It’s my old bag of Sunday School supplies. I used to teach 3 and 4 year olds long ago. When I started we used a curriculum that included stickers and coloring pages and crafts that included glue or tape. The stickers were of animals, flowers, toys, men, women, and a messiah, who I called “Jesus of Iowa” because he was white w brown hair and beard, blue eyes, looking like he just hopped off a tractor while wearing a seamless tunic. No I never told the kids that, just My Sweet Rib. The coloring pages depicted scenes from both Testaments, including the biggies – Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve, Moses and the Ten Commandments, Moses and the parting of the Red Sea, Moses and the plagues, Moses leading the Israelites in the desert (yes, that Moses was a busy guy!), the baby Jesus being born, the boy Jesus in the Temple, the crucifixion, His resurrection, and so on and so forth. Some of the crafts included making crowns, sheep ears, the tablets of the Law, crosses, birds and clouds. At the end of class we’d talk and pray about what was on their minds, usually mommy and daddy, pets, toys and candy. Siblings were almost never mentioned. Then I would lead them in a ‘repeat-after-me’ version of The Lord’s Prayer, then wait for ma or pa to pick them up.
As years passed, the church started watching costs and that curriculum was abandoned and newer stuff – tapes, videos fewer hands-on items appeared. Harumph! I used those but also incorporated those items you see above. I dare you to find a 3 or 4 year old who doesn’t like a hand puppet.
Eventually, the focus for teaching younglings shifted from Sunday School to Wednesday evening classes for school-aged kids. Because of this, fewer parents brought that aged group of kids on Sundays and with them their little brothers and sisters.
Finally, knees started popping and enthusiasm waned as studies kept changing and fewer kids were attending so it was time to hang up this bag of study aids.
If you ever get the opportunity to teach Sunday School, please do so. You don’t have to do it forever, but you might. At least teach it sometime. For any age. It’s rewarding. You’ll learn a lot about kids, parents, yourself, glitter (ugh! it’s the enemy of all mankind), and, of course, Jesus of Nazareth, who ===> right now <=== is building a place for you in Heaven (it might be an entire mansion or just a really nice room in that mansion – I’m not sure).
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.