- Brown tempera paint, water, shallow pan or cookie sheet in which to place paint, markers, paper towels, wet wipes, paper, plastic cloth
- Emphasize the Bible focus during this activity: Joshua obeyed God and led the people across the Jordan River (Joshua 3:1-4:17.)
- Ask your preschoolers who has walked barefoot in or near water. Comment that the water stopped flowing in this story and the people crossed the river bed. Say that the river bed may have been muddy. State that preschoolers will paint their toes.
- Allow a few children at a time to do this activity. Instruct children to remove their shoes and socks and place them in a designated area.
- Explain that the preschoolers will dip their toes in the paint and then paint pictures with their toes. Add that the kids can use markers to draw other shapes, designs and letters on their picture. Remind boys and girls to stay on the plastic cloth. You may also need to help them with balance.
- Comment that Joshua did what God told him to do — take the people across the river. Help children clean their feet with wet wipes and put socks and shoes back on.
Note: This activity could be used with any Bible story about “walking” and using “feet.” If you would be interested in more activities like this, check out Bible Studies For Life: Kids.
Jerry Vogel serves as a Childhood Ministry Specialist in Lifeway Church Resources. He is married to Janie and has four children and thirteen grand kids. Jerry is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and teaches preschoolers there. He is committed to enriching the lives of those who teach kids as well as making eternal investments in the lives of children.