What You Need
No supplies needed.
What You Do
Call out different animal movements for your child to mimic from the list below. After a few seconds, say, “Come to me,” and guide them to run to you and give you a hug. Then send them back to their starting spot and call out a different animal to mimic.
March in place like an ant
Run like a cheetah
Hop like a kangaroo
Swim like a fish
Waddle like a penguin
Star jump like a starfish
Chomp like an alligator
Move SLLLOOOOWWWWLLLYYY like a turtle
Say “I will call out an animal and a movement. I want you to move like that animal. Keep moving until I say, ‘Come to me,’ then you can run to me and give me a hug. Are you ready?
“March in place like an ant! (Let them march for several seconds.) Come to me! Great job! Head back to your spot and let’s do it again. This time, run in place like a cheetah.” (Continue with other animals.)
“Who wanted the children to come to Him in our story today? (Pause.) That’s right Jesus did! Jesus loves all children, and He wants them ALL to be His friend forever. Who loves you? Jesus loves me!
Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to love everyone. Thank You that Jesus didn’t just come to be a friend to grown-ups. He came to be a friend to children, too! Jesus wants ALL children to be His friend forever! Please help us tell all of our friends that Jesus loves them and that He wants to be their friend forever. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”