Our class for parents of preschoolers has started up again for the semester! Every week, we have fun activities that center loosely around a theme, with some story and song recommendations to go along with it. This semester, besides trying to have some activities/crafts that are developmentally beneficial, that teach fine motor skills or colors or building blocks for reading, we want the activities and stories to teach concepts that build inner strength and beauty. Instead of being concerned with having the smartest kid on the block, I want to remember to exhibit grace and integrity and faithfulness in a way that teaches my child by example and carries over into the types of activities and stories that I share with her. It’s easy to lose heart as the mom of a toddler, on days when cleaning up toys is a battle or there’s poopy everywhere but in the potty or temper tantrums happen in public, but if I’m trying to teach my child godly character traits, I bet they’re sure to rub off on me, as well. So, here’s to a semester of purposefully teaching our kids about love, selflessness, obeying the Lord, contentment, hope, faithfulness, and taking care of what we have been given, in fun and creative ways!
This week’s lesson centers around how each person is special and unique and created by a loving God.
Q-tip snowflakes (This activity and lesson inspiration came straight from the activity-mom!)
Supplies needed: q-tips, paper, glue (and optional scissors)
This is a fast, fun craft that is simple to prepare and carry out – making it perfect for a toddler activity when there’s a baby to be cared for as well, ha! Plus, anything that involves glue is high on my toddler’s list of favorite activities. All I had to grab was a box of q-tips and some glue. Pen Elaine showed me that you don’t really need scissors to break a q-tip in half. She also showed me the joy of spreading glue around with your fingers – like finger paint. Truthfully, I did none of that, just watched her and then cleaned her hands off in the sink afterwards.
We made one snowflake together, taking turns squeezing out glue, and both of us placing q-tips on top of the glue between turns. Then, we each made our own snowflake, letting our inner artists free to express ourselves in different ways.
As we were creating, I talked about how each snowflake is different and unique. We actually had the miracle of snow recently, so I talked about how the snowflakes are so tiny, but this is what they look like. I think our different snowflakes that we made individually showed how God made each of us uniquely as well.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
God Thinks You’re Wonderful by Max Lucado