Teaching toddlers anything can be challenging. When it comes to God’s word, we must be intentional about keeping it fun and exciting; otherwise, they lose interest.
Here, I share five tips that I find help a great deal.
Keep it short and sweet: Let’s face it, toddlers have a very short attention span. So for each lesson, I identify three key takeaway points I want my toddler to remember, and I emphasize these three points at the beginning, end and all through the lesson (see the image below). I also try to make him repeat the crucial lessons.
Keep it engaging: Even as adults, we lose interest when a talk isn’t engaging; it isn’t much different for toddlers. To keep their attention, use different voice tones, facial expressions, hand gestures and role-playing.
Use visual aids: A picture speaks more than a thousand words. A colourful, relatable and relevant visual can be a very effective tool for instruction. I would typically sketch illustrations for my toddler. While we colour the images, I’d use the opportunity to explain how it relates to the lesson (see the image below). I like doing this because he carries it throughout the day and periodically looks at it. It also helps in active learning as against listening, which is passive. Other options could include using Play-Doh, stuffed animals, plastic toys, stickers, puppets, etc.
Sing it: Yeah, that’s right. Sing it! Convert the key verse into a song and teach your toddler to sing it. If possible, include basic sign language or actions; it helps the child quickly memorize and recall the verse. I’d also teach my toddler two songs each week that are closely related to the lesson. If he forgets everything else and remembers only the song, that’s also a win 🏆
Ask for God’s help: After I have done all that I know to do in my human wisdom 😅, I realize that the Holy Spirit is the greatest teacher, so I ask Him to teach me to be a good steward of the little ones He has entrusted in my care and to consolidate the lessons I have taught in a way only He can.
At the end of the day, we are just caretakers. We plant, and God brings the increase – but we must do our part first.
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Good one!!! Well done sis.
Thanks for your kind words, Esosa. Very grateful.
Amen. This write up is inspiring. Thank you for sharing, dear sister.
You’re most welcome, my darling sister 🥰
Great tips Pearl!Thanks for sharing
Thanks for your kind words, Mayode. Always my pleasure to share 😍🥰
You are a real mother. Thanks for sharing please.
Awwww… Thanks for your kind words, Esther. Always my pleasure to share 🥰🥰