Ark Kids Junior: Back To School Bash

Back To School Bash : I'm Loved, So I Can Love!

Mia is nervous about her first day of Kindergarten, but Conductor Carl helps her learn that she is already loved.



Large Group

Large Group Instructions

Countdown From 10
Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Optional music selections for this lesson:

  • Welcome: Wheels On The Bus
Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad that you’re here.

Co-Host Everyone at the Train Station is excited about the kids going back to school. Do any of you go to preschool or Kindergarten?

Host I have a fun idea. Let’s pretend that it’s the first day of school. What should we do first?

Co-Host I know. We have to wake up. Hold your arms up and yawn. Rub your eyes. Let’s put on our school clothes. Slip on your shirt and pants.

Host Don’t forget your shoes. Slide those on each foot. You can’t go to school on an empty stomach. Should we eat cereal or donuts for breakfast? Let’s eat it as slowly as we can.

Co-Host Now it’s time to get on the bus. Everyone sing, “The Wheels on the Bus” with me.

  • Sing a couple verses of the song.

Host I think you are ready for our big day at the Train Station. Can you say, “Choo-choo” with lots of energy?

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Heart Balloons, Bag
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host Does Mia think that she has to make God love her? Do you think she has to do something special so God will love her?

Co-Host Do you think that God already loves Mia?

Host I think our Big Point teaches her, and us, something true about God that will help us have a great year. Let practice it,

Host I Am Loved, So I Can Love!

Co-Host Let’s think of some people who love us. Our families love us. Let’s pretend to give a big hug. My doggie loves me. Let’s pretend to bark like a tiny puppy dog. Can you stick out your tongue and pant like a doggie? Our Big Point isn’t talking about puppies. It’s talking about the One who loves us the most. Do you know who it is?

Host You’re right. The Big Point is about God. He loves us more than anyone. He loved us yesterday. He loves us today. Do you think He’ll love us tomorrow? (Pause) He will!

Co-Host Let’s play a fun game. We have some heart balloons. I think of love when I look at these hearts. We’re going to choose some Jr. Conductors to help us stuff this bag with as many hearts as we can. Ready? Go!

  • Have kids stuff the heart balloons in the bag. Have the other kids cheer them on.

Host Great job! God gives us so much love that He fills us up, just like this bag is full. There is not anything that you, I, or Mia have to do to make God love us. He already does.

Co-Host Since God loves us, do you think, Jr. Conductors, that God wants to help you have a great year at school or preschool?

Host He sure does. Let’s see if we can help Mia discover the Big Point, so she realizes she doesn’t have to worry.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Beach Towel, Swimsuit, Deflated Beach Ball, Inflated Beach Ball, Heart Balloon
Hosts
  • Host and Co-Host enter.

Host I love that Mia wants to help! I just wish she knew that she doesn’t have to do it to earn God’s love. He already loves her! Let’s practice the Big Point again,

Host I Am Loved, So I Can Love!

Co-Host Conductor Carl shared a verse with her from the Bible.

Co-Host 1 John 4:19 (NIrV) says, “We love because He loved us first.”

Host Let’s talk about before and after. If something comes before, that means it happens first. If something is after, then it happens later.

Co-Host Look at this first picture. What do you see? That kid is going to jump in the pool. Can you show me what it looks like when you swim? Have you ever made a giant splash in the pool?

Host (Show the swimsuit) Would you change into your swimsuit before or after jumping in the pool? (Pause) Before, otherwise your regular clothes would get all wet! (Show the beach towel) Would you use a towel to dry off before or after you jumped in the pool? (Pause) That’s right; you would use it after because you get all wet after you jump in.

Co-Host Let’s pretend to toss a beach ball to each other. (Show the deflated beach ball) Would you toss the beach ball before or after you filled it up with air? (Pause) After! It’s more fun when it bounces. Let’s bounce the ball in the air.

  • Bounce the inflated beach ball.

Host Thinking about our Big Verse. Are we only loved by God after we do something special or does He love us before that?

Co-Host That’s right, He loves us before! Because Jesus loves us, we can share His love with other people. You could do kind things for your friends at school or share kind words with them. So, Mia doesn’t have to help her friends to earn God’s love; instead, Mia can help her friends because God already loves her.

Host Exactly! I get love from God. (Show the heart balloon) and share that love with my friends. (Give the balloon the Co-Host) That’s a great reason to stand and worship God.

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Materials:
Leader

Let’s repeat our Big Verse that tells us the truth about God. Repeat after me, “Jesus loved me first.” (Repeat 3x) Now I will take that verse and use it to pray. (Pray)

Materials:
Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2)
Hosts
  • Host enters.

Host I’m glad that Mia learned that she is loved by God and is so special to Him. We don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love. He gives it away freely. And so can we! Let’s practice our Big Point,

Host I Am Loved, So I Can Love!

Co-Host Conductor Carl gave us a great idea for the Big Do.

Co-Host We can find a way to share God’s love with someone else this week at school. Your parents can do the same thing at their jobs. There are lots of ways to share God’s love.

Host Let’s play a fun game to help us think of some ways we can do that. Then you’ll have some ideas for the Big Do. Do you like to play matching games?

Co-Host We’re going to put some cards on the screen. You get to choose two of them and see if they match. Then remember where they are and try again.

  • Play the game on screen allowing different kids to try to make a match. If you can’t use a computer, then consider printing the pictures to play the matching game. Once a match has been made, describe how the picture teaches a way to share love.

Host You did a great job matching.

Co-Host Remember that God loves you, and I hope you have a great week showing love to your families and friends.

Host Let’s say our Big Point once more.

Host I Am Loved, So I Can Love!

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Heart Balloon
Hosts

Host

  • Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say I Am Loved, So I Can Love! or I am not loved at all?

  • Let’s pretend to be a superhero. What is your superpower? Let’s practice some different superhero tricks. What was the name of the girl we met at the Train Station who pretended to be a superhero princess? Mia Was Mia worried if God loved her? Yes

  • Let’s pretend to dip a bucket into a well. Do we get water or chocolate milk out of a well? Who sat by a well and asked for water in the Big Story? Jesus Was the woman at the well surprised to meet Jesus? Yes

  • Pretend to drink a glass of water as fast as you can. How many glasses can you drink? Did the woman at the well think that God would want her to be His friend? No Did Jesus let her know that God wants her in His family? Yes

  • I’m going to share this heart balloon with a friend. I want you to pass it along to the friend next to you. Let’s see if we can pass it to everyone. What should we do with the love that God gives us? Share it with others

  • Let’s see how high we can count. Start counting at one. (Count) What does our Big Verse say? 1 John 4:19 (NIrV), “We love because He loved us _____.”

    • First
    • Second
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Midweek / Classroom

Midweek / Classroom Instructions

Small Group Split
Materials:
Small Group Leader
  • Begin by splitting the kids into the desired number of small groups.

Materials: Lesson Plan
Leader
Note:

Optional music selections for this lesson:

  • Welcome: Wheels On The Bus
Note:

Engage 1 prep: This Engage uses a Magic Color Scratch craft that can be purchased online. If you don’t have access to this craft, then you substitute a different heart craft or simply have the kids decorate a heart cutout.

Materials:
Leader
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader

Welcome to the Train Station, Jr. Conductors! I’m so glad that you dropped by for a visit. Everyone at the Train Station is excited about the kids going back to school. Do any of you go to preschool or Kindergarten? We’re going to have lots of fun celebrating school today and learning how God can help us at school, at home, at church, at the park, at the zoo, on top of the zoo, on top of an elephant on top of the zoo, on top of a parrot riding on an elephant standing on a zebra on top of the zoo. Oh my, I got carried away. I think you are ready for our big day at the Train Station. I’m going to ask each group to say, “Choo-choo” with lots of energy. When I call your group’s name, shout, “Choo-choo!”

Let’s stand and worship Jesus!

Materials:
Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

Do you enjoy going to school or preschool? What is your favorite thing to do at school? (Pause) Sometimes kids get so excited about the first day of school that they can’t fall asleep. Let’s pretend to get ready for the first day of school. Each group will get to act out a different morning activity.

  • Have the different groups pretend to do things like get dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, make the bed, etc.

Some kids ride the bus to preschool or Kindergarten. Let’s all sing the “Wheels on the Bus” together.

  • Sing the song

That was fun. Let’s meet a girl at the Train Station who is getting ready for school, too. Her name is Mia.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Magic Color Scratch Heart (1 per child)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

    This Engage uses a Magic Color Scratch craft that can be purchased online. If you don’t have access to this craft, then you substitute a different heart craft or simply have the kids decorate a heart cutout.

Does Mia think that she has to make God love her? Do you think she has to do something special to earn God’s love? I think that God loves Mia already. Our Big Point teaches her, and us, something true about God that will help us have a great year. Let’s practice it again. Everyone, stand up.

I Am Loved, So I Can Love!

You can sit on your pockets. God loves us so much! He loved us yesterday. He loves us today. Do you think He’ll love us tomorrow? He will! Your engineer has a fun activity for all you Jr. Conductors to do. Turn on your listening ears and get ready.

Small Group Leader
  • Small group leaders lead the kids in the Magic Color Scratch craft. The kids use the scratching tool to scratch away the black and reveal the color. As they work on the craft, ask the kids what they think of when they see a heart. Talk about the different people who love them. Discuss ways that God shows us that He loves us.

Leader

God gives us so much love. His love fills us up! There’s nothing that me, you, or Mia has to do to make God want to love us. He already does. Since God loves us, do you think that God wants to help you have a great year at school or preschool? He sure does. Let’s see if we can help Mia discover the Big Point so she doesn’t have to be worried.

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief, Heart Balloon (1 per group), Balloon Pump (1 per group)
Leader
  • Leader enters.

It’s great that Mia wants to help, but she doesn’t have to do anything to earn God’s love. She already has it. Let’s practice the Big Point again,

I’m Loved, So I Can Love! Conductor Carl shared a verse with Mia from the Bible.

1 John 4:19 (NIrV) says, “We love because He loved us first.”

Does God love us only once we’ve done something nice, or does He love us before? That’s right, before! Because Jesus loves us, we can share His love with other people. Your engineer is going to play a game with you and you’ll all get to think of how you can show God’s love to others.

Small Group Leader

(Show the deflated heart balloon) Is this balloon full or empty? It’s empty. We need to fill it up. Let’s think of ways that we can share God’s love. Each time we share an idea, I will blow some air into the balloon. Let’s see if we can think of enough ideas to fill up the balloon.

  • Fill up the balloon and then play a game by lightly hitting it to each child in the group, allowing them to gently bounce it to the next person. Discuss how we share God’s love with everyone.

Leader

You did a great job with that activity. Let’s listen to a true story about a woman who meets Jesus.

Materials:
Small Group Leader

Let’s take a moment to use our Big Verse to pray and talk to Jesus. Repeat after me, “God loved me first.” (Repeat 3x) Now, I will take that verse and use it to pray. (Pray)

Materials: Overalls, Train Hat, Handkerchief
Leader
  • Leader enters.

I’m glad that Mia learned that she is loved by God and special to Him. We don’t have to do anything to earn God’s love. He gives it away freely. Let’s practice our Big Point,

I’m Loved, So I Can Love!

Conductor Carl gave us a great idea for the Big Do.

We can find a way to share God’s love with someone else this week at school. Your parents can do the same thing at their jobs. There are lots of ways to share God’s love. I hope you have a great week following the Big Point.

Materials: Overalls (2), Train Hat (2), Handkerchief (2), Heart Balloon
Hosts

Host

  • Let’s Practice our Big Point again. Hmm, did our Big Point say I Am Loved, So I Can Love! or I am not loved at all?

  • Let’s pretend to be a superhero. What is your superpower? Let’s practice some different superhero tricks. What was the name of the girl we met at the Train Station who pretended to be a superhero princess? Mia Was Mia worried if God loved her? Yes

  • Let’s pretend to dip a bucket into a well. Do we get water or chocolate milk out of a well? Who sat by a well and asked for water in the Big Story? Jesus Was the woman at the well surprised to meet Jesus? Yes

  • Pretend to drink a glass of water as fast as you can. How many glasses can you drink? Did the woman at the well think that God would want her to be His friend? No Did Jesus let her know that God wants her in His family? Yes

  • I’m going to share this heart balloon with a friend. I want you to pass it along to the friend next to you. Let’s see if we can pass it to everyone. What should we do with the love that God gives us? Share it with others

  • Let’s see how high we can count. Start counting at one. (Count) What does our Big Verse say? 1 John 4:19 (NIrV), “We love because He loved us _____.”

    • First
    • Second

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