Preschool Lesson About Love

Love With Action, not Just Words

 good samaritan
Concepts Children Learn:
Jesus wants us to love everyone.
We love people by being kind and helping them.
We can ask ourselves, "How would I want someone to act towards me?"

Prep: Mark you bible with verses used in lesson: Luke 6:31. Supplies needed: Have a couple of dollar bills (please do not use with coins with children 3 or under, as they could be a choking hazard) to use at the end of the story. Bring in a child's card or print one from the crafts page.

Notes for Pictures: Print the b&w story pages and have someone color them, or print the color story pages. Print the Background page and enlarge to 2X its size onto card stock or glue to poster board. When Printing and copying characters, reduce if desired by 20 - 60%. If you make them small enough you can stick the hurt man on the donkey near the end of the story). Supplies: Cut a little piece of terry cloth to "wash" the hurt man's wounds (or take off Samaritan's hat, crumple up and use as a wash cloth, and a little strip of cloth to use as bandages. Place restickable glue stick on the back of them or rolled tape. Stickers/Puppets: See Craft page for directions. Make stickers of the following: Hurt man sticker (the one lying down p. 4), and the Samaritan's hat (p.5). Make other characters into stick puppets. Pages: Background Page: 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3 color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 6color , 7bw, 7color. The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. Only read words on lesson page that are not in parentheses. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Bible Memory Verse: Luke 6:31. Scriptures used as reference: Luke 10:25 - 37; Matthew 7:12; 1 John 3:17; Numbers 22:32-34; Romans 12:9-13. Romans 12:15; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; 1 John 4:11; John 13:34; Matt. 25: 31 - 46.
Preschool Lesson :

Intro: Sometimes we give cards to our friends and family, like this one. (Show children's card). Its a lot of fun, isn't it? Giving someone a card is one way to tell others we love them. Its good to show love to family and friends, but who else does Jesus want us to love? Jesus told a story to answer this question. This was the story that Jesus told:

(1, 2) One day, a man was on his way to Jericho ("Walk" wounded man puppet along the background board from left to right, and stop on the right side). (Have assistant hold up 3) Uh-oh. I wonder who these men are? They don't look very friendly! I think they are going to do something bad! (Point to the men behind the tree). (4) Oh no! Look what they did! As the man was walking along, those mean men beat him up, and took all his money! (Remove the walking hurt man puppet. Place hurt man sticker (man lying down) on the right side of the board). They just left him lying on the side of the road. He's hurt so bad that he can't get up. I hope someone comes by to help him soon!

(4) ("Walk" priest puppet across the board from L to R) Oh look! Here comes somebody! Its the priest who works at the church. Surely he will help! But, no. The priest did see the man lying on the side of the road. But, he thought he was too important to be bothered, so he just kept walking. In fact, he went all the way to the other side of the street just to get away from him. ("Walk" man to the other side of the street). He just left the hurt man lying in the street. (Point to man in street). Oh no! Who will help this poor man? He's bleeding!

(5) Oh look! I see someone else coming! ("Walk" Man 2 puppet slowly across the picture). This man also saw the hurt man lying in the street. Do you think he will help him? (Let children answer). I thought so too. But, he didn't have time to deal with things like that. So, he just pretended that he didn't see the hurt man. He also just left him lying there, and went to the other side of the street. ("Walk" Man 2 to the other side of the street). Oh no! Who will help the poor man? He's crying!

(2 Samaritan and 6, donkey) Look! Here's comes someone else! ("Walk" Samaritan slowly across the picture and stop at the hurt man.)This man was from Samaria. The man who is hurt looks different than the man man from Samaria. And their families didn't like each other. Do you think he will help him? (Let children answer). Well, it didn't matter that he looked different, and it didn't matter that their families didn't get along. (Shake head no). The man from Samaria felt sorry for him. He went over to see if he could help. The hurt man was so glad that someone finally cared enough to help him! The man from Samaria washed his cuts. (Rub the piece of cloth on hurt man's wounds). Then he put a bandages on so he wouldn't bleed anymore. (Place strips of cloth on cuts). Then he gently put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn. (Place hurt man on donkey). An inn is place for people to stay overnight. He looked after the man that night. The next day, he went to talk to the man who worked at the inn. He gave him some money. (Place dollar bills on table). He said to the man at the inn, "Please look after this man. He's hurt very badly. If it costs more, I will come and pay you more."

Then Jesus asked a question about the story, "Which one of the three men was a good neighbor to the man who was hurt?" I will ask you the same question. (Hold up the three men puppets). Who do you think was a good neighbor to the man who was hurt? (Let the children pick one). That's right! The man from Samaria was the one who showed love to the man who was hurt. He cared for his needs. Then Jesus said, "You go and do the same." Jesus wants us to show love to people by caring about what they need. It doesn't matter if they are like us or different. He wants us to show love to everyone. Let's take a break and have snack. Then we will talk about the story some more.

CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITY: (What does this mean for me?)

Jesus gave us an easy to know how we can love others. Here's what he said: (read Luke 6:31). If we're not sure what to do, we can ask ourselves, "How would I want someone to act towards me?" I'll show you what I mean. (1, 4) Let's pretend we're hurt man in the picture. How do you think he's feeling? (Let children answer). Very good. He is hurting and bleeding. He feels all alone and helpless. He needed someone to help him. He probably heard the footsteps of the men who came. And I bet he was really sad when he heard them just walk right past him. And, I bet he was really happy and thankful when the kind man from Samaria stopped to help him! The kind man did some things to help the hurt man. Do you remember what he did? (Let children answer). Yes, he washed his cuts, and put bandages on them. He put him on his donkey and took him to the inn. (7) He carde for him during the night. The kind man from Samaria took the time to do all those things for him. I'm sure he also gave him some food and water. I think he probably prayed for the man too. He did whatever the man needed! He didn't ignore him, like the first two men did. Thank you all for sharing!

Transition: Let's pray now, then we can do some activities. I'll say a prayer first.
Prayer Sample (This is just an example of what you could say. Ultimately, listen to the Holy Spirit and say the words he gives you).
Dear God, Thank you for showing us love, and for teaching us how to love others. Help us to love others with our words and our actions. Help us to think about what others are feeling and care about their needs. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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