Lent 1: Ways to engage the 3’s and under with this weeks RCL readings.

Choose the specific readings that church will use this week or be prepared for all of  them

This week you might need

My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  https://www.koorong.com/search/product/my-first-read-aloud-bible-mary-batchelor/9781860247712.jhtml

or The Lion Story Bible https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-lion-story-bible-sophie-piper-ruth-rivers/9780745964003.jhtml

or THE BEGINNERS BIBLE TIMELESS CHILDREN’S STORIES https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-beginners-bible-timeless-childrens-stories-beginners-bible/9780310750130.jhtml

OR The early reader Bible https://www.word.com.au/The-Early-Readers-Bible/V-Gilbert-Beers-Terri-Steiger-Illustrator/9780310701392

OR 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

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Bible Story Coloring Pages: Spring 2018

Psalms Coloring Pages – 8.5×11


ALSO Blue, Yellow and Green material squares from Spotlight, or paper squares



Plain paper or Journal


Old Testament: Genesis 9:8-17

READ: My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff pp.20-21.

or The Lion Story Bible p.22


OR The early reader Bible pp.27-31

OR The Jesus Story Book Bible pp.46-47

COLOURING IN: http://www.mediacomeshop.org.au/test/index.php?route=product/product&path=90_91&product_id=249

OR https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018 (The price you pay will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will possibly 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)

OR free draw rainbows

PLAY: A rainbow puzzle. A simple puzzle can be made from strips of coloured paper placed in the correct order. Easily prepared at home.

or a Noah playset. (NOTE: today’s reading is about the covenant not the Noah’s ark story)


PSALM 25:1-10

COLOURING IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11 (This series has 9 colouring in pages, including a simplified version for younger hands. They cover the Psalms in the RCL until Easter Sunday. I do suggest you purchase them, just remember the price is in $US so will be slightly higher and may attract an international transaction fee. You might like to share this product with other families or ask your congregation to purchase it for you.)

DRAW: the images in the Psalm 

OR draw how the Psalm makes you feel. 

As covenant is mentioned at the end of this Psalm see the PLAY suggestions above



READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMYJ60vda3E  A Big Guy took my Ball by Mo Williams as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-february-18-2018/ to explain how someone advocates/steps in to help for us.

PLAY: With toys, or dolls. They may recreate this scene of some one stepping in to help.

OR Let them play with Noah’s ark play set.

PRAY: Thank You God

You cared for Noah

You care for me (point to yourself)



GOSPEL: Mark 1:9-15

READ: My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff pp.150-153

or The Lion Story Bible pp..140-143

OR The Jesus Story Book Bible pp. 200-209 p.200 sums up all of today’s readings succinctly. 


CRAFT: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/printable-baptism-of-jesus-spinner.html  Baptism spinner, require straw, glue stick and texta’s.

PLAY: 3 colour squares, blue, yellow, and green. (bought from spotlight or use sheets of coloured paper.) Put them out, and retell Jesus’s journey, from baptism on the Blue sheet, to desert experience on the yellow sheet, to preaching on the green sheet. Question: I wonder what your favourite story is? Which colour do you like today? (don’t expect their answers to your questions to be verbal.)