I tried out a full page today. I was at dinner with family gave them a heart attack by taking out my bible after dinner and having a good colour in my bible. I thought they would faint. But it was a nice icebreaker.
What worked was a pencil and crayons. Good fun. Great conversation starter and made me think about the text.
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob. (Psalms 114:7 NLT)
Busy box made with bricks. My second attempt at this lovely creation was to escalate a bag I already carry. I have a bag of blocks I picked up at the pound store. Why pound store because if they lost them in church then I wouldn't be upset.
This time I had an actual box with a handle. This would be cute. Must find more.
Of course I had to decorate it to personalise it for the child. Adds a nice touch if you theme it. I tried out the suitcase look.
On the inside I added felt to dampen down the racket of carrying bricks into church.
Then I picked blocks from the pick and mix in the store. I picked five bricks of each colour and of the two main shapes. 2x2 and 2x4.
Then added some wheels and widows for interest. Also a set to build a car.
After this I then took an idea I found on Pinterest. I made a little booklet with patterns in for the child to follow but then left blank pages for the child to make their own patterns.
I made an intro page.
Then the instruction to make more. One could argue planning where the words go could help.
I am excited at making this box and plan to make one for my storms. I will see how they like it.
I have discovered as a church going parent that you can never have enough fun stuff for children to do in church. Sometimes we go to church and the children are fully catered for all eventualities and other times you are expected to keep them quiet. Either way I like to be prepared. Better to be safe than sorry is my motto last thing I want is one of mine melting down in the middle of the service. Therefore I have an array of things I carry. Recently I discovered I am not alone. There are things called busy boxes and busy bags and even busy books. It's Christmas and here is my version as a preset for one of my besties little girls.
Important is labelling. Sharing being optional for small children. If you have an unusual name then it can be impossible to find anything with your name on. If there is an option to put the name on the child's gift then I say go for it. Makes a child smile to know it was made special for them.
My storms love stickers can't get enough. Therefore they loved putting in stickers. Picking out which kinds they wanted.
Colouring pencils. I have opted for chunky ones. The storms picked out some stars to write on.
Gel pens are my passion so sharing them with someone little is fun. Especially in small ones. Cute but can't do as much damage as some giant ones.
Animal snap was a find from the party section in the store. I thought they were fun and can play simple matching games without creating much mess.
More stickers. This time much more girly ones. The storms always concede that she can have something girly providing she gets a car.
In order to get double uses out of the "toys" section I found the eraser section in stationary stores is good fun. Dice erasers. Pull back car erasers. Paintbrush erasers. So much fun to be had with an eraser! A couple of pencils thrown in for good measure just to ensure that the erasers are out to their proper use.
Now all you need is some paper and you are well away!