The Good Samaritan is a Bible story about a stranger from a town called Samaria, who helped a man robbed and beaten by thieves. Two men, a priest and a temple teacher passed by the wounded man first, but they did not help him. This is a good story to teach young children about the values of caring and helping the less fortunate. There are many activities that can help preschool kids to better understand this story and its lesson.
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Pasting Story Page Stickers
The attention span of preschool kids lasts for only a few minutes so incorporating an activity in which they will be able to participate helps to maintain their focus. Before the lesson, a teacher prepares character stickers that the preschoolers will put on the pages of their story notebooks. For the Good Samaritan, the teacher can set up stickers of a wounded man, a priest, a temple teacher, a stranger, and a donkey. While the teacher tells the story, the kids paste the stickers on their story notebooks following the proper sequence of the story. This activity not only help kids to concentrate on the lesson, but it also helps them to remember the story's characters and lessons.
Acting Out the Good Samaritan Story
Another way preschoolers can relate to the story of the Good Samaritan is by asking them to play a pretend game. The preschoolers will act as the characters of the story. While acting as the wounded person, the teacher can ask the kids to think about a time when they were hurt. Knowing the pain of being hurt helps to build empathy to another person who is hurt or injured. Having the kids involved in the story by acting as the characters can enable them to learn the values of compassion and kindness.
Working on a Good Samaritan Coloring Book
Preschool kids love to work on colouring books, and this can also be one way to teach the story of the Good Samaritan. The teacher can prepare a colouring book with illustrated pictures about the story. While narrating this Bible parable, the teacher can refer to the pictures to keep the kids' attention. When the story is completed, the kids are now familiar with the story's characters and scenes, but to reinforce the storytelling, the teacher can ask them to work on colouring the pictures.
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