Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

The First Church Series - Week 48 - Manners Matter!

Concepts Children Learn: Jesus wasn't rude; he was kind. One way Jesus showed love was being polite and treating people well. When we show love to others, we are polite and have good manners.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse: Supplies needed: Prep: See Craft Page for directions. Print the b&w or color story pages. 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color, stickers, stickers 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: 1 Cor. 13:5. Other Scriptures used as reference: Matthew 13:1-3; Mark; Luke 8:4; Proverbs 17:22; Proverbs 20:11; 1 Cor. 12:25; James 1:19; James 4:16.


Intro: (1) Have you ever been to a parade? Its a lot of fun to go watch a parade, isn't it? You stand on the side of the street and watch all the people ride by. You wave to the people and smile and they wave back! (Wave). (2) And the best part is when they throw candy! All the kids run and try to grab as much candy as they can. But sometimes, when it gets so crowded people can be rude. They get a little too excited and start pushing. They don't pay attention to how they are treating others. Sometimes they even step on someone else's things. And some kids take all the candy and don't want to share. The parade would be a lot more fun if everybody showed love instead, wouldn't it? Today we will hear a story about a time when lots of people crowded around Jesus. These people weren't being very nice either. Let's listen and we will see what Jesus did.

One day Jesus went for a walk. He came to Lake Galilee and sat down. (3) Little by little people started coming over to Jesus. They liked Jesus a lot, and they wanted to hear Jesus teach. More and more people came to hear Jesus. Pretty soon, there was a large crowd of people; and they were all trying to get up close to see Jesus! (4) By now there were so many people crowding around. The people got a little overly excited, and started being pushy and rude. They were crowding in so close, that there wasn't enough room for Jesus! Then Jesus had an idea... Jesus saw a little boat in the lake, so he got in the boat and sat down. There! Now everyone would have more room. From the boat, Jesus taught the people by telling them stories. But Jesus also taught the people by his actions.

Jesus was patient and kind to the people who were crowding around him. (4 again) When the people pushed in so close, Jesus didn't push back. (Shake head no). Jesus didn't yell at them either. He just made room for everyone. Jesus wasn't rude and pushy like the people were that day. Instead, Jesus was loving and kind. Jesus always had good manners and treated others well. So we can learn from him.

Let's read a verse about showing love in our Bibles. (Read 1 Cor. 13:3a). That means when we show love to others, we are polite, and we have good manners. We treat others nice.

Let's talk about the children at the parade again. If the children at the parade were showing love to each other, what would they do? (Let children answer). Yes. They would not be rude; and they would not push. (5) They would share the candy they got with other children. They wouldn't take it all for themselves. (Shake head no). They would have good manners.

Let's have snack, and then we can talk about some other ways to have good manners and show love to others.

Circle Talk Time (What Does This Mean For Me?)
From the story we leaned that Jesus always treated people well. He was kind and polite. Its fun to have good manners! It helps people feel comfortable around us. What are some other ways we can have good manners and be polite? (Give children a chance to answer). Add the ideas below or some of your own.
Say Thank You when someone does something nice for you, or gives you something. Treat toys and books nice.
(6) Wait your turn. Ask before playing with someone else's toy.
Wait until someone is finished talking before you talk. Say "Please" when you ask for something.
Listen more than you talk. (8) Put away toys when you are finished using them.
Use your indoor voice when indoors. Run only when you are outdoors.
(7) During class, raise your hand when you have something to say; and wait until the teacher calls on you before speaking. Say, "You first" instead of "Me first".
Only brag about someone else, not yourself. Help clean up after snack and crafts.
Only say kind things. No pushing, hitting, or biting.
Say "Hello" when you come in, and "Good-bye" before you leave. Listen to teachers and parents.
PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
Manners Activities, Manners Crafts

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