Thankful for Who He Is – Psalm 136 Fall Banner Craft

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Today I want to share with you a fun fall activity that we did recently. Not only was it a fun way to play with the pretty fall leaves, but it also was a great opportunity to get ready for Thanksgiving and dig into some theology – learning about who God is!

Here’s a video I made for the Steadfast Family Facebook page if you prefer to see the craft that way!

 

Okay, let’s get started!

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

 

First, you are going to want to collect some leaves. This is a whole activity in and of itself, so feel free to do it at a separate time. If you live in a climate that doesn’t have pretty leaves, never fear, just print some off online (like these¬†or these)!

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Once you’ve got all your leaves collected, pop them into your scanner and make a few copies. Now, you could skip this step, but I wanted our banner to last a while without the leaves getting all crumbled up and drying out. This was a fun way to accomplish that!

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Next you are going to want to cut out the leaves. Which is a good opportunity to practice patience! haha ūüôā

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

After all your leaves are cut out, it’s time for the Bible lesson portion. Open your Bible to Psalm 136. We read about the first half and that was the perfect amount for my almost 6 year old. Then, we talked about Thanksgiving and giving thanks to God for all the amazing things about Him and all the great things He does.

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Then, I wrote on one of the biggest leaves: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is…”

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Together, my son and I came up with things about God that we could be thankful for and we wrote each one on a leaf.

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Once something is written on all the leaves, it is time to string them together. Cut two slits (by bending the leaf a bit and cutting with scissors) toward the top of the leaf and then string them all on a length of yarn or twine.

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Once you are finished, hang your beautiful fall banner up to remind your family of all the wonderful things we are thankful for about our amazing God!

Thankful for Who He Is - Psalm 136 Fall Leaf Banner Craft

Bonus Note: Play the song “Forever” by Michael W. Smith. It is perfect for this activity and my kids love it!

Case of the Mixed Up Timeline (New ADVENTURE DEVOTIONAL for kids eBook!)

It’s here! It’s here!¬†

I have been working on this project on and off for the last year and a half. Writing, testing, editing, designing, and editing some more! I wanted to make sure it was the best it could be for you and your kids.

What Is It?

The International Bible Investigators
Case of the Mixed Up Timeline

IBI Case of the Mixed Up Timeline

If you joined us for the Summer Search for God last summer, then you have already been introduced to an adventure devotional.

I created the concept of an “Adventure Devotional” because most people, especially young ones, learn best through experiences. It is the things that we do, touch, taste, and feel that really stick in our memories. My goal with adventure devotionals is to bring God‚Äôs Word off the page and into life experiences that will stick with your children for years to come. The Case of the Mixed Up Timeline is no exception.

So what is it all about?

In this devotional, a villain named ‚ÄúDr. H‚ÄĚ has traveled back in time and destroyed the Timeline of Biblical Heroes. As a special agent, your child must travel back in time to complete the case files and set the timeline straight once again.

Each Biblical Hero has an incomplete case file and your child must solve the clues to discover the information on each Hero‚Äôs story. They then use that information to put the timeline back in order. Each case file also contains a ‚Äúmission‚ÄĚ ‚Äď a hands on activity to further experience the story.

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Included in the eBook is the following:

  • Parent introduction
  • Log book cover page and special agent badge printable
  • Letter to ‚Äúnew recruits‚ÄĚ
  • 10+ pages of printable images needed to complete the cases
  • Printable timeline
  • 23 ‚Äúcase files‚ÄĚ
  • Parent files with answers, activity ideas, devotionals, and Scripture references.

 

Ready for an Old Testament Adventure?

What Will My Child Gain From This Study?

The Case of the Mixed Up Timeline will provide your child with an overview of 23 of the main stories of the Old Testament. He or she will get to learn about and experience these stories in a unique, hands on way.

Not only that, but the parent files contain everything you need to further the discussion of these stories, bringing about a deeper understanding and personal connection. 

How Do I Purchase This Awesome Devotional?

Easy! Just pop over to the shop and in just a few moments you can start printing it out! And if you act quick, as a launch week special, you can get the entire adventure devotional for¬†50% off!¬†That’s only $5!

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That means¬†for only $5 you can get all the printables, 23 devotional “case files”, and the parent files. But grab it now, because this sale is for launch week only!

Buy it now!

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Resurrection Eggs and Easter Countdown Calendar (Plus FREE Resurrection Eggs Printable!)

Somehow Easter always sneaks up on me.

Every year I go into the season with good intentions of going all out and making Easter really memorable and meaningful. Then, every year, a week or two before Easter I’m left thinking “Whaaaaat? Where did all the time go?!”

This year was no different. However, just because we weren’t able to focus on Lent this year or even countdown the month before Easter doesn’t mean we can’t make this important holiday memorable and meaningful.

This year the main way I’ve chosen to do that is through a simple tradition that I remember doing with my family as a kid – Resurrection Eggs.¬†

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Resurrection Eggs are a really simple idea. Fill twelve Easter eggs with twelve different objects that each symbolize a part of the Easter story. Every day on the twelve days leading up to Easter, open one of the eggs and read a verse or two to go along with it.

If you do a quick Google search for “Resurrection Eggs DIY” you’ll see that they are pretty flexible. Change up the symbols or the verses. Spread out the days you open eggs or even do them all on one day. You can even buy pre-made kits!

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Here’s how I set up our Resurrection Eggs!

Day 1 – Leaf (Mark 11:8-10 / Palm Sunday)
Day 2 – Coins (Matthew 26:14-15 / Judas Betrays Jesus)
Day 3 – Bread (Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28)
Day 4 – Paper Towel (John 13:4-5 / Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet)
Day 5 – Picture of prayer (Matthew 26:39 / Garden of Gethsemane)
Day 6 – Rope (Matthew 27:2, 26 / Jesus is Bound and Beaten)
Day 7 – Thorn (Matthew 27:29 / Jesus is King of the Jews)
Day 8 – Cross (John 19:17 / Jesus Carries His Cross)
Day 9 – Nail (Luke 33:33 / Nailed on the Cross)
Day 10 – Cloth (Matthew 27:59 / Jesus is Wrapped in Cloth)
Day 11 – Stone (Matthew 27:66 / Jesus is Placed in the Tomb)
Day 12 – Empty Egg (Matthew 28:6 / He Has Risen)

I love how the eggs are great for including multiple ages and they provide a tactile experience as you take out the object and handle it while listening to the reading.

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To add a little more to the Resurrection Eggs experience, I created a simple, low to no prep activity to go along with each day. Kids learn so much better when they totally get to experience something Рso I love finding ways to extend the learning.

Although it is pretty easy to wander around your house to find objects to put in your eggs, I wanted to make it even easier for you to do Resurrection Eggs this year! If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute and you want something you can quickly pull together so you can get started right away.

If that’s the case – never fear! I turned to my favorite place for simple images (www.nounproject.com) and pulled together a set of printable images that you can use to fill your eggs!

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You can get the printable with the images, the activity ideas, and discussion questions (great for journaling!) completely for free!

You don’t even have to¬†subscribe to get it – although you totally should anyway because there are so many more awesome subscriber freebies just waiting for you (you can subscribe by clicking on the “Family Minute Newsletter” in the side bar)!

Just click here to get it ———>¬†Resurrection Eggs Printable

You don’t even¬†need to have Easter eggs to use this printable. I also printed the images, cut them out, and pasted them onto quarters¬†of construction paper to make this simple Easter countdown calendar. Just flip over one a day to reveal the picture. Super easy!

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Has your family ever done Resurrection Eggs? How did you do them?

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Advent Snacks (A Truth in the Tinsel Supplement) Days 19-24

Advent Snacks for Kids

In order to extend the learning while doing Truth in the Tinsel, I wanted to come up with a simple supplement. After doing some brainstorming, I came up with Advent Snacks! They are simple snacks, themed after each day in of Truth in the Tinsel, that you can easily make with stuff you probably already have lying around.

These snacks are most definitely¬†not¬†food art! While I think those crazy awesome snacks and the people that make them are amazing, that is not something in my skill set – or time allotment! This is food that you’ll be able to whip together in a few minutes, making it so you can continue to nourish their spirits at the same time as you do their little bodies!

What if you don’t have Truth in the Tinsel? No problem! Christmas is Christmas, and you can just as easily use any or all of these snacks without the TNT eBook. However, if you haven’t given¬†Truth in the Tinsel¬†a shot, I¬†highly¬†recommend it!¬†(You can read my review¬†here)

Previous week’s snacks:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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Day 19 –¬†Shepherds

 

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To make a shepherd snack I had the idea to make a shepherd’s¬†crook¬†out of a soft pretzel. I was making these pretzels for a get together, so I figured it would be perfect to use a bit of the dough to make the crook. Well, it turned out a little plump! But it still worked out okay. You could also use homemade or store bought bread dough. Hm, breadstick shepherd’s crooks.. mmmmmm.

Day 20 –¬†Temple

 

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This temple snack was made using crackers for the base, pretzel rods for the columns, and string cheese for the roof.

Day 21 –¬†Star

 

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To make this star snack, you’ll need one or two star cookie cutters. If you don’t have a star cookie cutter, I highly recommend this cookie cutter set. You get 101¬†cookie cutters for under 20 bucks. That’s what I call a deal! We use these cookie cutters for way more than just cookies! Snacks, play doh, art projects – there is a lot they are good for!

Anyways, that was a side note. To make this star plate I cut the white stars out of thinly sliced apple and the yellow star out of a cheese slice. Simple!

Day 22 –¬†Wise Men

 

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Most of the snacks so far have been at least fairly healthy, so I thought today we’d throw in a sweet! I cut this crown shape out of a cookie, adding a few gum drops for gems. It didn’t turn out the prettiest, but K recognized what it was right away so I’ll chalk that up to a win!

¬†Day 23 –¬†Gifts

 

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It took me a while to figure out how to make a snack to represent the gifts of the Wise Men, but I thought it ended up turning out pretty cute. The “gift” is made out of two club crackers and the ribbon is made out of string cheese.

Day 24 –¬†Cross

 

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For the final snack to represent the cross, I was trying to think of something that would be a really cool snack. However, I finally decided that simple would actually be better in this case! So, all you need to make this cross snack is a few pretzel rods. If you want to serve more of a snack, you can make the two thieves’ crosses as well.

That’s all for Truth in the Tinsel snacks!¬†I hope you had fun eating these yummy snacks with us!

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Advent Snacks (A Truth in the Tinsel Supplement) Days 13-18

Advent Snacks for Kids

In order to extend the learning while doing Truth in the Tinsel, I wanted to come up with a simple supplement. After doing some brainstorming, I came up with Advent Snacks! They are simple snacks, themed after each day in of Truth in the Tinsel, that you can easily make with stuff you probably already have lying around.

These snacks are most definitely¬†not¬†food art! While I think those crazy awesome snacks and the people that make them are amazing, that is not something in my skill set – or time allotment! This is food that you’ll be able to whip together in a few minutes, making it so you can continue to nourish their spirits at the same time as you do their little bodies!

What if you don’t have Truth in the Tinsel? No problem! Christmas is Christmas, and you can just as easily use any or all of these snacks without the TNT eBook. However, if you haven’t given¬†Truth in the Tinsel¬†a shot, I¬†highly¬†recommend it!¬†(You can read my review¬†here)

Here’s the other week’s snacks:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 4

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Day 13 –¬†Bethlehem

 

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A house of bread made to represent Bethlehem (which means “the house of bread”). I used butter and honey toast with a little door cut out to make it. You could add some little windows too!

Day 14 – Stable

 

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For day 14 we made a simple stable snack. Just form the stable out of pretzel rods and add some peanut butter “dirt” and coconut “hay.” While making this snack I realized it would have been perfect if I would have had some animal crackers to add!

Day 15 –¬†Manger

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This manger snack was made with a grilled cheese sandwich! Just cut in half to make the bed/trough and use the leftovers to make the legs. The baby Jesus head was made out of apple cut into a circle and it was finished off with some shredded cheese “straw.”

Day 16 –¬†Cloths

 

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Day 16 is about Jesus being wrapped in swaddling cloths. For this snack, I wrapped a cheese stick in some deli meat. However, you could also wrap cheese in a tortilla, wrap a hot dog in bread, or wrap bread/tortilla around a banana.

¬†Day¬†17 –¬†Sheep

 

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I think this is quite possibly the cutest snack we’ve made so far! For this adorable little sheep, all you need is some popcorn for the body, pretzel rods for the legs, and a pretzel crisp for the face (a regular pretzel would probably work too!). Tip for the popcorn when you only want to make a small amount – place a single layer of popcorn kernels on the bottom of a microwave safe bowl with a small pat of butter. Cover with a plate and microwave until the popping slows down. Sprinkle with a little salt and you are good to go!

Day¬†18 –¬†Angels

 

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Okay, so these little guys are pretty cute too! To make these angels, peel an orange and separate the slices. Cut small chunks of carrot so they lay flat. Use the oranges for the wings and add a cheerio “halo”!

That’s all for Truth in the Tinsel days 13-18! Look for the next six days coming soon! Let me¬†know about your favorite TNT supplement in the comments below!

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St Nicholas Day 2015

St. Nicholas Day 2015

When K was just a baby, we decided to add the celebration of St. Nicholas Day to our Advent traditions. We have loved observing St. Nick’s day as an alternative to “doing Santa.” We get to do some fun traditions, learn about history, and focus on giving like the real St. Nicholas did. I wrote more about celebrating St. Nick’s Day here.

This year was our third St. Nick’s day and, even though it is too late for you to try out this celebration this year, I still thought it would be fun to share what we did!

Stockings and A Special Breakfast

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For St. Nicholas day, the main two things we have done (and plan to continue doing) are stocking gifts and a special breakfast. We do stockings on this day instead of Christmas morning and it has been a great way to spread out the gift giving a little bit. I usually fill the stockings with small gifts and some chocolate coins. You can read more about what was in our stockings this year here.

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We also have a special breakfast that is a treat my mom used to make for Christmas – Scandinavian Kringler (or as we always called it, “kringle”). So yummy.

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St. Nicholas Neighbor Treat Baskets

During the time St. Nicholas lived, there was a great famine and much of the surrounding area lived in poverty. One of the things that he was known for doing was placing¬†baskets with grain, fruit, and other food on people’s doorsteps during the night, so that they would have food to eat.

A while back I had read about remembering this act of service by putting together baskets with treats in them to give to your neighbors. This year I decided we’d give it a try!

St Nicholas Day gift baskets

For our baskets, I found these awesome metal buckets for only a few dollars on clearance at Hobby Lobby. There were four left, so I decided we’d do four baskets this year.

Over the week, K and I had fun making some Christmas treats to put in our baskets. We made chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, Chex mix, and a loaf of bread for each basket. We packaged everything in fun treat bags I found at the dollar store.

I finished the baskets off with a paper on St. Nicholas and a coloring page for the kids in the family. Subscribe at the bottom of this post to gain access to the free printables.

We delivered our baskets to some of our neighbor friends on the morning of St. Nicholas Day.

St. Nicholas Day baskets

Shopping for the Food Bank

One of the sweetest things happened while we were preparing our gift baskets. I asked K who he would like to give the baskets to and was surprised when he didn’t immediately start rattling off the names of his friends.

He was obviously thinking hard on the question, so I asked “Maybe to some of your friends?” In kind of a confused voice he said mentioned two of his friends and said that he wanted to give the basket to them but, “they already have food to eat.”

Then it dawned on me. “Did you think we were giving these baskets to people who didn’t have any food?” I asked. He nodded his head yes. He was listening closer than I thought!

I explained to him that while I didn’t think we could give our baskets to someone who didn’t have any food, there was something we could do. I told him about food banks and asked him if he wanted to buy some food for one. He said yes and even wanted to use his own money!

St. Nicholas Day food bank

The day before St. Nicholas Day, we pulled the money out that he had saved in his wallet and counted it. While he is getting good at counting, the concept of a five dollar bill being equal to five one dollar bills is still a little foreign to him. At first he said he wanted to use all his money, but he quickly took that back! Then, he counted out six of his bills to use, keeping two for himself. I was impressed with the decision he made, giving generously, yet keeping a little for himself. He even said, “I’m going to have to get some more money!”

We left the saved money at home, and took his wallet to the grocery store. After roaming the aisles making his choices (aided a little bit in choosing healthier options), it was time to pay. I could feel the tension in him as he handed the money over, but in the end I had one joyful little giver.

The items he bought are loaded in a box, ready for us to drop off at the food bank next time we are out. The whole experience was such a fun time and great learning experience. I think this will become a new St. Nick’s day tradition!

PS Since he is still young enough to not know any better, I did take the little fella’s hard earned money and slipped it back in his wallet. ūüôā

Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day? What are your traditions?

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Advent Snacks (A Truth in the Tinsel Supplement) Days 7-12

Advent Snacks for Kids

In order to extend the learning while doing Truth in the Tinsel, I wanted to come up with a simple supplement. After doing some brainstorming, I came up with Advent Snacks! They are simple snacks, themed after each day in of Truth in the Tinsel, that you can easily make with stuff you probably already have lying around.

These snacks are most definitely¬†not¬†food art! While I think those crazy awesome snacks and the people that make them are amazing, that is not something in my skill set – or time allotment! This is food that you’ll be able to whip together in a few minutes, making it so you can continue to nourish their spirits at the same time as you do their little bodies!

What if you don’t have Truth in the Tinsel? No problem! Christmas is Christmas, and you can just as easily use any or all of these snacks without the TNT eBook. However, if you haven’t given¬†Truth in the Tinsel¬†a shot, I¬†highly¬†recommend it!¬†(You can read my review¬†here)

Here’s the other week’s snacks:

Week 1
Week 3
Week 4

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Alright, are you ready to see this week’s snacks? Let’s get started!

Day 7 –¬†Song

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For day seven and Mary’s song, I made this cute and simple music note snack. Made out of an apple cut in half, two cheese sticks, and some pretzel rods – it’s sure to make you siiiiing! ūüôā

Day 8 –¬†Sun

 

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In day 8 of Truth in the Tinsel we read about Zechariah describing Jesus as the “rising sun.” For our sun snack, I placed half an orange on a plate and arranged “strings” from a cut in half string cheese around it.

 

Day 9 –¬†Joseph

 

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For day 9 our Joseph snack ended up looking a little silly, but it sure was tasty! To make this snack, cut a banana in half and then slice a bit off the back long ways (so it lays flat on the plate without rolling). Then, cover him in some peanut butter “clothes.” I used a raising cut in half for the eyes, but they were still a little big, mini chocolate chips probably would have been better. To finish him off, I cut out a little mouth and gave him a pretzel rod walking stick.

Day 10 –¬†Dream

 

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For a snack that represents Joseph’s dream, I made this fluffy pillow (or dream cloud) by spreading out some plain greek yogurt and sprinkling some mini marshmallows on top. It was pretty tasty. Marshmallows and yogurt, who knew?

¬†Day¬†11 – Jesus’ Name

 

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For this snack, there are so many ways you could go with it! I just took some snack mix (rains, fish crackers, and chex) and made a J for Jesus. But you could spell out his whole name, use any kind of snack mix, you could use letter shaped crackers or pretzels to spell his name, or even cut his name out with letter cookie cutters!

Day 12 РCensus

 

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On day 12 we learn about the census that brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. For the snack, just spread out any kind of snack mix (I used mixed nuts) on a plate, contrasting it with two different little pieces of snack to represent Mary and Joseph lost in the crowd (I used fish crackers).

That’s all for Truth in the Tinsel days 7-12! Look for the next six days coming soon! Let me¬†know about your favorite TNT supplement in the comments below!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge – Week 8 – Truthful

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It’s the last week of Hero Training! Woo! What a blast! This week is all about being truthful. I don’t know about you, but in our family telling the truth is very serious business. K knows that lying will get him in big trouble, so it was great to use this time to dig a little deeper into why we always tell the truth.

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out¬†here¬†(it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful), week two (self-controlled), week three (creative), week four (attentive), week five (diligent), week six (joyful), week seven (patient)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag¬†#herotrainingcc¬†on¬†instagram¬†and¬†twitter!

Lesson

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Hero Trait: Truthful

Definition: Always telling what actually happened.

Super we : Captain America (He seems like a pretty honest guy!)

Memory Verse: “So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.” (Ephesians 4:25)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus is the way,¬†the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)
  • Jesus was honest with Peter when he called him out for speaking what was false. (Matthew 16:23)
  • Jesus was honest with the Pharisees (Matthew 23)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was truthful?
  • Can you think of a time that you were truthful?
  • Can you think of a time when you weren’t truthful?
  • Why is it important to be truthful?

Notes:

  • We¬†talk a lot about being truthful because it is very important in our house. Lying is something that will get you more in trouble than whatever the original infraction was.
  • We talked about how Jesus said he is the truth. We should want to tell the truth to be more like Jesus.
  • The other reason for telling the truth that we talked about is that when we lie, people can’t trust us anymore.
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found¬†this awesome version¬†(Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Read the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and act it out.

I just told K the story from memory, but you can also find it here. K liked the story, but he really liked acting it out. He played the part of the boy, I was the townspeople, the baby was the sheep, and a stuffed animal was the wolf. He thought it was hilarious and it helped him remember the story.

Challenge #3

Talk with your mom or dad about the consequences for lying. 

Sometimes it’s good to review the consequences for certain behavior. We talked about what would happen if he were to lie and why we treat lying so seriously.

Challenge #4

List as many truths about Jesus as you can.

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Since Jesus is the truth, we decided to list a bunch of true things about him. I drew the outline of a cross on paper and wrote what we came up with inside.

Challenge #5

Broken Truth “Craft”

This craft isn’t really a craft, it is more of an object lesson in the disguise of a craft. I think it really helped the message sink in for K!

Supplies Needed:

  • Piece of white paper
  • Piece of colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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First, have your child cut up the colored piece of paper. Have them make as many little pieces as possible. Don’t tell them why quite yet!

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Once they are done cutting, tell them to try and glue the colored paper back together just like it was before they cut it. It won’t take long for them to realize this is not possible!

Explain that the paper is like broken trust. Once trust is broken, it is very hard, and sometimes even impossible, to repair the trust like it once was.

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I wasn’t sure if K would make the connection – but he definitely did! This is his “this isn’t possible!” face. It led to a good discussion! (Note: at this point, the “craft” is over, since you can’t actually do it. Feel free to let your child continue to create with the paper and glue though!)

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! If you’ve done the last seven challenges then this is the last one! (Find¬†the tutorial¬†here¬†to make your own super hero cape and character badges.)

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If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with¬†#herotrainingcc¬†on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week eight¬†of¬†Hero Training! I can’t believe we’re finished! It’s been so fun, I hope you and your little ones have enjoyed it too!

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K with his completed chart!

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Advent Snacks (Truth in the Tinsel Supplement) Days 1-6

Advent Snacks for Kids

It’s December 1st, can you believe it?! I’m so excited because that means it’s Truth in the Tinsel time! This is our first year participating in TNT and I know it’s going to be awesome! We did our first ornament¬†today and K was begging to go on to the next day!

In oder to extend the learning a little bit, I wanted to come up with a simple supplement to Truth in the Tinsel. After doing some brainstorming, I came up with Advent Snacks! They are simple snacks, themed after each day in of Truth in the Tinsel, that you can easily make with stuff you probably already have lying around.

These snacks are most definitely¬†not food art! While I think those crazy awesome snacks and the people that make them are amazing, that is not something in my skill set – or time allotment! This is food that you’ll be able to whip together in a few minutes, making it so you can continue to nourish their spirits at the same time as you do their little bodies!

What if you don’t have Truth in the Tinsel? No problem! Christmas is Christmas, and you can just as easily use any or all of these snacks without the TNT eBook. However, if you haven’t given Truth in the Tinsel a shot, I¬†highly¬†recommend it! (You can read my review here)

Here are the other week’s snacks:

Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

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Alright, are you ready to see this week’s snacks? Let’s get started!

Day 1 – Light

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Day one is all about Jesus being the Light of the World. This snack is super simple. Just stick a birthday candle in whatever you’ve got handy. We used a muffin.

Day 2 – Kingdom

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Day 2 is about how Jesus is the king of all the world. For this snack we made a graham cracker and peanut butter castle (where the king lives!). You can set up the snack like the above picture if your child is older and let them assemble the castle. Or, assemble it yourself and give it to them. My castle is below for an idea.

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Day 3 – Zechariah

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If you’ve got any experience with kid snacks, you’ve probably seen these apple teeth. I had actually¬†never made them before, but I decided they’d be perfect for Zechariah and him not being able to talk!

All you have to do is cut two thin slices of apple, spread some peanut butter on one, stick on some marshmallow “teeth,” and put the other apple on top. It’s not exactly the prettiest looking thing, but when we were testing these snacks out, K thought it was¬†awesome.¬†

Day 4 –¬†Gabriel

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Day four we learn about the angel Gabriel coming to visit Mary. For this snack, I cut an angel shape out of a cheese quesadilla. It was pretty easy! Just cut in and down on the top, making a circle shape in between for the head. On the bottom, cut up and in two lines and slightly separate, making the body. The halo was made with a “string” of string cheese.

 Day 5 РMary

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Day 5 we learn about Mary! For this snack we made a simple Mary out of pretzel rods and apples. First, break the pretzels and arrange into a triangle shape, adding arms and legs. Then, slice of the side of an apple and place on the triangle for Mary’s pregnant belly. Slice the apple again, cutting a circle for the head. We added two chocolate chips and a small piece of string cheese to make eyes and a mouth.

Day 6 – Mary and Elizabeth

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Day 6 is about Mary and Elizabeth’s time together. For this, we made a snack representing Mary traveling to visit Elizabeth – A PB&J road! All you do is make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (or whatever kind of sandwich you want), cut off the crusts, and then cut into narrow strips. Then arrange your pieces into a road. You can leave it like this, or use peanut butter to stick on two small pretzel “people” to represent Mary and Elizabeth.

That’s all for Truth in the Tinsel days 1-6! Look for the next six days coming soon! Let me¬†know about your favorite TNT supplement in the comments below!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge – Week 7 – Patience

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I can’t believe we only have two weeks of Hero Training left! We will be finishing up just in time for you to start your Advent activities (are you doing Truth in the Tinsel?). This week we are working on a much needed virtue around here – patience!

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out¬†here¬†(it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful), week two (self-controlled), week three (creative), week four (attentive), week five (diligent), week six (joyful)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag¬†#herotrainingcc¬†on¬†instagram¬†and¬†twitter!

Lesson

Hero Training - Kid's Character Challenge - PatienceHero Trait: Patience

Definition: Waiting without complaining.

Super Hero: Spiderman¬†(honestly, this is the first one that I just really didn’t have a reason for connecting the hero to the trait – but K didn’t seem to mind!)

Memory Verse: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus was patient with Paul¬†(1 Timothy 1:16)
  • Jesus was patient with the disciples (Mark 4:35-40)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was patient?
  • Can you think of a time that you were patient?
  • Has someone ever been patient with you?
  • Why is it important to be patient?
  • When are some times that you need to be patient?

Notes:

  • We used the peg people we made here to play out some stories of Jesus having patience with his disciples. We also talked about the story of Paul a little bit.
  • With a new baby to get used to these past few months, K has heard a lot about being patient. This was great for getting some extra practice in!
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found¬†this awesome version¬†(Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Act out a scenario where you have to be patient.

This was great for K to learn more about being patient. We role played a couple common scenarios in our house. In the first, K asked me to read a book, but had to wait patiently while I finished what I was working on. In the second, K practiced waiting for baby J to finish playing with a toy he wanted. I played the part of baby J and he thought it was quite hilarious.

Challenge #3

Learn the motions to the patience song. 

We found this really fun song that is about being patient. We listened to it a couple times and tried out the fun motions that go along with it. We listened to it via this youtube video.

Challenge #4

Make a snack that requires you to be patient.

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Make a yummy treat that you have to wait on for a while before you can eat it. We thought about making popsicles, but decided to make Jello instead. Waiting for it to set up in the fridge was a good time to practice patience!

Challenge #5

Make a glue suncatcher

Similar to challenge #4, this craft requires waiting patiently to see the finished product. If this specific craft doesn’t work for you, feel free to substitute it with any other craft that requires a little bit of waiting. We found the inspiration for this craft here.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Plastic lids (from yogurt containers, etc)
  • Pony beads
  • Glitter

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First, fill up the lid with the glue. You’ll need quite a bit because the glue will shrink as it dries.

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Place beads in the glue in whatever design you want.

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I did one too. Couldn’t resist, it was so much fun!

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Next, sprinkle on a little (or a lot!) of glitter. I’m not going to lie, K is almost four years old and I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve braved the use of glitter! If you’re not feeling the glitter, feel free to skip this step. In retrospect, we should have put a tray underneath to contain the mess!

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Now comes the patient part! From what I read, they should take 3-4 days to dry. Ours aren’t quite done yet, so I’ll post an update when they are finished!

**UPDATE**

They turned out SO CUTE! This was a really fun craft and we’ll definitely be doing it again. Make sure you really fill that lid up with glue, because it shrinks a lot.

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Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find¬†the tutorial¬†here¬†to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with¬†#herotrainingcc¬†on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week seven¬†of¬†Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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