Today we are giving away the third Storytime.
Storytime is an opportunity for you to have fun teaching about a certain topic by reading Bible stories, fables and books. Most of the stories follow a similar theme, with a few books thrown in just for fun. Most of the books can be checked out from your public library or can be put on a Christmas gift list to get and enjoy for years. If you are not able to find these specific books, feel free to substitute with ones you like. You can find the Bible story and the verses in your Bible and you can also go online to www.biblegateway.com to look up the passage. The Fables can be found online (one place is http://www.aesopfables.com/) or in many different books at the library.
Why would you do a Storytime? Stories are a great way for us to remember concepts and principles. By discussing these timeless stories with your children you can help them learn, and your family will grow closer as you experience the stories together. This is also a great way to do an outreach to kids in your neighborhood, church, or circle of friends. Kids enjoy listening to the stories, and in the process you are planting seeds of truth in their lives. We hope that you are able to use this Storytime to bless your own kids and the kids in your neighborhood.
Download the whole Storytime here: | Be Thankful! |
November Storytime: Be Thankful!
In this Storytime we will learn about the importance of being thankful. During Storytime we will read several stories that teach us about the importance of being content, being thankful, and not being greedy or selfish. We will do a craft that can help you remember this lesson throughout the month.
Main Theme Verse:
Don’t be anxious about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
Instead of a Bible Story this month we are going to do an Activity: Thankful Box
To make a Thankful Box find a shoebox and cover it with a brown paper sack or plain contact or wrapping paper. Then as a family decorate the box as you wish. Cut strips of paper to write on. Strips should be approximately 1 inch thick and 8 ½ inches long. This year Thanksgiving is on the 28th so you will need 28 strips x however many people in your family. We have 5 talking people in my family (little man is only 2) so we will need 5 x 28=140 stripes of paper. Of course you can use both sides of paper or have 1 strip for the parents and 1 for all the kids if you want to use less paper or if the kids are younger and have a harder time coming up with ideas. Every evening, before dinner or bedtime, each person in your family can write down one thing they are thankful for and put it into the thankful box. Then on Thanksgiving you can pull out the box and read all of the strips of paper. This will make Thanksgiving even more meaningful for you and your kids as you focus on the many things you can be thankful for this year.
Aesop’s Fable: The Greedy Dog and His Reflection
Additional Memory Verses: Pick one to discuss and/or memorize as a family each week of the month!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Ideas for books, songs, stories and Bible verses for a complete 45-minute Storytime:
(Most of the items follow a similar theme with a few books thrown in just for fun.)
- There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Leaves By Lucille Colandro
- Aesop’s Fables: The Greedy Dog
- Thanksgiving Mice By: Bethany Roberts
- It’s not Easy Being a Bunny By: Marilyn Sadler
- Cock-a-Moo By: Juliet Dallas-Conte
- Song: Give Thanks to the Lord Psalm 118:1
- Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6 Don’t be anxious about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
- Dora’s Thanksgiving
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