We all know how much children love candy! Wouldn’t it be amazing if parents could propel their children’s love for God to be even greater than their love for candy?! Let the Little Children Come has very similar ideas in the matter. Today I received an adorable little package that got me thinking more than I would have on my own. It was a paper pumpkin that you punch out and fold up to create the free standing pumpkin, each side of the pumpkin has a child friendly lesson inside of it. So that each one has to be read before it gets folded to create the pumpkin; little sayings such as “God loves you very much and he wants to be with you not just here on earth, but forever in heaven as well!”
The package also included a really neat optical illusion booklet complete with a view finder, you slide the view finder across the image and the images move and/or change. It was centered on the verse John 3:16, each image portraying something relative to the verse.
How fun! Not only are the kids learning a verse and learning wonderful messages about the love that God has for each of us but they are also learning how to look at things from different perspective and that some things aren’t always as they appear to be, which is in itself a very valuable lesson for children to learn early on.
Living in a world where optical illusions are everywhere, 6 our brains are practically hardwired to misinterpret them as reality. Optical illusions use color, images, and lights to deceive or mislead our brains. It occurs so often in the world that we hardly notice it happening at all. The information that is gathered by our eyes and then relayed to our brain creates a perception that in reality does not match the true image. This fun piece of science can be used to teach some very valuable lessons!
5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions
Teaching children early on how to decipher their own perceptions into what is true reality will help them also learn how to build stronger problem solving and judgment skills.
Learning how to differentiate between reality and misconceptions will create a stronger defense against temptations that so often pull people from the path God has created for them.
Teaching kids not to take things at face value and that “things aren’t always what they seem” will teach them that temptation comes in many forms.
Optical Illusions can be utilized to practice more conscious caution.
Since their mind is automatically forming a perception based on the information that it is receiving when viewing the illusions, we can use that to teach how Satan fools and deceives us.
Not only are rainbows beautiful, they were sent as a promise from God. These quick and simple little treats are perfect for Easter, March, or even Rainbow themed parties!
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13
On a recent trip to Sam’s Club, a demonstrator was making these adorable treats and they were so perfect, they had to be shared! The entire month of March we see rainbows with a pot of gold at the end. During Springtime, they are prevalent throughout Easter and frequently seen across the clouds in the sky.
I absolutely love the creative ways out there to teach children! Check out this Gospel String Magic as a new & unique teaching aide! You creative people that think of this stuff, hats off to you! You are amazingly awesome! I am totally jealous!
Let the Little Children Come has come up with their very own gospel magic to help share the gospel with children all around the world! I love that once they learn it, they can share it with their friends as well! I’m sure we all remember the games done as kids where you make a steeple with your hands. Though unable to remember how it goes (anyone wanna remind me?), I do remember that it ended with church and tons of people inside church! A very good indicator of just how well those tools work to help us remember things!
In order to teach, we must have attention and with media being everywhere, it’s almost impossible to get kids to pay attention these days. Activities such as this one, will help you keep their attention and help to teach them the most important of lessons!
This activity can can help teach lessons to demonstrate:
God is Eternal
God is the Creator
Relationship with God
Sin and being Tangled in it
God sent Jesus to save us
What a fun way to help them understand being tangled up in sin! I LOVE that part.and can honestly say it’s my favorite lesson of all from this activity! One could even use different colors of string for various lessons, This way, once the children think they know the lesson, it can be modified to teach different aspects. What fun, especially for home school children as a variation on what they are learning for the day!
I remember, as a child, how much I loved making stuff. It almost always had a meaning or a reason. My Granny’s would listen intently as I explained whatever I had made and why. As an adult, I understand why they would listen. Initially, I recognized how entertaining the little ones were and then I did the same thing they did, I learned to use the moments as a teaching tool. Whatever they explain, we can use as a lesson. I especially love when they take those and they go to others adding the new lesson to their explanation as their own. It is both amusing and adorable.
Let the Little Children Come has yet another amazing tool to work with the babies. These Salvation Bracelets are an easy craft to make that the little ones van not only be proud of but also learn from. These colorful little beads each represent great meaning: yellow, black, red, white and green.
The great thing is that teaching them at a young age what the colors represent can also be something they carry with them all of their lives. Imagine being an adult and in a really hard place, seeing some random object colored the same as the beads and being reminded at the perfect moment that God IS there and that HE loves you, accepts you and is there for you. I could make a hundred mile list of times where I needed that reminder and to feel that great Presence. Sometimes just knowing isn’t enough, as we let our life problems shade that knowledge, often all the way into darkness in the worst of times.
Obviously, the Sunday school lessons are many with these bracelets. However, I feel that those lessons that could be reinforced at home with them is the most valuable. One can never have too many standing opportunities to teach and remind out little children to go to God. Let the Little Children Come may be a long name for a company but it is certainly a message we will remember.
But Jesus said,
“Let the children come to me.
Don’t stop them!
For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”