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Toddler Playtime Devotions

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Hiding Sheep

For this toddler playtime devotion use the game hide and seek to teach the parable of the lost sheep. There are two ways you can play.

Version 1

You or your child can hide and then the other find. Call out saying “Where is that little lost sheep.” You can have the shepherd (seeker) place a towel over head and secure with a scarf to dress as a shepherd. The sheep (hider) can cover with a white towel or fuzzy blanket.

Version 2

If your child does not yet understand the concept of hide and seek play this version. Hide a stuffed sheep and let your toddler be the shepherd finding the sheep.

Toddler Playtime Devotions

Whenever you find the “sheep” remember to celebrate! Toddlers love to jump up and down and clap. Tell them how happy you are to find them.

After playing the game several times tell the child the story of the lost sheep-Luke 15:3-7

Either paraphrase the story or read from a children’s’ Bible or book. Explain what Jesus was trying to teach us with this story.

What you want your toddler to understand:

Jesus loves us.

Jesus always knows where we are.

Jesus wants us near him.

God is our shepherd who will watch over us.

This Little Light

Sing this song with your toddler to prepare for this toddler playtime devotions.

This little light of mine (twirl finger for light)

I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine

I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel yell NO! (cuff hand over finger you are using as the light)

I’m gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel yell NO!

I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

After singing the song, explain that Jesus tells us in the Bible to be a light unto all the world (Matthew 5:14-16). This means that we are to tell others that Jesus loves them.

We should not be afraid to tell others about Jesus. That would be like hiding our light under a basket-expalin bushel means basket.

For further demonstration turn off the lights in the room and hold a flashlight. Have a basket or something to cover up the light.

Cover the light and ask your toddler if she can see anything. Tell her when we do not tell others about Jesus then they cannot see him.

What you want your toddler to understand:

Jesus wants us to tell others about him.

Others may not know if we do not tell them about Jesus.

Jesus does not want us to be afraid of telling others about him.