ABC, I Believe

The Letter D

Beware of the Dogs
Written by Carolyn Warvel

Bible Reference: Proverbs 26:17

Printable Bible Verse Cards -  (Younger children) Print out onto card stock, write the Bible verse on the cards and make copies. KJV Cards, NIV Cards, and Blank cards (Printing Problems?)

Dictionary word: (Older Children)

Dissension - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters don't get along.
Contention -a dispute where there is strong disagreement.
Strife - a quarrel

Teaching Concept Don't get involved in someone else's fight or you may be sorry. And don't get others involved in your fights.

Getting Connected - The Lesson

Before reading the following story, print out and show the children the picture of the dogs. Point out each dog and tell your children the dog's name. (If you have preschool children, you may want to change the names of the dogs to something a little easier to remember.) (Printing Problems?)

Beware of the Dogs
by Carolyn Warvel

Strife, Dissension, and Contention were three very dangerous dogs. They were always fighting about one thing or another. Strife would get mad at Dissension because he didn't agree with him about what the rules of a game should be. Contention always wanted things done his way. And Dissension always had to be first. He didn't like taking turns and was always complaining about the others not following the rules. Yes, they were very dangerous, but this isn't what made them so bad to be around.

The worst thing about Strife, Dissension, and Contention was that they would get others caught up in their fights. One day the three dogs had gotten into a big fight over whose turn it was to be the seeker in a game of Hide and Seek. They all ended up going home in a huff and yelling at each other that they didn't want to be friends any more. On this particular day Freddy, a foolish little frog, happened to be hopping by Strife's house,as he was about to go in. The foolish little frog noticed that Strife did not look happy. He stopped and asked Strife if he was okay. Of course, Strife was not okay, and he starting telling Freddy all about his problems. He started complaining about his friends and how bad they were. He told Freddy about how Dissension would never agree on any of the rules and would change them whenever it was his turn to be it. And how Contention always acted like a baby because he had to always have things done his way no matter what they played.

Foolish Freddy wanted to be helpful. He wanted to make Strife feel better so he agreed with Strife that Dissension was not a good friend when he changed the rules all the time and that Contention was acting like a baby when he had to have things done his way.

This was exactly what Strife wanted to hear. Strife went running back to his friends and told them what Foolish Freddy had said. He told them how Freddy thought that Dissension was a terrible friend and that Contention acted like a big baby. Dissension and Contention got very mad when they heard this. They went back to Foolish Freddy's house with Strife. All three of them knocked on his door. Poor Freddy, as soon as he opened the door Strife, Dissension, and Contention starting yelling at him. They snarled, and barked, and growled. Freddy tried to explain, but the three dirty dogs got even madder. They started snapping at him. Freddy was so scared he slammed the door in their faces and ran and hid under his bed for a very long time.

Poor Foolish Freddy he learned the hard way. If only he had read Proverbs 26:17, he would have known better.

Let's find out what Foolish Freddy should have known. (Open your Bible to Proverbs 26:17. Read the verse and explain it.)


1. What did Foolish Freddy do wrong?
2. What should have Freddy done instead? He should have just told Strife that he hoped he could work things out with his friends and then just hop away. He should have told Strife that he didn't want to get involved, etc.
3. What would you have done in this situation?
4. What should you do if a friend calls you up on the phone and starts to talk about another person and the problems they are having? Don't take sides. Tell them that you don't want to talk about someone behind his back. He should deal with his own problem and not try to get others on his side.
5. Why did Strife tell Foolish Freddy his problems? He wanted someone to take his side that would make him feel like he was right even though he wasn't.
6. Have you ever acted like Strife, Contention, and Dissension?
7. Have you ever acted like Freddy?

A rhyme to remember:
If you want to do what is right,
Don't get involved in someone else's fight.


Father, Help us to know when to mind our own business. Help us to be peacemakers instead of starting fights. Help us not to complain about what others have done wrong, or to get others involved in our fights. Amen.

Staying Connected

Preschool - Third Grade

1. Discuss why people call dogs "man's best friend" - Not only do they make great companions but they are also used for therapy in hospitals, in the army on dangerous missions, by the police, as search & rescue dogs, tracking, hunting, and seeing eye dogs.

2. Obedience School - Explain to the children that dogs are sometimes taken to obedience school to learn to obey their masters. Ask them whom their Master is that they should obey (Jesus/God). Ask them whom else they should obey (parents). Explain that God's word is what we are to study and obey. Tell them they are all enrolled in obedience school. Call them by their doggy names. Tell them to sit, lay, roll over, pant, wag their tails, speak, be quite, beg, and sit on their hind legs. The children will be eager and do these things instantly.

After you are done, tell them all how well they did obeying. Now tell them that if they can obey this well as puppies, then it is just as easy to obey their parents quickly and without a fuss. This is what God wants them to do. Idea sent in by Narita Roady

3. Review the Bible Verse - Cut out dog bone shapes or use stickers on real dog biscuits. Write one word of the Bible verse on each doggy biscuit or bone. Break the children up into teams. Give each team a set of doggy biscuits. On the word "go" see which team can put all the doggy biscuits in order first. You can also hide the biscuits around the room, and then have the children find the biscuits and put the words in order. Or you can make two sets of biscuits and play a Bible verse review game. Turn all the doggy biscuits over and take turns seeing who can pick up all the doggy biscuits in order to spell out the verse.

4. Play Feed the Dog Bible Verse Review - Print out the big dog pattern onto card stock. Color the picture and cut around the mouth with an Exacto knife or razor blade. Cut out dog bone shapes and write one word of the verse on each bone. In class place the bones on a table in front of the children or on the floor. Write the Bible verse on the board and go over it several times. If you have older children who can read, erase the verse. If you have younger children, leave the verse on the board. Ask the children what the first word of the verse is. If a child finds the bone with that word, have him put the bone with that word in the dog's mouth. Keep going until every child has had a chance to "feed the dog". (Printing Problems?)

Instead using of using the picture of the dog for this activity, you can make a dog using a Pringles Potato chip can.

What you will need: Small Pringle Potato chip can with lid, white card stock, glue or tape, and crayons or colored pencils.

What to do:

1. Before class print out the Pattern. Cut out the inside of the mouth of the dog. (Printing Problems?)

2. Center the dog face on the lid of the can and trace around the inside of the mouth. Use an Exacto knife to cut out the part you traced.

3. Color the dog patterns and then glue the head to the lid and the feet to the bottom of the can.

5. Guide Dogs - There are some dogs that get trained to help people who cannot see. These are called guide dogs. The blind person holds onto a leash and lets the dog lead the way. There is a lot of trust between the blind person and their guide dog. See how much trust your children have with each other. Pair your children up. Have one child in each team put on a blindfold and lead their teammate to a designated spot. Have the leader go to this spot in an unusual way to trick the blindfolded person. Is it hard to not see where you are going? Did you trust that your “guide” friend would get you to the right place? Now switch roles and play again!

Second - Third Grade

5. Play "Doggy, Doggy, Where's your Bone" Bible Verse Game. (Older children) - Before class cut out some dog bone shapes from construction paper. Write one word of the Bible verse on each bone. Pick a child to be the "dog". Place the bones in order behind the dog to spell out the Bible verse. Have the children say the chant. The "dog" then turns around and decides which bone is missing by reading the words on the bones. He then tries to guess who stole the bone.



1. Practice printing and writing - Your child should practice the same worksheet for several days. This will not only help with his writing, but will help him remember the Bible verse. On the third or fourth day, your child should draw his own picture relating to the Bible verse and then write the letter, word, or Bible verse on the bottom of the page. On the fifth day, your child should try to write or say the letter, word, or verse from memory.

King James Version with Printing Zaner-Bloser and D'Nealian Fonts

1. Tracing dotted letters - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

2. Printing using arrows - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian.

3. Cursive writing letter D - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

4. Cursive writing Bible Verse - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

5. Printing the whole Bible Verse - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

6. Print the word "dog" - Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

7. Letter D Poster - Use this sheet to hang up in your room to make a whole collection of the letters with the Bible verse and related animal. Zaner-Bloser or D'Nealian

New International Version with D'Nealian Fonts

1. Tracing dotted letters - NIV - D'Nealian

2. Printing using arrows - NIV - D'Nealian

3. Cursive writing the letter - NIV - D'Nealian

4. Cursive writing Bible Verse - NIV - D'Nealian

5. Printing the whole Bible Verse - NIV - D'Nealian

6. Print the word - NIV - D'Nealian

7. Poster - NIV - D'Nealian

(Printing Problems?)


Preschool - First Grade

1. Color a picture of the dogs from story - Print out the color sheet. Have the children color it. Write the Bible verse on the top left-hand side of the paper. (Printing Problems?)

2. Make dog-ears - Cut a piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Fold it in thirds to make a band. Cut out ears from construction paper or felt to staple to the band. Talk about how dogs have different ear shapes. Some are small and pointy, some long and hang down, etc. Wear your headband while singing the song below.

3. Make a picture of a dog. This is one dog in which the children can pull his ear and not get bitten. Print out the pattern and cut around the square of the dog. Cut the ear and little note out. Use an Exacto knife to cut a slit in the mouth and where the ear should go. Make the slit only big enough to get the ear in by folding it a little. When the ear is flat it should fall out. Insert the ear from the back pointed end first. You can print whatever message you would like on the message paper. I wrote, "Don't get involved in other's fights." (Printing Problems?)

4. Make dog collars - To make a collar use one inch, red velvet ribbon used for outside Christmas decorations. Cut the ribbon about 16 inches long. Fold the ribbon in half and punch a hole in the center of the fold line. Print the memory verse at the bottom of the tag. Write the child's name at the top of the tag. Have each child choose a dog name he would like to be called. Write this name in the center of the tag. Call them by their names for the rest of the lesson. With a small piece of yarn, tie the tag to the center of the collar. Idea sent in by Narita Roady

5. Study Dogs - Look at pictures of Dalmatians, poodles, basset hounds, and Scottie dogs. Discuss the similarities and differences. Print out the patterns for the dogs and have your children color them according to the pictures they have studied.

Dalmatian body
Basset Hound Body and Head
Scottie Body, Dalmatian, Scottie, and Poodle Head
Poodle Body
(Printing Problems?)

Once they have been colored, cut the patterns out. Fold the dog's bodies in half down the center. Unfold the bodies and fold the tail in the opposite direction, fold up on the dotted lines of the tail while folding the body back down. Glue the head onto one side of the body as shown. Glue the round ball of fur onto the end of the poodle's tail.

First - Third Grade

6. Make a Dog Biscuit Refrigerator Magnet - Cut ear shapes from brown felt or construction paper and glue them to the back of the smaller biscuit to make the head of the dog. Glue the "head" to a larger dog biscuit. Use a small pompom for the nose, and pink felt or construction paper for the tongue. To finish glue on tiny googly eyes.

Glue a Magnet onto the back of the large bone. Tell the children they can use the magnet to hold their Bible verse card on the refrigerator to remind them to stay out of other people's fights.

Third Grade

7. Hound dog with floppy ears - It's will be real hard to resist not pulling this hound dog's ear. Help your child make this cute dog so he will remember not to get involved in other people's fight. Sorry, but it is in another language. Just click on the link at the bottom of the picture that says, "Bartolomue". You can then download the pattern and print it out. Go to for the pattern.

God's Wonderful Creation - Science

1. Make an animal track plaster cast of a dog and a cat and compare the two - Go to the Educational Crafts page on Danielle's Place for directions. How can you tell the difference between a cat and dog print? Cats can retract their claws so you won't see any claw print on your cat plaster cast.) Go for a walk in your neighborhood and see how many animal tracks you can find.

2. Study breeds of dogs - There are over 400 different breeds of dogs. They were bread for many different reasons. Go to Breeds of Dogs web site and take a look at the different breeds of dogs listed. Discuss what they look like, how they are different from other breeds. Have your child pick a breed that he likes or doesn't know much about and write a paper about that particular breed. He may also want to draw a picture of the dog.


Fun With Numbers

Preschool - Kindergarten

1. Review numbers - Use the paw print pattern and print as many dog prints as you will need. Write one letter or number on each print. Tape the paw prints around the room in order. Make your trail go around in circles, over and under chairs, around tables, and cross paths. See if the children can follow the paw prints in order. You may want to have a doggy treat at the end of the path. (Printing Problems?)

2. Counting - Use the picture from the story. Draw collars and dog tags on each dog. Write a number on each tag. Have your children count out real dog biscuits, treats, or dog bone shapes and place them on the dog's belly matching the number on the tag. Sent in by Nancy Foss

Preschool - Second Grade

3. Play "Feed the Dog" math review game - Print out the big dog pattern onto card stock. Color the picture and cut around the mouth with an Exacto knife or razor blade. Cut out dog bone shapes and write math problems that your child is studying on the bones. If your child knows the answer, he gets to feed the dog (Put it in his mouth.) Keep playing until your child can feed the dog all the bones. (Printing Problems?)

4. Play Feed the Dog a Bone - Print out the dog pictures make copies and cut them apart. Write answers to math problems on the dog's chest. Then cut out bone shapes and write addition or subtraction problems on the bones. For example, you can write 10 on one dog and then make bones with 5 + 5 =, 4 + 6 =, 3 + 7 =, and 2 + 8 = written on them. Place the dogs all in a row and hand your child the bones. Tell him that the dogs are hungry but they will only eat bones that have math problems that have solutions that match the number on their chest. Have your child match the bones to the correct dogs.

Second - Third

5. How old are all you? (Multiplication) Explain to the children that every time a dog celebrates a birthday, they are 7 years older! (This is approximate. It does depend on the weight of your dog, but 7 is a good average.) Have the children figure out how old they are in dog years!

6. Measuring dog bones - (Measuring) Cut bone shapes from construction paper, or use the ones from other activities. Cut them all different sizes. Have your children measure the bones. Have them measure to the nearest inch, half inch, quarter inch, etc. depending on their ability.

7. How much is that doggie in the window? - (Addition and multiplication) Has your child been bugging you about getting a dog or other pet? This is a great activity to help your child understand what it cost to buy and take care of a pet. Help your child make a list of everything you will need to buy for a new dog or other pet and how much it will cost. Go to the pet store or local humane society to find out how much the breed of dog will cost. Include things like: cost of dog, shots, fencing for the back yard, collar, dog toys, chew bones, food for one year, dog bowl, dog shampoo, veterinary expenses per year, grooming, kennel expenses if you travel, a kennel for your house, pooper scooper, and repair and replacement cost of things your dog destroys, carpet shampoo, and carpet cleaning expenses, etc.

8. How much does it weight? - (Weight and measurement) Go to Breeds of Dogs web site and take a look at the different breeds of dogs listed and note how much they weigh at maturity. Weigh your child and compare their weight to the dogs. Does he weigh more or less? How much more of less? Note how tall the animals get. Measure your child and compare his height to the different breeds. What is the heaviest dog you found? What is the tallest of shortest dog you found?

Fun With Letters and Words

Preschool - First Grade

1. Decorate the letter "D" - Print out the letter "D" pattern (Printing Problems?) , cut it out, and have your child decorate the letter. Here are some ideas to decorate the letter:

1. Look for pictures that start with the "d" sound, cut them out, and glue them to the letter.
2. Decorate with spot to make it look like a Dalmatian.
3. Decorate it with dog stickers.

2. Review letters - Use the paw print pattern and print as many dog prints as you will need. Write one letter or number on each print. Tape the paw prints around the room in order. Make your trail go around in circles, over and under chairs, around tables, and cross paths. See if the children can follow the paw prints in order. You may want to have a doggy treat at the end of the path. (Printing Problems?)

3. Learn small, medium, and large. Use the picture from the story. Cut out three bone shapes from construction paper one small, one medium, and one large. Have your child match up the bones to the corresponding dog.

4. Read " Spots" - After you read “Spots” from "Sometimes I Wonder if Poodles Like Noodles" by Laura Numeroff give your child a white pattern of a dog without spots. Set out trays of black washable paint. Have each child dip their finger into paint and then onto the dog pattern to create the spots of the Dalmatian. When their paintings are complete, give the children markers or crayons and have them connect the spots anyway they choose. Look at the picture. Does it resemble anything? Talk about each child’s picture as a group.

5. Read “Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman - This book has very simple text that introduces children to colors, sight words, and silliness. The high part of the story is the dog party at the top of the tree. End your dog lesson with a dog party of your own. Gather party hats and decorate your room with streamers and balloons. The children can wear their dog-ears if you made them. Sing some classic dog songs such as “How Much is that Doggie in the Window”, “BINGO”, or “Oh, where, Oh, Where Has My Little dog Gone?”

6. Doggie Directions - Dogs are very obedient animals. Reinforce your children’s listening and following direction skills with this version of Simon Says. Pick one child to be the leader first and have them pick a name, such as “Daisy” or “Duke.” Play like Simon Says, but instead of Simon, say, “Daisy dog says to sit down,” or, “Duke dog says to roll over.” Do other puppy skills such as lie down, fetch, chase their tails, etc.

7. Make a Giggle Book - Your children will be full of giggles after making this rhyming book. To begin, write the following sentences on your chalkboard:

The dog and the frog sat on a log.
The dog was alone with a bone and a phone.
The dog got the mail with a pail on his tail.
My dog likes to draw with his paw while he laughs Ha! Ha!

Pick one of the sentences from above and begin to make a story. As you and your child/children write the story, try to come up with as many words in each sentence that rhyme. One example might be: “The dog was alone with a bone and a phone. He decided to call his friend Paul at the mall. Paul said he needed to shop for some pop and a mop.” Work together to come up with a wonderful giggle story. After it is completed, post on a bulletin board for families to read or make it into a book for your child to illustrate.

Kindergarten - First Grade

8. Expanding Rhyming Words Book - Children learning to read will enjoy making this book. Print out the Patterns onto legal-sized paper and cut them apart. Fold the book and help your child think of words that rhyme with dog such as: log, jog, hog, fog, bog, frog, and smog. Write the words above the dog. As your child opens the book, have him read the words until he can do it without missing any. (Printing Problems?)

Preschool - Second Grade

9. Play a variation of "Doggy, Doggy, Where's your Bone"- You can make this game correspond to your child's level. Write the lower case and upper case letters of the alphabet on the bones; only use two or three letters at a time. Have a child be the doggy. Show him that all the lower case letters have a corresponding upper case letter. Mix up the letters. Have the child turn around with the letters behind his back. Pick another child to take one of the bones away. Say the chant, "Doggy, Doggy, where's your bone? Somebody took it from your home?" and have the child turn around and match up the letters to see which one is missing. If he guesses right he gets the bone back. You can also just use the alphabet or numbers, put the letters or numbers in order, mix them up, take one bone, and then have the child put them back in order and tell you which one is missing.

10. Play Feed the Dog Vocabulary Review Game - Print out the big dog pattern onto card stock. Color the picture and cut around the mouth with an Exacto knife or razor blade. Cut out dog bone shapes and write your child's vocabulary words on the bones. If your child knows the answer, he gets to feed the dog (put it in his mouth.) Keep playing until your child can feed the dog all the bones. (Printing Problems?)

11. Feed The Dogs Reading Folder Game - This game can be used with children at all levels. Word endings are written on the dog bowls and beginning sounds are on pieces of dog food (square pieces of paper). Your child must place the dog food into the correct bowl to spell a word. Each dog must end up with only three pieces of food.

What to do:

1. Print out the game boards (Game Board 1 and Game board 2 and glue them to the inside of a file folder. (Printing Problems?)

2. Print out the dog food and cut them apart. Store each game in a separate envelope. The words that go with each dog bowl are given but your child may find another way to place them in the bowls.


Kindergarten Words Ending in: at, it, og, ot, ig, ed, ut in, an, ar, un, and ap.

First and Second Grade Words Ending in: ake, ace, ice, and oke.

3. Print out the Extra Dog Dishes and Directions to the game. Glue the directions to the cover of the folder. (Printing Problems?)

4. Write the word endings for the game your child will be playing on the dog bowls. You can laminate the boards or use contact paper on the dog dishes so that you can change the endings and use different word ending from another game. Write on the contact paper with a dry erase marker so that you can wipe it off. If you don't want to laminate the board, use the extra dog dishes.

5. Give your child the pieces to one game and tell him that the dogs are very hungry but they cannot eat until he places three pieces of dog food in each bowl. The letters on the pieces of dog food must spell a word when added to the letters on the bowls.

6. You can make up your own game by using different word endings.

Good Books:

"The Dog Who Cried Wolf" written by Nancy Coffelt - Ernie was a great dog, but he barked at everything that moved. The people in the house did everything they could to get Ernie to stop barking but nothing helped. Then one day a bad cat moved in next door. Ernie barked so much that he lost his voice. That's when Ernie learned to use his best barks for important events.

"What Do You Love?" written by Jonathan London - This book has great illustrations of a dog family doing things together that they love. Read this book to your child, follow the format and help your child write his own book about what he loves. Point out to your child that each page has rhyming words.

"Just Dog" written by Hiawyn Oram - Dog was a dog, and that's what they called him, but he wasn't happy with his name. He thought he should have a much better name like Digger or Barker. He soon learns to be happy with what he was given.

Physical Fitness

1. Friendship Tag - Good friends don’t get into fights. Instead, they are very helpful and cooperative of each other. Show the children how to help each other out with this game of Friendship Tag. Designate one child to be “it.” Once he/she has tagged another child, that child links his arm through the arm of the child who tagged him. Then together they try to tag another child. The next child to get tagged joins them as well. When all the children are tagged, begin again with a new child as “it.”

2. Doggie Ball - Divide your group into two teams. Set up and mark a course about 15 - 20 feet away. Have your teams line up. When you say “go”, have the first player on each team get on all fours and roll a ball using only their forehead and nose to the finish line, turn around, and role it back to the starting line. Then, they tag the next person in line and that child does the same thing. The team to get the ball back and forth with all the team members wins.

3. Play "Steal the Bone" - Pick one child to be the "dog" and have him sit in front of the class with his back to the class. Place a dog bone behind him. Pick one child to sneak up and steal the bone from the "dog". The "dog" must listen to see if he can hear the child sneaking up on him. When he thinks the child is close enough, he turns around and tries to tag the child with the bone before he gets back to his seat. The "dog" can only turn around one time. If he doesn't tag the child when he turns around, he has to be the "dog" again.

Cooking Up Something Good

1. Make Doggy Snacks - Use cookie cutters to cut toast into bone shapes for "doggy snacks". Idea sent in by Narita Roady

2. Make people biscuits -

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons margarine
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg

Soften the margarine to room temperature. Mix all of the ingredients except the egg with a fork to form a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead ten times. Roll dough 1/2 inch thick. With a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place on a greased cookie sheet. Brush the biscuits with a beaten egg. Add raisin eyes. Bake in 400-degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy your People Biscuits! Idea sent in by Narita Roady

3. Make Puppy Chow

1 stick butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1 box Crispix cereal
2 cups powdered sugar

Melt together butter, semisweet chocolate chips and peanut butter. Pour over one box of Crispix Cereal in medium bowl. Put sugar in a large bowl and add the ingredients to coat. Serve in a plastic bag. Idea sent in by Narita Roady

4. Serve hot dogs or corn dogs for lunch. Or, make your own soft pretzels in the shape of the letter "D".

Just for Fun

1. Dog Play - Give your children an opportunity to get on all fours and pretend they are dogs and puppies. Transform several large boxes into doghouses. Give them some toys to play. Care for them by giving them food, water, and lots of attention. Maybe they can even learn a trick or two!

2. “Dog” tor’s Office - Explain to the children what a veterinarian is and why they are so important. Then make your own pet center for the children to play in as they wish. Gather stuffed animals, cotton balls, tape, gauze, band-aids, doctor set, as well as notebooks, telephone, and pencils. Have your children take turns playing the roles of the veterinarian, assistant, office staff, and owners of the patients. Let them play as long as interest lasts.

3. Buried Bones - Dogs love to dig holes and bury their bones. Gather a supply of dog biscuits or other small toys and bury them in your sand table. Have each child find only a predetermined number of bones and have the younger children go first. This will make it more difficult for the older children.

4. Play "Who has the Bone?" - Have your children sit in a circle. Pick a child to be the "dog" and have him sit in the center of the circle. Give one of the children in the circle a dog bone. Tell the children to pass the dog bone around the circle behind their backs. They can try to fool the dog by pretending to pass the bone one way, but then pass it the opposite way. When you say, "time", the "dog" should try to guess who has the bone. If he guesses correctly, the child holding the bone becomes the "dog". If he doesn't guess, he is the "dog" again. This game may not work very well with really young children because they tend to not want to pass the bone. Instead of having the children pass the bone, you can have one child walk around the outside of the circle with a small bone in his hand. He then secretly drops the bone in one of the children's hands as he walks.


Do What's Right
Written by Nancy Foss
(Sing to the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low.)

Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you do what's right and never ever fight?
Can you do what's right?

@Copyright Nancy Foss

“Six Make Believe Puppies” Finger Play
Written by Marie

Six make believe puppies sitting in a row.
Tell us please, what do you know?
The first one said, “I know I’m free.” (Outstretch hands in air.)
The second one said, “'Cause Jesus died for me.” (Make cross with fingers.)
The third one said, “God has made the way.” (Stretch arms out to sides.)
The fourth one said, “We should pray every day.” (Fold hands.)
The 5th one said, “The Bible words are true.” (Cup hands together to make a
The 6th one said, “Don’t forget God loves you.” (Cross arms over chest.)

Other songs to sing:

1. "How Much is That Doggie in the Window? -
2. "I Want a Dog" -
3. "Six Little Dogs" -

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