Scripture References: "He shall cover thee
with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth
shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the
terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;" Psalm
Teaching Concepts: God protects us like a mother
bird protects her chicks. We don't have to be afraid because we
can trust in him.
2. In class have your children color the picture.
You can also bring in small feathers for them to glue to the hen.
3. Write the Bible verse on the left-hand side of the picture.
Work On"He Covers Us with His Feathers" Color
and Craft Sheet
Before class print out the Hen
Pattern and the Wing
Pattern onto card stock. Cut out the wings. In class have
the children color the hen and the wing. Punch a whole in the wing
and the hen where indicated by the dot. Attach the wing with a paper
fastener so that that wing can be moved up and down to cover the
hen's chicks. The Bible verse can be written at the top of the page.
Work On "Covered with Feathers" Color and Craft Sheet
Print out the pattern onto heavy paper and make copies. In class
have your children color the picture and then glue feathers
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6. Practice Printing and Writing
This lesson was designed
to go along with ABC
Worksheets using the Bible verse. Children practice writing
the letter A in print or cursive or write the complete verse in
cursive or print.
As children work on their projects talk about feathers. Tell them
to feel them and describe how they feel. Ask them if they have any
down comforters or pillows at home. Ask them how it feel to wrap
themselves up in a warm blanket on a cold night.
Preparation: Bring in warm comforters and spread
them out on the floor for the children to lay on. Wrap a comforter
(Preschool) Before the lesson play follow the leader.
Place a sheet or blanket over your shoulders and around your arms
to look like wings (a cape). Tell the children that you are going
to pretend to be a mother hen. Spread out your arms and show them
your wings. They are going to pretend to be your chicks. They are
to follow you around the room and do what you do. When you say,
"Cluck, cluck, cluck." They should all come and hide under
your wings. Walk around the room acting like a chicken: scratch
on the floor with your feet like you are looking for grain, flap
your wings up and down while you walk around chairs, pretend like
you are trying to fly, etc. then say, "cluck, cluck, cluck"
and open your arms for all the children to come to you and give
them a great big chicken hug. Have the children sit down.
Have you ever watched a hen with her chicks or seen
them on TV? They are really interesting to watch. The little
chicks follow their mother everywhere she goes. She leads
them all over the barnyard showing them where to find food and watching
over them. The little chicks know not to wonder far from her. Whenever
the mother hen thinks there is danger she lifts up her wings and
the little chicks all come running for cover. She protects
them from the wind, and rain, and heat of the sun by covering them
with her wings. She keeps them warm with the heat from her body.
She keeps them warm like a great big blanket. She keeps them dry
like an umbrella. And she protects them from danger.
The Bible tells us that God is a lot like a bird or
hen who protects and watches over her chicks. He watches over us
and protects us so we don't have to be afraid. Open your Bible and
read Psalm 91:4-5. (Help the children find the verse in their Bibles.
Give them each a big feather to mark the place. Have someone read
the verse or read it to them. "He will shield you with his
wings. He will shelter you with his feathers. His faithful promises
are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of
the night . . ." Psalm 91:4-5
Have you ever been afraid at night when you are in your
room and it's really dark? I think we all have. This verse tells
us we don't have to be afraid because God is watching over us. Just
like a mother bird watches over her chicks. She covers them with
her wings and protects them from the cold and from danger. When
you are lying in bed and feel afraid you can remember this verse.
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings
shalt thou trust:" Don't you feel a little better when you
have a big soft blanket to hide under? (Bring the comforter up around
your face and peek out like you are afraid.) God is like that big
blanket. You can ask him to comfort you and help you not to be afraid.
(Did you know that some comforters are made with feathers called
down?) When you hide under your blanket at night remember that God
is also there with you surrounding you with his love.
Do you remember David of David and Goliath? Remember
how he as a young man killed the Giant with a little rock. He was
very brave, but David wasn't always without fear. There were many
times when he was tired and afraid, when he felt like God was far
away. (Psalm 4, 6, 10, and 13).
After David killed Goliath he went to live with King
Saul. At first King Saul was glad to have David there. He put him
in charge of a great army. David was so good that people started
talking about him. They thought he was even better than King Saul.
(1 Sam.18:5) King Saul became very jealous of David. He tried to
kill him several times. David had to run away and hide. King Saul
sent many people after David to find him and kill him. David had
to hide out in the desert and in the hills. He had to keep moving
to keep Saul and his men from finding him. At times he thought for
sure that Saul would kill him (1 Samuel 27:1), but he knew God was
on his side and that God would protect him. When he was scared or
lonely he wrote and sang songs to God.
Here is part of one of the Psalms David wrote: "How
much longer will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How much longer will
you hide yourself from me? How long must I endure trouble? How long
will sorrow fill my heart day and night? . . . Look at me, O Lord
my God, and answer me. Restore my strength; don't let me die. I
rely on your constant love; I will be glad, because you will rescue
me. I will sing to you, O Lord, because you have been good to me."
(Psalm 13 Good News Translation)
Many of David's songs are in the book of Psalms. These
songs comforted him and made him feel better. Do you ever sings
song when you are afraid? If you are afraid, try singing "Jesus
Loves Me" or another song you know. This will help you to trust
God to take care of you, just like David did.
We are going to learn a verse from the book of Psalms.
We don't know who wrote this psalms but it could have been David.
"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings
shalt thou trust:" Psalm 91:4a (He will cover you with his
wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect
and defend you. GNT)
Father, we thank you for your loving kindness, for taking
care of us and protecting us. Help us to never stray to far from
you. Help us to become more dependent on you and more trusting
of you every day. Amen
1. Make a Mother Hen with Her Chick
What you will need: Card stock, markers or crayons,
tape or glue, scissors
What to do:
1. Before class print out thePattern and make copies onto card stock.
2. If you have children 2nd grade or younger you may want to cut
the patterns out ahead of time because these patterns are hard
to cut out and will take quite a bit of time.
3. In class have the children color the hen and chick. Fold
the hen's wings on the dotted lines and tape to the back of the
hen. Fold up the hen's tail back and the feet forward.
4. Place the little chick behind the hen's wings and tape the wings
closed. (Printing Problems?)
1. Memory Verse Search - Before class print
out and cut out the Memory
Verse Chicks. Make more than one copy of the pattern.
Write one word of the memory verse on the belly of each chick. Hide
the chicks around the room. You can tape them to the bottom
and the back of chairs and on the walls, etc. After the lesson place
the mother hen (use the pattern from the craft) in the center of
the table (or tell them you are the mother hen). Tell the
children that the mother hen is calling for her little chicks. Ask
them to help the mother hen find her chicks and when they find one,
bring them to you or the hen picture. When all the chicks
are found have the children take turns trying to figure out the
order the chicks need to be in to spell out the memory verse. If
you have children who can't read or who are learning to read, ask
them questions about the verse. For example, you can say, "Who
has the word "he"? It starts with the letter "H".
You can also write the words on the board and have the children
match up their chick to the words on the board.
2. Feather Relay - Divide your children up into
teams. Give each child a feather. Mark a starting point and an ending
point. On the word go the first player in each team places his feather
on the floor and uses a piece of cardboard to blow the feather across
the room to the end mark and then back again. When the first player
returns, the second player goes, and so on until the whole team
has had a turn. The first team to have all their players cross the
finish line wins. Preschool children will just enjoy trying to get
their feathers across the line without touching them.
Matthew 23:37, Ruth 2:12, Psalm 17:8, and Psalm
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I just wanted to tell you we recently used the lesson about God
keeping us safe under his wings at home. We hatched baby chicks
two weeks ago and that lesson went perfect. Anyone who is going
to hatch eggs this year at school should really consider the lesson.
Its a great way for kids to see how much the baby chicks rely
on others to feed and water them like we rely on God to care for
us. Jennie Galloway
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