Sometimes, less is best. I didn't have much of a lesson plan last night. It was quite skimpy. My printer wasn't working (my brain wasn't either), so I didn't get a new popup page for the kids.
When we got to class, there was a distinct odor in the building. There had been some sort of backup in the restroom (right behind my classroom). It was pretty strong. We went ahead with class as usual, but the smell was always there.
We went through my lesson plan and had about 20 minutes of class left. A couple of posts back I mentioned that I had cleaned the room up. I found some wonderful activities that previous teachers had made. I put them where I could get to them if I ever ran out of things to do.
We read through the flip chart "Who's Living At Your House". The kids loved it. If you aren't familiar with it, it is about GREEDY GREEN, POUTY PINK, TAN TATTLER, and others with bad character traits. After reading about each one it says, "I hope he's not living at your house". At the end, there is CHRIS CHRISTIAN. It describes all of his good characteristics and then says, "I hope there are lots of Chris Christians living at your house". It is really cute.
I passed out the little Bibles and we did the songs from the baby class: This is Way We Pat the Bible, and This Is The Bible God's Written Word. They loved them. I sometimes forget that just because I think of them as baby songs doesn't mean the kids do.
Last of all, I read the Patti Book, Sh=h-h-h. I was really surprised with the great response. They loved it. I remember loving that book when I was little. My 3 year old begged to take it home. If anyone knows if that has gone back in print, please let me know about it. I would love to buy a few more.
I said all of this to say, sometimes much planning is good, but sometimes it is the spontaneous activities that make for a great Bible class.