Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Christmas Message

The angel brought a special message to Mary;                God was  giving her a baby!                                            Jesus was going to be born!

Your child can decorate an envelope to bring special messages 
this holiday season.
You need a business-size envelope
crayons, markers, stickers or stamps.
index cards, hole punch, ribbon
and scissors.

First, mark off 2 3/8 inch from each corner of the flap

The pointed flaps are even better,
but I had this kind, and they work, too.

Let your child decorate the envelope using
whatever you prefer, markers,
crayons, stickers, anything will do!

Fold the edges of the envelope to the middle.
Decorate those flaps, too!

Punch a half-hole on each side,
about half-way down the length of
the flap.

Thread a long piece of ribbon through the holes,
inside your flaps.

Cut the index cards in half.
Let your child decorate a message:
Baby Jesus is going to be born,
A heart for I love you,
Or whatever they want to share with
someone as a special message.

Slide the "message" inside the envelope
and fold and tie.

Now your child can deliver special
messages to those he loves
just like the angel brought 
Mary a special message too!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Thankful Tree

Fall brings a great opportunity to
use the abundance of leaves
to talk with your child about God!
This activity let's you use leaves to
remind you of all the places you can 
go where God is with you,

You only need construction paper,
scissors, markers and glue.

Let your child draw a tree trunk & branches

Cut out a lot of leaves; use whatever
is your child's favorite color!

As you go through your week,
write the places that you go
on a leaf.

Leave the "pile" of leaves sitting
at the bottom of the tree.
You can put the back on the tree
as you go!  

Your tree will be "growing"
leaves, as the ones around you 
will be losing theirs! 
Talk with your child about how MANY 
leaves there are, 
and how MANY places we go.
And God is with us in all of them!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

God is Always With Me Book

Your preschooler can make a book         
that will remind him that
everywhere he goes,
God is always with him! 

His book can have as many pages as you 
would like to make.
Each page represents a place where he goes often.
You can decorate each page in a variety of ways,
your child can draw a picture of the place,
or you can use stickers,
or pictures from a newspaper or magazine.

Construction paper for the pages and 
white paper for each picture,
double-sided tape or a glue stick,
scissors, hole punch, and yarn to hold it all!

Cut the construction paper in half, lengthwise,
then fold those pieces in half to make your book.
Orange and brown make a fun fall book.
You can use as many pages as you want to make.

Punch two holes on the left side,
through all thicknesses,
for threading the yarn to bind it.

You can title the  book for your child!

Cut white paper rectangles for each
page.  You can use glue stick 
or double stick tape to fasten 
them to the construction paper.

If you are using stickers or pictures 
from magazines or newspapers, 
put one picture on each page
to represent a place where your child goes.

Or your child can color the places 
he goes.

Thread two pieces of yarn through 
the holes and tie to make a binding.

Now you can look at his book
and talk about the places he 
went today.
And remind him that 
God is always with him,
 every place he went!