OK, this YouTube video cracks me up. Is it just me? Or is a baby getting excited about a puppet of her mommy just stinkin’ funny?
And why does my baby have a #mommypuppet, do you ask?
Ah, that’s because we’re weirdos. No, really. When I was planning my April Fool’s Pranks, I created an additional prank using one of my old acting headshots. While I was rummaging through the old ones deciding which shot to use for the prank, Emma, my 3 year old, said, “Can I have one of these?”
I said, “Sure!” I just thought she thought her mama looked nice 10 years ago and wanted to draw on it or something.
The next words out of her mouth were, “I want to make a puppet of you.”
Today, I’m sharing how I use Melissa & Doug Smarty Pants PreK set (affiliate link) to engage higher level thinking skills and ownership in my 3-year old… she’s also my child who’s not the keenest on sitting down and “learning things”. See how I grab her interest in the video.
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!
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. 😀
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.
Today, I’m sharing how I keep the mosquitoes out of my yard. It’s an organic gardening recipe for citrus oil, which kills mosquito eggs as far as I understand. I spray it in my yard every 2-4 weeks, and I see a noticeable difference in the mosquitoes!
I hope you find it useful; feel free to leave questions in the comments.
It matters not that I did not encourage my 3-year old daughter to love princesses. She took it upon herself to become quickly obsessed with them!
I could fight it. I could explain to her all of the reasons Disney movies aren’t representative of real life. Her princess bubble could burst in a soapy, tearful, hard-fought battle. She could resent me the rest of her life. Ha.
Instead, I’m looking for any way to find the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ in being a princess!
He did this by predestining us to adoption as his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the pleasure of his will— (Ephesians 1:5, NET)
For God is king of the whole earth! (Psalm 47:7, NET)
Listen along to one of my #carconversations. We process the fact that we’re princesses, but then we ask a very important question: What is the job of a princess?