2. In class have the children color the water drops.
Or you can just print the pattern on blue paper and have the children cut
them out. Or you can just cut out a bunch of water drop shapes from blue paper
(10 per child) and then in class have the children copy the Bible
verse onto the water drops one word per drop.
If you have children that cannot write yet, you can have them place the water drops in order to spell out the Bible verse. Write the words on the board so they can match the order.
3. Make paper cups using typing paper or, if you have it, freezer
paper to store the water drops. Make extra cups so that the children
can use them to drink some water.
1. Fold a piece of paper 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" in half, corner to corner to make a triangle.
2. Place the folded piece of paper on a table so that the folded, long edge is at the bottom.
3. Fold over the right, bottom corner so that the point meets the left edge of the triangle.
4. Fold over the left, bottom corner so that the point meets the right edge of the triangle.
5. Fold down the top layer of the top corner along the top edges of the folded corners. Turn the bucket over and turn the top corner over the same way.
Preparation: You will need a glass of water and an empty cup
for each child. Before you start the story explain to the children
that every time you say the name "Jesus" the child with the water
in his cup should pour the water into the cup of the person on his
left. And every time you say that word "woman", the person
with the water in his cup should pour the water in the person's
cup to the right. Start by pouring water into the child's
cup to the left. You can also tell the children that whoever ends
up with the cup full of water has to drink it. (kiddingly)
Jesus and his disciples had been walking for days in the
hot sun. They were on their way to Galilee. Jesus and
his disciples were hot, tired, and very thirsty. Finally Jesus
and his disciples came to Jacob's Well just outside the village
of Sychar. While Jesus sat down next to the well to rest,
his disciples went into the village to buy some food.
Soon a Samaritan woman came to get some water from the well
and Jesus asked her for a drink. She was very surprised that
Jesus had asked her for a drink. The woman was a Samaritan
and Jews did not speak to Samaritans. Most Jews hated Samaritans.
They treated the Samaritans as if they were dirty and not as good
as themselves. But Jesus had spoken to her.
The Samaritan woman asked Jesus why he had spoken
to her? Jesus told her that if she knew who he really was,
that she would be asking him for much more important things than
water. She didn't understand what Jesus was talking about.
Jesus began to tell the woman things about her that not
many people knew. Jesus told her about how she had been married
five times. The Samaritan woman asked him if he was a prophet.
She had many questions for Jesus and Jesus patiently
answered them. Jesus told her that it does not matter where
a person worships or what they call themselves, Jew or Samaritan
It only matters how they worship. Jesus told her that her
worship must be spiritual and real. Jesus made this
woman feel special and important. He didn't put her down for
being a Samaritan and not understanding everything. He didn't
look down on her for the mistakes she had made in her past.
The woman told him that she knew the Messiah was coming
and that when he came he would explain everything. Then Jesus
told her, "I am the Messiah." She knew that it must be true. She
immediately left to tell everyone back in her village that the Messiah
had come and his name was Jesus.
*If you have the "Following
in Jesus' Steps" Bulletin Board up, discuss with the children
ways we can follow in Jesus' step that we can learn from this story.
Let them come up with new words to print on more footprints or point
out words that are already up on the board. For example:
Jesus was compassionate, kind, understanding, accepting, loving,
Note: This same story is repeated over and over again today
when people take the time to help the down and out, outcasts or
needy. Guidepost Magazine has stories like these every month. Find
a story like this or tell your own experiences. Relate to the children
that these people were following in Jesus steps.
1. Play a "Throw a Rock in the Well Game" to Review the Lesson.
Write the following questions on sheets of typing paper. Write
one questions per paper. (Use the backs of old used papers.)
Line the children up behind a designated line. Read a question from
one of the papers to the first child in line. If the child
gets the question right, he can wrinkle up the paper and try to
throw it in the well (waste basket) If he doesn't know the
answer, he passes to the next person in line. Keep going like
this until someone can answer the question and then read the next
question on the second sheet of paper.
1. What city was the women at the well from?
2. Where was Jesus going?
3. Where did Jesus stop to rest?
4. Who was traveling with Jesus?
5. Where did the disciples go when Jesus stopped
to rest at the well?
6. Who came to the well? The Samaritan woman.
7. What did Jesus ask the Samaritan woman for?
8. What was the Samaritan woman's reaction to Jesus'
request for water?
9. Why was the Samaritan woman surprised that Jesus
talked to her?
10. What did Jesus know about the Samaritan woman?
11. What does Jesus know about you?
12. Who did Jesus say he was?
13. Where did the woman go after she found out Jesus
was the Messiah? Back into the city of Sychar
14. What did the woman do when she found out Jesus
was the Messiah? Told the people about Jesus.
15. Give an example how you can be like Jesus in
this story. --help someone who is lonely. Don't put people
down for things they have done or mistakes they made, forgive
them. Accept people the way they are. Be understanding.
16. Is it more important where you worship God or
how you worship God?
Crafts and Activities
1. Make a "He Who Believes in Me Shall
Never Thirst" Well Pencil Holder
What you will need: 15 oz. - 16 oz. aluminum cans, paper,
crayons or colored pencils, and tape.
2. In class have the children color the well and ladle, cut them
out and tape them to the can.
Out the Story
You will need a large box painted to
look like a well, large bowl of water, a ladle, a cup, and dress up
Have the children dress up in Costumes as Mary. (Younger children will want to dress up like Mary because
she gets to play in the water.) Have a teacher dress up like
To act out:
Jesus comes up to the woman sitting at the
well and asks for a drink of water. The woman gives him a drink.
Jesus tells the woman that God loves her. Have each child take
a turn being Mary. If you teach older children go into more
detail about the living water.
crafted a small well from Styrofoam blocks, spray painted it gray,
and placed a bucket of water inside with a ladle. As we told the story
about Jesus and the woman at the well, we let the kids eat pretzels
but did not offer a drink. At the end of the story we asked them if
they were getting thirsty. Just like in the story, when Jesus
helped the woman, we all brought our cups to the "well"
and filled them with water. The kids thought it was fun too! Lisa
1. Use the Water Drops in the Opening Activity Above
to Play a Game
Have the children mix up their water drops
and place them in their cups. On the word "go" see who can
put their drops in order first. Write the verse on the board for
children who have hard time reading.
2. Sing a Song
The Women at the Well
by Nancy Foss
(Sing to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell")
The women at the well,
The women at the well,
Jesus visits the women sitting at the well.
Never thirst again,
Never thirst again,
Drink living water and never thirst again.
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We would love to hear your comments about this lesson. If you
taught this lesson, we would love to hear how it went, if you changed
anything, added anything, what age you taught and was it appropriate. Any comments that would help others teach this lesson are welcome.
We did the woman at the well lesson for our 2 and 3 yr. old class
on Wednesday night. I didn't have enough time to collect 10 aluminum
cans, so I bought cheap plastic children's cups instead. And instead
of using it as a pencil holder, we punched 2 holes on each memory
verse drop then threaded yarn through each drop so they were on
one long string. ( I made one string for each student since this
is too hard for little hands to do!) I was talking to the kids how
Jesus gave the woman "special living water" I pulled on
one end of the string from a "well" I had already made
and pulled out the whole verse on the string, one word printed on
each drop. The kids were quite amazed. We all made wells and put
"special living water" in each of their "wells"
and they had a blast putting them in and pulling them out. The parents
were thrilled that after the kids were done playing with this craft,
they could pull the paper off and have a new little cup. Thanks
for all you do, Rachel
I made a well for the Woman at the Well lesson for my preschool
class using your idea. Instead of a pencil holder, we made a well
using a small Styrofoam cup. I printed out stones and cut them out,
then had the kids tape them around the cup. I also printed out the
water drops on both light blue and medium blue cardstock and cut
them out. I used a pen to make a small hole in the bottom of the
Styrofoam cups and knotted a piece of blue embroidery thread through
it. Then we used double stick tape to tape the 'water' words (alternating
light blue and medium blue) on to both sides of the string so that
when you pulled it out of the well you could read it top to bottom.
I emphasized that "Jesus would give you living water"
as the main point of the lesson.
I did this lessons with my kindergarten and younger kids. The main idea was to accept others even if they are different. We used some of your ideas from your lesson for the older children. We had a well and gave the children raindrops made out of paper with a quiz question on it. When they answered the question, they got to throw the paper in the well. The questions were made very easy. For our craft we used the one where you plant a seed in a styrofoam cup after decorating it and made the sun and watering can plant stakes to put in it. It worked well because it was used in the first part of spring. I thought that the watering can went along with the theme about water for the story. It is a lesson that continues after they leave church when they watch for their plant to grow, and continue to water it. Nova Browne
I used the Woman at the Well Lesson this past Sunday teaching 4 and 5 year olds. I made a huge pattern of a well and taped it together making it 4' x 3'. Using double stick tape fixed it to a corner of the room making it 3D, sort of. Then we walked with "Jesus" around and around the room until we came to Jacob's Well. Having a chair beside it,"Jesus" sat down really thirsty. The Samaritan woman came and there Jesus talked with her and led her to accept Him as her Saviour. The kids loved it! We then had blue Jello for dessert. Thanks for making such a great Christian site available for us. It makes lesson planning fun because we can go outrageous and the children aren't bored.
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