Jesus Calls His First Disciples – Play Through The Bible – Week 17

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Week 17 of Play Through The Bible is the story of Jesus calling his first disciples.  K loved this week because he is all about going fishing lately!

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 Seventeen – Jesus’ Calls His Disciples


Focus Point

Jesus asks some fishermen to follow him.

Story Time Tips

  • We read “A Wish for Fish” starting on page 156 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
  • I talked about how these men were using a net to fish, since K has only ever seen fishing with fishing poles.
  • Pretend to be fishing and then make sad faces when you don’t catch anything.
  • I briefly explained what is means to be “fishers of men.” I said that it means telling people about Jesus and asking them to follow Jesus too. K was able to remember the phrase “fishers of men” pretty well, but I didn’t push him to remember the meaning for now.
  • Since this was the first mention of Jesus’ disciples, we spend some time talking about who they were. Day five’s craft was a great time to expound on this topic more.

Activity

Hop into a laundry basket boat and act out the story! You can use a blanket for the net and for the fish either toys or fish cut out of construction paper.

Discussion

Parent: “Did the men catch any fish by themselves?”

Child: “No.”

Parent: “Who helped them to catch a lot of fish?”

Child: “Jesus!”

Parent: “What did Jesus tell them to be fishers of?”

Child: “Fishers of men!”

Daily Craft

Day One – Fishers of Men Coloring Page

http://www.sermons4kids.com/fishers-of-men-colorpg.htm

Day Two – No Fish Yet

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Materials needed:

 

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Cut a boat shape out of the brown paper.

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Paint the bottom half of the gray paper with the blue paint.

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Glue your boat on top of the water.

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You or your child can draw a couple guys in the boat. Ours were frowning due to their lack of fish. Please don’t be intimidated by my mad drawing skills. 🙂

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Add your fish stickers in the water (we didn’t even wait for the paint to dry first!).

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All finished!

Day Three – Fish

 

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Materials needed:

  • Piece of construction paper (we used gray)
  • Sequins
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors

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Trace and cut out a large fish shape from your paper.

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Glue sequins onto your fish.

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Simple and easy!

Day Four – Finally Catch Some Fish!

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Materials needed:

  • Blue construction paper
  • Gray construction paper (optional, originally I was going to use this to cut out fish shapes)
  • Fish stickers (not pictured)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Mesh (ours came off an orange package)

 

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Stick your fish stickers (or glue your cut-outs) together in the middle of the page.

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Put some glue around your fish.

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Put your mesh overtop of the fish.

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Write “Follow me and be fishers of men” on the top to finish it off!

Day Five – Jesus and His Disciples

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Materials needed:

For our last craft I decided to make something we could use for the rest of the series – Jesus and his disciples peg dolls. They will be perfect for K to use to play out the stories we read.

We kept it really simple…

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First, we painted the heads. Of course, after we started I realized I didn’t have any brown or tan. I mixed together a color for the heads the best this non-artistic momma could, but it did end up a little too green! Good thing it didn’t bother K a bit.

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After we painted the heads, we painted each body a different color, making Jesus be white.

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All done! Not the prettiest, but made with love by three year old hands (with a little help from mom).

Extra Resources

Here is a great song for this week:

Fishers of Men Bible Song

 


I hope you enjoyed week seventeen 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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Comments

  1. Cassandra Stone says:

    Wow, this has so many details and helpful information on how to teach our children through the Bible. Thank you for putting this together. How fun!

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