Toddler Good Samaritan Lesson About Love

Love With Action, not Just Words

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Concepts Children Learn:
Jesus wants us to show love to others.
We love others by being kind.
Jesus wants us to love everyone!

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.

Key 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.
Toddler 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! (Point to the men behind the tree). (4) Uh oh. As the man was walking, those mean men beat him up! And, they 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. 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. The priest saw the man lying on the side of the road. But, he just kept walking. He went to the other side of the street to get away from him. ("Walk" man to the other side of the street). He just left the hurt man lying there. (Point to man in street). Oh no! Who will help this poor man? He's bleeding!

(5) 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 also just left him lying there. He went over to the other side of the street too. ("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. Do you think he will help him? (Let children answer). I think so too. The man from Samaria felt sorry for him. He went to help him. The hurt man was so glad that someone came to help him! The man from Samaria washed his cuts. (Rub the piece of cloth on hurt man's wounds). Then he put a bandage on. (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. He cared for the hurt man all night. The next day, he went 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. I will pay you whatever it costs."

Then Jesus asked, "Which one was a good neighbor to the man who was hurt?" I will ask you the same question. (Hold up the three men puppets). Who was a good neighbor to the man who was hurt? (Let the children pick one). That's right! The man from Samaria was kind. He showed love to the man who was hurt. He did many things to show that cared for him. Then Jesus said, "Now, you go and do the same." Jesus wants us to be kind. He wants us to show love to everyone. Let's take a break and have snack. Then we will talk some more.

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

Jesus told us an easy way to know how to love others. Here's what he said: (read Luke 6:31). Its good to ask "How would I want someone to treat me?" (1, 4). Let's pretend we are hurt man in the picture. How do you think he is feeling? (Let children answer). Very good. He is hurting and bleeding. If you were hurt and lying there, what would you want someone to do for you? (Let children answer). Yes. And that's exactly what the kind man from Samaria did! He helped the man who was hurt. He washed his cuts. He put bandages on them. He put the man on his donkey and took him someplace safe to stay. (7) He cared for him during the night. I'm sure he also gave him some food and water. Maybe he prayed for the man too. And this is how Jesus wants us to care for each other. He wants us to love everyone! Thank you all for sharing.

Transition: Let's pray, then we have some fun activities to do. 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. Thank you for teaching us how to love others. Help us to love others and be kind. Help us to think how others feel, and to help them. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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