The Good Samaritan teaches your neighbor can be anyone.

Good Samaritan Activities for Preschoolers

by Kathryn Rateliff Barr

Jesus used the story of the Good Samaritan to teach people compassion and responsibility for the needs of others. Found in Luke 10:25-37, various activities help your preschooler remember the story and understand its simple message. His enthusiasm and compassion might inspire you to help him find ways to show love to others.

1. "Who Is My Neighbor?"

Jesus told the story to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” Let your preschooler help you prepare and deliver a nutritious meal or a beautiful glass of colorful flowers to a sick neighbor. She might enjoy other activities such as coloring pictures for church shut-ins or singing a song to cheer up a sad friend. You might explore charity programs in other countries with her and help her learn about a distant culture. Adopt a child through one of the programs and let her draw pictures or dictate letters to the adopted child.

2. Donating Money

The Good Samaritan paid the innkeeper to care for the wounded Jewish man. Your preschooler might collect money to donate to a homeless or battered woman’s shelter. He could collect cans for recycling and give the money to a church project such as stocking a food pantry or providing meals for families at Thanksgiving or Christmas. He might walk or jog with you in a fundraiser to drill a clean water well in a poor community or raise money to cure a disease. Don’t be surprised if he decides to donate part or all of his allowance to the effort.

3. Donating Goods

Your child quickly grows out of clothes and shoes at this age. She might have toys she doesn’t play with anymore. You could help her sort through clothes and shoes that don’t fit anymore and donate them to a children’s ministry or a family shelter. She can pack up surplus books and toys for donation to children in need. Allow her to go with you to drop the items off so she can see that her gifts are donated to a good cause. Before Christmas, she could help buy gifts for needy child or family so they have gifts under their Christmas tree.

4. Dramatized Love

Help him act out the story. The family dog or a rolling chair could be his donkey and a doll or sibling could play the wounded man. Have plenty of bandages for binding up wounds and money to give to the innkeeper. Alternatively, he can tell the story with stick puppets or flannelgraph figures. Use a video-calling program to share the event with family and friends who can’t attend in person.

About the Author

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.

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