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God Protects Families

A creative way to show kids that God created and protects families.

Bible Activity: Family Butterfly-Read aloud Ephesians 3:18-21. Give each child a 40-inch loop of string.

Lead them in this string verse: Our family is like a caterpillar wrapped in God's cocoon of love (loop string over both thumbs, then lay string over back of left hand); with kind words and peaceful thoughts (little finger of right hand loops under strings between first finger and thumb of left hand, pull); with blessings from above (little finger of left hand loops over and hooks strings from thumb of right hand, pull); our family can turn into a beautiful butterfly (first finger and thumb of right hand lifts string on palm of left hand over all fingers on left hand and pull taut).

Craft: Love Envelope-Have kids cut out construction paper hearts and write notes on them to make family members feel loved. Give children an envelope for their hearts. Tell them to secretly give the hearts to family members.

Snack: You'll need: Fortune cookies, slips of paper, pencils and sandwich bags.

Directions: Have kids write each family member's name and an encouraging note on a slip of paper. For example, kids may write, "Mom, thanks for making such good meals for me." Help younger children write their notes. Insert each of the slips into a different fortune cookie-one to give to each family member. Then have kids put their cookies in a sandwich bag to take home. Let kids eat the leftover cookies.

GRADES 1 AND 2

FOR ALL AGES
Get families together for a Family Appreciation Dessert. Children can make and serve a simple dessert such as brownie sundaes or decorated cakes. Kids can present handmade awards and tell why they love each family member.

Contributors: Nancy Paulson, Cindy Newell, Heather Ward, Walter Norvell
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