"The Parable of the Sower," found in Matthew, Mark and Luke, teaches children the importance of learning about God's word and doing what it says. Preschool children, dirt, seeds, water, paper and glue make learning about this parable an interactive and memorable experience. With the following activities, you can help children connect to the biblical concepts.
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Planting seeds will help illuminate "The Parable of the Sower." Give the children each a clear plastic cup. Help them put potting soil in it. Then give them several seeds to bury in their soil. Let them water their seeds. Instruct them that they must take care of their seeds, so they will grow. In another clear plastic cup, place rocks mixed with potting soil and put seeds in the cup with it. In another cup, put dirt, seeds and weeds. Talk to the students about the scripture and what will happen to the seeds in the last cups.
Have children decorate note card envelopes with flower, vegetable or fruit stickers. These will be their "seed" envelopes. Type, print and cut out short scriptures. Using colourful paper, pre-cut ovals. Make them a little smaller than the envelope. Let the children glue the scriptures on to the seeds and place them in their seed packet. Tell them to tell a friend or family member about "The Parable of the Sower" and give them the seed packet.
Fill several pots with potting soils. Spread them out on the grass or ground. Have children line up about 12 inches away from the pots. Give each child a few sunflower seeds. Let them try to toss them into the pots. Discuss with the children what may happen to the seeds that made it into the soil and to the seeds that didn't. Let the children bury the seeds into the potting soil. Leave the fallen seeds for the birds to eat.
On cardstock paper, draw or print a picture of a cross, Bible, farmer, fruit, flower or vegetable. Outline the picture with glue or let the children put their own glue on their pictures. Let them shake seeds over their pictures. Lift up their pictures, so loose seeds can fall from them. Let the pictures dry. If you do this project outside, you won't have to clean up the seeds. Let the birds do the work.
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