Baby and Toddler Activities

Jesus as a Child

Bible Passage: Matthew 2; Luke 2

Story Point: There is no one like Jesus.

Key Passage: John 1:1b

Christ connection: Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan.

Bible Story for Toddlers

When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with His family to the temple to celebrate Passover. After the Passover, Jesus’ family went home. Mary and Joseph thought Jesus was with them, but He was not. When they could not find Jesus, they were worried! They ran back to the city and looked everywhere for Jesus. They found Jesus in the temple, talking with the teachers about God. Everyone was surprised that Jesus knew so much about God’s Word. Mary said, “Jesus, we have been worried about You!” Jesus said, “Why were you searching for Me? I had to be in My Father’s house.” Jesus obeyed them and went home to Nazareth. Jesus grew wise, and God was with Him.

Babies Gospel Gems

Jesus and His family went to the temple to worship God.

Jesus knew about God’s Word.

Jesus grew, and God was with Him.

Babies Activities

Look in the Bible

Provide hand-size Bibles for babies to handle. Open your Bible to Luke 2. Show the Bible story picture as you say the gospel gems in a soothing voice. Read the key passage card. 

Say• Jesus and His family went to the temple to worship God. The teachers were amazed that Jesus knew about God’s Word. Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan. There is no one like Jesus. [Pray.]

Sing a Bible story song

Sing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”:

“Jesus *is God’s only Son, only Son, only Son!
Jesus *is God’s only Son; there’s no one like Him!”

*Substitute came to rescue us in the next round.

Say• Jesus is God’s Son. As a boy, Jesus knew about God’s Word. Jesus grew, and God was with Him. There is no one like Jesus.

Build with blocks

Provide blocks for babies to stack or place on the ground. Provide people figures to represent Jesus’ family as you play out the story.

Say• Jesus and His family went to the temple to worship God. Jesus knew about God’s Word. There is no one like Jesus! 

Make a thank-you card

Provide construction paper, stickers, crayons, and other art supplies. Fold the paper in half. Write Thank you for bringing me to church on each child’s card, and encourage him to decorate it. Give the cards to parents at the end of class. 

Say• As a boy, Jesus and His family went to the temple to worship God. Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan. We learn about God’s plan at church. There is no one like Jesus!

Play out the Bible story

Before class, gather the Mary, Joseph, Boy Jesus, and teachers figures from the “Jesus Came to Earth” printable. Use a flannel board or metallic cookie sheet for toddlers to handle the figures as you tell the Bible story. 

Say• Jesus knew all about God’s Word, and the teachers were amazed. There is no one like Jesus. Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan.

“Spell” with letters

Provide a metallic cookie sheet and magnetic letters. Make sure toddlers do not put the magnets in their mouths. Invite toddlers to “spell” words. Spell Jesus and children’s names as they play. Retell the Bible story.

Say• God gives us His words in the Bible so we can know Him and love Him. Jesus knew all about God’s Words. There is no one like Jesus!

Look for Jesus

Tape the Jesus figure from the “Jesus Came to Earth” printable to the wall at toddlers height. Dim the lights. Give flashlights for toddlers to shine on Jesus.

Say• Jesus and His family went to the temple to worship God. Mary and Joseph could not find Him! Jesus said He came to do God’s plan. There is no one like Jesus!

Make play dough people

Provide play dough, rolling pins, and people-shaped cookie cutters. Encourage toddlers to make play dough families. Retell the Bible story as toddlers play.

Say• When Jesus was a boy, Jesus went to the temple to worship God with His family. When His family went home, Jesus stayed and talked about God’s words with the teachers. They were surprised! Jesus knew about God’s Word. There is no one like Jesus. Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan. 

Sing songs about church

Invite toddlers to clap or march in place as you sing songs about going to church, such as “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me,” “Here I Am to Worship,” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Retell the Bible story.

Say• Jesus and His family went to the temple to worship God. Jesus stayed and talked to the teachers about God’s Word. Jesus knew all about God’s Word because He is God the Son. There is no one like Jesus. When Jesus returned home, Jesus grew, and God was with Him.

Play out driving to church

Arrange chairs or tape a square on the floor to represent a vehicle. Guide toddlers to sit as if they are going to church. Pretend to drive and look out the window at people and things toddlers might see. Retell the Bible story when you “arrive.”

Say• Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan. There is no one like Jesus!