Love One Another Toddler Lessons

One Another Series - Week 23 - Love One Another!

Concepts Children Learn: Jesus showed he loved others by caring about their feelings. We can show we love others by caring about their feelings.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse: John 15:12. Items needed for Warm-Up Activity and Lesson: Tickle-Me-Elmo. (Have extra batteries on hand). Do Warm-up Activity before lesson. See Warm-Up Activity for other supplies needed. Make up a sample of the craft pages before lesson (11,13, 12 - accessories). See craft page for directions. You will also need the following story pictures. Print b&w or color story pages: You might have the following pictures from Year One lessons: (p.1) lesson 1, (p.3 and 4) lesson 52. You might already have these pictures from Year Two lessons: (p.2) lesson 1, (p.9 and 10) lesson 10. 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 10b, 11bw, 11color,12bw, 12 color, 13bw, 13color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You are encouraged to read the words on the story pages for this lesson). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Love One Another (Time: About 3-1/2 minutes, plus talk time).
Key Bible Verse: John 15:12. Verses used as reference: Romans 12:15; Philippians 1:3-6; Phil. 2:1-2.

Option 1 Intro: (If you have a Tickle-Me-Elmo, hold him up). We all got to play with Tickle-Me Elmo a little while ago. Elmo is lots of fun. He laughs when we tickle him. Elmo is a lot like us. We all like to laugh, don't we? Most of us like to be tickled too. When someone tickles us or tries to make us laugh it shows us that they like us. And, we all need to know that other people like us. Let's set Elmo aside for now.

Option 2 Intro: (if you do not have the Tickle-Me-Elmo, start here). We got to look at books about feelings a little while ago. We all have feelings, don't we? And, we all like people to understand how we feel, and care about how we feel. It makes us feel better when we know people care. It shows that they love us.

(Hold up a Bible). Raise your hand if you know the answer to this question. Who in the Bible loved people the best? (Let children answer). Very good. Jesus! Jesus loves people better than anybody else! Let's read what Jesus tells us about loving each other. (Read John 15:12). Jesus wants us to love each other like he did. Does anybody remember some ways that Jesus showed love to people? (Let children answer). Very good. Yes, Jesus healed people. Jesus taught people about God. He prayed for people. (1) He washed their feet when their feet were dirty. Jesus did many, many things to show that he loved people! (2) Does anyone remember when Jesus fed 5,000 people who were hungry? Jesus is wonderful, isn't he?

But, what about feelings? Do you think Jesus cared about people's feelings? (Let children answer). Yes! Jesus loved to help people feel better. If someone was feeling sad, he would help them feel better by telling them true things. He might tell them how much God loves them, or tell them about the great things God had planned for them! (3) If someone did something wrong and needed forgiveness, he would forgive them! If they were lonely, Jesus would notice them and be friendly to them. (4) Does anyone remember when Jesus was friendly to Zacchaeus? (5) If somebody was crying, Jesus would comfort them. Jesus paid attention to how people were feeling. When his disciples were afraid in the storm, Jesus stopped the storm. Then he told his disciples that they could trust him and didn't have to be afraid. (Shake head no). (6) Jesus cared about their feelings. (Point to the picture of each emotion as you say it). Jesus loved people when they were happy, or sad, or mad, or scared, or even excited. And, when we show others that we care about their feelings, that is another way to love people like Jesus did.

(Have assistant make a crying or sniffling sound). Uh-oh, I hear something. (Cup your ear). (Have assistant make a crying or sniffling sound again). Aw-w-w, I think Elmo is feeling ignored. (Pick up Elmo). What's wrong Elmo? (Hold him up to your ear. Have assistant make whispering sounds). Oh. I see. He feels like we forgot all about him, and he feels like we don't like him anymore. But, since we know he likes to be tickled, what could we do to help him feel better? (Let children answer). Yes! That's a great idea! Let's tickle Elmo again! (Let children take turns pressing his hot spots again). Oh look at Elmo now! Now he is so happy! Now he knows we love him. Thank you all for helping Elmo feel better. O.k. Let's put Elmo up now and have snack. After snack, we will talk more about how we can love others by caring about their feelings.


(7) Let's talk about how we can show that we care about others' feelings. Let's pretend that this little boy is in our class. He is sitting all alone. Do you think he might be feeling lonely? How could we help him feel better? (Let children answer). Yes, we could go over and ask him if he would like to play with us. (8) Now he is happy because he does not feel all alone anymore!

(9) This little girl came to visit a new Sunday school class for the first time -- how do you think she might feel? (Let children answer). Yes. She might be scared and shy. What could we do to help her feel better? (Let children answer). Yes. We could ask her what their name is, and tell her our name. We could tell her we are happy that she came to visit our class. (10) We could even show her where some new toys are. Now she feels better. Now she is not scared anymore.

(11, 12) This little boy is sad because he lost his puppy. How could we show him that we care about his feelings? (Let children answer). We could show them love by putting our arm around him. We could tell him we are sad for him too. We could pray that God watches over his puppy and brings him back home safe again. (11,12) And, we could help him look for his puppy. Let's help him now. Let's take turns lifting the flaps. (Let each child lift a flap. When they find the puppy, say:) (13) Oh, there he is! Now the boy is so happy! He says, "Thank you for helping me find my puppy!

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
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