This is a super easy activity you can do with your toddler. I cut a heart out of construction paper. Then I placed contact paper on the back the heart. Little Sunshine placed cut up pieces of tissue paper on the sticky part of the contact paper. I wrote the words; "I can see the love of Jesus shine through you. Happy Valentine's Day." We hung it up in the window so daddy could see it when he came home.
I recently started having conversations
with my daughters about movies we are watching together.It is amazing how much can be absorbed from a
small amount of time spent in front of the television.There are so many value systems,
philosophies, and ideologies that our children are being exposed to just
through the television.I have to admit
that there was a time that I just wanted to shelter my children from it.I wanted to keep them from being exposed to
misguided beliefs and ideas. Then I realized that this would not help my
children navigate the murky waters of life.It would only hinder them from making good choices and only confuse
them.So instead of protecting them from
the world I have decided to try to teach them and give them the tools they need
to navigate the world.I want to teach
them how to see the world the way God sees it.I want my children to be able to filter this life through God’s Word and
His truth and discern the truth from lies.This is why I have tried to be intentional about talking to them about
concepts they are being exposed to when watching television and movies. We are
still selective when we choose movies to watch, but with most movies there are
good points and bad points and I would like to share some thoughts about
different movies we have watched recently.
The first movie that I wanted to share
about is Frozen.I have to admit Disney isn’t always a favorite
of mine, especially when it comes to the messages that have been taught to
young girls.I was actually surprised by
some of the messages and morals that were taught in this movie. As I watched the movie I came up with some
thought provoking conversations that I want to have with my own girls. Here are a few concepts that were addressed in the movie.
1. Emphasis on not marrying someone you’ve just met. This was a very
nontraditional Disney message. I was definitely surprised that this was a part
of a Disney Princess movie especially since every other princess falls in love
before she truly knows her prince.In
the movie Kristof even points out that marrying someone you’ve just met shows a
lack of good judgment.Someone should
point that out to most of the other Disney Princesses.Of course there still is a love twist and Anna
does fall for Kristof, but at least they don’t get married after only spending
one evening dancing together at a ball.I really liked that Disney addresses this concept because it can lead to
so many great conversations about really getting to know your prince/boyfriend
and really seeing his true character before getting married.
2. Another concept that is addressed in
the movie is the concept of fear and the control it can have over a
person.Elsa’s character operates in
fear most of her life. She isolates herself because of fear.She loses control when fear takes a grip on
her heart, but love is what changes her. Not love from a prince, but sisterly
love, the kind of love that puts other people’s needs before our own.This can lead to a great conversation about
how God wants us to love one another.It
can also lead to a conversation about finding peace in times when we are
afraid. Peace coming not from our own control over a situation, but from understanding
Gods great love for us.
3. This last point was the best part of the movie. Spoiler Alert Don't read
this last one until you've seen the movie……The movie actually ended a little
differently than the typical movie.It
wasn’t the love of prince that saves the day, but rather Anna’s demonstration
of sacrificial love for her sister.Anna
shows the ultimate act of love when she willingly sacrifices her own life for
her sisters.This act of love shown in
the movie can lead to a conversation about how Christ loved us so much that He
sacrificed His life for ours.
What are your thoughts?What did you talk about with your children after seeing this movie?
Little Sweets loves to draw. This past week she decided to draw a Nativity Scene. ( She is five and draws better than me.) I thought it would be fun to turn her drawings into magnets so that she and hers sister could play with the pictures. It turned out to be a huge success the girls love the magnets.
Here is how I made the magnets.
1. I copied her pictures on the copy machine. I made several copies so we would
have extra if we lost a piece. I also didn't want to ruin the originals.
2. Laminate the pictures.
3. Cut them out
4. Place sticky magnets on the back
5. Have fun playing with the magnets.
The Three Wise Men
The Shepherd and The Angel
The Nativity Scene
Please note magnets are dangerous if ingested. Keep them out of reach of small children that still place things in their mouths.
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Little Peanut placed pom-poms with magnets on them on the letter "C".
You can download this printable here.
Little Peanut made a caterpillar by stringing beads on pipe cleaners.
Little Peanut placed the beads on the corresponding color on the caterpillar.
You can download this printable here.
Little Peanut used a Bingo Stamper to stamp the correct number of circles on the caterpillar.
You can download the caterpillar counting cards here.
Little Peanut placed the correct color pom-pom on the correct caterpillar. We also talked about the color patterns. You can down load this printable here.
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Teaching about Geometric Shapes
This week I was teaching my daughter the names of various geometric shapes. Instead of just showing her the shapes I let her play with shapes. She used the shapes to build a castle. This was a great way to make learning about shapes fun.