This wonderful program allows parents and young children to build their faith together through short stories and simple, fun activities. Each week will include a storybook read aloud by one of our fabulous Trinity volunteers, as well as downloadable activities and coloring pages. You and your child will love listening to these stories together and learning about God’s love through play. Videos and activities will be posted online weekly. Feel free to use these materials however they fit into your family schedule.
Designed for children in Preschool through Kindergarten
Weekly Videos and Activities
Joe and the Slow Soup
“Just wait a minute.” “Not yet!” “Be patient.” Small children are often asked to wait because they are unable to do many things independently. They wait for food, for toys, and often for our attention. Because their concept of time is just starting to develop, waiting can seem to take forever. When we ask them to “wait five more minutes,” they do not have a way to fully understand what we are asking of them. Young children also vary in how they develop the internal mechanisms for patience, such as strategies for distraction, self-soothing, and self-regulation. Because of innate differences in their temperaments, one child may be able to wait without much difficulty, while another child may seem to have a maximum wait time of just a few seconds before their patience runs out. Sensitive caregiving can make a big difference in how effectively children develop this core skill.
Hal and the Very Long Race
Theme: Strengths and Gifts
Young children are embarking on the exciting, challenging, and sometimes frustrating adventure of learning many different things—like communication, language, and physical movement—in a short period of time. Along with discovering what they can do, they are discovering what they cannot do (yet!). Little ones watch older children and grown-ups and immediately want to do the same things that the “big kids” do. With practice and time, children will master more and more of these tasks, while also finding their own unique God-given strengths and gifts that make them the same as but different from everyone else—a wonderful reflection of God’s own self!
Rufus and His Angry Tail
Because anger is one of the first emotions expressed by young infants, it is classified as a primary emotion. (Other ones include fear, happiness, disgust, and sadness.) From the very beginning of life, humans use anger to express their unmet needs. Showing anger is a very effective and powerful way for getting someone else to pay attention to them. As young children develop language skills to communicate about what they want, they still express anger, often through full-body tantrums. Parents, teachers, and other adults can recognize and model faithful responses to this powerful emotion.
Rufus Loses His Cape
Theme: Asking For Help
Every child is unique. Some children seem to demonstrate their need for independence right from birth. Other children are always asking for help, even for something they can do themselves. All children need loving help and guidance throughout their lives, especially in these early years. Recognizing their need for help and honoring their budding independence can be a delicate balance. Some days will go well, while other days will be a struggle. But every day is an opportunity to model for children how they can always turn to God for help.
Rufus and the Scary Storm
As little ones explore the amazing world that God has created, some of that exploration will result in fearful situations. Fear is one of the first emotions young children feel. Leaving Mommy or Daddy, sleeping in a dark room, or hearing the bark of a big dog can be terrifying. The fear of unfamiliar situations and people is developmentally typical, starting in the first year when infants begin to show stranger anxiety. The good news is that our precious ones are never alone. God is always with them, even when they feel alone and afraid.
Ava and the Skimpy Picnic
A young child is regularly being coached by adults to share with others. The challenge with this request? Because of the emotional, cognitive, and social skills required to share, young children are not equipped to willingly share with others until well into their preschool years. This means that sharing is very difficult for young children! As toddlers learn about themselves as unique, separate individuals, part of that individualization is owning things. Giving something away that they feel ownership over may feel like giving away part of themselves. Pairing an awareness of this developmental truth with good models for sharing possessions and sharing love is key to teaching about sharing during this tender time of life.
Uri and the Busy Day
Theme: Calming Down
Children get overwhelmed, frustrated, and upset easily. Maybe they can’t reach something they want that’s on a shelf. Maybe they’ve had a busy day and feel overstimulated. Maybe they missed their afternoon nap or didn’t sleep soundly last night. All of these factors and more contribute to breakdowns, temper tantrums, and hyperactivity. Caring adults can help children learn good practices for calming down, like taking deep breaths, counting to three, and taking some time alone. They can also begin to learn that in these moments, God is always there to listen to their prayers.
Ava and the Big Ouch
Theme: Getting Hurt
As children grow they are figuring out how to use their bodies, which means they might get hurt. Infants might tip over when they are learning to sit up; toddlers might fall when they are learning to walk. Getting hurt, whether it’s a big injury or a small one, can be traumatizing for a child. Validating the child’s fears and pains can help them know that things will be okay. Talking about how God is with us and that we can ask for help tells children they are not alone.
Hal and the New Kid
Theme: New Friends
From the time we are born, we are created to be social. Newborns can recognize human voices and sounds in their native language(s). They show a strong preference for looking at human faces. Young babies will grow to follow a trusted adult’s eye gaze and imitate the adults around them. Studies show that children who are raised in secure, loving environments grow up to have better emotional control, stronger communication skills, and more helpful, empathetic behavior toward others. These skills all contribute to children being better able to make friends. Learning the social skills we need to navigate future friendships is a long process that begins early in life, starting with what we experience in our own families.