Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lesson about the bible parable of the Prodigal Son

Week 13 - The Pigpen Boy!

Concepts Children Learn:
God is kind and forgiving.
Sin "makes our hearts dirty".
God wipes the sin off our hearts when we admit our sin, and trust Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.

Prep: Mark you bible with the key verse: Psalm 40:4a . Supplies needed: Party hats, noisemakers, (non-worldly) dance CD, small suede or cloth drawstring bag, play money, basket or bag for noisemakers. Prep: Make Stickers (Using restickable glue sticks on the backs of the accessories), and Dry Erase Kid Craft (10, 11, 12): See Craft Page for directions. Print the other b&w or color story pages. 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 6bw, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 9color.10bw, 10color, 11bw, 11 color, 12bw, 12 color.

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. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Key Verse: Psalm 40:4a. Scriptures used in lesson: Luke 15:7, Psalm 40:4a. Scriptures used as reference: Luke 15: 10-32, 20. Psalm 40:1-4
LESSON (includes a Pretend Play Activity):

(1) Did any of you ever go to a farm and see a pig? (Let children answer). Pigs are kind of dirty, aren't they? They like to play in the mud. What do pigs sound like? (Let children make snorting and oink-oink sounds). Very good. They snort and say, "Oink-Oink." Our story today is about a boy who had to stay in a pigpen with the pigs! That doesn't sound like a very fun place to be, does it? No. Let's find out how he got there. (2) Jesus told us this story to teach us about God. Its about a man who had two sons. The younger son went to his father and said, "Give me my share of the money. I want it now!" So his father gave some of the money to each of his sons. (Place some of the play money in drawstring bag, close and give to assistant). (3) Soon the younger son packed all of his things, took his money, and waved bye-bye. Let's all wave bye-bye. (Wave good-bye). And, he went far, far away! He spent his money on doing whatever he felt like doing. He was as wild as he could be! Let's pretend we are being wild with him! (Give the children each some play money. Have assistant start throwing the money around, and say "Whoo-whoo!" and let children join in). O.k. Let's go back to our seats. We have to check and see how much money he has left. (Help children back to their seats. Have assistant turn bag upside down and shake). Uh-oh. His money was all gone! Oh, no! Now he would have to go get a job so he could buy some food to eat. Let's see what job he got. (4) Here he is! He is feeding the pigs! That doesn't sound like a very fun job -- sitting there with all those dirty, old pigs! Let's all pretend to be pigs again. (Let children make snorting and oink-oink sounds). Very good. By now, he was so hungry that even the pig's food looked good! (Rub stomach). But, nobody gave him anything to eat. Finally, he started to think, "If I went back to work for my father, at least I would have food. The men who work for my father always have lots of good food to eat. But I am sitting here in a dirty pigpen and starving!" So he got up, and said good-bye to the pigs. Let's all wave bye-bye. (Wave good-bye to the pigs). Bye-bye little pigs! (5) He started to walk back home to his father. (6) While he was still far away, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran out to his son and hugged him and kissed him! (Rub eyes with fists). (7) As tears ran down his cheeks, the cried out, "Father, I have sinned! I am so sorry! I am not even good enough to be called your son! But can I at least be one of your workers?" (8,9) But his father said to his workers, "Hurry! Bring the best clothes and sandals. Let's have a big dinner and throw a party! My son was lost, but now is found! Let's pretend we are at the party! (Have assistant come in with a party hat, and blow noisemaker). (Give children party hats to put on, noisemakers and let them blow on them. Put on music and let children dance for a few minutes). What a great party! Now let's put the horns in the basket and go back to our seats so we can hear the rest of the story.

When they were having the party, the older son came in from the field. He saw the dancing and heard the noise. He asked, "What is going on?" They told him, Your father wanted to have a party because your little brother came back home!" But the older brother was mad and would not go to the party. (Make mad face, and shake head no). So his father went to talk to him. The older son said, (whiny voice) "Father, I have worked hard for you for many years. You never threw a party for me! But my brother wasted all of your money, and now you have a big party for him! Its not fair!" The father said, "All I have is yours! But it is right to be happy and have a party because your brother was lost, but now he is found! " (8,9). (Give children noisemakers, put on music and let children dance a couple minutes, serve snack, then continue with Circle Time).

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

The younger son really messed up, didn't he? He wasted all of his money. He lived wildly for a long time. Who can tell me what happened next? (Let children answer). (1 again) That's right. The only job he could find was feeding the dirty pigs. That's when he knew he would be better off working for his dad. So he went back home. And, when his father saw him, was he mad? (Let children answer). (6 again) No, his father was not mad. He knew that his son was sorry, and he forgave his son. He was so happy to have his son back home with him that he threw a big party! He even gave him new clothes and a ring! He didn't deserve any of that. His father just wanted to show him how much he loved him! Did you know that we all have a Father in heaven like that? God is our loving Father in heaven! And, he loves us like that! (10, 11, 12) When we do bad things and sin, its like we are all dirty like the pigpen boy, because we have sinned. We'll put marks on the child's heart to be like sin. (Make marks on the heart). The child is sad because he feels guilty. (Point to sad face).

But, God doesn't stay mad. Like the father in the story, when we come back to God and say we are sorry, he forgives us. Its like he lifts us out of the dirty pigpen. When Jesus, God's only Son, suffered and died on the cross, he was being punished for our sins. So now we don't have to be punished. So now when we ask God to forgive us, he does! He makes our hearts clean again! (Wipe off marks). So when we believe that Jesus died to take away our sins, and tell him we want to follow him for the rest of our lives, he saves us! And he is so happy! Even though we don't deserve it, he shares all the good things he has with us! He helps us live in the right way, and sends us his Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. (Point to heart). And his Spirit leads us each day and comforts us. Then we don't have to feel guilty anymore because Jesus made our hearts clean! (Stick on happy face). Here's what our Bible says about those who have trusted in Jesus: (Read Psalm 40:4). Let's see what happens when someone is sorry for their sins and decides to follow Jesus. (Read Luke 15:7). There's a party in heaven! God loves us so much, and he is so happy when we decide to follow Jesus that he throws a party with the angels! If any of you have decided you want to ask for forgiveness and have decided to follow Jesus, you can come with me, and we'll go pray by ourselves. The rest of us will pray with _____ (assistant's name) and thank God for his wonderful forgiveness and love! (Take the children who raise their hands to another area of the room and pray with them the "sinner's prayer").

Follow-up: Ask if anyone wants to tell God they are sorry and ask Jesus to be their leader. Take these children and pray with them individually to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. Most of the children may too young to understand all the concepts at this age, but it will help them begin to understand some of the concepts.
PRAYER: Allow children to pray after an adult prays. :
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