Saturday, October 14, 2017

Give Thanks to The Lord

I love this time of year! One of my favorite things to do is to think about all the blessings God has poured into my life. I write them down each day so I can remember God's goodness. 

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

Psalm 107:1 Bible verse coloring page His faithful love endures forever

My cup overflows with blessings. I am rich with all the things that truly matter.

Enjoy this new coloring page drawn by my daughter! She doodled this on a birthday card for me to give to a very special little girl.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Harvest of Blessings

Fall is upon us, and with that I've got a brand new coloring page to share with you.

I love this verse in Galatians 6:9, "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."

Life can be hard, but we must persevere and push through. We cannot quit doing good just because the going gets tough, or we don't feel like it. God rewards us for our obedience to Him!

Galatians 6:9 Bible verse coloring page We will reap a harvest of blessing

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

God Works for Our Good

I've got a brand new coloring page to share with you. This one features the Bible verse from Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." 

What a beautiful reminder of God's love. It knows no boundaries or limitations. God has good things in store for those who love Him and follow the plan He laid out. He know us better than we could ever hope to know ourselves. There is great peace in that fact!

Enjoy!

Romans 8:28 bible verse coloring page God works for the good of those who love him

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nothing is Impossible with God

I have a brand new coloring page to share with you today. I love the flower design my daughter put together for this coloring sheet.

Enjoy!

Luke 1:37 coloring page Nothing is impossible with God

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Egg Carton Wreath

how to make egg carton wreath
Several years ago, I made an egg carton wreath for my mother. We were on a budget, and I wanted something extra special for my mom on Mother's Day. The wreath took about 8 hours for me to make, but literally cost pennies to put together. It's made from recycled egg cartons. I did this craft with a friend, which might have attributed to the longer craft time. We had little kids under foot, and we talked a bit as we worked!

I often buy eggs from different places, so I have a variety of styles to choose from. You might think egg cartons are all the same, but they are not. And this wreath can be made best from several different styles. You can have different shaped flowers depending on the piece of the carton you use.

types of egg cartons to make wreath

The hardest part is the cutting! I still haven't figured out scissors that will easily cut through egg cartons, and I own a pair of Cutco scissors which are supposed to be strong enough to cut a penny. Scissors just rub your knuckles the wrong way when you cut up egg cartons. I don't think there is a pain free way to do. But it's all worth it! 

blue and yellow wreath made from egg cartons

After the flowers are painted, and glued on the cardboard ring, you are left with a wreath that makes you smile. Every time I see this wreath hanging in my mother's kitchen, it makes me happy.  It also makes me remember the act of love which went into the making. I never could bring myself to duplicate the wreath for my own house. The time spent on cutting the different flowers scared me away from trying again.

close up of flowers on blue and yellow egg carton wreath

Without having to be super creative on the cutting, you can always make each flower different in the painting. Be creative with the centers! Each flower is unique!


The only part of the wreath that isn't made from the egg carton, is the cardboard ring I painted for the back. You can make it as big, or as little as you would like. I didn't even add any kind of hook to the back of the wreath. A simple brad will hold the lightweight wreath on the wall.


Remember that act of love I never wanted to duplicate for myself? 

I didn't have to! For my birthday this year, my mom surprised me with my own egg carton wreath in my favorite colors. Now I can smile every time I see it on my wall, and I can remember my mom loves me enough to spend hours making her fingers sore.

yellow and green egg carton wreath

close up of yellow and white flowers made with egg cartons

I loved how instead of coloring the middle of these yellow flowers, my mom glued a brown pom-pom into the center! It adds a little depth to the flowers!

egg carton wreath

If you want to use it as a craft for your kids, let them paint the flowers as you cut them! They will love putting their own special touch on it!

small bird resting on flowers for egg carton wreath

Nestled in the flowers on my wreath, you will find a sweet little bird.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shadow Puppet Theater

My favorite summer activity we do each year is our Shadow Puppet Theater Performance. We invite our family over to watch an original show written and performed by my kids. We've been doing this for 7 YEARS! 

how to make a shadow puppet theater for kids

It's very simple to make your own Shadow Puppet Theater! I bought a sheet for a couple dollars at Goodwill. All they had there at the time was a peach color. I would have preferred white; however the pale pastel color peach works just fine too. You can still see through it perfectly when you shine a light behind it.  

I made sure to sew a small pocket, with each end open, at the top of the sheet so we could slip a PVC pipe through it to hang. We now own a set of Fort Magic which works GREAT to build our theater on. We've been using our Fort Magic set for several years. 

To get the theater look, I used some painters tape around the edges of our sheet, and painted it with house paint I had on hand. I made sure to do several coats so you can't see through it when the light shines behind.

Through the years our transparency puppet collection has grown. Each year we do a different performance, and typically will chose a new character to make. Sometimes I have printed the characters on transparencies, but most of the time I have printed a coloring picture of the character out, and then I transfer it to the transparency by tracing over it with a permanent marker. 

how to make shadow puppet characters

I've tried using super glue to attach the transparencies to small dowel rods, but they often fall apart and break off during the show. Now I simply use a couple pieces of clear tape to get them to stick. If it's good tape, you won't even be able to see it!

We always make a day of summer fun with our theater performance. We write the story ourselves, make the characters, we practice repeatedly until it's perfect. And we invite family to watch the show in the evening. We also like to provide some yummy snacks for everyone. The boys will often take drink orders before the show, and will bring a treat to everyone during the intermission. The kids love this part of serving!

This night is always a favorite for all. It's so fun to watch the kids act out the show through shadow puppets and I love the different voices they do for each character. They always make me laugh. I enjoy it just as much as a night out at an expensive theater.

To make things funny, this year we decided to do our play based on the game Mash. We wanted our main character to be my husband since he wouldn't get to participate in the planning. The kids thought he would make a great main character. All of us chose one suggestion for each category of the Mash game. If our suggestion ended up being chosen, that meant we had to write that part of the story. It was so much fun! This play ended up being a collaboration of all four of us writing different parts to Titus' Grand Life. It was silly and memorable. I know the kids will remember this night for quite a while!

Monday, July 17, 2017

2 Timothy 3:16 Game Cube

One of the fun ways I've found to teach kids a Bible verse is to turn it into a game. You can use the cube shape, and break the verse into six equal parts. I typically use one side of the six for the Bible reference. Have the kids write the verse out onto each side of the cube. Tape or glue the cube together. Once you are finished building the cube you have the makings of a very simple game.

bible verse game with a cube

You can play the game alone, or you can play the game with a friend. Make sure the kids know how the verse is supposed to read from start to finish. 

Each player takes a turn rolling the cube. The goal of the game is to get each part of the verse, in the order it belongs, ending with the Bible reverence. 

Each person rolls the cube one time for their turn, then passes the cube to the next player. Each turn you get one chance to roll the part of the verse you are on.

For this Bible verse you would start by trying to roll the side that reads 
All Scripture is inspired by God.
Once you have rolled that, your next turn you will be trying to roll 
and is useful to teach us what is true
Then your next turn you will be trying for 
and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
And so forth...

You continue to play and roll until you have gone all the way through the verse, including the Bible reference. You will have to remember which part of the Bible verse you are trying to roll next. The first person who makes it through the entire verse is the winner.

You could use this style of game for any verse! The kids love it! If you only have a few minutes with the kids, make the cube ahead of time for quick play. 

2 Timothy 3:16 bible verse game with cube

Card stock works best for making the cube. But I've made them both ways with plain printer paper. Sometimes it's really hard for little fingers to glue the flaps of the cube together. I always offer some tape as well to assemble the cubes.

You cut on the thick black lines, you fold all of the dotted lines.
2 Timothy 3:16 bible verse cube empty coloring sheet

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3:16 (New Living Translation)

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