The Good Samaritan: 3 Activities for Preschool Families
This lesson marks the beginning of our unit on Serving Others in Starting Blocks. Have fun using these activities to teach your preschooler the importance showing other’s God’s love by helping them like the Good Samaritan did.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God wants us to love our neighbor and to serve one another, even if it’s inconvenient. The story of the Good Samaritan tells of a man who was robbed and beaten while he was walking down the road. His clothes were taken and he was left to die. A priest was walking down the same road, but when he saw the man he passed by on the other side. A Levite also came to the place where the man was and passed by without helping. A Samaritan came by the man, took pity on him and helped him. He placed the hurt man on the donkey and took him to an inn. When he had made sure he was taken care of, he paid for the man to stay at the inn until he was better. (Luke 10:25-37)
We show others God’s love by helping them.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… And love your neighbor as yourself.” Mathew 22:37, 39 (NIV)
3 Activities That Help Us Learn We Can Show God’s Love by Helping Others:
1. Making Your Own Samaritan
Grab one sheet of construction paper and cut out a large paper doll. Let your child draw a face on the doll and use a red crayon to draw several lines or circles to represent “boo-boos”. Next, grab three stuffed animals or dolls to help act out the story. Lay the paper doll on the floor and choose one stuffed animal to be the priest, Levite and Samaritan and walk by the paper doll. Have the Samaritan stuffed animal stop and help the paper doll by placing Band-Aids over his hurts. After you have finished acting out the story, use these questions to talk with your child.
- What happened to the man on the road?
- Did everybody stop to help?
- Who stopped to help the hurt man?
- Who is a neighbor?
- How can we serve one another?
- Should we help or serve one another even if it means we have less me to play and have fun?
2. Learning to be Gentle and Kind
Grab a large stuffed animal or doll and a roll of toilet paper. Let your child bandage the stuffed animal by wrapping it in toilet paper. Talk with your child about how he can care for other’s hurts by being gentle and kind, just as he is being gentle and kind with his stuffed animal so the toilet paper won’t break.
3. Action Rhymes
Your child learned this action rhyme on Sunday, help him remember by repeating it again throughout the week.
Good friends care and share—cross arms over chest
Friends give you a helping hand—place hand out in front of you with palm up
I thank God for friends like you—point up to God and then to someone else
Thank you, God for always taking care of us. Please help us be good neighbors and please show us how we can love you by helping others.