I always love covering Bible stories the week or two before Easter because it gives me a chance to center the girls on Jesus and away from all of the Easter bunny stuff that surrounds the celebration of Easter. Don’t get me wrong, I personally see nothing wrong with enjoying the Easter bunny and all of the things associated with him such as Easter egg hunts, but the week is really about Jesus’ resurrection and that’s what I want the focus to stay mostly on. Luckily, my girls really do love many of the Bible stories and always love learning about Jesus, so the Bible activities end up being a fun lead up to a fun week of Easter activities. However, this unit can easily be done at any other time of year and you will be fine.
This year, I didn’t redo my bible lessons from last year and instead just added a few activities you can try at home. I focused more on Jesus this year and covered some of his parables, but because I had found so many fun workbooks over the years at the Dollar Store (absolutely consider shopping there if you do this unit, especially around Easter), there wasn’t much I needed additional from online. You can easily look at our PK-4 Bible page for plenty more ideas than the ones I post here, but for ease sake and to not be repetitive, I’m going to only add this one list of links.
Hope you enjoy all of the fun Bible activities and preparing for Easter celebrations in your own home!
Bible Week Activity Updates:
Find the spy game Joshua (http://adventuresinmommydom.org/joshua-battle-jericho-activities/)
Gideon quiz (https://www.biblefunforkids.com/2013/12/gideon.html#more)
David’s shepherd’s pouch craft (https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Shepherds-Pouch-Craft-David-and-Goliath-Bible-Story-3657972)
Joshua takes command object lesson (https://www.futureflyingsaucers.com/gods-battle-plan-deuteronomy-34-joshua-1610-24/)
Joshua battle of Jericho snack with icing, graham crackers, and bugles (http://3cherrycokes.blogspot.com/2011/06/joshua-and-battle-of-jericho-vbs-snack.html)
God keeps us safe orange activity (http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2015/10/god-keeps-us-safe-assembly-shadrach.html)
Paper plate craft (https://ministryark.com/lesson/stand-strong-sunday-school-lesson-daniel-3/)
Candle craft for Shadrach, Meshach, Abendago (http://onchapter.blogspot.com/2012/07/shadrach-meshach-abednego-jesus-crafts.html)
S, M, A game (https://sundayschoolsources.com/lessons/OT/Captivity/Shadrach.html)
Lion toilet paper tube (http://www.blogcolorear.com/2014/12/manualidades-animales-en-tubo-de.html)
Daniel lion pillow (https://i.pinimg.com/originals/96/9c/6e/969c6e97d628bd017b00fcd73734ccf4.jpg)
Jesus’ baptism craft and science experiments (https://www.123homeschool4me.com/jesus-baptism_67?)
Jesus loves the little children craft (http://www.churchhousecollection.com/resources/Jesus%20loves%20the%20little%20children%20activity%20page.jpg)
Cups story of God’s love for us (https://theflowerdonkeydiaries.com/2018/07/19/the-cups-sharing-the-story-of-gods-love/)
Prodigal son color by number (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/207095282845494950/)
Parables of Jesus songs (http://www.biblesongsandmore.com/songs/new-testament-songs/parables-of-jesus/)
Parables pop up book (http://www.biblesongsandmore.com/2013/07/06/parables-of-jesus-pop-up-book/)
Make homemade “talents” (https://adventuresinmommydom.org/parable-talents-lesson/)
Parable of the talents- chore day (start with a quarter kids can gain a quarter per chore- some worth more or can give up their quarter to lounge on the couch); double the amount gained by the hardest worker
Fairy Tales week is always a fun one, though I suggest that if you have the time you stretch the unit into two weeks instead of the one that I did. I knew I was going out of town and decided that week two would be our spring break, which is good since my trip to visit my mom was jam packed with activities. However, that meant we were unable to do all of the fun stuff I found and weren’t able to get to Hansel and Gretel. I do think this is one of the best units to do with kids, especially those that love to use imagination and play or those that are huge Disney fans. I don’t think you can ever regret taking time on units that are super fun like this, especially if you goal is to make learning fun (like mine is).
The big hit of the week was definitely Peter Pan. Not only did the girls love reading the chapter book, but I had bought a pirate box from Kiwi Crate on super sale that gave us loads to do on that day without me having to plan as much myself. There are also lots of Tinkerbell movies that go along with Peter Pan’s story on Amazon, so right now my girls are big into fairies and playing in their fairy garden, so the timing of this unit was perfect.
Another big hit was the Storytime Toys fairy tale playsets the girls have gotten as gifts over the last few years. They each contain the story and all of the houses and characters for each one, so we spent day after day playing with those. I’m also a huge fan of the STEM game my mom gave Aria where kids have to find the path to grandmother’s house and avoid the wolf. Basically, it ends up being early coding practice. I ended up reusing a lot of the activities from previous years because they were still relevant (and why not reuse toys or worksheets you laminate). But there are a number of new goodies in each pdf download that you can check out!
When it came to math and writing, I really hit the jackpot in pirate activities. There are loads of addition and counting games, along with color by sight words or color by numbers. Super fun way to take a break from Math U See and Sing, Spell, Read, and Write for a few days. Between packing, friends visiting, and doctor’s visits, we weren’t able to do all of the fun stuff we wanted, but every minute of the week was a blast so it didn’t feel like work even when we were working hard. Hope you and your family have as much fun with this unit as we did!
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE FAIRY TALE PRINCESSES PDF
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE FAIRY TALE PETER PAN PDF
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE FAIRY TALE THREE LITTLE PIGS PDF
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE HANSEL AND GRETEL PDF
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE FAIRY TALE LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD PDF
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE FAIRY TALE GOLDILOCKS PDF
Following our Europe unit, it was easy to segue into a week celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I had loaded up on goodies after last St. Patricks’ Day when every item was 70-80% off, which helped a lot with having less to plan. But there were loads of great free ideas I found on Pinterest and, as we did last year, we had fun visits from the leprechaun each day, who we sadly never managed to catch despite setting up an awesome trap! I will say that there aren’t as many items out there about St. Patrick himself, which is disappointing, but there are loads of goodies on leprechauns, clovers, and rainbows. This was a short unit due to a last minute trip to Atlanta for a class my husband was taking, but we spent those two Atlanta days visiting the Fernbank Museum and Atlanta Botanical Gardens, so they ended up being very educational days despite not being as focused on St. Patrick.
Along with learning about the normal St. Patrick’s Day stuff, we also spent a day focusing on the science of rainbows, and here the Magic School Bus Rainbow kit came into helpful play! The kit contained at least 10 different activities, so the kids had a blast learning about rainbows and color mixing (not a surprise since Aria is such a huge fan of science experiments).
On the Sunday of St. Patrick’s Day, the leprechaun came to visit and took the kids on a fun scavenger hunt around the house to “Bag of gold” at the end of the hunt. The girls loved eating their chocolate coins and spent the whole week laughing about the silly leprechaun. They really bought the leprechaun peeing in the toilet to turn it green too, which was funny for us to watch as parents! What a fun week of silly fun learning all about St. Patrick’s Day!
P.S. My best advice for the week is still to check out the clearance section of your local craft store after the holiday. You might even luck out and find stuff for 90% off, which means you could be paying mere cents for activities!
Jessica and Ana
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