Summer Search for God – Week 8 – Do a Random Act of Kindness

*UPDATE*
An updated version of this eBook is now available in the shop.

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece

Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt

Week 6 – Get Wet

Week 7 – Conduct a Science Experiment


 mission 8

Mission Description

For this mission you need to do a random act of kindness. If you’ve never done a random act of kindness before, it is really simple. First, you choose a person or people that will receive your act of kindness. Then you need to think of something really nice to do for them. Try to think of something they’ll really like! It is even more fun if you keep it all a secret!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12 NIV

What We Did

This is the last mission! Can’t believe we are already to the end of July!

After I read the mission and explained to K what a “random act of kindness” is he got to work brainstorming. First, he thought of people he wanted to do something nice for (I wrote them down) and then together we came up with something we could do for them.

Make cookies!

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K drew some cookies next to our list of people and then we got started!

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K wanted to make chocolate chip cookies and I was happy to oblige (my favorite!).

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While the cookies were baking, K worked on making some notes to go with them.

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I even snuck in some name writing practice – don’t you just love those first attempts at writing? So cute!

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When the cookies were all done we packaged them up and took a walk around the neighborhood to drop them off at some friends! It was a fun afternoon activity and a good introduction to doing something nice “just because.”

What’s your favorite random act of kindness?

 


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Summer Search for God – Week 7 – Conduct a Science Experiment

*UPDATE*
An updated version of this eBook is now available in the shop.

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece

Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt

Week 6 – Get Wet


mission 7

Mission Description

For this mission you need to conduct an official science experiment. There are many different types of science experiments you can do. You should take a guess at what will be the outcome of your experiment (that’s called a “hypothesis”) and then do the experiment to see if you were right! Two good places to find ideas for your science experiment are the library and the internet.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1 NIV

What We Did

K was very excited when I told him that the next mission was to do a science experiment. We’ve just recently started doing more science for homeschool preschool and he loves doing the experiments!

For this mission we decided to do the classic “sink or float” experiment!

First, I had K gather some objects together…

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Then, I wrote them down on a paper with space to write the predictions and results.

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We filled up a bin with some water…

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…and got to work testing our objects!

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We kept track of the guesses and results – and K enjoyed learning the word “hypothesis.”
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And of course you can’t have a bin of water laying around without a little water play time!

 

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The verse for this mission was Genesis 1:1. We talked about how God created the whole world and science is how we learn about the world God made. We kept our discussion pretty simple, but if you’ve purchased your copy of Summer Search for God you will find more discussion points, verses, and ideas.

 


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Summer Search for God – Week 6 – Get Wet

*UPDATE*
As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece

Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt


mission 6

Mission Description

For this mission you need to get wet! There are so many ways you can enjoy spending time in the water. If you live near a beach, lake, or pool you could go swimming. However, even if you don’t there are lots of other fun things to do in the water. Have a water balloon fight, run through a sprinkler, set up a slip-n-slide, play in the rain – those are just some ideas to get you started. You can do whatever sounds fun to you, just as long as you get wet!

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. – Psalm 51:2 NLT

What We Did

K was super excited about this mission! After I read him the description, he got right to work drawing “rain” on his journal page.

 

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After he finished drawing, he decided he wanted to “get wet” in the sprinkler.

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After he played in the water for a while, I called him over for a little object lesson.

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We just happened to have a 5 gallon bucket full of dirt handy, so I had K come join me by the bucket. First, we reviewed how everybody does bad things except God and those bad things are called sin. I told him that sin is kinda like being all dirty and we can’t wash off the dirt. Then, I had him rub his hands in the bucket of dirt.

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We talked about how when we are all dirty we can’t be with God because He is clean and good. We need someone to wash us clean too. I told him that when Jesus died on the cross he washed our dirty sins. Then, I sent him back out to the sprinkler to wash his hands clean.

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He came back and did the lesson a few times before he moved on to other things. It turned out to be a fun and memorable experience!

 

If you have purchased your copy of Summer Search for God, then you also have access to additional ideas, scripture references, and parent material. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, what are you waiting for?!


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Grab one here and get all the missions, journal pages, and the parent debrief files. It’s currently free for subscribers!

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Summer Search for God – Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt

*UPDATE*
As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece


 mission 5

Mission Description

For this mission you need to go on a treasure hunt. However, before you can go on a treasure hunt you will need a map. Figure out where you will search for the treasure and draw a map of that place. Then, get together any gear you will need for your search. Once you are all set, go searching for some treasure!

If you look for [wisdom] as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:4-5 NIV

What We Did

This mission was really fun! I read it to K and we talked about how God’s Word is like a treasure that we would search and search for. After our short discussion, he got started right away drawing treasure maps!

Drawing maps and learning about God!

Little did he know that I had something planned for him later in the day! While he was upstairs having his quiet time, I got to work planning a treasure hunt!

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It was really simple to throw together! First, I cut out some small pieces of construction paper. Then, I wrote simple clues on the papers. Each paper had a clue for where he could find the next piece of paper. The last clue led to a surprise – a candy bar! – with a message written on it: “Search for wisdom like hidden treasure.”

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Once everything was ready, I hid the clues around the house…

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…and hid the treasure inside his lego table, surrounded by some coins we made way back when we learned about Zacchaeus.

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When he came down from his quiet time the treasure hunt was on!

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He ran around finding the clues and having a blast!

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When he found the candy he was pretty stoked! It was a special treat for him!

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The message on the “treasure” gave us another opportunity to talk about the verse application.

If you have purchased your copy of Summer Search for God, then you also have access to additional ideas, scripture references, and parent material. If you haven’t downloaded your copy yet, what are you waiting for?!

 


Do you have your copy of Summer Search for God yet?

Grab one here and get all the missions, journal pages, and the parent debrief files. It’s currently free for subscribers!

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Summer Search for God – Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece

*UPDATE*
As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike


mission 4

Mission Description

For this mission you need to create your very best masterpiece. You may think up any type of project you would like to create. You could paint, draw, build, sew, sculpt, or a hundred other things. The most important part is that you do something you enjoy and that you work your very best. Make it something you are proud to sign your name on. Make it your masterpiece!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10 NLT

What We Did

This has been one of our favorite missions so far! First, I explained to K what the word “masterpiece” means – your very best work. Then, I told him that he got to make a masterpiece out of whatever he wanted. We had already done a painting project that day, but he wanted to do something different.

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K painting fireworks – I post pictures of what we’re up to over on Instagram.

So, I let him loose with the craft supplies!

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He grabbed what he wanted off the shelf (read more about our craft shelf here) and got to work.

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He worked hard!

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It was definitely a 100% three year old made masterpiece and he was so proud of it!

We referred back to last week’s mission and talked about how God created so many awesome things. Then I asked him what he thought God’s best masterpiece was. You should have seen his smile when I said it was him!

We talked about how people are God’s greatest masterpiece and He created us to do good things. He thought this was really cool. He even brought it up again later in the day.

I love how activities like this are so simple and make starting a conversation about God so easy! What’s been your favorite mission so far?

 


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Grab one here and get all the missions, journal pages, and the parent debrief files. It’s currently free for subscribers!

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Summer Search for God – Week 3 – Go for a Hike

*UPDATE*
As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can find links to the previous weeks below…

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat


 

mission 3

Mission Description

For this mission you need to go on a hike. The destination is not what is important, so pick wherever you would like to go. Instead you must focus on the journey. As you walk, pay close attention to the things you observe in nature. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you hear? What can you feel? It would be a good idea to bring along a bag that you can use to carry home any interesting things you find.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. – Romans 1:20 NIV

What We Did

Like with the previous weeks, I started with reading the mission to K and then I let him color in his mission page. Then, I read him the week’s verse. This verse was a little above K’s head, so I abbreviated it a bit and really focused on how God created the world with his mighty power.

We love going on nature walks, but with a new baby in the house getting out for a nature walk wasn’t really feasible this week. Thankfully, the missions are so easy to adapt to being low-key (or more involved if you want!). So, we headed out to the backyard!

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I gave K instructions to look for things that reminded him of God’s power. We looked at the sticks and the cool circles on the roots of the tree.

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We also turned our gaze upwards and looked at the tops of the trees. We even found a birds nest in the branches.

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We ended our nature time by looking up to the puffy clouds. The whole time we talked about the powerful God who made all these cool things.

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Oh yeah, this little cutie was hanging out with us too. 🙂

Another fun mission accomplished!


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Summer Search for God – Week Two – Make a Special Treat

*UPDATE*

As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!

You can see week one here.


mission 2

Mission Description

For this mission you need to cook a special treat to eat. Think for a minute about what your most favorite thing to eat is. What makes your mouth water just thinking about it? Maybe that is what you should make! Once you have an idea or two of what you want to make, first you need to make sure you have all the ingredients. Once you have all the ingredients gathered together, you can get to cooking!

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! – Psalm 119:103 NIV

What We Did

I told K that we were going to be doing another mission and asked him if he remembered our last mission. After briefly reviewing mission one, I read him mission two.

I asked him what what his favorite sweet treat was and he listed off a couple before deciding on drawing a cupcake.

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When we moved on to discuss what supplies we needed, I told K that we didn’t have the ingredients for cupcakes, but we did have the ingredients for peanut butter cookies. He was more than okay with that!

Before we got started making the cookies I read the verse and we talked about how God’s Word is sweet like cookies. With K being only three, we also had to back track a little and review how the Bible is God’s words to us.

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Then we got to baking!

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For a young child like K, I am able to adjust the devotionals to discuss the topic as we do the activity. However, for an older child you can let them loose to do the mission on their own and then sit down afterwards to discuss the devotional. It’s very easy to adjust for age differences! IMG_6249 Once the cookies were done we had to try one of course! This was another good opportunity to talk about the verse.

After he took a few bits of his cookie, we did the extension activity. This activity takes the discussion a slightly different direction. We compared the taste of the sweet cookie to the sour taste of vinegar.

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He had no idea what he was about to taste. As soon as he took a sip, he said “That’s gross! I need water!” 🙂

We talked about how we can have sweet words and say the good things God wants us to say or we can say mean things that are like something sour. It was definitely a memorable experience!


 

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Summer Search for God – Week One – Build a Fort

*UPDATE*
As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

Join me as I blog through Summer Search for God

For eight weeks this Summer I will be blogging through my eBook, Summer Search for God. I want to be able to give some more examples of how you can do the activities, so I will be sharing how me and K go through the devotional.

I’d love for you to join us! If you don’t already have the book, grab it here for free. Then, share how you are rocking the missions using the hashtag #summersearchforGod on Instagram or Twitter. If you write a blog post on your experience, please leave a link in the comments!


 

 

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Mission Description

For this mission you need to build a fort. Make sure to build it big enough for you and anyone who is joining you to be able to fit inside. You will also want to make sure it is sturdy and doesn’t fall down. What building material you use is up to you. Use whatever you have available. Once your fort is constructed you may want to bring some necessities inside, such as blankets, pillows, books, and a snack.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2 NIV

What We Did

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First, I explained to K what was going on and I read the mission to him. Then I read the verse (shortening it a little for him) and talked a little about how God is like a fortress/fort.

Then I asked him what kind of fort he wanted to build (“we’re going to do it today, Mom?!”). He said he wanted to build a tree house. I told him that probably wasn’t going to happen, but he could still draw his idea.

After he drew his tree house, we talked about building a blanket fort and I helped him think through how he’d do that. Then, he drew a blanket fort. After he was done drawing, I did the writing for him in the last two sections.

Then, we built a fort!

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Once the fort was up, I surprised him with a nerf gun attack! (Easily his favorite part!)

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Afterwards, we settled in the fort with a snack and revisited the verse we read. I asked K if I was able to shoot him with the nerf gun when he was inside the fort. He said no and we talked about how God is like a fort because he protects us and keeps us safe – just like his fort kept him safe from the nerf gun.

At three, K is at the young end of age to do Summer Search for God, so I do have to simplify some things for him. However, thats one of the benefits of the devotional – it can easily be adapted for every age in your family!

Do you have your copy?

Grab one here and get all the missions, journal pages, and the parent debrief files.

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Summer Search For God – A New Series for Summer and Free eBook!

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As of 5/9/16 this eBook is now available in an updated version in the shop here

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Are you looking for a way to intentionally bring God into your child’s Summer, while still having loads of Summer fun? Look no further!

I’ve created a brand new devotional eBook that will help you do just that! I will be releasing portions of the eight devotionals each week beginning in June, but for a limited time you can get the whole eBook completely free just for being a Simple Life. Messy Life. subscriber!

In The International Bible Investigators and the Summer Search for God, you’ll find everything you need to guide your child through eight weeks of Summer fun that will also point him or her to God.

This eBook is not your average children’s devotional. It is what I have coined an “adventure devotional.” 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 an adventure devotional is to bring God’s Word off the page and into life experiences that will stick with your children for years to come.

The setting of this adventure is that your child is a brand new recruit for the International Bible Investigators. Before your child can take a position as a special agent for the I.B.I., he must first complete eight training missions. The goal of this training is to learn to find God in everyday life. Each mission is based on a fun Summer activity that can be connected with learning something about God.

Here’s all the week’s activities!

Week 1 – Build a Fort

Week 2 – Make a Special Treat

Week 3 – Go for a Hike

Week 4 – Create a Masterpiece

Week 5 – Go on a Treasure Hunt

Week 6 – Get Wet

Week 7 – Conduct a Science Experiment

Week 8 – Do a Random Act of Kindness

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