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 Two - Jesus Is King
This is the Palm Sunday lesson. It is stressing the
idea that Jesus is the King. It introduces the children to another part
of Jesus' life on earth. It makes them familiar with what happened
- To communicate that Jesus is the King and He
can be the King of our lives.
- To share how to make Jesus the King in our
In an indoor program it has been necessary for us to occupy the kids
while we collect boots and organize their entry. During this time a
movie playing is helpful. It diverts the attention of the children and
keeps them from being bored while they wait. This could also be done by
another leader if the TV/VCR are not available. Games are good. Activity
centers are ideal if you are dealing with a classroom situation.
The rules must remain consistent. It is helpful to
make sure that they don't change from week to week so that the children
are aware of what is expected of them. If you need to add rules as
problems arise, make sure they don't contradict the existing rules.
Not only do we need to be praying for our program,
we need to pray for individual children. There needs and concerns can be
shared at "The Zoo". They need God in their lives and it is our
responsibility to intercede on their behalf.
Teaching new songs can be a lot of fun. The children seem to enjoy
learning new actions and words. It is best if only one new song is
introduced at a time. This will allow for some familiar material to be
mixed with the new. This time should be used to teach easy concepts
through song. If you had live keyboard or guitar music it would add to
the excitement level of the program.
- 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 and Porklena Hogg are both present
again this week. They are trying to learn the memory verse.
Leader: Guess who is back this week? It is our very special
celebrities, the director and the actress.
Einstein the Director: Hi everyone! We are pleased to you are
here. This week Porklena and I have been working really hard on the
movie. We have been rehearsing all of her lines and I am sure this week
that she will be able to recite it to you. Come on, we are ready for you
Porklena: Oh, oh hello everyone! I'm all ready. I have been
working hard and I know it all now.
Einstein the Director: Ok (leader) do you have the verse?
Leader: Yes, here it is. I'll have the kids read it before we
start just to refresh your memory. "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in
the name of the Lord." Mark 11:9
Einstein: Ok Porklena, my darling, try it.
Porklena: No problem at all. I can handle it... Here goes...
"Hooray, blessed is He who runs in the game of the Ford." Mark 11:9
Leader: That's not so bad Porklena. Mark 11:9 is the right
verse and the first word is close. Hosanna is sort of like Hooray. You
just mixed up a few words. I'll have the kids read it again to help you
out. "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." Mark
11:9. Now try it.
Einstein: Ok Porklena one more time.
Porklena: Ok, let me see... It is "Hosanna! Blessed is He who
comes in the name of the Lord." Mark 11:9.
Einstein: Excellent Porklena, you are brilliant. Do you know
what it means?
Porklena: No, do you?
Einstein: No, maybe (leader) does?
Porklena: Ok (leader), what does that verse mean? Do the kids
Leader: Does anybody here know what that verse means? I think
it is talking about when Jesus came riding into town. The people were
shouting it. They were excited to see Jesus come. They said Hooray!
Blessed is the guy who comes. He is the Lord." That is not exactly the
same thing but close. Let's watch the movie and see if we can figure it
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.
This movie was also taken from a video series. It is a cartoon which
includes an excerpt of Palm Sunday. It was rented from a local Christian
Bookseller. The cartoon was not as good in quality as those done by
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
wonderful video about Jesus. What did you think of it Sedrick?
Sedrick: Well, I liked it. I liked how the kids travelled
through time and got to see Jesus.
Herbert: That was pretty cool! I think it would have been neat
to see Jesus riding into the city on a donkey.
Sedrick: Jesus told his disciples to go and get that donkey. I
liked that part too.
Herbert: My favourite part was when Jesus rode into the city
and all the people were yelling and saying stuff. What were they saying?
I didn't catch it.
Sedrick: They were saying Hosanna! That means Praise God! The
people recognized that Jesus was a King and they were excited to see
Herbert: That's cool. I would be thrilled to see Jesus.
Sedrick: Overall, I thought that the movie was great!
Herbert: I agree! Join us next week on Critics Corner.
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