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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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.

craft to go along with being patient

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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Traveling With Kids – The ULTIMATE Round-Up of Ideas, Tips, and Tricks

Traveling With Kids The ULTIMATE

Coming up soon we are headed out on a two week trip to visit family. Between the drive from Mississippi to the midwest, the drives between locations in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan, and the drive back home we will end up spending about FOURTY-FOUR hours in the car!

If we are going to survive the trip with a preschooler and a baby, I knew I needed to do some preparation! So, I wanted to share with you some of the great tips I’ve found as I’ve researched how to get through this trip with my sanity still intact.

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Travel Necessities

There are some things you just shouldn’t leave home without! Check out these four lists and you’ll have your bases covered for sure!

Eight Summer Travel Bag Necessities – Don’t forget a thing with these eight traveling necessities.

10 Things Moms Should Never Leave Behind… While Road-Tripping with Kids – I love the idea t0 bring flashlights in the car!

Ten Must Haves to Keep in Your Car if You Have Kids… especially #2 – Great ideas for road trips and every day car rides!

Road Trip Essentials – Great list of important things to keep on hand in the car. I love the idea to keep them in a bin.

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General Tips and Ideas

Get some advice from mama’s who are pros at the art of the long road trip. With this many tips, you’re bound to find something to give you a little peace and quiet!

20 best ideas, activities, and resources for road trips with kids – Great little round-up of ideas.

The ultimate guide: 50 tips, tricks & ideas for road trips with kids – A huge list of all kinds of tips. So many good ideas!

40+ Tips for Road Trips with Toddlers & Preschoolers – Lots of great ideas for the little ones.

10 Things to Do Before Your Next Road Trip – Lots of good reminders, plus a handy printable checklist!

Cookie Sheet Travel Fun – Awesome ideas on how to use a metal cookie sheet for hours of entertainment.

Car Hacks for Happy Kids – Three nifty ideas that could save a lot of stress. I especially like the second one!

Traveling with Children – Some great tips for keeping your sanity while traveling with kids. I especially like her ideas for during pit stops!

4 Tips that will Change Everything When Traveling with Kids – Some good advice on traveling, accommodations, and sight seeing.

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Keeping Kids Entertained

Sitting in one place for hours and hours is not most kids idea of a super fun time. So, the key to road trip success is to bring along some great road trip entertainment!

Traveling with Kids? Don’t Leave Home without this Idea! – Who would have thought a sticky note could achieve so much?!

DIY Kids Travel Activity Kits – How to pack the perfect kit for your kid!

Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Free Printable – I’m definitely going tho print this fun game out for our trip!

Traveling With Young Kids | Homemade Activity Book Idea – What a great idea for keeping the crayons organized!

Make Your Own Kid’s Travel Binder – A great idea to use dry erase markers and page protectors in a travel binder!

Traveling with Kids – Montessori-Inspired Activities – Portable Montessori activities? Yes, please!

Holiday Air Travel with Toddlers: Packing Entertainment Items – Super detailed post on what to pack to keep young kids entertained during travel.

Road Trip Binder for Kids – Really detailed road trip binders. With printables!

How to Prepare for a Road Trip with Kids: Keeping Them Entertained – Some great tips for keeping kids busy in the car. I love the organization ideas!

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Packing

From what to pack in the suitcase to how to fit it all in the car, these ideas have got you covered!

How to Pack for a Long Trip with a Baby and Toddler {Free Printable Packing List!} – When you are already lugging around your little ones, the last thing you need is a ton of luggage to carry too. Here’s how to get it all in one carryon!

Our Christmas + Tips for Packing & Traveling With Kids – Great ideas for keeping the kids things organized!

Traveling with kids – Packing the Car Tips and Tricks – Keep it all organized in the car!

How to Have a Successful Road Trip With Young Children: Pack an Emergency Box – I never would have thought of this!

How to Pack Your Car for a Road Trip – Once you’ve got it all packed up, you’ve got to figure out how go get it all in the car! Here’s some tips!

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Food

For our last big road trip I finally decided to pack food instead of stopping along the way – it was revolutionary! It saved us tons of time and our tummies thanked us greatly! Wondering how to make it work? Try one of these posts for some great ideas.

Eating on the Road: Meals and Snacks – A comprehensive post of ideas for eating on the go.

5 Things I Learned From Feeding My Family Real Food On The Road – Traveling while eating a restrictive, real food diet? Totally possible!

Real Food Road Trip – The why and the how for packing real food on the road.

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Flying with Kids

While we aren’t flying this time, I’ve been there before and it can be really hard! I’m definitely going to have to remember some of these tips for next time!

7 Tips for Traveling with Small Children {It Can Be Done!} – I especially love the first tip!

Toddler Airplane Activities and Tips – How to survive the airport with little ones.

17 Tips for Flying with Kids – Some great tips, plus a pre travel pep talk!

Traveling with Creative Kids: 10 Things to Pack in Your Child’s Carry-On (Preschool Age) – Some great ideas of what to bring along for the plane ride.

Tips for Traveling with Kids: From the Experts… Expat Moms! – Tips from someone with tons of experience.

50 Kid Friendly Airplane Snacks – Cause no one wants a hungry, cranky kid on the plane!

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International Travel

Now I’m really just dreaming! I’d love to travel abroad some day though. If you’re lucky enough to travel the world with your kiddos, here’s some great tips for getting it done!

Get the Passports Ready! 14 Things To Know About International Travel with Kids (& Why You Should Give It a Try!) – Great advice from a family that has done it!

You Can Travel the World with Kids and Enjoy It – Great advice for general travel too.

Travel Tips: Traveling Abroad with Kids – Very detailed information. Also, can I go to Italy now!?

 

 

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

*UPDATE*
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

Does this sound like something your family would enjoy this Summer? Enter your e-mail below to grab your free copy now!

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