I recently got a ginormous urge to start doing crafts with my 2-year old son Samuel. My mom did so many fun crafts with us growing up; it was truly formative for me. I’ll never forget all of the glue, glitter, paint, and love that all bonded together to make refrigerator art.
I picked up my pin boards, dusted them off, and started going through crafts for October with the idea to do one craft per week themed off of the month (i.e., Halloween).
I printed out my calendar for the month and assigned the crafts I
chose curated (because you actually have to look at these things to see if they’re good or not!).
::Enter lightbulb moment::
We’ve been printing off the monthly calendar to assign our memory verses for each week. Er, ahem, my husband has been. 🙂
Why not connect the craft to the Bible verse to the gospel!?
So that’s my plan, starting with October. Here’s what I’ve come up with to try out this month:
UPDATE 11/2012 – I added pictures of our finished crafts!
Craft: Jar Luminaries (from Momtastic.com)
Verse: John 8:12 (partial)
My selection, “Jesus said, … ‘I am the light of the world.'”
Connection to Gospel: In this passage, darkness is where you are when you aren’t connected to God through Jesus. Talk about how in the dark, you can’t see where you’re going or what you’re doing. You can’t even have a purpose because you can’t see anything around you. With Jesus, however, it’s like a bright light. You can see a toy, and decide to pick it up; you can see people and their needs and decide to help (purpose). You know clearly what you are doing. You can also compare light and darkness to a plant: when a plant has no light, it cannot grow and eventually dies; it must have light to survive and thrive.
Craft: Spider Handprints (this pin is also for Frankenstein faces)
Verse: 1 John 4:8 (partial)
My selection, “God is love.”
Connection to Gospel: I will use the spider handprints to name attributes of God – 1 for each leg of the spider (perhaps loving, holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, patient, omnipresent, just, creative). Choose a verse to memorize that goes with one of the attributes. Use each leg to talk about what God is like and how that is shown through Jesus and his death/resurrection. Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to understand! Use simple phrases to define the large words. In my case, I will focus on God’s ultimate display of love by giving Jesus so that we can be with God forever.
Craft: Frankenstein faces
Verse: Psalm 56:11
“In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?”
Connection to Gospel: The frankenstein is an opportunity to address your child’s fears. Assure them that God’s sovereignty means that we can trust Him no matter how scared we are. If the child is ready, you can expand on this by explaining that this doesn’t mean we will only have good things happen to us, but that everything that occurs is part of God’s plan to bring glory to Him – even Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross, but He knew that it would bring glory to God and connect His children back to Him.
Craft: Monster candy holder
Verse: Mark 12:44
“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”
Connection to Gospel: Our candy holder will be placed out at our neighborhood block party. I plan on talking with Samuel about why we host this party (to connect with others in hopes of building relationships in which we can share the gospel of Jesus). He might want every piece of that candy for Himself, but we can give even the things we need and love the very most to worship God on mission.
Craft: Glow Stick Eyes (this one bombed for me!)
Verse: “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9
Connection to Gospel: (The glowing eyes will also be placed out at our block party.) We talk about getting strength from God a lot in our house, but I think it’s so comforting to know that God is looking to strengthen us! If we are His, He is there, pumping strength into our lives. Strength to trust Him, to worship Him, and to share Jesus with others.
I’d love to post the pictures from these sites, but that’s called stealing. So instead, please click through the links to find out if this is something you want to do along with me!! 😉