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Intentional May – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to the Gospel, Memorial Day, Week 5

Intentional May

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bayasaa/2693171833/ (changes mine)

In May, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the verses, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 5

Today is Memorial Day, and we’re going to do this easy firework craft.

salt-fireworks-4th-of-july-craft-for-kids

The scripture focus is:

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15-16 portions, NIV

This verse is about being a witness for Christ in a depraved world. We shine God’s light (1 John 1:5) when we act out of obedience to God.

Intentional May – Gospel-Centered Kids’ Crafts for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, Week 4

Intentional May

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bayasaa/2693171833/

In May, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the verses, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 4

 

Connect Memorial Day to the Gospel

This week, we’re looking forward to Memorial Day, and we’re discussing freedom! We made the eagle craft above. I found the original idea on Babble. Eagles are such a beautiful picture of freedom and stature! And while we think of them as free, even they are under God’s sovereignty.

I shared with my kids what freedom means, especially the freedom to worship God in our country and how men and women have given their lives for our freedom.

I also want them to see that God has given them the freedom to make their own choices – choices to obey God and choose Him over their own desires.

When we talked about the verses, we made sure to also land on the true freedom we have from our sin through the cross.

Job 39:27 “Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?”

Bonus verses:

In a desert land he found him,
    in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
    he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
like an eagle that stirs up its nest
    and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
    and carries them aloft.
The Lord alone led him;
    no foreign god was with him. (Deuteronomy 32:10-12, NIV)

You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. (Exodus 19:4, NIV)
Easter egg: Does the “eye” on the eagle look fake to you? That’s because it is! We forgot to add one, and I put a little dot on there for Pinterest’s sake! 😉

Intentional May – Connecting May Flowers to the Bible, Week 3

 

Connecting May Flowers to the Bible

In May, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the verses, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 3

This week the craft is the life cycle of a flower. We created the life cycle below (inspired by this post). The kids get to be hands on with this one!

Flower Life Cycle

  1. glue seeds (I used watermelon seeds from my garden stash.
  2. Brown paint for dirt
  3. Use a cotton ball for a cloud (which will bring the rain)
  4. blue paint fingerprinted on for rain
  5. sun picture to glue or draw – we used a yellow pom pom and colored the rays
  6. picture or drawing of flower – we had some real flowers from her recital that were dry and a flower stamp.

The important point I will make is that for there to be seeds, the flower has to die. Living things have an ending. People also have an eternal ending unless we trust Jesus as our Savior. God doesn’t end, and our verse teaches that neither does His word!

The Bible verse this week is

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8, NIV

 

Free Printable for Teacher Gift – Chips & Queso

I’m quite a delinquent. I don’t buy into all of the Pinterest-perfect hype – although I do love Pinterest and get tons of simple ideas there!

I do, however, totally buy into getting our kids’ teachers something special. They work so hard for so little cash, and I love the opportunity to make their day.

But, I’m always planning things last minute around here, so my teacher gifts are usually some sort of food or gift card for food! (Hey, I’d like that, so I assume they would too!)

Our kindergarten teacher is amazing, and her favorite food is queso, so guess what our teachers got this year? Uh huh. Chips and queso! Fresh and hot!

Teacher Gift Chips and Queso

If this idea suits you, feel free to download and print the little punny tags for your own gift.

To download, right-click on this image and choose Save Link as… You will get a .pdf with 6 tags to print on cardstock. Enjoy!

Queso

The pdf link is also here: Queso Teacher Tag

Intentional May – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to the Gospel, May Flowers, Week 2

May Flowers Kids Craft

In May, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the verses, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 2

The craft this week is all about May Flowers. We already covered April Showers. 🙂

We’re always planting and gardening around here, and I know I have random flower pots hanging around in the garage, so this little craft will be super fun. We’re going to make thumbprint pots like these:

thumbprint pots

I guarantee you my kids’ pots will start with thumbprint butterflies and end up looking like a brown goopy mess, but that’s not the point! 😉 I will take them to our favorite nursery to pick out a cheap annual for their pot. They love taking care of things!

The Bible verse is:

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. (Matthew 6:28a, NIV)

The whole point of April showers (which God provides) is that you get May Flowers – God even provides for the beauty of creation! Of course, He also would provide for His own children.

Intentional May – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to the Gospel, Mother’s Day, Week 1

Connecting Mothers' Day Crafts to the Bible

Pic by Aubrey Stopa

In May, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the verses, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 1

This week, we’re going to do a free-form art activity called I Love You Because. I was inspired by this post, but I’m modifying the activity.

I’m going to put the words I Love You Because on art paper, and I’m going to let the kids fill in (words or drawings) what they love about their mama. Then, on the back, we’re going to write I Love You JUST Because – because loving your mama should be free haha!

It feels a little strange to ask your children to make you something, but I actually do teach my children that they have a good mama. I tell them they have the best mama in the whole wide world (don’t worry; you can tell yours the same!). I am their mama, so it is true. 😉

No, really. I want my children to value their mom. Thankfully, my husband teaches them this by example, but let’s be real – I’m with them most of the time. I surely want my daughters to feel worthy of respect as a mom one day, and I surely want to teach my son to respect the mommy of his children. I think it starts here.

The verse focus is:

Her children rise up and call her blessed (Proverbs 31:28, ESV)

Bonus verse:

Listen, my child, to the instruction from your father, and do not forsake the teaching from your mother.

Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 4

 

Connecting April Showers to the Bible

In April, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on. My conversations with my kids will be about the scripture, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

See Week 3 here.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 4

This week, we’re going to make a paper plate craft of a rainbow, which can come after a storm. Something simple like the one from the Glued to My Crafts Blog, involving favorite activities gluing, cutting, stapling, and rifling in mommy’s bathroom.

You can see the one we made below – we wanted to remember other promises God has made to us, so I helped my daughter think of some from Scripture to add to the rainbow rays.

Connecting April Showers to the Bible

The scripture focus this week, along the “April Showers” theme, is:

 I will place my rainbow in the clouds, and it will become a guarantee of the covenant between me and the earth. (Genesis 9:13, NET)

The rainbow is a symbol of the promise God made to never destroy the earth with a flood again. The Noah story is a good reminder that our sin does require a punishment; God is just and holy. But, God’s mercy is overflowing like the flood! He provides His very self to cover our punishment for sin! Just as Noah’s family was saved through the ark, we are saved through Jesus’s sacrifice.

For more info about the Noahic covenant, check out this article.

Intentional April – Connecting Kids’ Crafts to April Showers and Easter, Week 3

Intentional April

In April, I am picking a relevant scripture each week to focus on… yes, I realize April is halfway over this year, but I don’t mind finishing something I never started. 😉

My conversations with my kids will be about the scripture, and bonus! – I’ve picked a craft to help us (and you!) talk through spiritual things.

Don’t forget – you’re the primary influencer in your kids’ lives, so be intentional about sharing God’s truths with them! I’d love to hear if you have success with these. Share in the comments!

Week 3

This week, I did a science experiment to make it rain, inspired by the experiment from I Can Teach My Child. I’ve been itching to do this experiment myself, and it’s been hard to hold back because of a certain baby having a growth spurt and keeping me busy. 😀

Make it Rain Experiment

The scripture focus this week, along the “April Showers” theme, is:

he gives rain on the earth, and sends water on the fields: (Job 5:10, NET)

The Lord provides good things for all people, even if they don’t know Him or love Him. This is the idea of “common grace”. I want my kids to really see God’s goodness reflected in creation!

This whole chapter of Job is fascinating and comforting and revealing of God’s works. I highly recommend putting it in your quiet time this week.

Here’s a fun video of us performing the experiment! See how Emma is sticking out her tongue the whole time!? Ha! She’s really listening, don’t ya think? Samuel took his job as DP very seriously and wanted to create a soundtrack for the end… so one of his original songs is included! It was fun to make the YouTube video together.

How to Make a Cheap Flannel Board

MommyMondayI have some preschool posts coming up – I hope you don’t mind!

The first one is how to make a (cheap) flannel board!

I didn’t grow up in Sunday School, so I had never seen a flannel board until I started teaching preschoolers. My mind was blown, y’all!

I love it as much as the kids, and I finally got around to making one for my preschooler Samuel.

I will mostly be using ours for imagination play rather than educational use, so I wanted one that could be made cheaply. However, my Sammy is very destructive, so I did make sure it was durable!

What You Need

  • large cardboard (I used a large box that I cut down to size)
  • flannel (I bought 1 yard and actually had enough to make 2 flannel boards, so you could get away with a half-yard)
  • felt pieces
  • stapler
  • glue (This probably makes me not cool, but I used Elmer’s. Hot glue is probably a little better, but mine is holding fine!)

My cardboard was free, and the flannel I bought was $5.99/yard. The felt pieces are about 25 cents a piece, and I bought a bunch of colors. So I have two flannel boards and tons of felt pieces for about $10. I know JoAnn puts their flannel on sale for $2.50, so you could easily do this for only $5 if you wait for the sale!

How to Build a Flannel Board

(Note, my site was majorly hacked, and I lost most images. I hope the text below and pics at the bottom are still helpful!)

1. Cut out a piece of cardboard to the size flannel board you want. Mine turned out to be close to 16×20, but I just eye-balled it. (Note: If you need a sturdier flannel board, I would purchase a canvas and simply staple-gun your flannel on. It’s not the cheapest option, but much more professional.)

2. Lay your cardboard on top of the flannel and cut the flannel so that it has around a 2″+ border. Again, I didn’t measure this.

3. Fold one of the long edges of fabric over the board. Now, make a cut in the flannel at the edge of the cardboard so that you have a “hinge” in the fabric (see pic).

4. Repeat step 3 with the opposite side of the fabric and board. Then, on the width of the board, fold the flannel as though you are wrapping a present.

5. At each gift wrap seam, put a couple of staples.

6. Now, repeat on the other side. The trick to this side is keeping the flannel taut on the cardboard. I placed an intermediate staple on this side to help hold it in place.

7. Glue! Now, many people would have probably pulled out the hot glue from the beginning and not used any staples or Elmer’s. Well, I’m kind of the elementary school crafter that hasn’t graduated yet! So, take your Elmer’s 🙂 and you will lift each pocket of fabric on the back and set out glue on as much surface area as you can. Once it dries, you might have this:

Notice I didn’t iron the flannel beforehand. Yeah, I don’t care that much. Also, a thought I had later – if you want it really super taught and pretty – is to use Elmers Spray Adhesive on the cardboard before laying it on the flannel and folding all the seams over. If you don’t own any, this will up your cost by about $4.

Play!

What can you do with a flannel board? Really a lot! We decided to play weather one day, so we just cut out a bunch of weather shapes from the felt. Felt sticks right to the board! It’s so great!

How to Make a Cheap Flannel Board

 

I am also using my second one to post our daily schedules:

DIY Flannel Board for Daily Schedule

Is this dorky? Now that I shared this, I feel a little self-conscious about my ghetto crafting! What would you put on your flannel board?

Intentional November (Connecting Thanksgiving Kids’ Crafts to the Gospel)

Intentional October was a huge success in my house. We memorized one verse each week of the month, and we learned the new ones while we made a craft. Throughout the week, we kept the craft out and used it to review the verse.

Only one of the crafts was a big disappointment. The rest were awesome! So awesome that I have already planned out Intentional November and Intentional December. Woohoo! (And I added pictures to the October post if you want to peek or pin any.)

So below you will see a link to a craft idea I found on Pinterest, a Bible verse to memorize, and how you can connect the verse and craft to the gospel. I’d love to hear if you’re participating in the Intentional activities and how they’re working out for you. 🙂

Week 1: 11/1-11/3 – This is a continuous activity throughout the month.

Craft: Thankful Tree – We have already set ours up – see it in progress above! I pre-cut a bunch of leaves so that we can just add new ones easily each day. And all guests are invited to put up a leaf, too. I can’t wait to see it in full bloom. 🙂

Verse: Psalm 118:1

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.”

Connection to Gospel: It is so obvious through Scripture that our God is a good and loving God, but the ultimate showing of God’s affection and goodness is displayed through the gospel – that Jesus willingly laid down His life to save the lost (me. you. everyone.). Share the gospel with your child, and emphasize God’s goodness through this Godly plan. Tie in the “enduring” nature of this love by communicating that our salvation is sealed when we give our lives to Jesus – it lasts forever!

Week 2: 11/4-11/10

Craft: Hanging Pumpkin

Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Connection to Gospel: I plan on hanging our pumpkin from the light fixture in the dining room and talking about the pumpkin in terms of harvest. Sometimes we will have much and sometimes we will have little. And no matter which one we have, it is God’s will. And since our God is good (review Psalm 118:1), we know His will is good and we can give thanks! This is a great time to pray for those who currently have little.

Week 3: 11/11-11/17

Craft: Coffee Filter Tree

Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:57

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Connection to Gospel: This verse clearly lays out the gospel in relation to thanksgiving. We can be sure of our victory over death and sin through Jesus! I am using the thankful tree and trees in general as a symbol of thanksgiving this month. And it would be a great follow up to explain that when Jesus died, it was on a cross made from a tree.

Week 4: 11/18-11/24

Craft: Pasta Turkeys

Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:11

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

Connection to Gospel: This week is Thanksgiving! We will be feasting and serving and praying and rejoicing. Connect all of the festivities of the holiday through the gospel this week. Even if it involves sacrificing comfort and expense to see family members. I’m going to use this turkey to explain the holiday (because Samuel is not quite 3 and doesn’t remember). However you are serving others this week, explain that when we give, we are the ones who are blessed with thanksgiving! Isn’t that great! How are you getting your kids in on service this week?

Week 5: 11/25-11/30

Craft: Sensory Tray and Leaf Impressions

Matthew 7:17

“So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.”

Connection to Gospel: We start off with a diseased heart, but God wants to give us a new, healthy heart! He does this through the salvation offered to us through Jesus and through the Spirit working in our lives.