Happy Face Jingle:
“Happy Face, Happy Face what do you see?
I see a silly face looking at me! 🤪
Silly face, silly face what do you see?
I see a sad face looking at me!😢
Sad face, sad face what do you see?
I see a mad face looking at me! 😡
Mad face, mad face what do you see?
I see a surprised face looking at me! 😳
Surprised face, surprised face what do you see?
I see a sleepy face looking at me!😴
Sleepy face, sleepy face what do you see?
I see happy face looking at me! 😊
Happy Face, Happy Face what do you see?
I see another happy face looking back at me!” 😃
- Construction paper cardstock
- Paint sticks
- Packaging tape
- Happy Face Jingle
- Draw each of the faces mentioned in the Happy Face Jingle on a piece of construction paper cardstock
- Cut face out into a large circle shape
- Write words to each line of Jingle on back of corresponding face circles, as well as any songs, prompts or fingerplays you may like to sing when you are finished on the last circle
- Begin w/ Happy Face #1…work through the corresponding faces individually & end with Happy Face #2 looking at Happy Face #1
- Laminate circles to help them last longer!
- Tape paint sticks to back of circles
Tips & Tricks:
- Be as animated as possible!
- As you say the Jingle, show the circle face that corresponds with each line
- Make the faces yourself as shown on the circles & encourage the kids to show you their best “happy face, silly face, etc” along with you!
- This is a great transition activity to get kids ready to sit & listen to a story!
- I usually tell them how GLAD I am to see their sweet happy faces in my class!
- We’ve made smaller versions w/ craft sticks instead of paint sticks for the kids to hold & they love that option too at times for small classes!
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Need an easy, no prep activity for a time filler or transition?
Play “Hangman” using a Bible Verse or phrase from your lesson!
Utilize a dry erase board or chalkboard to make it large enough for the whole class to participate. Allow the kids to take turns guessing letters.
Disclaimer: If the traditional “hangman” game would be offensive to use at your church…use the same premise, but see if they can guess the verse or phrase before you draw a regular stick figure with a silly face…it doesn’t have to be attached to a traditional hangman drawing to be fun!
- 1 colored poster board per team (each team should have a different color)
- Write Bible verse on each poster
- Cut into large puzzle pieces
- Before class begins, hide puzzle pieces around room
- Divide kids into teams
- Tell each team what color puzzle pieces they will be hunting for
- Remind kids that the “Red Team” can only get RED pieces…the “Yellow Team” can only get YELLOW, etc. If they see another teams’ puzzle pieces, just stay quiet & leave it alone!
- On the sound of “GO!” the teams should hunt for their assigned color pieces & work together to put their puzzle together.
First team to find all their pieces & put their puzzle together wins!
Tips and Tricks:
- Assign an adult helper or older child to each team to help aid in putting puzzle together, if needed (especially for preschoolers)
- Tell the kids how many pieces they will be hunting for
- Make each poster as similar as possible…especially having same number of pieces
- For younger students, make sure puzzle pieces are not too hard to find!
I love teaching kids about Jesus!
Kids can have fun AND learn about Him…church doesn’t have to be boring!
Join me as I share some of the lessons I’ve learned in over 25 years of teaching in preschool & children’s ministry.
Over 25 years ago, my husband and I walked into our first assignment as newly appointed volunteers in the preschool ministry at our church. Parenting our then two year old firstborn and having a genuine love for kids were the only pluses on our resume. In other words, we had no idea what we were doing!
Our children’s director at the time offered me an opportunity to shadow a seasoned teacher who directed a thriving preschool ministry in the area. It was just for one morning, but this teacher was phenomenal. She had so many creative tips and ideas, and I soaked them all in! I also began recognizing the talent and skills of elementary school teachers, and started asking questions and purveying websites to brainstorm ways to utilize the creativity they used in their secular classrooms in my church classroom.
Simply put, I determined that I didn’t want to just be a “babysitter.” I loved Jesus and wanted the children I taught to know His great love for them. I knew that if kids could watch a tv program and quote the catchy lyrics of a song word for word…certainly they could learn God’s Word! I knew that if crafts and activities at school could reinforce the lessons they were learning…certainly I could do the same thing to help them learn at church! I wanted our time together to be worthwhile. I wanted them to learn about my Savior…and I knew they could…if someone would just take the time to teach them!
Fast forward 25 years, and my husband & I have learned a lot about kids. We have 10 of our own, as well as 2 beautiful grandchildren. We have continued serving in various forms of preschool and kids ministry throughout all of those years. While I am constantly trying to add to my repertoire of games, songs, activities and object lessons…I realize that I have quite a collection! Just as people have so graciously shared their wisdom and creativity with me over the years, my hope with this blog is that I pay it forward! My greatest desire is to help you help your kids learn more about Jesus in a fun, creative, engaging way!