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Faith-Filled Family Fun Blog, Saturday Edition: Adventures with the Psalms
The Friday faith-filled family fun blog is a series of weekly posts with fun activities based around Bible stories. Today's activity is on the topic of the Psalms..
I love the Psalms. They express every imaginable emotion, and I find them to be very comforting. I'd love for my kids to experience the Psalms in the same way, especially as they grow up and experience all sorts of struggles. When is the best time to introduce the Psalms? I think it is now! And if you have read my blog before, you know that I love to have fun with my kids (and sneak in a little learning at the same time). Since the most famous Psalm is the 23rd Psalm ("the Lord is my shepherd"), I think that is a great place to start. And to understand the meaning of the psalm, it makes sense to learn about sheep and shepherds! Have some fun as a family learning about sheep, and talk about Psalm 23 at the same time.
Three Fun Ways to Learn About the 23rd Psalm:
Go ahead and send a text or email, or make a post on Facebook, and ask your friends for sheep toys. Yes, they might think you are crazy! However, you might also be surprised what they come up with. Farm sets, stuffed toys . . . any sheep toys will work. Then get down on the floor and play with your kids! While you are playing, talk about how shepherds take care of their sheep. Then remind them that God is like a shepherd to us.
If your kids are all older, consider playing an agricultural game like Pit (click on link), or do a puzzle together that has a pastoral scene such as Counting Sheep 500 pc (click on link). Then talk about sheep and shepherds and such.
2. Farm or Petting Zoo Visit
Find out if there is a nearby farm or petting zoo that allows visitors, and enjoy a family outing. Even if they don't have sheep, talk about caring for animals and use it as a springboard for a discussion about sheep, shepherds and spiritual things. Do you live on a farm or own animals? While your kids help care for the animals, remind them how God cares for us.
Many kids love crafts. Most of us are familiar with the paper plate sheep mask. That happens to be a favorite with most kids. Here is another take on that concept: make paper cup sheep that can double as toys!
- paper cups (I used the bathroom sized cups)
- index cards or other thick white paper
- cotton balls
Draw a sheep face on an index card and cut it out (older kids can do this part themselves). Glue sheep face on the paper cup, and have fun adding cotton balls to make a very fluffy sheep! Your kids might want to make a whole flock.
During the craft-making session, talk about how God is our shepherd. He guides us in the way that we should go, if we only listen.
Are you looking for fun and easy activities for kids, including faith-based ones? Take a look at my new book Let the Adventure Begin! Theme Nights for Families with Young Children (available on Amazon in both paperback book and Kindle versions). It includes more ideas, activities and resources for 56 family fun night themes. And stop by next Friday for another Bible story and activity!
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