Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Book of Prayers

Here's an easy 
Prayer Journal 
for your preschoolers!

You just need a few items:
construction paper, markers or crayons,
a hole punch, ribbon or yarn 
and scissors

Fold the construction paper in half
to make the pages of the book.

Punch two holes through 
all the pages

Tie a piece of ribbon or
yarn through the holes
and tie with a bow

Label, or let your child, the 
prayer book however
you would like!

Fold each page back 
over the "binding"
so it will lie flat to draw inside.

Let your child draw who/what
he would like to thank God for
in his prayers.  Like his mom and dad.
(who may need some clothes)

His house....

You can add pages of prayer requests 
as well as thankful prayers,
just like Jesus taught us to pray!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Friends & Traveling Buddies

Jesus chose 12 friends to travel and learn from Him while 
He lived here on earth.

This craft will let your child make some friends, too.
Their friends can go with them for a car ride
or to the park,
just like Jesus and His friends went places together.

Here's what you need.
If you have craft sticks for the body
you can decorate them with whatever you have.

This guy needs half of a pipe cleaner for arms,
are the rest of his outfit and features
are just drawn on with marker.

Or, if you're feeling crafty,
you can make clothes from construction
paper and a hat from felt.
These can be glued on.

Wiggly eyes are always fun.

You can make 12 people, to help your
child visualize how many friends traveled
with Jesus.

Or just a few, to remind your child
of his closest friends who go
places with him.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Amazing Painting Bubbles

This is an easy way to let your little ones 
"paint" using bubbles.
You can go all green for St. Patrick's Day
or use any colors that you'd like! 

You'll need some dish detergent, 
a small cup, card stock, a straw,
food coloring, a marker and newspaper.
You might need scissors if you 
decide to cut your picture out.

Start by drawing, or letting your child draw
whatever he would like to paint.
We chose green things since it's near
St. Patrick's Day.

Put about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dish detergent
in the bottom of a small cup.  Add water, just to about 1/3
full.  Add 5-6 drops of food coloring to
make the color deep.

Now for the fun part! Let you child blow
into the straw to make bubbles.
You might want to practice with
a cup of plain water, first, 
just to make sure they blow and
don't suck the water up the straw.
It's non-toxic, but it won't taste good!

Blow until the bubbles run out of the cup. 
Press the card stock down onto the bubbles and 
then pick up the paper.

Repeat as many times as your child would 
like to until you get the coverage that you
want with the bubbles.

Once you're happy with the coverage, 
let the card stock dry and cut out
your picture, if you'd like.
How amazing is it that 
bubbles can paint?? 
Pretty amazing! But not as amazing as Jesus!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Something A-Maze-Ing

Want to have an A-Maze-Ing time?  Make a maze!  Here's an easy maze activity that can be adapted to any size.  If you have a group of kids, find a larger box lid so the kids can work together to maneuver the ball through the maze.  Or use a smaller box for a travel-size game.

Here's what you need:
a box lid with sides, straws, 
glue, scissors 
and a pencil, maybe.

Either use the pencil to draw the maze on
the box lid; or just cut and arrange the
straws to you get an arrangement you like.

Once you have it the way you like it, 
take out one straw at a time and draw
a line of glue in it's place.
Replace the straw to dry.

Once all the straws are in place 
and have dried,
you can tilt the lid to move a
ball or matchbox car
through the maze.

You can have an a-maze-ing time
and talk about the amazing things
that Jesus came to do
while you play!