A quick primer to develop little Miss and Mr. Manners of your
kids ages 2 and 3.
Before class begins, cut one red construction paper heart for
each child. Print each child's name inside a different heart.
When children arrive, greet each one with a warm smile and
say: I'm glad you're here today!
Tape each love badge on the appropriate child. Say: This
heart reminds us that God loves us!
Have the children sit on the floor. Read aloud Luke 19:5-6.
Say: Zacchaeus had good manners. Who knows what manners
After children answer, say: Manners are how we treat each
other. When we help people or when we're kind, we have good
manners. When we're happy for people to come to our home, we have
good manners. Or when we share our Play-Doh with others, we have
good manners. Zacchaeus had good manners because he was happy for
Jesus to come to his home.
Say: Sometimes we call being nice to each other "using
our manners." When we share God's love with other people we are
kind and helpful.
HANDS CAN HELP
Give each child a sheet of construction paper. Print the words,
"My hands can help" at the top of each sheet. Help children paint
their hands with acrylic paints and then press their hands on their
papers to make a place mat. Or have the children lay their hands on
the paper and trace around them. Write each child's name on his or
her place mat. After place mats dry, cover each one with clear
MIND YOUR MANNERS
Have children wash and dry their hands, then sit around the
table. Set out several plates of cheese cubes, crackers, fruit
pieces or other finger foods. Say: We're going to share a
snack and use our best manners. Using manners means saying "please"
and "thank you" and it means passing snacks to other children.
Let's use our manners.
After eating, have children play together with toys. Encourage
children to share good manners by helping each other during
playtime. Be an example by helping a child build a block tower or
dress a doll.
LOVE IS GOOD MANNERS
Let all the children help with clean-up, reminding them that
this is one way to use manners. Have children hold hands in a
circle. Pray: Dear God, thank you for letting us use our
manners to help others! Amen.
Give the children their place mats. Then say: Use your
manners this week to show others that you love them.
Debbie Trafton O'Neal is a teacher in Washington. She has
worked with children for 15 years.
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