How To Teach Your Toddler The Gospel: 5 Theological Truths to Teach Your Little One

Wondering how to teach your toddler the gospel? Read on for five truths to get you started!

The other night, as I was getting my (just turned) three year old in bed, he said something that made me stop and think.

He said something to the extent of: “now that I’m three I’m going to do good things!”

I felt like I had transported back in time three and a half years. Echoes of strangely similar conversations with my eldest rang in my ears.  And it all came rushing back to me.

How many times did we talk about how only God always does good things? How many times did I lay out the gospel, when one day everything clicked and he set out on a course to follow Jesus with all his heart?

Because isn’t that our highest goal as parents?

To lay out the path to the gospel and see our kids travel down that road? At first, holding their hand, guiding their feet, and then watching them walk the walk themselves.

In that one statement from my middle son, it hit me. It’s time.

Now, don’t get me wrong. He doesn’t know a time without me telling him about God. Without me reading from his Bible. He knows the stories. He knows that Jesus died on the cross.

But now, as he is growing, things are going to start to change. His ability to converse is getting better. A sense of right and wrong is emerging within him. It is time for me to be more aware, more intentional with the way I talk to him.

After the conversation we had that night, I thought back to the things I did with my oldest. There is only 3 ½ years between them, but it seems so long ago that he was in this stage! As I thought, I came up with five theological truths that were laid as a foundation of understanding that allowed him to internalize the gospel message.

So, if you’ve ever wondered how to begin teach your toddler the gospel, this is an excellent place to begin. Because even though they can’t understand complex theological topics at this age, we can begin to lay the foundation for the future.

5 Foundations for Teaching Your Toddler the Gospel

1. God Made the World

As soon as you crack open the Bible (including your child’s storybook Bible), you are immediately confronted with this truth. God made everything. Everything is His. When you teach this to your child you set the foundation for the truth that God is sovereign over his creation.

This is one of the first and easiest truths to explain to your little one. Toddlers are already in explore mode. They love learning more about the world around them. They are already so full of wonder over creation. They love knowing that God made the flowers, and the sky, and the dog that lives next door.

Here are some simple ways to introduce this concept:

  • Reading the creation story in a storybook Bible (check out this one).
  • Going outside and looking at everything God made.
  • Modeling a sense of wonder when you look at something amazing that God created.
  • Looking at pictures of the things God has created in books.

2. God Made YOU

When God created this wonderful world, the grand finale was his creation of humans – his greatly loved and cherished children. When we tell our children that God made them, it establishes a foundation that they are loved and valuable to God.

Little kids love to hear about themselves. They love themselves! If something involves them, they want to hear about it. It makes them feel so special to know that God made them and loves them.

Here are some simple ways to introduce this concept:

  • Look at pictures from when they were a baby and talk about how happy you were that God gave them to you.
  • Tell your child what you love about them by saying “I love how God made you…”
  • Have your child flex their muscles and say “wow, God made you so strong!”
  • Have your child stretch out big and say “look how big and tall God made you!”
  • Make sure to also mention how God made other people special too!

3. Only God is Always Good

This is the conversation that I had with my son that night. He didn’t fully understand what I meant, but in time he will. When children hear the message that it is only God who is always good, it sets a foundation for the truth that God is holy and righteous.

It seems like most kids go through this phase of extreme desire to be “good.” I remember my oldest as a little three year old, always talking about how he was going to “do good things.” While it is easy to brush these comments off as “cute”, they are the perfect time to introduce this important truth.

Here are some simple ways to introduce this concept:

  • Remind your child during moments of discipline that only God can be good all the time, but that he will help us to want to do good and he will forgive us when we do bad things.
  • Talk about it while reading Bible stories and the characters are making bad choices.
  • When someone else sins against them, remind them that everyone makes bad choices and only God is the one who is good to them all the time.

4. You Do Wrong Things

This is the other side of the truth that only God is good – your child does what is wrong. You will have plenty of opportunities to point out this truth that lays the foundation for the fact that your child is a sinner.

As your child continues to grow, they begin to develop a more acute awareness that they do wrong. That often, even when they want to do right, they do wrong. It is this understanding of their helplessness in sin that will ultimately make the sacrifice of Jesus so beautiful to them.

Here are some simple ways to introduce this concept:

  • Once again, talk about it during moments of discipline.
  • Pray to God, asking for help to do the things He wants you do to.
  • Let your child know that even mommy and daddy do bad things. I remember the first time I told my oldest this – he couldn’t believe it!
  • Eventually connect truths 3 and 4 by talking about how God who is only good cannot be with people who are sinful.

5. The Good News

Once you get to the point where your child understands the four previous truths, the reality of the gospel begins to come into focus. It all comes together.

God created this world, He is in charge of it, He gives it life.

God is always good, all the time.

Because we do wrong, we do things that are against God, we cannot be with an only good God. And life without God is not life at all – it is the punishment of death.

But, the God who created us loves us so much that He came to the earth as Jesus and died for us. He took our punishment of death.

Now, because Jesus died for that bad stuff we do, we can live forever with God. All we have to do is believe.

Keep On Evangelizing

This is not something that you try and sit down and explain to your two year old all in one conversation. No, it is something you weave into conversation over the days, months, and years.

Sometimes the conversations are just a word or two spoken by you, sometimes the deep conversations coming from the hearts of such a tiny little one will shock you.

Keep pressing on. Keep speaking this truth into your child’s life. Keep leading them to the way, the truth, and the life.

Keep planting seeds, trusting that the Master Gardener will bring about a harvest in His perfect time.

My little three year old didn’t fully understand what I was trying to explain to him that night. However, someday he will, and that will be a beautiful day indeed.

One Year Old Gift Guide (Things They’ll Play With For Years To Come)

One Year Old Gift Guide

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Recently a friend of mine’s little boy turned one and as I was trying to pick out a gift for his birthday party, I realized just how difficult it is to find good gifts for that age. Sure, there is an abundance of overpriced plastic toys that light up and make noise, toys that generally are played with for a short time and then either forgotten or outgrown.

The last thing I want to do is spend money on something that my child (or yours!) is going to use for a few weeks or months and then move on from. I want something that a learning, growing, rambunctious one year old will be able to play with for years to come! Something that is fun, but also supports their rapid development and growth.

Is that too much to ask for?

I don’t think so.

And to prove it I want to share 10 great gift ideas for the one year old in your life. Perfect for Christmas, birthdays, or any time!

1. Little Tykes Scooteroo – Riding Toy
This nifty little bike is the gift I finally settled on purchasing for for my aforementioned friend’s little boy.

Small, lightweight, and super cute – this little riding toy is perfect for beginning walkers and toddlers to scoot around on.

And, hold the phone, swimming in a sea of pricey ride on toys, this little gem clocks in at only $15! What?! It’s a no brainer.


2. Melissa & Doug Classic ABC Block Cart

One word – classic.

Blocks are the toy that never grows old and your kiddo will play with these for years to come. This exact set is a gift that my son got for his first birthday and he still plays with them now at almost 4 years old.

The little cart they come in is an added bonus, opening up even more avenues for fun play.


3. Crocodile Creek 5″ Playground Ball

I don’t think I’ve ever met a little one who doesn’t like playing with a ball. Similar to blocks, it is a classic toy for a reason.

These playground balls are extra durable for lots of fun games and they are a little smaller, perfect for little hands. Plus, they come in a ton of different styles – these cute firetrucks, a globe, flowers, pirates, and a whole bunch more!

One or two of these are definitely on my list for my kiddos this year.


4. Dyson Ball Vacuum With Real Suction and Sounds

This neat toy vacuum cleaner was another gift that my son received when he was one. He thought it was the coolest thing to be able to vacuum like momma!

3 years later, the toy vacuum can still be found in the playroom, getting plenty of use by my son and his friends.





5. Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set

Yes, yet another toy that my son got for his first birthday! (Are you sick of hearing that yet?)

The only difference is that the one we have isn’t adjustable like this one is. I actually thought I was buying the adjustable one, but got the wrong one. Definitely get the adjustable one though! Then, you’ll have a gift that will grow with your child for quite a few years.


6. Foamnasium Gymnasium

Although they are on the pricey side, these awesome climbing blocks are something I am seriously considering getting as a gift for both my 6 month old and almost 4 year old.

Perfect for gross motor skills and hours of open ended imaginative play, I think they are worth the investment and would be something they’d play with for years and years.


7. Fisher-Price Little People Animal Friends Farm

For K’s first Christmas (his birthday is a few days after Christmas), we actually bought him the Little People Nativity Set. He loved it that first year and continues to enjoy playing with it every year when we pull out the Christmas stuff. I highly recommend it as a Christmas gift.

If you are looking for a non-Christmas gift though, there are a bunch of other sets to choose from. I thought this little farm was perfect for a one year old!


8. Little Tikes Cozy Truck

K’s little cousin has this “souped up” version of the classic Cozy Coupe and I think it is pretty great.

It is a little bit bigger which means it has a bit more leg room for continued use as your child grows. It also has a fun trunk in the back, great to play with even if you can’t ride around in it yet. Plus it has the nifty little footplate that can go in the bottom, so that young riders can be pushed around without their feet getting stuck.


9. Remo Kids Percussion, Floor Tom

K got his Remo drum for his second Christmas, but it would have been just as good of a gift for his first (we have a larger version, similar to this one). Even J, at six months old, enjoys playing with this high quality drum.

I love buying my kids kid-sized versions of real things, and these drums are a perfect example of that.  This drum is the real deal. You just might want to get some earplugs to go with it, or do what we do and keep it in their bedroom! 🙂


10. Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag 

K has a giant tub of these blocks that he received as a hand-me-down and he has been playing with them since before he was one.

With their simple design, Mega Bloks are the easiest toy of their kind for young builders. If your child is older, and you have a little more money to spend, I recommend Duplos, which are the toddler version of Legos and have more building options. However, both Mega Bloks and Duplos are great building toys.

Also, whatever set you’re buying, I always recommend starting with a simple set of plain pieces first. Let them practice connecting the pieces and building with their imaginations before introducing pre-made sets. 


What are your favorite toys for one year olds? Anything you’d add to this list?

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Play Through the Bible ONE YEAR Anniversary, a *New Look*, and FREE Printable!

Hey there! Things are a bit crazy around here for the next two weeks, so I’m taking a super short blogging break. However I wanted to pop in real quick to say, YAY, it’s the one year anniversary of Play Through The Bible!

If you’re new around here, Play Through the Bible was my big project last year. It is a 25 week series detailing our toddler Bible lesson plans. We worked through an entire toddler Bible, doing crafts and fun activities for each story. It was tons of fun!

Now, I always knew that this series was pretty popular on Pinterest. It made me really excited to see all the people pinning (and hopefully doing!) our fun Bible activities. However, I just recently checked the posts to see how popular they were on Pinterest…

The Play Through The Bible series has been pinned over TEN THOUSAND TIMES!

Wow! I was floored and so grateful! It makes me so excited to think of all the little toddlers out there learning about simple truths from God’s Word!

So, in honor of the one year anniversary and the series doing so well on Pinterest I went back through and updated all the posts! Did a little cleaning up, a little editing, and gave the series a new look!

The old graphic was one of the first I had ever made and it never quite looked the way I wanted…

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See? Not so pretty.

And here’s the new one!

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Yay! Look at all those fun activities!

One last thing – to make preparing to do the lessons with your little one a whole lot easier I’ve put together a free supply list!

I purposely made the lessons so that they mainly used only basic craft supplies and things you’d find laying around your house. I wanted the lessons to be simple and accessible for most people! Now, with the supply list, you can see exactly what you need for the whole series!

The supply list is free for subscribers – so to get your copy, just enter your name and email at the bottom of this post!

Again, thank you so much for making this series a success!

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Our Top Ten Preschool Arts and Crafts Supplies

This post is part of the series “Home Preschool 101.” It is a peek into how we do homeschool preschool.

Here are all the posts (links will go live as published)…

Our Home Preschool Goals

Our Simple Preschool Plan 2015-2016

Our Top Eight Preschool Building Materials

Our Top Five Preschool Science Supplies

Fruit of the Spirit Curriculum Review

My Favorite Preschool Resources

Home Preschool Room Tour
Back to {Pre} School

If he could, my three and a half year old son (K) would spend all day cutting, glueing, and coloring. He loves doing crafts!

So, as part of our “Home Preschool 101” series I wanted to share with you our top ten arts and crafts supplies!

(These supplies would be perfect for the Play Through The Bible series!)

1. Crayola Pip-Squeaks Skinnies

Pip Squeaks Skinnies are amazing. I love these markers! They are the perfect size for little hands. Plus, they come in so many fun colors. K is literally using these off and on all. day. long.

2. Paper

Construction paper is definitely used for tons of crafts in our house. K also goes through a bunch of scrap paper (mostly old loose leaf paper) since he is all about writing right now.

We also use our giant roll of paper a lot. Ours came from my dad who can get them from his work (a recycling company), but here is something similar.

3. Kid Scissors

K’s been able to cut with kid scissors for a while now. They are one of his favorite art tools! It has been really fun watching him go from just learning how to grip them, to using them to make all sorts of fun creations.

4. Tempera Paint

We usually pick up paint from Walmart or Hobby Lobby that looks almost exactly like these ones. They are very affordable, which is perfect for preschoolers who like to use a lot of paint! Quick tip: mix in a squirt of dish soap for easy finger painting clean-up!

5. Water Colors

We just picked up a new set of water colors the other day and K went to town painting with them! These little Crayola palettes are nice, but I really want to try liquid watercolors sometime soon!

6. Chalk

We have this exact same pack of Crayola chalk and it works great! The colors are so bright and they write so easily. We’ve used them both outside on the sidewalk and inside on our giant chalkboard. We are almost out – I need to restock!

7. Glue Sticks

While we do occasionally use standard Elmer’s glue, K’s glue of choice is glue sticks. He loves to cut and glue paper to create his own crafts. The disappearing purple glue is our favorite because it is really easy for him to see where he has put the glue down.

8. Craft Sticks

We have a big box of jumbo craft sticks and K is always pulling them out to make all sorts of different creations. We’ve also used them as manipulatives for math work and as prayer sticks.

9. Stickers

Stickers are so great for fine motor practice! My favorite place to pick up stickers is the dollar store, but you can grab a pretty good deal here.

10. Googly Eyes

These crazy little googly eyes are one of K’s favorites! Nothing completes a project like a nice set of wiggly eyes (or three or four if you’re making a monster!). I think next time I might spring for the more expensive peel and stick google eyes.

Share your favorites in the comments!

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Holy Week – Play Through The Bible – Week 25

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Week 25 of Play Through The Bible is our final week! I cannot believe we’ve made it all the way through! For this last week, I decided to combine all the Holy Week stories into one unit. It made it a lot easier for us to get the whole story that way.

Sorry this post ended up being late! I tried to blame it on the busy week we’ve had – warm spring days outside, freezer meal prep for when the baby comes, last visits with grandparents before they leave, fun weekend at an air show, etc. However, if I’m honest with myself I knew that wasn’t really the case.

I was avoiding this week.

Even though we’ve talked about the gospel story before, the significance of it was weighing on me. The emotion, the heaviness of it all. I wanted to make it meaningful. So I kept putting it off. Finally, I realized that I just needed to do what I always do – keep it simple.

We did a simple craft for each part of the story and it ended up going great. I hope you enjoy it too!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.


Week Twenty Five – Holy Week

Focus Point

Jesus loved us so much that he died for us and then He rose from the grave!

Story Time Tips

  • We read “Jesus is Coming” starting on page 234, “Jesus is Alive!” starting on page 244, and “Good-Bye” starting on page 250 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “The Day Jesus Died” starting on page 316, “Jesus Is Alive!” starting on page 326, and “Good News!” starting on page 336 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
  • We sat down and read each of the stories in a row and then went back through them and talked about what happened. It is a lot for a three year old to grasp, but he tried really hard!
  • Lately K has been very interested in trying to be good. Every night he asks me “was I good today?” While I am grateful for his effort, I have had to remember to remind him that there is only One who is good all the time. We have talked about how everyone (even mommy and daddy!) do bad things, but only God does only good things. This was the beginning of our gospel talk because it is the foundation of understanding why Jesus had to do what he did. He is trying really hard to wrap his mind around God being so good that people who do bad things can’t be with Him, so Jesus came to be good for us. It is a conversation we will continue for all his growing up years!


Put on some praise music (try this fun song!) and wave your palm branches around (that you make in Day 1’s craft).

Play Through The Bible Week 25 - Holy Week


Parent: “What happened to Jesus?”

Child: “He died on the cross.”

Parent: “Then where did they put him?”

Child: “In a tomb.”

Parent: “What happened when they looked in the tomb?”

Child: “He wasn’t there.”

Parent: “Where was he?”

Child: “He was alive!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Palm Branches


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Materials Needed:

  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Craft sticks (we ended up not using them, but using more paper instead)

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First, cut out your leaf shapes. Fold the paper in half long-ways and cut it out similar to how you would cut out a heart.

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Leaving the leaf folded in half, make cuts down the side almost to the middle.

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Tightly roll a piece of green paper and glue it closed.

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Glue the rolled up paper onto the middle of your leaf.

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Make another if you’d like. Perfect for waving around! Hosanna!


Day Two – Coloring Page 

Day Three – Cross Painting

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Materials needed:

  • Paint
  • Painters or masking tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper (not pictured, we used a large piece of lightweight cardboard)

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Use the tape to outline a cross onto your paper.

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Paint all over your “canvas.”

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Let the paint dry and then remove the tape!

Day Four – Empty Grave

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Materials needed:

  • Paper plate, cut in half
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Angel printout (got it here)

The inspiration for this craft was found here.


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Cut an opening in one of the paper plate halves and cut out the angel.

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Color the paper plates gray.

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Color the angel.

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Glue the angel to the paper plate without the hole.

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Glue the two paper plates together.

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As an optional little touch, we added a “He is risen!” sign. Of course, the tomb didn’t want to stand up after that, but ah well!

Day Five – Jesus Goes To Heaven

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Materials needed:

  • Jesus printout (here)
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Blue marker

This craft came from ABC Jesus Loves Me.

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Color the sky on your printout blue.

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Glue on the cotton balls for the clouds.

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All done! (He colored Jesus too)

Extra Resources

We didn’t use anything else this week!



I hope you enjoyed week twenty five of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram! 

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Zacchaeus – Play Through The Bible – Week 24


Play Through The Bible - 25 Weeks of Lesson Plans Just for Toddlers

Week 24 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus. K really liked this story. Something about a little guy climbing a tree really sparked his interest!

I really enjoyed this week as well. There was so much to talk about and do! I hope you and your little one enjoy this week as much as we did!

If you haven’t read the introduction to this series yet I recommend going here. For all the plans in one place, go here.

Week Twenty Four – Zacchaeus

Focus Point

Zacchaeus met Jesus and it changed his heart.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “Little Zacchaeus” starting on page 224 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers and “Little Zacchaeus” starting on page 308 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook.
  • After reading both stories, I told the story again from memory, adding a few details. We talked about what Zacchaeus’ job was – tax collector  – and reinforced that he lied and stole money from people. We talked about how no one liked Zacchaeus and I asked K if he thought Jesus would like him. Most importantly, we talked about Zacchaeus’ heart. We talked about how when Zacchaeus met Jesus, Jesus changed his heart. He didn’t want to do bad things after meeting Jesus and he gave all the people their money back. We’ve talked a lot about our hearts ever since The Parable of the Sower, and K really seems to be starting to understand.


If you have a small tree nearby, be like Zacchaeus and climb it! If you don’t have a good tree, find something you could use to pretend to climb a tree (a playground, bunk-bed, counter top, etc).


Parent: “What was Zacchaeus’ job?”

Child: “Taking money.”

Parent: “Yes, but he lied and stole lots of money didn’t he? Did people like him?”

Child: “No!”

Parent: “Why did Zacchaeus climb a tree?”

Child: “So he could see Jesus.”

Parent: “Yes, and what did Jesus say to him?”

Child: “Come down from that tree!”

Parent: “And then where did they go?”

Child: “To Zacchaeus’ house.”

Parent: “What happened to Zacchaeus’ heart after he met Jesus?”

Child: “He wanted to do good things.”

Parent: “Right, and what did he do with his money?”

Child: “He gave it back to people!”

Parent: “That’s right. Jesus loved Zacchaeus even though he was doing bad things and that made him want to do good things for Jesus.”

Daily Craft

Day One – Zacchaeus Small World

Play Through The Bible - Week 24 - Zacchaeus


Materials Needed:

  • Peg people or figurines – Jesus and disciples, extra for the crowd
  • Figurine for Zacchaeus
  • Small cardboard box
  • Small branches from a bush or tree
  • Small cup
  • Play-doh

For this small world, I used a recycled box (ours is actually a piece of packing material that we have used for a lot of different things!) with an opening cut into the side as Zacchaeus’ house. I scattered around disciples and people to be the crowd, putting Jesus over by the tree. For the tree I clipped a few branches from a bush and made them stand up by sticking them into a small cup filled with Play-doh. I stuck Zacchaeus in the tree and everything was ready for pretend play!

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Day Two – Coloring Page 

Day Three – Z in a Tree


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Materials needed:

  • Printable Zacchaeus (got ours here)
  • Paper towel tube (I cut this one down a little)
  • Green construction paper cut into tree top shape
  • Red dot marker (optional)


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Use the dot marker to add some fruit (or flowers) to your tree, optional.

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Glue Zacchaeus onto the tree top.

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Cut a slit on each side of the paper towel tube and insert the tree top. All finished!

Day Four – The Tax Collector’s Coins


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Materials needed:

  • Circles cut out of cardboard (we made six)
  • Aluminum foil, cut into six small pieces
  • Permanent marker


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For this simple craft all you have to do is wrap the aluminum foil around the cardboard circles. K would start the wrapping process and then I would finish to make sure it was all wrapped tight.

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We used the permanent marker to write numbers on our coins.

Day Five – Zacchaeus Meets Jesus Handprint Craft


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Materials needed:

The inspiration for this craft came from here.


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First, using the brown paint, cover your child’s arm from wrist to elbow.

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Press the brown arm down onto the paper, wipe up a bit, and then paint both of your child’s hands with the green paint.

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Press green handprints at the top of the brown arm to make the leaves of the tree.

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Glue Zacchaeus up into the top of the tree.

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Glue Jesus down on the ground.

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We used our extra green paint to make some grass and we were finished!

Extra Resources

You can’t miss this classic song!

Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man


I hope you enjoyed week twenty four of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram! 



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