The Life of Jesus 12-Week Preschool Ministry Curriculum

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We can follow Jesus’ example and live like he did.

Teach kids that we can follow Jesus’ example and live as he did.  In this 12-week series, little ones will study Jesus' life from beginning to end to get a better understanding of who Jesus is and why we can trust him as our Savior.

The Life of Jesus Preschool Ministry Curriculum Overview:

Memory Verse: “Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.'” John 14:6b (NIrV)


Jesus Was Born – Jesus came to earth as a baby born to parents who were so poor that he had to be born in a barn for animals. Because Jesus is God’s son, he deserved to be born in the nicest palace to the richest family.  But by choosing to let his son be born in a barn, God showed us that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you and sent Jesus for you. 

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20, The Birth of Jesus

Objective: Little ones will learn that “Jesus could have done anything, but he chose to be a little kid just like me because he loves me”.

Jesus Studied God’s Word – Jesus set an example for us by studying God’s Word.  Even though he was the son of God, he still studied God’s word to learn what it says and obeyed what God taught him. Scripture:  Luke 2:41-52, The Boy Jesus in the Temple

Objective: Little ones will learn that “I can study the Bible, just like Jesus did.”

Jesus Was Obedient – John the Baptist told other people about the coming Savior. When Jesus came to him to be baptized, John knew that the Savior arrived. Little ones will learn that Jesus set an example for us by being obedient to God when he was baptized.  Jesus taught us that we show God we love Him when we obey Him. 

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-17, The Baptism of Jesus

Objective: Little ones will learn that “when I obey God, I’m showing that I love God.”

Jesus Never Sinned – Every single one of us has sinned at some point when we were tempted. As the Son of God, Jesus is the only person in history who lived a perfect life without sin. With Jesus' help, we can resist temptation too. 

Scripture: Luke 4:1-13, The Temptation of Jesus. 

Objective: Little ones will learn that “Jesus never did anything wrong, and he can help us to make right choices.”

Jesus Called His Disciples – When Jesus began his ministry, he asked 12 men to be his disciples and to follow in his footsteps and learn from his teaching and his actions. Even today Jesus wants us to be his disciples and commit to following him by obeying what he has taught us in the Bible. 

Scripture: Mark 1:14-20, Calling the First Disciples

Objective: Little ones will learn that “I can follow Jesus, by obeying the Bible.”

Jesus Preached – Jesus gave many sermons during his ministry, teaching people a different way to live and telling them that we could never do enough good things to go to heaven, but that God loves us and will forgive our sins if we will believe in Jesus as our Savior. In this sermon, Jesus shows how those who believe in Jesus can be a light to the world 

Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16, The Sermon on the Mount Salt and Light

Objective: Little ones will learn that “when I tell people that Jesus loves them, I’m helping make their life brighter, like a light in a dark room.”

Jesus Calmed a Storm – When a storm threatened to sink the small boat that Jesus and the disciples were sailing in, Jesus commanded the storm to stop. And it did! We can trust Jesus with any problem, because He is powerful.  Little ones will name something that they want to ask and trust God to help them with. 

Scripture: Mark 4:35-41, Jesus Calms the Storm

Objective: Little ones will learn that “I can ask God for help when I’m afraid.”

Jesus Healed – Because of his great love and compassion, Jesus healed many people that He encountered during his time on earth. One of them was a man who did not have the ability to walk. Little ones will learn that Jesus loves us and cares about each of us. 

Scripture: Luke 5:17-26, Jesus Heals a Paralytic

Objective: Little ones will learn that “I can ask God for help when I’m in need or someone I know needs help.”

Jesus Came To Bring Peace – When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time, he rode on a donkey.  The donkey was a symbol of a king who came in peace.  Jesus showed us that he came in peace to let the world know how much God loves us.  

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11, The Triumphal Entry

Objective: Little ones will name one way that knowing Jesus loves them gives them peace right now. 

Jesus Paid the Price for Sin – Jesus was arrested even though he had done nothing wrong. He was sentenced to die a very painful death on the cross.  We have all sinned and don’t deserve to be in Heaven with God.  Jesus was the only person who never sinned and deserved to go to heaven without dying, but he chose to die in this way to pay the price for our sin so we could go to heaven too.  Little ones will thank Jesus for dying for their sin.  

Scripture: Matthew 26:47-56, Luke 23:32-47, Jesus Arrest and Crucifixion

Objective: Little ones will learn that “Jesus took the punishment for every time I’ve made a bad choice.”

Jesus Rose from the Dead! – Jesus died for our sins, but on the third day He was raised back to life in power! Because Jesus paid the price for our sin and has power over sin and death, we can live forever with him in heaven.  

Scripture: John 20:1-23, The Resurrection

Objective: Little ones will learn that “I can trust Jesus to be my friend forever.”

Jesus Will Return – Jesus told his followers that he would be coming back to earth, but that their job and our job until then was to tell people how much God loves them, and to make new disciples of Jesus.  Jesus wants us to share the good news of Jesus with other people so that when he returns to earth there will be many more people who believe that He is the Savior.  

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20, The Great Commission

Objective: Little ones will name 1 person they are going to tell about Jesus this week.


About This Curriculum:

  • Perfect for kids ages 1-5
  • 12-weeks
  • Includes both large group and small group resources
  • This curriculum is an instant download
  • Download a free sample here

Each Lesson Includes:

  • Make It Stick! Parent Sheet
  • Memory Verse
  • Skit or Puppet Show
  • Sunday School Craft Activity
  • Large Group Lesson
  • Small-Group Discussion
  • Special Lesson for 1 and 2-Year-Olds
  • More!

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