Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - "Sticky" Balloons - Stick to God

When it comes to being intentional about handing down faith to our grandchildren, we may feel intimidated. It is, after all, the most important thing we will ever do. But, while it is essential, it is not difficult; and most certainly something we should not fear. It may actually be rather simple.

Take for example, something I did with my grandsons, which is today's Mystery Bag project. My grandsons are young – ten, seven and five but this particular activity is one most any age of grandchild could do, understand and, most importantly, remember.  For this project you will need . . . 
  • One paper lunch bag per grandchild
  • One balloon per grandchild
  • A bit of tissue paper for each grandchild
Give your grandchildren their Mystery Bag - when we did this with our grandchildren my husband and I gave each of our grandsons a balloon – being the ages they are, this in and of itself was a hit, so I knew we were going to have their attention for this project!

Have your grandchildren open their bags and blow up their balloons - help if needed. Once the balloons are blown up and tied off, have them rub their balloons on the floor or their hair. Then show them how to hold their balloons just a bit above their heads or a piece of tissue paper – my grandsons were delighted to see their hair (in the mirror) or the tissue paper “stick” to their balloons!

After they have fun making things stick to their balloons, talk about how just like their hair and the tissue paper “stuck” to their balloons, they are able to make the choice to “stick” to God! Look at Daniel and how he chose to “stick” to God; even when doing so meant he was going to be thrown to the lions. My grandsons told me they want to, “stick” to God like Daniel did! I’m a happy grandma! I told them whenever they see a balloon, they will be able to remember they may make the choice to “stick” to God!

Simple, fun and memorable . . . sometimes being intentional about handing down the faith is not really so very difficult!

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