I know that teaching small children from the New Testament epistles can be a bit more challenging than teaching about events from the Old Testament or the life of Christ. Though we need to make sure that we make applications for our children from all Bible stories, when we teach from the epistles we have applications with no story! When you search bookstores and the internet, you can find plenty of coloring sheets and activities for a lot of Bible stories, but not very much about the epistles for young children.
Our lesson today was about 1 and 2 Peter. We are using the Shaping Hearts for God curriculum, so we did have a lesson with a few questions. The main points we focused on were obeying God even when it is hard, the devil as a roaring lion who wants us to sin, and the endurance of the word of God.
I made up a simple worksheet about 1 Peter 1:24-25. The first part is the verses printed out with some blanks to complete. Then there are 2 questions asked. The first one is, “What withers away?” and the second is “What lasts forever?” I had a few pieces of grass available, and I had a print out of an open book with verses from 1 Peter on it. The children chose which item went in which space and attached it to the paper (we used tape for the grass and a glue stick for the Bible cut-out).
I have four children in the class, ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. This activity worked well for all of them, so I thought I would share it here as an idea for anyone else looking for some help teaching 1 Peter! If you have younger children who do not write letters yet, you can just fill in the words for them. Just use the activity as a way of reinforcing what the verse says. Also, I recommend showing them where the verse is in the Bible and reading it from there first so that they see it really is the word of God!
Click on this link for the PDF of this worksheet:
Each child will need one copy of page 1, a piece of grass, and one of the Bible pictures on page 2. I just put 2 of the Bibles on the page to save paper when you are printing them.