Last month I was so excited to share my new little charitable endeavor with y’all. Well, we had our first Sales Week and it was a HIT! Just wanted to give an update – after nineteen orders, we were able to raise $500 for clean water in Ethiopia. Of course it’s just a small fraction of the overall project cost (46k!), but it means we are inching ever closer towards our goal! Only about $3000 left in the entire project. Two weeks from tomorrow Cuppa Love will be featured at one more sales event for the year, and I’m hoping and PRAYING that puts us over the top. It is so much fun to make friends happy with delicious, gourmet treats, and all the better for a life-giving cause! Thanks to everyone who helped support Cuppa Love and clean water.
My first official box full ‘o love, delivered to a dear friend and supporter
Now, a change in gears. I haven’t posted any kid-crafts to the blog yet, but I’m constantly coming up with something of the sort because I teach Sunday school 6 months of the year. Doing crafty stuff takes up so much time…finding time to blog about it seems to happen for only about 10% of the things I make! Anyone have a brilliant solution to this problem? I vote we add a few hours to the day…but unfortunately I can’t control the axis of our globe…;)
This month we’ve been in the book of Exodus, both in “big church” and in the kids’ wing. It’s been fun to discuss the stories with the preschoolers, and with my kiddos at home as well. I’m hoping parents will notice the parallels and build on our weekly Bible stories with their own growth in the Word – just layer upon layer of God’s truth. It’s a good thing!
Anyway, back to the craft. A couple weeks ago we taught the story of Moses striking the rock (Ex. 17) to provide water to God’s people. I love the stories of Exodus, and the way they portray eternal truths about Jesus Christ. He is our Rock (1 Cor. 10:4) who was smitten (Is. 53:5) and out of Him pours living water (John 7:38) that gives eternal life. Even the account of Christ on the cross further illustrates the fulfillment of this story (John 19:34).
I wanted the children to have something to remember the story, and also tie it to Jesus. I happened to have several dozen smooth stones from a project, and my vision was to make little paperweights that would serve as a reminder of the Exodus story, as well as Jesus’ living water.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Several smooth stones (one for each child, and some examples)
Dixie cups or little sample paper cups
Clear or blue glitter
Liquid glue (that dries clear – like Elmers)
Several small twigs (one for each rock)
STEP BY STEP:
First, make examples. Make one for each table of kiddos – we have two tables in the 3’s room so I made two. Write what you want your children to remember with Sharpie – I chose “Jesus is the Rock” but you could use your memory verse, or just Exodus 17, or whatever you like. Place your rocks on a paper plate, squirt paint into a Dixie cup, and pour over the rock so it runs down. Sprinkle on glitter – glitter makes everything better! It makes your “water” look more realistic too. 😉 Add a dab of glue, and put the twig on top (Moses’ rod). The steps with the children are obviously the same, but let them do as much of it as they can. I pre-wrote on the rocks, let them choose their favorite, and wrote their name on the paper plates (not really part of the craft – just for catching stray paint and glitter, and so moms/dads could pick them out of a lineup). The kiddos poured on the paint however they liked, did their own glitter, and glued on their twigs. I love how they came out! Pretty simple, but fun, and no two crafts were exactly the same. I think the children enjoyed these, and I hope they’ll spur on good Bible discussions at home!