Zacchaeus: Preschool to Kindergarten

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Setting: For this Bible lesson about Zacchaeus,
from brown posterboard, cut out a 3-foot-tall tree trunk. Use a
marker to draw vertical lines of bark. Tape the trunk to the wall.
Then tape inflated green balloons to the top of the tree for
leaves. Sit at the foot of the sycamore tree during the
lesson.

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Bible Activity: Jesus Knew Zacchaeus-Have children
sit in a circle. Tell children a paraphrase of Luke 19:1-10. Afterward, establish a rhythm by
having children slap their thighs twice, clap once, slap thighs
twice, clap once. Once the rhythm is comfortable, introduce this
*chant: Je-sus knew Za-cchae-us, Je-sus knows (child’s name).

Name any child. Then have all the children chant the first line and
the chosen child chant the second line naming the child to his or
her left. Continue this pattern until all children have been named.
Finish the chant by shouting together “you and me.”

Craft: Climbing Zacchaeus-Cut a 6-inch-posterboard
gingerbread person for each child. Punch a hole in each hand and
foot. Have children decorate their “Zacchaeus.” Then help them each
thread a 6-foot length of yarn through the right foot and right
hand, loop over the head and around through the left hand and left
foot. Tie a bead to each end of the yarn. Have children take turns
looping their yarn over a doorknob. As they pull the strings out to
the sides, Zacchaeus will climb.

Snack: You’ll need: bread sticks, marshmallows,
pretzel sticks and gumdrops.

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Directions: Have children each poke a bread stick into a
marshmallow, but not through it. Have them poke several pretzel
sticks into the marshmallow. Then have them press gumdrops onto the
ends of their pretzel sticks. They’ll have a Zacchaeus tree to
enjoy eating.

Created for PRESCHOOLERS-KINDERGARTEN

Contributors: Patti Chromey, Kathy Downs, Nancy Dunn and Cindy
Newell

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