Use this Sunday school lesson to help preschoolers learn to make a joyful noise to God.
1. Tug of Hugs — Have the children sit in a circle on the floor.
Ask: How would a band sound if the instrument players didn’t work together?
Read aloud Ephesians 5:19-20. Say: We show God how much we love him when we sing together.
Hand a ball of yarn to a child and wrap the yarn around the child’s waist. Then have the child pass the yarn to the next person who wraps the yarn around his or her waist. Continue around the entire circle until all the children are “knit” together.
Have the children stand up and then move around as you play music. After five minutes, say: We moved around the room together. Now let’s make instruments together to praise God.
2. “Crazy-Praisy” Kazoos — Set out the following materials: toilet paper tubes, wax paper, rubber bands, pencils, markers and stickers. Have children each decorate the outside of a tube and use a pencil to poke a hole about two-thirds of the way down on the side of the tube. Help each child hold a piece of wax paper over the end of his or her tube and secure it with a rubber band.
Tell the children the trick to playing a kazoo is humming with mouth closed and lips together into the open end of the tube. Play or sing some praise music and have the children hum along with their kazoos.
3. Lip-Smacking Musical Smiles — Give each child a slice of bread. Have children each spread jelly, cream cheese or peanut butter on their bread. Then have them make a happy face on the bread using raisins, cereal, sunflower seeds or chocolate chips. Play music with a variety of moods as children eat their snacks and talk about how different music makes people feel different ways.
4. Musical Pictures — In a line on the floor place sheets of construction paper, one per child. Give children crayons, and have them each sit beside a sheet of construction paper and write their name on it. Play music. Have children draw on the paper a picture of something they’d like to thank God for, such as an animal or a person.
Stop the music and have children rotate to their left. The child at the end will run to the other end of the line. Start the music again and have children each add to their new picture the thing they’re thankful for. Continue this game five more times. Then say: We worked together to create pictures. Take your picture home to remind you we can work together to praise God. Close in prayer.
Authors: Margaret Hinchey is a children’s choir director in Colorado. Jane Wilke is an early childhood educator in Missouri.