Easter 3: Ideas to help the 3’s and under connect with this weeks RCL readings

These suggestions are for use with the 3’s and under who are in worship with you. Or use them during the week to keep connecting with Sunday’s worship.

You may need to organise some resources before Sunday and place in a special Church Bag so you can pick it up and run and have everything with you to share worship with your little one.


Snuggle Time Psalms by Gleyns Nellist https://www.word.com.au/Snuggle-Time-Psalms/Glenys-Nellist/9780310749257 If you can buy this book do so as i will refer to it in the coming weeks.

Jesus by Stephanie Carmichael https://www.koorong.com/search/product/jesus-books-for-little-ones-series-stephanie-carmichael/9781925424089.jhtml

The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-jesus-storybook-bible-sally-lloyd-jones-jago/0310708257.jhtml can also be purchased on Kindle

Children of the King By Max Lucado https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-children-of-the-king-formerly-just-the/9781433540912.jhtml

Purchase Download and print

https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018ill get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Spring, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)

Youtube clips


Journal or drawing paper


play food (ie https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20262005/)

paper plates

Soft toys or dolls

1st READING: ACTS 3:12-19

READ/WATCH   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckm1c5N9EoM CRAZY HAIR DAY by Barney Saltzberg

as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-april-15-2018/

OR from the Books for Little Ones series JESUS by Stephanie Carmichael Though written around another Bible Verse I feel it works just as well here.


Thank you God

for keeping your promises


Draw: something you have promised someone or that they have promised you


READ: Snuggle Time Psalms by Gleyns Nellist

COLOURING IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018


make or draw a face when you feel safe and/or one when you feel upset.

2nd Reading: 1 John 3:1-7

READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMXULIYojHk GOD’S DREAM BY DESMOND TUTU

Suggested by https://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/year-b-third-sunday-of-easter-april-19.html

OR CHILDREN OF the KING By Max Lucado  this is not a toddlers book but everyone I know loves these books (old and young) just read p.31 for this age group. If they want more then read the book at their pace. They will let you know when they want you to stop.

DRAW: a church full of the children of God

PLAY:  Use the hand rhyme here is the church and here is the steeple. You can see the long version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H3E33o4URc substitute Here is God’s children instead of see all of the people.


READ: The Jesus Storybook Bible Going Home, pp.318-321

DRAW: the story

PLAY: Prepare a meal of fish and set a place for Jesus. Use the Ikea food or cut out some fish and bread for them to make a meal with. You can even make some out of material. Invite soft toys or dolls and leave a space for Jesus. Use paper plates to set a table (don’t use supermarket plastic cutlery as they are often sharp, with this age) small spoons might be ok. Toy sets are often better just check the age recommendations for the product.






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