After looking at the texts some more, I chose Psalm 45 for our Lambs focus. There were 7 children there, ranging from a 2-month-old baby to a 3-year-old. Here's what we did:
> They helped me spread out a tan tablecloth to help us remember the dry, sandy land.
> We put about 40 Little People into a little wheeled cart.
> I placed a J near the cart to show Jerusalem.
> We moved the cart to the opposite corner of the cloth.
> I placed an X near the cart's new location and talked about exile.
> King Cyrus appeared on the scene (a Little Person wearing a silver paper crown).
> We wheeled the cart back to the J corner and celebrated that they could return home from the exile.
Our craft for the day was gluing windows, doors, a J, an X, and a shiny, silver crown onto a house shape cut from heavy paper. (Lately I've been into crafts that help families remember story details and retell the story.)
The return from exile is not on the Sunday school Top 10 (or Top 40, or Top 100) list, but it's an important one for talking about home. I hope that this conversation about the story helped the families think more about home, and about how God works through unexpected people!