Fun, engaging ideas for you and your child to get closer to Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit through playing, praying and exploring together!
Check out the Under 5’s Encounter Fun Pack in the shop! Ideal for adding hands-on activities that enable children to connect with God to any under 5’s church group or toddler group!
Brand new and available now! Under 5’s Encounter Fun Postcards for Parents – 20 activities on postcards. Especially re-written for parents or carers to use at home with their child!
Psalm 139: 13 – 14: You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.
Have fun playing with some play dough together. You could make shapes, squish it, roll it, cut it! Or if you have a Mr or Miss Potato Head try creating different characters. WOW! Look at all the amazing things we can make with the play dough/Mr Potato Head! Chat with your child about how Daddy God made us amazingly and He knows us so well! He created all the different parts of our brilliant bodies! Say ‘Wow!’ together.
Psalm 139:5 You are all around me – in front and in back – you have put your hand on me.
Create a glitter bottle with your child: add glitter glue, hot water, sequins and fine glitter to a small bottle. Give it a good shake, top up with water and super glue the lid shut!
Shake your glitter bottle together and watch the glitter as it swirls around. What’s the glitter doing? What shapes or colours can you see inside? Express wonder and amazement at it.
Say ‘Did you know God is all around us, just like the whirling, swirling glitter. Wow! Shall we ask to feel Him, see Him and know Him now?’
Invite Holy Spirit to come and fill you and be all around you both as you shake the bottle and explore it together.
God has lovely things to say!
1 Corinthians 14:3: But those who prophesy are speaking to people to give them strength, encouragement, and comfort.
Wash your child’s hands clean in warm soapy water or wash each other’s hands.
Invite Holy Spirit to be with you and have a go at listening to God for your child. You could try declaring over them: ‘I feel like God is showing me…’ or ‘When I think of you I see…’
God has lovely things to say because He is good and kind and because He loves us.
Thank God for speaking to you. Encourage your child to try listening to God next time!
Hugs with Jesus!
James 4:8: Come near to God, and God will come near to you.
1 John 4:8: God is love
Choose any soft cuddly toys or cushions you have to stroke and hug with your child. Close your eyes and imagine you are hugging Jesus!
Tell your child ‘Did you know Jesus loves you SO much? He wants to be so close to you. We can be close to Jesus.’
Pray for your child to be really, really close to Jesus, just like hugging this teddy or cushion.
Exodus 15:26 ‘I am the Lord who heals you’
Matthew 12:15 Many people followed Jesus, and he healed all who were sick.
Play with a child’s doctor’s kit.
Pretend to be ill and get better. Or pretend a teddy, doll or favourite toy is sick and help them get better with the doctor’s kit.
Say ‘When we are ill we sometimes go to the doctor, but did you know we can ALWAYS go to doctor Jesus? He wants to heal us!’
If you or your child has any pain, pray now and speak healing to the body part in Jesus’ name, or pray for someone you know who is sick. Try saying ‘owee go in Jesus’ name!’, check how you’re feeling and thank Jesus for any healing or improvement.
Practice praying for each other, and step out in faith together to pray for others: collect testimonies of healing!