Start Talking…

Check out this great post for getting kids talking! Here’s a bit of the post below:

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Kids love to remember memories about themselves and it turns out it’s a great way to get them talking!

Ask, listen & connect.

Here’s some to get your started:

You:

  • What’s your favorite memory of you?
  • When did you start walking?
  • How much did you weigh at birth?
  • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  • What do you like best about yourself?

Your room:

  • What’s your favorite memory in your room?
  • What do you love most about your room? the least?
  • What would you change about your room?

The yard:

  • The best thing we’ve ever played in our yard?
  • What do you love most about it? the least?
  • If you could add one big thing to our yard, what would it be?

School:

  • What’s your favorite memory of school?
  • What do you love most now? dislike the most now?
  • What is the best grade you’ve had?
  • What grade do you look the most forward to?

Family:

  • What’s your favorite memory of something we’ve done together?
  • What do you want to do as a family someday?
  • Do you ever wish we had more/less kids?
  • What would you keep the same/change about our family?

Friends:

  • What’s the best memory you have with a friend?
  • Name some of your favorite friends. Why?
  • Do you wish you had more/less/better friends?
  • Do you make friends easy or hard. Why?

God:

  • What’s your best memory of church?
  • Do you think God talks to you? How?
  • What would you tell God if He were sitting at dinner with us?
  • Do you think all people should know about Jesus?

The World:

  • Where do you dream of going someday? Why?
  • What kind of language would you like to learn?
  • How do you think people live in other countries? Like us or different
  • If you could give people in another country one thing, what would it be?

Midweek Verse and Coloring Activity

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Ephesians 6

Click here to download the coloring/activity sheets.

Memorizing Scripture

Looking for a cute, fun way to memorize the 10 commandments?  (set to the tune of “Doe a Deer”)

10 Commandments simplified for the lyrics:

1. Worship only God

2. No graven images (graven-to make an idol of, to impress something deeply)

3. Don’t take God’s name in vain

4. The Sabbath is for rest

5. Honor mom and daddy

6. Don’t ever murder

7. Be faithful to your spouse

And don’t steal (8) don’t lie (9) and don’t wish for others things (10)

ht: Sarah Mae at (in)courage

Ways to Make a Difference

Wondering about practical ways your family can make a difference together?  Below are few and click here for the rest!

 

3. Write a Family Mission Statement

5. Pick up trash at local park as a family field trip

19. Save loose change in a jar and give to a needy family at Christmas

21. Stop and say thank you to grocery clerks, waitresses. Ask them how they are doing

48. Compliment and thank the teachers in your life

66. Have regular “family nights” with games, ice cream, time together

80. Shop fair trade

89. Let kids choose a charity to donate to for one of their Christmas gifts

100. Look for opportunities to be the difference in someone’s life

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Activity Books

Looking for some summer activity books?  The Voice of the Martyrs: Kids of Courage site currently has thirty different activity books available for free downloads.  Most focus in on a specific country and include information as well as specific prayer requests.  This can be a great way to see how Christians live out their faith in other parts of the world.

Check them out here!

EthiopiaNigeriaSri LankaSudan