Connections between brain cells are called synapses. These synapses are strengthened through repeated experiences. A baby’s efforts to master a new skill (such as reaching for and grasping a toy, working a shape sorter, etc.) not only strengthens his physical muscles, but they stimulate the synaptic connections in the brain.
Each week select a few activities with babies to provide for growth and development as well as an introduction to Bible content. For example, if teaching the story of Elijah asking a woman for water, plan for babies and toddlers to:
- Splash water While they splash, talk about Elijah’s thirst and how God took care of him.
- Play with plastic food While the child explores these pretend foods, talk about how God gives us food.
- Discover books Hide books under baby blankets on the floor for crawlers to discover. Include books about water, food and God’s love for us.
- Play with pots and pans As the child begins to beat on a pan with a wooden spoon, sing “God gives us food. God gives us food. God gives us food. He’s so good to us!” to the tune of “God is So Good.”
For more activities like these, check out Bible Studies for Life: Babies.