ABC, I Believe
The Letter B
Bible Reference: Psalm 139:14-16
Dictionary word: (Older Children)
Teaching Concept: God loves you and knows you. He created you for a purpose. You are special and have a special job to do for God.
Getting Connected - The Lesson
God created so many wonderful and amazing insects. He purposely created each type of insect and each one has an important place in this world. Bedbugs, spiders, ants, and even cockroaches are all very important. Bees also play a very important part in our lives. Honeybees and other bees are important because they pollinate flowers that produce the fruit we eat. Trees and plants must be pollinated in order for them to produce a crop. If they don't get pollinated, they don't produce fruit.
Plants can be pollinated in different ways, but somehow the pollen has to find the stamen of the flower in order to produce seeds and fruit. Some pollen is blown by the wind from one plant to the other. Bees are responsible for pollinating about one third of our trees and crops that produce the food we eat. Without bees we would have far less food to eat.
God created bees for a special purpose; they have a very big job to do. But he made them perfectly suited for this job. They all work together and each has a special job; no job is more important than the other. There are lots of different kinds of bees, but honeybees are especially good at pollinating. Let's look at some of the jobs honeybees do:
The Queen Bee
The Drone Bees
The Worker Bees
The youngest bees stay in the hive and work. They keep the hive clean and look after the developing larvae and pupae. Some of them take care of the queen bee and the drones. They also produce wax to make the honeycomb bigger, and cap the cells after the eggs or honey is placed inside.
As the bees get older, they work at the outer area of the hive. Some of them build new cells. They fan the nest with their wings to cool it off when it gets too hot. If it is still too hot, some bees will bring water to the hive to help cool it off. If it gets too cold, they will produce heat by contracting their flight muscles without moving their wings. Some of the worker bees guard the hive. If other insects or bees try to enter the hive, the guard bee will attack the intruder and will die to protect the hive. Other worker bees go out and collect the pollen and nectar from flowers that are used to feed the bees. Some of it is stored up for the winter months.
As you see, there are many, many things that have to be done in order to keep the hive going; and each bee is very important.
Think about it. If God created these tiny little insects for such an important job, how much more important is the job you were created for? Just like these insects God has a plan for your life. But you are so much more important than an insect. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, "We are God's masterpiece (or workmanship) and with Jesus at work within us, we can do the good things he planned for us to do." The dictionary says a masterpiece is an exceptionally good piece of creative work. God created you different than the bees. You are much, much more important to him than the bees. He created you in his image and gave you a free will. That means that he gave you the ability to choose how you would live your life.
Father, We praise you for creating us. We thank you for your loving kindness. Help us to make the right choices and live the life you intended us to live. Help us to glorify you through our actions and to be happy with the way you created us.
1. Play a concentration memory verse game - Print out the flower patterns onto different colors of card stock and cut them out. On the back of each flower write one word of the memory verse. Mix the cards up and place them on a table so that the words don’t show. Have your children take turns turning over the cards until someone finds the first word of the memory verse and then the second and third until all the words are gone. (Printing Problems?)
2. Play “Follow the Bee to the Flower” - Print out the flower patterns, beehive, and large flower pattern and cut them out. On the back of each flower write one word of the memory verse (you don’t have to use the whole memory verse). Make a bunch of extra flowers with no words on the back. Place the large flower at one end of the table and the beehive at the other. Place the flowers with the memory verse in a zigzag row leading to the big flower so that they are in the order of the verse. Place the extra flowers in between the memory verse flowers. Have the children take turns being the bee. Starting at the beehive have a child turn over a flower near the beehive looking for the first word of the memory verse. If he finds the first word, he can then turn over another flower nearby looking for the second word of the verse. If he doesn’t pick the right word he has to go back to the beehive and wait for his next turn to try again. You can turn over all the flowers again so that none of the words show or you can have the next child continue where the first child left off. The first child to reach the big flower at the end wins. Or keep playing until all the children can get to the big flower by remembering the sequence of flowers.(Printing Problems?).
3. God's Plan for you - Bees do what they do because God gave them the instinct to do it. They don't have a choice in what they can do. They can't decide to go their own way or follow another plan. God created you to do good works, but you have to choose to do them. He has a plan for you to do good things. He wants you to glorify him in everything you do, but it is up to you to follow his plan for your life. Ask your child what good things God would like him to do now as a youngster. Some things might be: To tell others about Jesus, invite friends to church, learn as much as he can about God, grow to be more and more like Jesus, etc.
Ask your child what he thinks God's plan might be for him in the future. Do we need to know God's plan for our lives? Do we have to know what God wants us to be? If your child doesn't have any idea what he would like to do or be in the future, tell him that we already know what God wants us to do. He wants us to do good things. If we do that, we will be following his plan for our lives. God will work out everything else. If your child thinks he might know what God wants him to do in the future, go to the library or search online to find information on your child's particular interest. For example, if your child thinks God might want him to be a doctor, discuss the different types of doctors and what they do.
4. You were created in God's own likeness. That means you have some of the same characteristics as God. You may not be the smartest person, or the fastest, or the prettiest, or the most athletic person, you may think that you don't have any special talents at all, but God created you just the way he wanted you to be. The Bible says that he knew you before you were even born. It says he wove you together. He made you just the way he wanted you to be. Read Psalm 139:14-16, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Talk to your child about when he was born, the names you had picked out for him, how you prepared for his birth, etc. Remind him that you didn't know what he would look like or even if he would be a boy or a girl, but God knew; and he gave you just the right child to take care of. God had it all planned out. Pull out your child's baby pictures and spend some time looking at them and talking about them.
5. “Bee” Quiet - Have all the children sit in a circle. Whisper a word or phrase from the lesson or a portion of the Bible verse into one child’s ear. Have that child then whisper the same thing into the ear of the child sitting on the right. Continue this until it gets to the last child. Have that child say the word or phrase out loud. Is it the same as it started? Begin again with a new child!
1. Practice printing and writing - Your child should practice the same worksheet for several days. This will not only help with his writing, but will help him remember the Bible verse. On the third or fourth day, your child should draw his own picture relating to the Bible verse and then write the letter, word, or Bible verse on the bottom of the page. On the fifth day, your child should try to write or say the letter, word, or verse from memory.
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1. Take a look at some oil paintings that are considered masterpieces on this web site. http://www.masterpiece-paintings-gallery.com/
2. Make a Bee and Flower Mobile - for directions to this craft go to the crafts.
3. Plant flowers to attract honeybees. Decorate a plastic cup with flower and bug stickers and then plant some flower seeds. Use the bee patterns to make plant stakes by gluing the bees to a craft stick. (Printing Problems?)
4. Make a Craft Spoon Bee - For directions go to the Crafts Page for directions.
5. Make a Plaster of Paris Bee - For directions for this craft go to the Crafts Page.
6. Make bubble print honeycombs - Explain to the children that you are going to make a honeycomb. Give each child a piece of bubble wrap and a piece of construction paper. Have them dip their wrap into paint and press on the paper. Embellish with bee stickers! Older children can experiment with wax. Have them pour cooled, but runny paraffin wax over their piece of bubble wrap. Let cool until hard. Then, gently peel wax off the wrap. Decorate with pompoms for bees or with bee stickers.
7. Make fingerprint bees - Give each child a piece of paper. Have them press their finger into paint or ink to make fingerprint bees. Decorate with markers or crayons. Glue Honeycomb cereal onto the paper for the hive.
8. “My Masterpiece” - Repeat the dictionary word “masterpiece” for the children again and explain the definition one more time. Then, invite the children to create their own masterpiece. Set out a variety of art materials such as paper, paint, crayons, miscellaneous art supplies, variety of paintbrushes, chalk, etc. Have them create their very own picture of whatever they want – their masterpiece. Let dry and display throughout the room where all parents can see them.
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5. Spelling "e" and "ee" words - Print out the Bee Word Patterns and cut them apart. Have your child sort out the "e" and "ee" words. Place all the "e" words in one row and all the "ee" words in another. Point out that there are only five words with a single "e": me, he, we, be, she, and four of them refer to people. (Printing Problems?)
1. Carry nectar back to the hive relay game - Talk about how bees and other insects have a special mouth called a proboscis that is very long and helps them to get down into the cup of the flower and suck out the sweet nectar. Demonstrate how this is done by using a straw and a pitcher of Kool-Aid. Set the children up into teams with a pitcher of Kool-Aid for each team. Give each child a straw. When you blow a whistle the first person on each teams runs up to the pitcher and drinks as much as he can until you blow the whistle again. When the child tabs the next person in line he runs up to the pitcher and starts to drink until the whistle is blown again. Continue until every child has had a turn or one pitcher is empty.
2. Bee Lunch Game - (Large group game) Share with the children that birds, toads, and skunks love to eat bees! Play a game of freeze tag with the children. Designate three children to be “it”, with one being the skunk, one a bird, and the other a toad. Have all your other children be bees. Have the predators try to tag the bees. Once they are tagged, another bee must unfreeze them by crawling between their legs. Switch roles and play as long as children are interested.
3. Dancing Bees - Bees communicate by wiggling and dancing! Have the children dance like bees.
Cooking Up Something Good
1. Taste different kinds of honey - All honey doesn't taste the same. The taste of the honey depends on from which types of flowers the bees collected.
2. Cooking with honey - Make Peanut-Butter Popcorn or other recipe using honey.
3. Biscuits and honey - Mix up a batch of biscuits and give the kids honey to spread on their biscuits. Yum!
Just for Fun
1. Hide the Bee Game - Make a paper bee cutout. Have one child leave the room while the other children hide the bee. After the bee is hid, have the child come back out and look for the bee. Have all the other children buzz like loud bees when the child gets close, and like soft bees when the child moves further away. Take turns being the bee finder!
2. Fun fact: If something is the best of its kind it might be called the bee’s knees.
3. Bees wax - Tell the children that beeswax is the main ingredient in furniture polish. Have some fun and get that much needed cleaning done all at the same time. Have some furniture polish ready with a rag for each child. Have them go around your room cleaning and polishing!
4. Story fun - Explain to your children that bears love to eat honey. Then, read the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Helen Oxenbury. After reading the book, hide some Honeycomb cereal around your play area and tell your children to pretend to be bears. Give them each a plastic bag and have them find the cereal and put it in their bag. When they are done, gather them around and watch a “Winnie the Pooh” movie while nibbling at the cereal.
“I Have A Choice”
I have a choice to make on how I live each day,
“Must Be A Bee”
Do you buzz all day,
“Five Yellow Striped Bees”
Five yellow striped bees
1. Listen to “Flight of the Bumble Bee”-- another masterpiece. You can probably find a tape or CD at your local library.
2. I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumble - Kiddy Song Corner web site has a fun song to learn the Letter "A" sound. (http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Cottage/3192/) You will find this song under the "I, J, K, L" link. You can also find three different versions on Kiddle's web site. (http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b002.html). (http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b035.html), (http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b021.html)
3. The Bee - This lyric and tune for this song can be found at Kiddle's web site. http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b048.html
4. "The Beehive and the Anthill" Finger Play - This lyric and tune for this song can be found at Kiddle's web site. http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b052.html
5. Buzzy Bee - This lyric and tune for this song can be found at Kiddle's web site. http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/b063.html
6. Song of the Bee - This lyric and tune for this song can be found at Kiddle's web site. http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/s142.html
7. The Sweetest Thing That Grows - This lyric and tune for this song can be found at Kiddle's web site. http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/s092.html
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