This three lesson series was written to introduce the children to
Jesus. It is very basic and was designed with the question "Do you know
Jesus? " in mind. The lessons include simple facts about Jesus so that a
child will have enough information to make a personal decision. The
Easter story was incorporated into these lessons.
In order to teach the lessons and make them interesting a theme was
selected. This time it is "Celebrity Days". Celebrities and movie stars
to tell stories and help teach.
This curriculum was written to be used in the Zoo
Bus in confined space. For this reason a large number of props were not
required. Some ideas: a director's chair, megaphone, signs, movie
camera, film and old movie posters. The possibilities are endless, use
Lesson One - Jesus Cares
Jesus cares for all of us. No matter what our pasts
may be like, Jesus can forgive us and he loves us in spite of this. Each
one who believes is a child of God.
- To communicate to the children that Jesus
loves them. Each one is important.
- To help them to love each other because God
In the Zoo Bus program we have found it helpful to play a video while
the children are entering. This serves as a distraction for the children
who have to wait for all of the others to arrive. It helps to keep
things organized until the program begins. It helps to avoid any chaos
that might occur if the children are bored and waiting.
Recently at "The Zoo", we have been trying to spend
more time alone with God. This fellowship with God is essential to the
ministry. We want this ministry to be His and under His control, not
ours. We can't do it on our own.
This is a fun time in the program. We have found it very difficult to
find good songs to introduce to the kids. We don't want anything too
juvenile or soft sounding. The solution to this problem has come through
musically inclined people. These people have taken simple children's
songs and spiced them up on a keyboard. They then have some rhythm and
are more exciting. This can be done with almost any song if you have
- Word Lightning
Select two players. One boy, one girl. One letter in the alphabet is
chosen. The first contestant must write as many words as they can that
begin with the selected letter. They must do this in one minute. The
second contestant does the same thing with a different letter.
Select two players. One girl, one boy. Approximately twenty simple
words are written on separate pieces of paper. The first contestant is
shown a word and must act it out so that his /her team can guess what it
is. The contestant must act out as many words as he/she can in one
minute. The second contestant must look at different words and act out
as many as possible in one minute.
This memory verse is an interaction between the children and some
celebrities. Einstein the Elephant puppet is dressed up to be a movie
director and he is working with a famous actress "Porklena Hogg". She is
very snobby and is dressed in a very flashy costume. She is a small pink
Leader: Since it is "Celebrity Days", we have brought some
famous movie stars. Let's welcome them.
Einstein the Director: Good evening Everyone! I would like to
introduce you to a world famous actress that I have been working with.
She has been in many movies and I am working with her now on a new one.
Let me get her. (He calls her)
Porklena: (enters - she has a very high pitched voice and is
quite snobby) Hello there!
Einstein the Director: I'm glad you came to join us.
Porklena: I don't have a lot of time. I have to learn my
Einstein: Do you know any yet?
Porklena: Yes I do. I know most of them.
Einstein: Ok (leader) do you have the important line that is
in our new movie?
Leader: Yes I have it. (holds up the memory verse so the kids
can see it)
Einstein: Ok Porklena, we will tell you where the verse is
found. Will you try to tell it to us?
Porklena: That should be no problem at all. I know my lines
Einstein: Ok, the verse is found in Galatians. It is Galatians
3:26. Do you know it?
Porklena: .........(hesitation) ........ I don't think I do.
Leader: I'll have the kids here read it for you so you can
remember it. "You are all children of God through faith in Jesus".
Porklena: Oh yes .... let me see .... You are all children of
Smog through faith in Jeeps. Galatians 3:26.
Einstein: It's Ok, Porklena my dear. That was close but not
quite. We will have the kids read it again.
Leader: Ok, let's help Porklena out. Let's read it again. "You
are all children of God through faith in Jesus" Galatians 3:26.
Porklena: Ok, I've got it now. "You are all children of God
through faith in Cheese-Wiz". Galatians 3:26.
Einstein: I think that is not quite right.
Leader: One more time. Let's read it one more time. "You are
all children of God through faith in Jesus" Galatians 3:26.
Porklena: Yes, I do have it now. "You are all children of God
through faith in Jesus". Galatians 3:26.
Leader: That's it! Now does anyone know what it means. (Give
the children a chance to participate). It means that everyone of us
here, all of us belong to God, we are His children, if we believe in
Porklena: See I told you I knew it. Not bad. I am a great
Einstein: You did great Porklena. Now let's get to work on
that movie! See you later.
Porklena: Bye now.
This section is usually time for a story. In "The Zoo" bus, we have a
TV/VCR system so we chose to use a video. A cartoon story. The children
seemed to enjoy the change.
It was a video of the story of Zaccheus. It can be adjusted so that
it fits any time slot. If you have half an hour you could show the
entire video. It's by "Nest Entertainment".
This section of the story will be discussed by two puppets. The
puppets are movie critics and they discuss the meaning of the movie for
You can use any puppets to do this. We chose to use two hairy monster
Sedrick: Good evening Herbert.
Herbert: Good evening Sedrick.
Sedrick: Welcome to Critic's Corner, the show where we watch
movies and then decide whether we liked them or not.
Herbert: That's right Sedrick. We just finished watching a
short cartoon about a guy named Zaccheus.
Sedrick: Well, I liked it. The guy had a weird name but I
Herbert: Personally, I liked the props. That tree that
Zaccheus climbed was lovely.
Sedrick: I thought the costuming was brilliant. Zaccheus had
on such a great suit.
Herbert: The art work in the whole film was very good.
Sedrick: Wait a minute though, I thought the musical part was
excellent. What a good voice the man had.
Herbert: You know my favourite thing about this movie was that
Jesus was so kind. Jesus even cared about Zaccheus and Zaccheus wasn't a
nice man. Zaccheus decided to live for Jesus and to stop being so mean.
You know Jesus loves us all and we can live for him.
Copyright 1996, Bread of Life Ministries