Monthly Archives: October 2015

Poll: When Do You Stop Handing Out Candy?

A Halloween poll for Mamas.  No right or wrong answers.  Have a great day!

BTT: Halloween – What to Teach Your Kids

Halloween.  Yes, it’s that time of year.  Fall has just begun and this new season brings many things.  It brings colored leaves, cool breezes, and holidays.  One of these holidays is Halloween.  Especially in this generation, kids can be taught that Halloween is about costumes and gory things.  But, Halloween isn’t all blood and guts.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t let your kids go trick-or-treating (I love trick-or-treating).  But, you should make sure your kids know these things about the holiday.

Boo! This is my pint sized ghost (Hopefully coming up in a later post)
Boo! This is my pint sized ghost (Hopefully coming up in a later post)

What to Teach Your Kids About Halloween:

  • Yes, there is evil in the world, but Christ’s light is bigger than all evil.  Like John 1:5 says, “And the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.”  Jesus is bigger than all evil!
  • Do not be afraid.  Yes, some people wear “scary” costumes (at least to a young child), but Jesus tells us not to be afraid.  Isaiah 41:10a says, “So do not fear, for I am with you.”  Jesus loves you and doesn’t want you to worry.  He will protect you.
  • Say, “Thank you!”  This is very important.  If you’re child says thank you when someone gives them candy, it shows their values.  Even a smile can brighten someones day and possibly stir their heart.  Who knows…your child may convert someone to Christianity by being kind!
  • Think before you do (more for older ones).  Yes, pranks are fun, but be smart about it.  If you wouldn’t want somebody to do it to you, DON’T do it!
  • Be safe!  Maybe staying near your mom isn’t “cool,” but it’s good.  It is night time and it’s good to have an adult around.
  • Have fun!  Halloween can be really fun with the right people doing the right things.  Enjoy the night as a family and cherish these moments!  They don’t last forever.

My biggest Halloween advice for Mamas is simple: Stay close and take pictures!

A prayer for Halloween:

From ghosties and goblins;


And long-leggedy beasties;


To things that go BUMP! in the night!


May the Good Lord protect us!


Amen.

Have a great Halloween.   And eat candy!!!  Happy Tuesday!

You Are Special: A Craft

Today, we were reading the book You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney.  It brought to mind a craft and popular struggle in kids.  Sometimes, their little minds try to compare.  Yes, this can be a good thing, but when kids start comparing themselves to other people for unnecessary reasons, it can get out of hand.  So, thus is born the craft I call You Are Special.

What We Used:

  • Paper cutouts of little people
  • Markers, googly eyes, buttons,etc.(Basically, things to decorate the people)
  • 3 Black, 2 white, and a 1 brightly colored (I used yellow) sheet of construction paper
  • Tape/Glue
  • Open space to hang

What We Did:

First off, call to mind the Bible verse Psalms 139:14.  It says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Talk to your kids about how God made everyone differently.  We are all special, and that is a GOOD THING!  Ask your kids: What makes you special?  What makes {Insert name – Mommy, sister, friend} special?

Everyone should decorate their cutout to look like them.  Then, have them write on it their name and what is special about them.  These should be personal.  Let them come from the heart.

you are special cutout

cutouts

Have everyone in your house make a ‘person’, so you have a little family.  Next, make a pair of big eyes!  Yes, these will be “God’s Eyes”.  Eventually, we want this to look like God’s watching down on us and calling us special.  In order to make these eyes, cut off the corners of 2 of your black pieces of construction paper to form  2 octagons.  Then, using the white paper, cut 2 smaller octagons.  You should be able to overlap the black and white octagons and have about an inch of the black visible.  Then use your last piece of black paper to form the pupil.  Cut a circle with about a 3 inch diameter.  Glue or tape them together in the order you made them.  Big black octagon on the bottom, then the white octagon, and the black circle.  Hopefully this looks like an eye.

eyes for special

Finally, use your brightly colored paper to make your title.  We wrote: We are all special in God’s eyes.  You could say something like: God made us unique or When we listen to God (you could make an ear instead of an eye), our potential is revealed.

I hung up our people on a wall, kind of like a bulletin board.  You could hang them in a common family room or on the child’s door.

you are special wall

zoom special wall

This is a great activity to do with family and even friends!  Have a great day!

BTT: On My Own – Matthew 19:26

This is an activity that proves one true statement: We need God!

Materials:

  • Eager kids
  • At least one egg per kid
  • An open area
  • Clothes that can get messy

btt egg matt

Procedure (this sounds like a science experiment):

  1. Go into that open area.  Talk to your kids about how sometimes life can be frustrating.  Sometimes we get caught up in life and want to do things on our own.  Read Matthew 19:26 with your kids.  Ask when there was a time in their day/week when they wanted to do something their way, not God’s way;  a time when they wanted to do it on their own.
  2. Place an egg in your child’s hand.  Ask them to try to do things on their own by squeezing the egg (with one hand).  It won’t work.  Explain that in life we may not like God’s plan for us, or at least we think we don’t, but God knows what’s best for us.
  3. Then, ask them what God can do.  God can do all things!  Now have them use both hands and thumbs to squeeze the egg.   (Hopefully) They can do it!  Prepare for an explosion!!!  Just like when we let God guide our life, we can do all things. This reveals our true potential.  Jesus wants the best for us and we should listen to His plan for us.

egg for btt

This is a great way for kids to understand God’s power and His plan for us!  Sorry this is on a Wednesday!  Have a blessed day!

Guide to Science Fair

Yes, it’s that time again….time for your child’s science fair!  Some of you may be excited, but if you’re me, you may not be too thrilled.  Well, instead of anger and tears, let’s replace it with patience and kindness.   So, I put together some things to keep Science Fair under control.

Project Idea: Test which brand of coffee filters works best
Project Idea: Test which brand of coffee filters works best
  • Keep a Schedule  – Hopefully, your child’s teacher gave you a list at the beginning of the year of when all your child’s science fair papers and boards are due.  Make sure your child is not putting off science fair.  Help them review what is due and when.  Be kind and not too pushy.  Let them feel responsible by asking them things like, When do you plan on starting this section of your report? or How about you do 5 sentences per day?
  • Be Creative – Yes, when I did science fair I like to take the easy way out.  I’d pick the easy experiment that I found that everyone’s done already.  But, it’s actually better to make your child design an experiment.  This doesn’t have to be forced.  Your child should pick something that they are interested or ask them questions about things in nature, etc.
  • Take That Break – If you’re working with your child and the tension is rising, it’s time to take a break.  Stop the action before it erupts into a big episode.  Be kind, you were once a kid, too.
  • Make An Eye-Catching Presentation – Depending on how old your child is, they may have to make a diagram or a presentation to judges.  Whatever it is, make it big, bold, and exciting!  Use creative catch phrases for the title and make sure it has neat lines.
  • Write Everything Down – Scientists learn from being wrong, so write it all down.  If something in your experiment didn’t go as planned, it’s ok.  Record it as it happened.  If your child’s teacher is smart, she won’t give them a bad grade.  You have to learn somehow.
Project Idea: Test in which environment bananas rot quickest
Project Idea: Test in which environment bananas rot quickest

Remember, science fair is a learning experience, just being there for your child means a lot to them.  Happy Happy Saturday!

Poem – You’ll Meet Me There

How long has it been friends?  Too long, I think!  I apologize for the long break between posts.  I was thinking today, Why haven’t I posted in a while?  I guess I was too busy.

Ahh, yes.  I don’t like that phrase: TOO BUSY.  Too busy for what?  The people and things you love?  Too busy for God?

So I whipped together this poem to show how much He loves us.  God will never be too busy for us!  He loves us!

You’ll Meet Me There

When life gets too busy,

And I’m lost in despair,

I’ll go to the cross.

I know you’ll meet me there.


When my words are not kind,

And my actions are rude,

I’ll turn to you.

And my heart is anew.


Though the trials of life,

Try to drag me down,

I’ll look up to Him,

The One who wears the crown.


Thank you, Oh Lord,

For your wonderful grace!

I hope that one day,

I may see your loving face!

I know this isn’t Tuesday, but I filed it under BTT, just in case you want to find it again.  Have a great weekend!