This Bible story starts with all the amazing things Jesus did. “Jesus found sick people and made them better! Then Jesus found people who had sad faces. Show me your sad faces. (Make a sad face.) Oh, my! You all look SO sad. But Jesus was a good friend to the sad people and made them happy again! Show me your happy faces! (Make a happy face.) Wow! I can tell you are SO happy because Jesus is such a good friend! “People in a big city called Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming. They knew He made things better for people. They wanted Him to be THEIR good friend and make things better for them, too! When Jesus got close to the city, His friends brought Him a special animal to ride. What do you think it was? (Pause.) Do you think it was a dolphin? (Shake your head no.) Do you think it was a giraffe? (Shake your head no.) Do you think it was a kitty cat? (Shake your head no.) Okay, what animal did Jesus really ride on? (Pause.) Friends, Jesus rode on a donkey! Do you know what sound a donkey makes? Do it with me! Hee-haw! Hee-haw! That is one silly-sounding animal. Okay, one more time. Hee-haw! Hee-haw! Awesome job! “The people were so excited to see Jesus coming! They took branches off the plants (pick up a palm branch and wave) and waved them in the air. They even threw their coats down on the ground. They shouted to let Jesus know He was their good friend. It looked like a parade! Do it with me! Wave your branches and shout (demonstrate), ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Yaaaaay, Jesus!’ Here we go. Ready? Go! Hosanna! Hosanna! Yaaaaay, Jesus! (Repeat.) Okay, great job. Hands in your laps! “The people were so glad that Jesus is a good friend and that He was coming to their town. Jesus was their good friend, and Jesus is my good friend, too! Who is your good friend? [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend! Ready to say it with me?! Who is your good friend?” CHILDREN and STORYTELLER: [Bottom Line] “Jesus is my good friend!” STORYTELLER: “Great job! One more time! Who is your good friend?” CHILDREN and STORYTELLER: [Bottom Line] “Jesus is my good friend!” STORYTELLER: “It’s true, friends! Jesus is our good friend! Great job! Let’s pray. “Dear God, thank You for this true story. Jesus, help us to always remember that You are our good friend. We love You, God! Amen.

Curriculum Materials for 3- through 5-year-olds • ©2014 The ReThink Group. All rights reserved. • www.ThinkOrange.com

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“Thanks so much for coming and being great listeners. Go home and show your family and friends how we waved our branches for Jesus today!”

Make It Stick (Application Activities, 35 minutes) 3. Leaf Impressions “Leaf Impressions” is an activity that uses fine motor and observation skills to review how people used palm branches to honor Jesus in today’s Bible story. What You Need: White paper, palm leaves (real or artificial), and crayons. What You Do: Show the children how to lay a piece of paper on top of a leaf or leaves and use the flat side of a crayon to rub over the paper. This will make an impression of the leaves on the paper. What You Say: Before the activity: “Come sit with me. I’m going to show you a super cool way to make a picture of this palm leaf on this paper.” During the activity: “You’re doing great! I can see the outline of the palm leaves on your paper. Cool! Do you remember what the people in our Bible story laid on the road when they saw Jesus coming? (Pause.) You got it! Palm branches and coats! They also waved the palm branches in the air and said, ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Yaym Jesus!’ They knew Jesus was a good friend, so they cheered for Him! Jesus is your good friend, too! Who is your good friend? (Pause.) [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend.” At the end of the activity: “Great job on your leaf prints! Now you can take them home with you and share with your family what you learned in our Bible story today.” 5. My Little Donkey What You Need: “Donkey Craft” from the Activity Pages on the Website, tan cardstock, scissors, fine-tip washable markers, brown yarn, glue, 2 wooden clothespins for each child, and a completed donkey craft. (To see the donkey craft inspiration, go to: http://www.pinterest.com/firstlookcurr/) What You Do: Before the activity: Copy “Donkey” from the Activity Pages on tan cardstock so that each child can have one donkey and then cut one out for each child. Cut the brown yarn into 1½-inch lengths so that each child gets four pieces. During the activity: Give each child a donkey cutout. Instruct the children to color the donkey. Next, give them each four strips of yarn to glue on the tail. Show the children

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how to clip two clothespins to the donkey to make the legs. Review the Bible story together as the children make their craft. What You Say: Before the activity: (Hold up the completed donkey craft.) “Who can tell me what kind of animal this is? (Pause.) Yes! It’s a donkey! And what did Jesus ride in our Bible story today? (Pause.) Right again! Jesus rode a donkey. And as He rode that donkey into town, all the people spread their coats and palm branches on the road and shouted, ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Yay, Jesus!’ They knew Jesus was a good friend. Who is a good friend? [Bottom Line] Jesus is a good friend! I’m going to help you make a donkey just like this!” At the end of the activity: “Your donkeys look great! Good job! You can use them to tell your family about how our good friend Jesus rode a donkey into town and all the people shouted, ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Yay, Jesus!’”

Make It Real (Small Groups, 5 minutes) Small Group Time What you Need: Paperclip “Memory Verse Card” from the Week One Activity Pages on the Website in your Bible at Proverbs 17:17. Provide a journal and a fun-shaped pen for each small group. SMALL GROUP LEADER (SGL): “The people in our story today were SO excited to see our good friend Jesus that they waved palm branches in the air and shouted, ‘Hosanna! Hosanna! Yay, Jesus!’ They even took off their coats and spread them on the road to make a special path for Him! This was their way of praising Jesus. Praise is when we show someone how special they are. Do you know we can praise Jesus, too? (Pause.) We sure can! We can praise our good friend, Jesus. Who is your good friend?” CHILDREN and SGL: [Bottom Line] “Jesus is my good friend! SGL: “You got it! Our Memory Verse this month says, ‘A friend loves at all times,’ Proverbs 17:17. Say that with me. CHILDREN and SGL: “‘A friend (hook your pointer fingers together) loves (hug yourself) at all times’ (stretch your arms out to each side with your palms facing up as you turn in a circle), Proverbs 17:17.” (Open your hands like a book.) (Repeat as many times as desired.) SGL: “Hmm … praising our good friend Jesus is one way to show Him we love Him. Let’s make a list of things we love about Jesus. When we pray I’ll read it to Him. Then we will be praising our good friend Jesus, too!”

Curriculum Materials for 3- through 5-year-olds • ©2014 The ReThink Group. All rights reserved. • www.ThinkOrange.com

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Write down the children’s names in your journal. Remember to print the words so they can recognize their names and letters.

Prayer SGL: “God, we want to praise Jesus today because He is our good friend. We love Him because … (read the list the children made). Jesus is so special, God. Thank You for sending Him to be our friend forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Get Ready to Dismiss Set any take-home creations where you or parents can get them easily. Greet parents at the door and tell them that this month preschoolers are learning that [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend. Encourage parents to repeat the Bottom Line at home and help their child understand that [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend. Have this month’s Parent CUE available for parents to pick up or send it in a monthly email. Encourage parents to use the activities found in Parent CUE to reinforce this month’s Bottom Line: [Bottom Line] Jesus is my good friend.

Curriculum Materials for 3- through 5-year-olds • ©2014 The ReThink Group. All rights reserved. • www.ThinkOrange.com

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Prek week 2 lesson