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Aren’t we blessed? We’ve been given so much, but sometimes we forget to acknowledge those blessings and the One who gave them. Do you want to help your child feel (and express) more gratitude?

Although I created this activity during the summer months, I thought November would be a perfect time to share with you a fun way to help your little one focus on being thankful for everything he’s been blessed with. This idea can be used anytime of year, and is a great take-along activity for when you need something to keep your child busy and quiet. I’ve also used it in my Bible class for when the children were just arriving.

Set-up is easy. Simply make a list of things your child is/should be thankful for, and search free clip-art for pictures to represent each item on the list. Put them all into a document and print them out.

gratitude game

For our game, I included a variety of material blessings, like houses, vehicles, toys, and books, as well as relational blessings like parents, grandparents, siblings, and pets. Some were very general, like sunshine and rain, while others were specific to my daughter, like her favorites foods (rice, bananas, and ice cream), her dog, and her two brothers and one sister. Some pictures represented physical blessings like a comfortable bed to sleep in, clothes to wear, and food to eat, while other icons stood for spiritual blessings like Christ, His Word (the Bible), and His church. (I used a building to represent the church, but wish I’d shown a group of people instead, for a more accurate representation.) I intentionally made the drawing of Jesus twice as big as all the others, and we talked about how none of the rest of them would mean much without HIM. His sacrifice for us is the greatest blessing we have!

Next, laminate the pages you printed and cut them out, adding a small magnet piece to the back of each.

magnetic pieces for gratitude game

Now, it’s your child’s turn! If you have a white board or some other large magnetic surface, great. But even a cookie sheet works in a pinch, and is nice for when you need this activity to be portable. Plus, it’s the perfect size for your child’s lap!

playing the gratitude game

My daughter was a young four when I made this for her, but it would work well for just about any age of young child. Simply give yours the pieces and allow him to choose which ones he’s thankful for. (Yes, eventually he’ll pick them all.) Each time he adds one to the board, have him tell you what it is and why he’s thankful for it. If you have tailored this to your child’s life, it should be very natural for him to express thanksgiving for each blessing, and it’s a great way to improve his verbal abilities while he has fun and focuses on all God’s done for him. Win, win, win!

One last note…Be sure you don’t use activities like this only at Thanksgiving time. We should be teaching our children that we are blessed all year, and we need to be grateful all year.

Enjoy learning together!

This is the final post in a series of apple-themed lessons and activities. I hope you’ve enjoyed them all so far, and want to share a few more ideas today as we wrap up.

Memory work:

We memorized Psalm 17:8 (NIV):

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”

We learned this verse the first day, and said it often during our Apple Week. Be sure your child understands the meaning of this verse, and how very special she is in God’s eyes!

Craft:

Anything with paint goes over big at our house, and this craft was no exception. I simply gave Remi a paper plate and some red paint and let her go to town on it…

painting apple craft

…and then we added a letter “a” (from a template downloaded from Confessions of a Homeschooler) which I printed on white paper, to represent the apple’s flesh. We glued on some of the seeds we’d extracted from a real apple during snack time, and then I gave her some green and brown construction paper so she could make a stem and leaf. Apparently, she got them a little backwards…but how cute is that?

apple seed craft

Drawing:

With each theme we do, I have Remi draw a picture to add to her notebook. Here’s her rendition of an apple:

apple drawing

Dictation:

Next, I had my little one explain to me how to make an apple pie. As she dictated the instructions, I wrote them down on this printable from Homeschool Share. It was intended to be a mini-book that could be added to a lapbook, but I thought it was cute “as is” for her notebook, so we went with this:

Apple pie instructions

Do-a-dot:

I often throw in a do-a-dot activity with each theme, just for fun, such as this apple do-a-dot worksheet from DLTK:

A is for apple do-a-dot

Non-traditional coloring? Yes, please!

Be sure to check out the other apple posts in this series, and let me know if you used any of these ideas, or plan to.

Apple Science

Apple Bible Lesson

Apple Math

Apple Snacks

Apple Story Time

Well, that wraps up our apple theme.

Enjoy learning together!

Today seems like a great day to share some of the pumpkin activities we’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks. First, and most important, here’s a fun Bible lesson you can do with your children while you carve your pumpkins. As you scoop out the pumpkin “guts,” explain that those are like the sins in our lives—yucky, stinky, and disgusting!

pumpkin guts--sin in our lives

As babies, we are created pure and clean by God. But eventually, we begin to understand the difference between right and wrong. As we get older, we begin to sin, and our lives get more and more full of that yucky, STINKY sin.

stinky sin, like pumpkin guts

However, as we get to know God and His will better by reading His Word (Romans 10:17), we begin to understand how our sin hurts God, and it makes us incredibly sad. The Bible calls this being “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37).

cut to the heart--pumpkin Bible lesson

Once we get to that point, we desperately want to DO something about all that rotten sin we are carrying around, but we can’t do it on our own. We need Jesus to remove all those stinky sins for us!

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Sin is like those stinky pumpkin guts–and we need JESUS to remove it for us!

As you talk with your children, be sure they know HOW this happens. Here is a fantastic explanation of how to be saved—according to God’s plan, not man’s. Not only does it contain relevant Scriptures, but the analogies of the sandwich and the door are excellent, and your child will easily understand them! Once we are saved, Jesus’ light begins to shine in us. (II Corinthians 4:6)

Jesus' light shines in us!

In fact, once we become Christians, people who look at us shouldn’t see “the old us” anymore. They should see the light of Jesus shining whenever they look at us. (Matthew 5:16)

People should see the light of Jesus when they look at us

Please note that I am NOT indicating that young children are ready to be saved, or even have such a need. In every single example in the Bible, those who became Christians were older. But, now is absolutely the time to be teaching your young children about God’s plan of salvation, because 1) they’re going to need to follow this plan themselves, eventually, and 2) they’ll hear a whole lot of conflicting information from the world, and need to know what the Bible really says. If you finish your Bible lesson and haven’t completely lost your appetite from the gunk you handled, you and your child can whip up a yummy dessert: pumpkin pie minis. You can find the recipe here, and then gather up these items, plus some milk to make the pudding:

pumpkin pie minis, ingredients

Once you provide the ingredients, your little one can prepare a lot of this dessert by himself, mixing the milk and pudding mix with a whisk, and stiring spoonfuls of pudding and pumpkin filling into the mini-crusts. If you use Cool Whip instead of whipped cream, he could even add a dollop to each mini, and they’ll be ready to eat immediately!

pumpkin pie minis

My daughter was so proud to serve these to her family, and their response provided great reinforcement for her efforts. If you want something even easier, you can try something like this mix for pumpkin spice cookies:

pumpkin spice cookie mix

Yes, I realize you could start from scratch…but when I saw this mix at Aldi for less than $2.00, I knew it would be fun to let Remi have a project she could help with that would yield super-quick results.

pumpkin spice cookies--kid baked

As you may have guessed, all these cookies came from kid-rolled balls. And they were delicious! We put some cream cheese frosting on some of them, but they were eaten up before I could get a picture. (Imagine that!) Finally, here’s a fun and easy pumpkin art project your little one can do. Get out your supply of old acrylic paints…you know, the ones you collected a decade or two ago and still have sitting around, just in case? (Yeah, those.) Put down some newspaper, or go outside—or both, as we did—and grab a few of the mini pumpkins you couldn’t resist on your last grocery trip.

pumpkin painting

And now the fun begins! Simply shake up some paint, hand it over to your child, and let the squeezing begin.

easy pumpkin painting

Remi had fun choosing the colors and layering them on her little pumpkins. It was a great way to keep her happy while older siblings were actually getting to carve their bigger ones.

pumkin art

At this point, your child could add glitter, googly eyes, or whatever else her little heart desires…but we thought these were beautiful just as they were.

kid art--painted pumpkins

I’ve seen these all over Pinterest, but will give credit to Time to Play since her blog was the first place I saw them. Of course, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to complete your pumpkin study with a trip to your local pumpkin patch!

pumpkin patch

Be sure to check out this post for Halloween fun for your child. Enjoy learning together,

So far this week, I’ve shared some fun Apple Math ideas and Apple Snack ideas, and today I want to share an apple-related Bible lesson on the Trinity. (Please note that this post contains affiliate links. You can read my disclosure here.)

The concept of three Persons in one God can can be difficult to understand, even for adults. How in the world do you explain it to a young child?

The answer: Read them this book!

It’s the best book for children I’ve ever seen on this subject.

3 in 1: A Picture of God does a great job of explaining what tends to be a tricky concept for all of us, and the best part is that once you read it, you can go back and review the subject every time you cut open an apple! The skin, flesh, and core (together, ONE apple) will always remind your child (and you!) that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are ONE God serving different functions.

Of course, the moment we finished the book, we pulled out an apple and cut it in half to examine the different parts.

parts of apple

We reviewed the function of each part, and then I had her tell me how God is like an apple and how the different Persons of the Godhead function in our lives.

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Do you know of an effective way to explain the Godhead? Please share any you’ve used with success in the comments section below.

Update: You might also want to check out three more posts in this series: Apple Science, Ten Apples Up on Top, and Apple Wrap-up.

Enjoy learning together!

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Abraham follows God, I thought I’d share some of the activities we did a couple of years ago while learning the related story of God fulfilling his promise to give Abraham children, starting with Baby Isaac. Remi was three when we did these, and they should be perfect for your younger students.

Here, Remi shows how many children Abraham had, even though he was already 99 years old:

No children for Abraham

I also had her show me with her face how that made him feel, but then we talked about how God had a plan for Abraham. As we went through the story, she worked on this craft:

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, & stars

(I’m usually meticulous about record keeping, but for the life of me, I can’t find where I got this. So…if you happen to recognize it, please let me know so I can give due credit.)

The star strips made for great cutting practice for little hands…..

cutting stars

…..and once they were all cut out and colored, she glued them onto construction paper around the pictures of Abraham’s family as a reminder of God’s promise.

Remember God's promise to Abraham

While she glued, we discussed the fact that each time Abraham looked up at the night sky, he had a powerful reminder that God keeps His promises. It’s hard to imagine that he ever saw stars without thinking about that.

I wanted to impress on her how old Abraham was when Isaac was finally born, so I had her clap with me while I counted from one to 100.

Clapping to 100--Abraham's age

Her hands got tired…and she got the point. Abraham had to be patient and wait a long time…and sometimes, so do we.

Here, Remi shows me (during our review time) what Sarah did when she heard she’d finally have a baby:

Sarah laughs when she hears she's having a baby

Of course, we finished up the lesson by finding a baby to represent Isaac and taking care of him as Sarah would have done.

Baby Isaac (?!)

(Could I have chosen a worse representation of a baby boy?)

taking care of baby Isaac

As she was rocking and holding her baby, I asked Remi to tell me the best gifts God has given her. Her answer:

“A dog, a room, a fan, plants, books, toys, my family, and a bed.

Oh, and flowers. All in that order.”

Next, I asked, “What are some things you want God to give you?” Her answer:

“Buckets, a lake with ducks, and a huge kitchen, just for me.

So I can cook real food. And you can help me.

How ’bout it?”

Remember: You want your child to learn the Bible story, but you always want him to understand how it applies to his life, too. God never breaks His promises. He delights in blessing us. We can trust Him!

You can find this Bible story in Genesis 15:1-6 (promise of innumerable descendants), Genesis 18:1-15 (promise of Isaac) and Genesis 21:1-8 (birth of Isaac).

Enjoy learning together!

We learn such important lessons from the life of Abraham, and you can make his story come alive for your child by acting out the events and then enjoying some relevant games, snacks, and crafts together. Here’s how we did it:

First, I had Remi roll up her little Disney princess sleeping bag (although I’m sure that’s not what Abraham used!) and pack it in a bag as we talked about God telling Abraham to leave his home and travel to a new country. We talked about how she’d feel if she suddenly needed to leave our town, but didn’t know where she was going. I then blindfolded her and said I wanted her to go somewhere, but that I couldn’t tell her where just yet. I had her “wander” around the house for quite a while so she could experience a feeling of uncertainty. Of course, I guided her as necessary…

following even when we can't see where we're going

…until she ended up at the child-size tent I’d put in the game room. Note that the tent was NOT set up—she had to do that herself. (Yes, I helped.) And while she worked, we talked about what it would have been like for Abraham to have to set up and take down his tent all over again every time he stopped.

Once the tent was all set up, she rolled out her sleeping bag and got in. (You can do this activity even if you don’t have a tent. Just put some sheets or blankets over a table or some chairs and roll a sleeping bag out underneath it.)

tent dweller

As you can see above, our snack for this morning (since we were “traveling”) was Trail Mix…of course.

After going through the process of rolling her sleeping bag up and packing it back in her bag, we played a game of Follow the Leader. As we played, we talked about the importance of paying careful attention to and following God’s instructions exactly.

For our first craft, Remi squeezed out some gluey stars onto black construction paper, to represent the stars God had Abraham look up at in the sky.

While she did this, we talked about God’s promise to bless Abraham with more descendants than he could count–even more than the stars in the sky. She sprinkled salt all over the glue stars to make them “shine,” and we used a white crayon to write “Abraham Trusted God” on the black paper.

The preceding ideas (activity, snack, game, and craft) were adapted from this site

Next we sang this song to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell:”

Abram followed God, Abram followed God

He traveled here, he traveled there.

Abram followed God.

Then we worked on a cute, cut-and-fold tent for Abraham and Sarah. This craft provided lots of great practice cutting, gluing, folding, and following directions.

Go here for the free printable and instructions.

We also did a super-simple, just-for-fun craft where she colored a picture of Abraham and glued on some cotton for his hair and beard.

As you can see, my daughter is not much into coloring; she tends to just want to rush through it to get it over with. But honestly, sometimes you want to save your color printer ink, and sometimes you just need something they can do with complete independence so you can cook lunch, right? He almost looks more like Santa, and I have no idea what’s up with the green face and blue eyebrows–??? (Just keepin’ it real here, friends.) Oh, and you can find an Abraham image any number of places on the internet, I’m sure. I got mine here.

(If your child is really into those cotton balls, you can also print this picture of a ram to use when teaching about Abraham offering up Isaac.)

I typically introduce a new Bible story one day, do some related activities, and then have one or more days of reviewing the same story with other activities. On our follow-up day for Abraham, we gathered together these items for our morning snack:

Remi spread the frosting onto the edges of the graham crackers and “set up a tent” for Abraham and Sarah. She loved that she could prepare this snack by herself, and became a hero to her siblings when she made edible tents for them, as well.

Abraham's tent snack

For another really simple craft, I printed out a picture from Bible Fun for Kids and had her add shiny stars all over it as we reviewed God’s special promise to Abraham. (Notice I didn’t even bother to have her color the picture this time. She glued it onto some colored construction paper and we called it good.)

Count the stars

Sometimes the simplest activities are best for giving you time to talk with your child about the lesson. This one provides a great opportunity to remind your child about God’s promises for us, and to discuss the fact that we can’t even imagine all the ways He plans to bless us–just like Abraham couldn’t possibly count all those stars.

Once it gets dark, take your little one outside and ask her to try it for herself. Though she won’t be able to count all the stars, you’ll be surprised at how much of the story she can recite back to you once she’s thinking about it again.

We also added Lot and Baby Isaac to her cut-outs from the previous day. (Her hands were tired from cutting, so we split this activity up into two days.) I wish I’d taken pictures of her playing with these.

Abraham and Lot

In fact, I wish I’d taken video, so you could see how much she got into playing with this set. The characters were talking and acting out the events of the Bible story, which made for a highly effective review!

For our game on follow-up day, I put the blindfold back on and gave her lots of different instructions…very quietly. She had to listen carefully to my voice so she’d know what to do. We talked about how Abraham listened to God’s instructions, and about how God speaks to us today (through His Word, the Bible), and how important it is to listen and follow His directions. We can’t follow if we don’t listen!

For our final craft, Remi made her own suitcase, since we were on the subject of traveling. Set-up was easy: She chose a color of file folder, and I just cut some handles into it. We talked about what things Abraham might have packed for his journey, and then I gave her some magazines and let her cut out pictures of things she thought she’d like to pack for a long trip.

packing Abraham's suitcase

I love that she was practical enough to include things like vitamins, toilet paper, and our dog, but still made room in her suitcase for plenty of purses, shoes, and jewelry. Typical little girl, huh?

suitcase craft

Can you tell she loved this activity?

Next, I gave her some stickers so she could decorate the outside of the suitcase–again, it kept her busy while I made lunch. As you can see, once she got started…

sticker fun

…she went a little nuts with the stickers! But look how proud she is of the final product:

suitcase stickers

I adapted the suitcase idea from here–a post which had nothing to do with Abraham. You don’t have to use ONLY Bible-lesson-specific ideas to supplement your Bible lessons. Any related activity that gives you a chance to talk more about the story can work.

You might also want to try these fun paper plate hats with your child, or use these timeline cards to make a mini-book, or for a sequencing activity, or as writing practice.

No matter what activities u choose to enjoy, be sure your child knows that this is a TRUE story and that it comes from the Bible. You can find it in Genesis 12:1-9 (leaving home to follow God) and Genesis 15:1-6 (promise of many descendants).

Update: Want to continue learning about Abraham? Check out our lesson on Baby Isaac right here!

I’d love to hear how you’ve taught this story, so feel free to leave a comment below.

Enjoy learning together!

In Genesis 11:1-9 we find the story of The Tower of Babel. It’s a story about a group of people who tried to rebel against God’s plan for them. It’s a story of how God thwarted their efforts. And it’s a great reminder for young and old alike that we need to do things God’s way, whether we understand them or not!

Remi and I had a great time learning about The Tower of Babel through fun activities and snacks. Here’s what we did; I hope you enjoy this story, too!

Bible:

Of course, the very first thing we always do is read the Bible story. It’s important to teach your little one WHY it was wrong for the people to build the tower. Way back in Genesis 1, God had said (in verse 28) to “fill the earth.” We talked about the house we recently built, and how silly it would be to have all this space but spend all our time crammed together in one room. In the same way, God had created a great big world as a home for the people he made, and He wanted them to spread out! But, they refused, and chose to do things their own way, until God took over and did it for them. (v. 8 “So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth…..”)

Movement:

As a movement activity, we played a game I made up called “Stop and Scatter.” When I called “STOP!” Remi had to freeze in one place to show how the people disobeyed God by refusing to fill the earth. When I called out “SCATTER!” she moved all around the house from one place to another to show how the people should have obeyed God . She loved this and it provided a great opportunity to contrast obedience and disobedience. (Plus, I love games that require no supplies and no advance preparation!)

"Scattering" like God said to do...

“Scattering” like God said to do…

(And no, the princess dress had nothing to do with the Bible story OR the activity. She just tends to wear them around the house and on this day her sister had made her a crown to go along with the dress.)

Math/Science:

We did a couple of fun, easy activities to reinforce the story. First, I cut some strips of construction paper in various lengths and had Remi arrange the pieces in order, from longest (on the bottom) to shortest (on the top), which created a tower shape. I printed the words of Genesis 11:4 on the bottom of a piece of paper and she glued the strips onto this background. (I got the idea here.) This was a good visual discrimination activity, as well, and squeezing glue from a bottle is great for those little hand muscles. (If your child is very young, glue sticks are a safe and easy alternative.)

Next, I did the obvious. I pulled out our big tub of wooden blocks and let her go to town building her own tower. Of course, she didn’t get to finish it, just like the people in the land of Shinar weren’t allowed to finish theirs! Remember to review the Bible story with every activity you do together. Building time is a great time for your little one to tell the story back to you!

Just for fun:

I told Remi I really needed her help. I then gave her several requests and instructions, but all were in a foreign language. (I spoke Dutch to her, but you could use any foreign language you know. And don’t worry if you aren’t bilingual. You can always speak Pig Latin!) This illustrated for her how it would have been impossible for the people to work together successfully once God confused their language.

Snack time:

For our snack we made Tower of Babel Nachos! We started with some bricks (tortilla chips) and mortar (grated cheese):

Bricks and mortar for our tower

Bricks and mortar for our tower

We used our building materials to carefully construct a big tower of yummy nachos to share with the rest of the family.

Tower of Babel Nachos

Tower of Babel Nachos

This Bible story is great for reinforcing importance concepts like obeying, trusting God’s plan, and following His instructions. Talk about these concepts with your child as you enjoy the various activities together, and please let me know how they go if you try any of my ideas with your little ones.

Enjoy learning together!

Noah’s Ark

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Bible Learning Fun
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Young children never seem to tire of hearing the story of Noah, the ark he built, and the animals God saved during the Great Flood. Following are several activities you can use to reinforce this incredible story of faith and obedience with your favorite preschooler.

When we were learning about Noah’s Ark, the first thing we did (as always) was read the story from Remi’s Bible. (It starts in Genesis 6.) Then, we crafted a paper plate ark and a few pairs of animals to go inside it. I printed the animals and cut them out ahead of time (just because I knew we’d be limited on time that day) and Remi painted the ark and rainbow, and glued the animals onto craft sticks. Here’s how her finished product looked:

(You can find the free templates here.) First, she painted the rainbow and we glued it onto a paper plate. I adapted the craft by NOT printing the lower half of the ark; I simply cut a second plate in half and let her paint it brown.

Attaching that to the other plate created a pocket, perfect for inserting the animal pairs as we talked about them boarding the ark. Remi was so proud of her creation, and told the story over and over as she played with this throughout the day—a great built-in review!

Our snack for this story? You guessed it: animal crackers!

We did some animal puzzles while we talked about the animals that were brought into the ark. Many children’s Bible story books inaccurately picture Noah out rounding up animals and dragging them back to the ark, so while we “worked” we discussed the fact that the Bible says God brought the animals to Noah. He didn’t have to hunt them down!

We also played with our Noah’s ark matching cards, and had fun giving names to the boy/girl pairs and making various animal sounds while we played.

For a movement activity, Remi pretended to be different animals boarding the ark. If I called out “kangaroo,” she would hop. If I called out “snake,” she’d slither on her belly. She crawled slowly like a turtle, lumbered like an elephant, waddled like a penguin, and more. Watching her interpretations of some animals was a riot!

Next we got out our Noah’s ark play set and worked on matching and naming all the different pairs of animals.

We ended up leaving this out all week, and she would sit down and play around with it several times a day.

There are many important character qualities you can emphasize with your child while learning about Noah: faithfulness, obedience, trust in God, being a hard worker, standing “alone” for God, and more. Our kids need good heroes, and Noah can certainly be one of them!

(I’ll add more of our Noah activities when I post about the letter N.)

Be sure to follow this lesson with one on God’s Rainbow Promise.

Enjoy learning together!

We had a great time learning about the promise God made to Noah to never again destroy the whole earth with a flood. Genesis 9 tells us how He set His rainbow in the clouds as a reminder of that promise.

I’ll share here all the fun things we did to go along with this Bible story, including a craft, a game, a snack, a project, and a simple science experiment, as well as activities for nature discovery and visual discrimination. Are you ready?

Game: Rainbow m&m Sort

I got the template for this printout here, and—as is often the case—I adapted it before printing and laminating. Since my daughter is only three, I skipped the die-rolling component for now, and just let her match up the m&m colors to the rainbow template. (You could have your child roll a die to determine which color gets placed if you want to make it a little more challenging. I decided to save that for later.)

I told Remi she could eat the brown ones, since they weren’t needed for the game. In the end, most of what she did was place the candy—whatever color she happened to pick up—onto the rainbow for about two seconds, and then pop it into her mouth when she thought I wasn’t looking! The first time not many m&m’s ended up on the template, but when we pulled this activity out again the next day, she filled up the whole rainbow—and felt a great sense of accomplishment when it was completed!  This game was just plain fun, but was also great practice for visual discrimination (and yes, even self-control!)

Does she really think I don’t know what’s in her mouth?

Craft: A Rainbow in the Clouds

This was a simple craft, but it provided a great opportunity to review the Bible story while we “worked.”

Where did God put His rainbow? What does it mean? Will we ever have a flood again? (Yes, but it won’t destroy the whole world.)

We turned these…..

…into THIS—a beautiful rainbow in the clouds, and a creation for a little one to be very proud of.

We even picked out her dress in honor of this Bible story!

Remi loves using my paper trimmer—with my supervision and help, of course—so I let her help me get the strips of construction paper ready.

Squeezing out all that glue before adding the cotton-ball clouds is a perfect workout for those little hand muscles!

Gluing on the paper strips gave us a chance to talk about the colors of a rainbow, i.e. that every rainbow consists of the same colors, that they are always in the same order, and what that order is. No, I don’t expect her to memorize the correct order right now! (But you may be ready to do that with your child, depending on his age.)

Snack: Rainbow Sherbet

This one was a no-brainer! It was yummy, something we don’t usually keep in the house, and super quick and easy.  And no, we didn’t eat it the same day we worked with the m&m’s…..

Science experiment: Milk Rainbows

I’m a firm believer that there are only two reasons to do science with young children. One is to expose them to evidence of the all-powerful God who created everything in existence, and the other is just to have FUN! Please don’t make the mistake of making science a chore for your little one. Let her experiment, play, and have fun!

And if you’re learning about God’s rainbow promise, why not start by making milk rainbows? I’ve seen activities like this all over the internet (like here and here). We adapted ours this way:

1. I put some milk in a shallow dish. (I chose a white one so the colors would really show up.)

2. I let my girls add a few drops each of red, yellow, and blue food coloring to the milk.

3. We let it spread for a few seconds, then added a drop of liquid dish soap in the middle. Here’s what happened:

(There were lots of oohs and ahhs!)

4. I let Remi turn the dish slightly to swirl the colors around in the milk.

5. My 10-year-old daughter was watching us do this experiment, so I explained to her what was happening: The fat and protein molecules were moving around in reaction to the dish soap we added, and the food coloring allowed us to see the movement of the molecules. If you are doing this only with a young child, you may want to simply tell him that there are things going on all around us that we don’t even notice, but that God can see everything and He knows what’s happening, even when we can’t see it. (Or, just let him enjoy the pretty colors and swirls!) Simple and fun…

I also showed Remi how, if we hold a CD up to the sunlight, we can see the light reflecting off of it in rainbow colors. (She thought that was pretty cool!)  How’s that for a zero cost, zero prep science activity?

Visual Discrimination Activity: Pompom Sort

I gave Remi a divided tray and an assortment of rainbow-colored pompoms in three different sizes and let her sort them into compartments by color. (We used a sorting tray made just for these kinds of activities, but you could use a muffin pan, egg carton, divided craft box, or whatever you have available. Pompoms can usually be found at the dollar store, but you could substitute beads, buttons, etc.)

This was a little too quick and easy for her, but after she got them all sorted, she asked for some tongs so she could do it again with more of a challenge. Doing it this way provided great motor skills practice, too. (These are regular kitchen tongs I got from the dollar store just for Remi to use.)

Next she wanted an empty water bottle to put the pompoms in, which is great “work” for developing hand-eye coordination. **HINT: Follow your child’s lead and let him take the activities you plan in the right direction for him.**

Project: String Rainbow Cereal

This one is a classic. I’m pretty sure there’s a rule somewhere that says that at some point, your child has to string cereal pieces together to make a necklace. (Right?) Besides, it’s great for your little one’s hand-eye coordination, and something that can be done fairly independently.

You only need two ingredients: Fruit Loop-type cereal, and something on which to string it, like a shoelace or a piece of yarn. I used a lace from a sewing card set we own, and tied a big knot in the end to get her started (so the pieces wouldn’t slip off).

Granted, at times there seemed to be more of this going on…..

…..than this:

There were even times that both were happening simultaneously.

In the end, Remi decided she didn’t want it to be a necklace after all. She considered a headband…..

…..but opted instead for something she could swing around and around to get the dog’s attention. (???)  Again, whatever she chose was fine with me. The point was to give her the experience and let her get creative with it.

And now, for my favorite of all the Rainbow-Promise-related activities we enjoyed:

Nature and Movement Activity: Rainbow Walk

This is a great way to get outside with your little one and take a closer look at God’s beautiful creation. It requires no advanced planning or preparation, and all you need is your child and a camera. Just throw on some flip-flops and head outdoors with your little tyke and the goal of finding every color of the rainbow in nature.

This was a great opportunity to review which colors comprise a rainbow, and we didn’t even make it to the end of our block before finding every single one of them. Remi had a great time hunting for the different colors and taking some of her own pictures. I encouraged her to look beyond the flower beds and notice colors all around her. Here’s a sample of what we found for each—in proper rainbow order, of course!

Variations:

If the weather’s bad, you could do this same activity inside your home.

You could skip the camera and simply find the colors, or take a clipboard and some crayons along and have your child draw each object she finds.

Or, you could take a piece of paper in each color outside with you, and have your little one attach something she finds in each color to the proper page.

Get creative if you want to! I’m all for simple, but you could take this fun activity as far as you choose.

I hope you enjoy experiencing these activities with a little one you love, but even more, I encourage you to use them to reinforce a beautiful story of God’s promise to all mankind.

(This lesson makes a great follow-up to our Noah’s ark activities.)

Enjoy learning together!