Easter with Your Preschoolers

Easter with Preschoolers

Easter is a time of joy and celebration. We are reminded of the price Christ paid for our sins on the cross and the power of His resurrection. We think about the empty tomb and the eternal life that God gives to us. For preschoolers, though, there is much about Easter that is beyond their understanding until later in their lives when they develop more abstract thought. There is also the temptation to focus on bunnies, colored eggs, and candy. How do we make Easter have meaning for preschoolers so they will grow toward God?

Selfless ambition — doing all things for the glory of Christ

Mahon Family

Through preaching, praying, and having a raw desire to be hospitable and evangelistic, the Mahon family have learned what it takes to rest, and grow in selfless ambition, for the glory to God. In 2006, Brian and Jenny married, after meeting at Clemson University. A couple of years into their marriage, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, for Brian to attend The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at Southern, they had their son, Luke, and daughter, Kate. Jenny suggested that Brian pursue ministry when, “I couldn’t do much of anything without landing in a conversation about Christ,” shared Brian.

The Third Teacher

preschool classroom teachers and kids

Have you ever thought of your Mission Friends classroom as your third teacher? A few weeks ago I visited the Early Learning Demonstration Classroom at Childcare Resources, a local agency that provides training for child-care teachers and directors. They have recently opened a model classroom to provide hands-on training for teachers in understanding how to provide a classroom setting that encourages learning. When I visited the demonstration classroom, people from several local agencies gathered for our first visit and introduction to the classroom. As we walked around the classroom, two Childcare Resources consultants described the setup and uses of the learning centers and Group Time area. One of the consultants made the comment that the classroom really is the third teacher in the room. The classroom makes a difference in the ways preschoolers learn as well as what they learn.

Missions Explorers

Missions Explorers

Project Learning

Preschoolers can do project learning. In Mission Friends project learning is what Missions Explorers is all about. It’s fun, and it’s easy. And it’s optional. Here are some things to remember when doing projects with young children:

Set up a special area in your classroom for project learning. Include necessary supplies and additional materials such as brochures, books, teaching pictures (many are on the Internet), and a box, pocket folder, or large envelope where preschoolers can keep their work.

Label supplies and keep them in separate boxes such as one for crayons, one for scissors, one for paper, etc.

As preschoolers investigate and learn more about their project, make a list of what they have learned on chart paper. Or have them draw what they have investigated and done on butcher paper. Preschoolers can draw or write about their findings.

Be sure to have a time for sharing what preschoolers have learned while working on their project(s). Invite parents and guests to attend the Project Presentation.

Organizing for Mission Friends — Learning Styles

Learning styles

Preschoolers learn in many different ways. Let’s take a look at four different learning styles and how to choose activities based on these learning styles. Preschoolers usually show a preference to one of these learning styles, even as they learn through a combination of the styles. Think of the preschoolers in your Mission Friends group and consider what learning style each preschooler tends to favor. This will help you choose activities so your preschoolers will learn in the best ways for them.

Building Resilience within Preschoolers

A Caring Adult

In helping preschoolers build resilience, we must help them develop a sense of trust. Developing trust is one of the key tasks of the early years, and will affect the child’s development even in later years. In order to develop a sense of trust, the preschooler must feel loved and secure. Developing a sense of trust gives the preschooler inner strength and confidence that will then carry him through the challenges of life. The development of trust is also key in preschoolers’ faith development as they learn to trust in God. The following are four things you can give preschoolers to help them develop a sense of trust.

You’re Invited!

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Spring is popping up, and it is a great time to invite preschoolers to Mission Friends. Make pop-up invitations to give during the spring months to families with preschoolers.

Digital Template: Landscape Graphic

landscape digital graphic

Download this landscape graphic to use in a variety of ways.

  • Place the graphic across the top of letters to parents.

  • Have your church’s website administrator make a page about your Mission Friends. Use the landscape graphic as a header on the page. Give information about your Mission Friends, such as the date, time, location, current Helping Others activities, and missions areas featured. Provide a link to (

  • Print out the graphic to use as a banner for your classroom.

  • Use the graphic in your church newsletter along with a story about how your Mission Friends are learning.

Understanding Preschoolers with Special Needs

SPD Child

A preschooler who overreacts when he gets paint or glue on his hands, or a preschooler who winces and covers her ears when the class plays rhythm instruments. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) may affect these preschoolers, causing their reactions to sensory input.

Start Something New

MFL cover Spring

Many families that homeschool their older children also have preschoolers in their household. Start something new by giving suggestions to parents who homeschool of ways to encourage missions learning.

Homeschoolers can use Mission Friends Leader as a resource for missions learning activities in the home. One way of using the materials is to tell the mission story from Group Time at the beginning of the week, and then intersperse activities from the interest areas for that session throughout the week. As their preschoolers learn about the featured missionaries, the family can write messages or make cards to send to the missionaries using the contact information provided on the Meet the Missionaries page each month. The Helping Others activity suggestions could be instrumental in homeschoolers involving their family in serving others in their community.


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