Early Childhood Education

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Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting¹, shows through his research that there are three character qualities foundational for honesty: contentment, self-control and responsibility. Through sensory play your child will learn contentment, self-control and responsibility. Today we will use music, movement and touch introducing each slowly and peacefully so that the children are comfortable with each addition and change.
Learning Objectives

Repetition helps make your baby feel safe and learning increases. Bringing out a special hand puppet and sing and tickle ‘Hello my little friend’ at the beginning of your activity each time signals to your infants that play-time is about to begin. Supplies needed: 
Quart size freezer ziplock bag
Hair gel
Colored Duck Tape
Variety smooth edge objects like, buttons, soft squishy frogs or fish, beads or silly bands...even glitter, star confetti or anything that will not poke through the bag. Fill the bag with hair gel (if you can only find clear gel just add a few drops of food coloring). Insert in some fun things for baby to look at and squish around in the gel.  As you seal the bag squeeze out as much air as you can. Run colored duct tape around all the edges to reinforce it. Run the tape on both sides.



Good Morning #1 Prayer Song #18 I Open My Bible Carefully #28 Jesus Loves Me #102 Sabbath School is Over #46 (word change at end of lesson) Little Voices Praise Him Songbook Review and Herald Publishing Association


Let us Praise God!

Rhyme Chant: Let us Praise God!

Let us praise God! (wave hands raised above shoulders) Let us Praise God! Let us praise God as we tiptoe around. (tip toe and tap your feet)

Oh, how I praise Him, Always, always praise Him! Every day, in every way! (clap and tap your feet)

Play-time is Over

Our happy play-time is over; and we are cleaning up! Good-bye, good-bye put all the toys away Good-by, good-bye Be always kind and true (Wave good-by to the toys “bye-bye toys, bye-bye soft carpet…)

Supplies Needed

Place supplies in your ‘Play-Time’ basket. Spread out a small rug to define your ‘Play-Time’ area and give the children a place for sitting. When you sit on carpet with babies put the basket to your side out of reach of babies.

  • Black felt Bibles (pattern in the back)
  • Your own Bible
  • Colorful see-through scarves
  • Rattles and Shakers (Amazon.com: Musical Toys HRP-6005 Mini Orchestra Shaker)
  • Sensory Bags
  • Several small colorful plastic baskets
  • Baby Mozart music CD

Say ‘hello’ to each baby while smiling and looking into their eyes say: “Hello my little friend! It makes me happy to see you today!” Get close enough so that they see the joy on your face. Sing: Good Morning and tickle or snuggle each child with puppet. Give each baby a little felt Bible. “The Bible tells us that Jesus loves us sooo much! Sing: I Open My Bible Carefully and The Bible is for Me! As you put the Bibles in the basket or have the children put their Bible in the basket, immediately hand out the scarves … gently wave or dance them as you hand them to the children. Sing: Jesus Loves Me! Give the children time to explore and play with their scarf. As the children are exploring their scarves put out the plastic baskets and show the children how to put their scarves in a basket. Continue the Baby Mozart music. Arrange the sensory bags in the center of the play area. Encourage children to explore with their fingers and their feet the Sensory Bags. Place the rattles and shakers in the other baskets. Allow children time to explore baskets. Slowly dance and chant: Let us Praise God! Play, giggle and dance (rhythmic movement) with children. Sing: Play-time is Over while picking up the toys and waving Good-bye. Good bye little toys, Good bye soft carpet, Good bye my little friends! Thank you Jesus for my little friends!