Welcome to Impress Your Kids! We’re glad you clicked on our little party!
Impress Your Kids is the home of two bloggy friends & moms, Leigh and Amanda. This is the journey, the chronicle and the keep-you-in-check journal of the fun things we do to help impress God’s Word on our children’s hearts.
And if we were hosting the ultimate Impress Your Kids party? Well…
Of course, there would be food…
banana berry smoothies by ej
And some entertainment…
we might even do a little dancing…
jumping for joy
we’d probably do a craft or two…
oh wait! we’d have more food…
and even some costumes…
ride 'em cowgirl!
but if you stayed all night, we’d probably start talking about what we really want to impress our kids with…
jesus loves you. yep, you.
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This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. 1 John 4:7-10ish MSG
I had to get away from the letter X as soon as possible. So, we didn’t do much with it. Yesterday we started the letter Y. And *sigh* I like it much better. I’ve got all kinds of stuff rolling around in my head for it.
Anyway, we did a simple Y craft…yellow construction paper, yarn (almost yellow) and a hole punch.
Have you ever tried punching holes in the middle of a paper? It was actually easier than I thought. I just folded it along the Y line and punched into it–making a double hole and quite easier to sew…
I picked Matthew 5:14 as our verse: “You are the light of the world”. It’s a hard one for a 3 year old to understand…especially when our I verse was “I am the Light of the World.” But even if Lydia doesn’t “get” it…this verse really hit home for me. Yesterday was one of those, “OMG, how am I ever going to be a good parent day.” Lydia was whiny, Asa was needy and I was selfish. I just wanted to get on the computer and hide from parenting and housework.
And as I tried to explain this verse to Lydia I realized that *I* was not being a very good light to my world. Lydia is with me 24 hours a day. And just like she is learning to clean the same way I do, color like me, speak like me and play like me; she’s also learning about Jesus from me. I have to let my light shine every second of the day so that SHE can see it.
When I was a children’s pastor, I understood this concept for my church kids–if they saw me at the movies and I was going in to see a rated R movie, I wasn’t being a great example of Jesus. But as a parent—this idea is magnified a hundred fold! With every eye-roll, aggravated sigh and short response from me, I’m teaching her to do the same.
I want her to see Jesus in me. NOT see ME in Jesus.
Oh, Lord, help me be a strong light for you in my little world!
(Alternate Title: Are We Crazy?!)
We have a neighborhood Bible Study every week. The past few weeks we started doing a Bible Study for the kids, too. They are all preschool age and this week I was the host/teacher/chief babysitter. Here’s a brief rundown of our night. You know, in case you ever go crazy and decide to start a preschool Bible Study…
Our theme was: God has a plan for you! We focused on the story of Jonah and how he disobeyed God’s plan.
When they arrived, we colored a whale coloring page. The whale had a little flap cut in his tummy. (I used a razor knife.) Then I stapled a plain piece of paper to the back. After coloring the whale, we drew a little Jonah inside. A little more fun than a plain coloring sheet and a low key transition for when they first arrive. A lot better than, “WHERE ARE ALL OF LYDIA’S TOYS?!!!”
Then we all sat down for the Bible story. I tried to remember some of those “open shut them open shut them” songs to get the kids settled. But I couldn’t. So, we just settled for wiggly kiddos. I read the story like a “sound story”…when certain words came up, they had to make a sound or repeat the word with a motion. For example, every time I said “Ninevah” they had to hold up their finger and say Ninevah in a creepy voice. Then we all acted out Jonah jumping off the boat and being swallowed by a whale. Sound difficult?
Well, it was actually quite easy and fun! I had Lydia’s Little Mermaid tent set up by the door to our porch. I crawled into the tent and into the porch. The kids crawled behind me. Inside the porch was my leftover Seven Dwarfs Mine from Lydia’s Snow White Party. But the kids thought we were in the belly of a whale…an open can of tuna adding to the smelly ambiance. We finished the story in there and then spit ourselves back into the living room for a craft!
Come back tomorrow for Part 2: Jonah I Spy Bottles and Ocean Cookies
Lydia teaching me the story of "baby De-dus".
Toilet Paper Roll Kazoo at flipflops and applesauce
Toddler Activity Bags at Chasing Cheerios – this is an older post, but thanks to my blog reader going crazy this week, I got to revisit some fun posts!
Marble Painting at World Preschool Mom
Make Your Own I Spy Bottle at Little Window Shoppe