Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation: Preschool Activities

This year (2017) is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Teach your students about Martin Luther and the bold steps he took to ensure that everyone could read the Bible for themselves. He fought tirelessly to drive home the idea that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

I know the story of Martin Luther and his fight against the Catholic Church is a little over the head of my preschool students, but I thought it was important for them to be introduced to this important Father of our Faith. 

We started out with the basics of Martin Luther's life in the 1500s and the way his life changed when he started reading the Bible for himself. We discussed the 95 Theses, or problems he had with the corruption he saw, and we "nailed" the document to a piece of styrofoam with golf tees to represent his nailing it to the church door.
We then discussed Martin Luther's seal - or a piece of wax with an individual design stamped into it. People use it to close a letter or document – it is a specific sign that it come from the person who sent it. It is like a signature or an autograph, but in picture-form. 

Martin Luther's seal had specific colors which symbolized important biblical truths:
Black cross – The cross causes pain and kills, but Jesus dying on the cross gives us life
Red heart – Faith in Jesus will keep us alive for all eternity
White rose: Faith causes peace and joy
Blue background: The sky reminds us to look up so that we look forward to heaven
Golden rim – Endless joy that awaits us in heaven

We then practiced our handwriting and focused on the letter M for Martin Luther.
Then we wrapped up with a color page and review our Bible verse for the week - Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith..."

All of the activities we did are available in one print-and-go download in my TPT store. This resource includes print-and-go lesson plans with stories, activities, crafts, and more - perfect for the busy teacher, Sunday School leader, or homeschooling parent.

This resource includes:

  • List of materials
  • Suggested Bible verse
  • Suggested lesson plans
  • The Story: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
  • Activity: Nailing the 95 Theses
  • Craft: Martin Luther's Seal
  • Craft: My Personal Seal
  • Mm is for Martin Luther handwriting practice sheet
  • Bible verse cards (Ephesians 2:8) - 10 per page 

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