Thursday, May 24, 2012

Messy Party

I hosted a messy party last summer. Since I didn't have a blog then, I never posted pictures from it. All the kids AND adults had a blast! Enjoy!

We invited kids from the neighborhood. The ages of kids ranged from 1 to 6. It was nice to have a variety because the younger ones were afraid to get messy until they saw the older kids doing it.

I am a very simple person and I keep everything as easy as possible. Simple invitations and no decorations (kids don't notice anyways).

Finger painted invites.

Shaving Cream Table

Sand Table

Painting with Pudding
I prepared small Dixie cups of chocolate pudding for each child.

String with clothespins to dry.


Mini Pools
The pool water got messy fast!

Goo Table

Recipe on, I left out the food coloring.

Strawberries with Chocolate Syrup
I also served popsicles!

By the end of the evening, the kids got created and mixed the sand, goo, and shaving cream all together. It was so fun to see their imagination at work! 
For a party favor, you can give each child a bar of soap before they leave.
Happy Summer! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Seek Picture

1 Chronicles 28:9 "...If you seek him, you will find him..." Yes, the verse is longer, but this is how much my little disciples can understand:)

I started the lesson by showing my little disciples this verse in my Bible. They love looking at my Bible! What does "seek" mean? I simply said it is trying to find something or someone. How do we seek God? By being active in church, volunteering and giving to others, reading the Bible, praying...Every day we seek God by our actions and thoughts. God knows everything about us and still loves us. It was a fun discussion!

Now to practice "seeking" things!

I Seek (Spy) Picture  I call it seek because of the Bible verse.

I recommend making your own I Seek Pictures because they will love seeing their own toys and items they have at home on their own game. It's simple! (Of course, feel free to use mine. The links are below)
1. Gather small items around your house.
2. Take a picture of it.
3. Print it on "picture printing paper." Mine is 8x10. (Regular paper works fine, but uses more computer ink)
4. Put the picture in a sheet protector.
5. Play I Seek (read below).

Say, "I seek a ____." Then your child will circle it with a Vis-a-Vis marker. When the game is finished, erase with a wet paper towel and reuse. Other questioning examples are "what do you use for ___" or "I cut paper. What am I?" Get creative! Take turns with your kids so they can be the one to ask the questions. Great vocabulary skills!

I took 2 different pictures of each set. This way my kids can do it together. Sharing is difficult at my house:) Keep reminding your little disciples, "If you seek it, you will find it. If you seek God, you will find Him."

I Seek God
click here to print
click here to print
 I Seek Art
click here to print
click here to print
 I Seek Kitchen
click here to print
click here to print

I Seek Food (Hey now. Don't judge me on what we eat...ha!)
click here to print
click here to print

 I Seek Bathroom (oops, forgot to take 2 different pictures)
click here to print

In Action!! Oh, how they love Vis-a-Vis markers!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bible Bookmarks

I have the privilege to participate in a Mom's Fellowship Bible Study every Wednesday evening at my church. I love sharing stories, ideas, and God's love to all of my friends that attend. Last week, I made them each a bookmark for their Bible for Mother's Day.

stabilizer (heavy)
colored fabric
sewing machine
 1. Cut 2 pieces of felt. 

2. Cut 2 pieces of Stabilizer. It needs to be smaller than the felt fabric.

3. Iron on the Stabilizer to the 2 pieces of felt fabric. (Follow the directions on the package)

 4. Draw a cross, object, initial...any design for your bookmark.

 5. Cut out the design.
6. Cut out the colored fabric to fit in the bookmark.

7. Sew around the bookmark with the ribbon inside the 2 pieces.  I also sewed around the cross.
 8. All finished!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day 7 - God Rested

Genesis 2: 1-4 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.
My 3-year-old loves "reading" my Bible.
We have finally completed Day 1-7 of the Story of Creation! I can honestly say, my oldest remembers the order better than me. Go here to get the printout and click on Day 1 to learn how I created the clothespin line.
God rested on the 7th day. Today we made a doll to rest with God.
Self Portrait Doll
fabric markers
cardboard (prevent the markers from bleeding through the fabric)
sewing machine or you could hand sew it
pillow stuffing
Draw a self-portrait on the fabric. (I drew my 2-year-old's for him)
Drawing her own self-portrait.
It was hard for me not to tell my oldest how to draw herself. But glad I didn't help her because this is truly her own illustration of what she thinks she looks like.
When they are finished with the picture, cut around it leaving space for sewing.
Finished drawing.
Trace a cut another piece of fabric for the back of the doll.

Sew the 2 pieces of fabric together like a pillow, leaving a hole to stuff. 
Stuff the pillow with pillow stuffing, then sew the hole together.
Write your child's age and name on back for a keepsake.
I can't express enough how much they love their new doll!

I did this last year with my nieces.  It's fun to see the age difference with their details of drawings.  
Notice their hands, eyes, and legs.  I am hoping I do this every year!
"Napping" with their doll.
Seven Days of Creation song from 

Tune of "Are You Sleeping Brother John"

Then God rested. Then God rested.
From His work. From His work.
That was on the seventh day. That was on the seventh day.
All was good. All was good.

Snack idea- marshmallows as pillows

Other Creation Days
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6