Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Let's Have a Heart Hunt!

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, so if you are looking for a fun idea you could try with your grandchildren; consider holding a, “heart hunt”. What is a “heart hunt” you ask? Well . . . think Easter egg hunt, or like I wrote about last month, a Candy Cane hunt, but substitute small paper or foam hearts.

I'm going to cut out small (two or three inch size) hearts from sheets of foam - one color for each grandson, which will allow us to hide them in easier places for the five year old and more challenging places for the seven and ten year olds - and be sure each boy is able to find the same number of hearts.

Then on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day their Poppa and parents will hide the hearts outside in our yard. After the hearts are hidden, the boys will get to go find them – there will be about a dozen for each of them to find. Then the boys will get to trade in their hearts for treats . . . their favorite candy, homemade cookies and experiences . . . such as a trip to a local farm, a visit to the park, a hike through the woods, etc.

It will be a lot of fun . . . and really, just for fun; which is not a bad thing. yes, I'm intentional about handing down my faith to my grandsons, but I’m also intentional about building wonderful family memories and things like a having a “heart hunt” definitely fit into this “category”!

So, for your mystery bag, since this is an "event", you will need the following . . . 
  • Paper lunch bags - one per child
  • Paper or foam hearts - or paper and foam and let your grandchildren make their own hearts
  • A collection of "treats" and "events" for which your grandchildren will be able to trade their hearts - these do not go in the mystery bags
Follow the instructions above; of course as you do this event, you could certainly talk about what love looks like from 1 Corinthians 13 and how much God loves us all to make it an event with a spiritual purpose. Be sure to take lots of photos - you are building memories . . . and there is great value in doing this for sure!

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