Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Use Gentle Words Which Build Up & Make Others Amazing

Far too often in this world in which we and the ones we love live, we see leaders who use words which mock, belittle and tear down others. Clearly this is not the way we want our children and grandchildren to use their words.

This past Sunday I did a fun science project with my grandsons to help them think about the power of the words they use with others. At first my grandsons were not sure if they wanted to work on this project, but once we got started, they continued to work on it for hours - yes, two hours and then another hour later in the afternoon! They got the point as we talked about it and now we have a simple way to remind and encourage them to use their words gently. 

This is a simple project you will be able to do in person with your children or grandchildren . . . and one you will be able to do long distance as well. For this project you will need . . . 
  • Paper lunch bag - one per child
  • Plastic straws which "bend" at one end - one per child
  • You are able to do this project on a table or counter, using the table or counter-top, but I used Corelle dinner plates - one per child.
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons dish soap
  • spoon
  • cup
  • measuring cup/spoons
Place one straw in each bag and gather other items. Allow the children to help mix your soap solution - stir gently as you do not want it to become foamy.

Pour a bit of the soap solution onto each plate, have children place their straw bottoms into your cup of soap solution and then encourage the children to use their straws to blow bubbles on their plates. They will quickly learn they need to blow gently. If they blow too hard, their bubbles will "pop". 

Once they learn how to make bubbles on their plates, encourage them to make large bubbles by blowing gently into their bubbles. Then, challenge them to learn to place their straw bottom into a bubble and blow gently to make a bubble in a bubble. Give them a bit of time - this is not very difficult to do, but be prepared. Once they figure out how to blow very large bubbles and bubbles inside of bubbles, they will want to continue to do this!

Ask them if they are able to think of a "point" for this project. If they are, talk about their point, but be sure to get to the point of how they need to be people who choose their words with care. If they use words which are too strong, too hard (like if they blow too strong or hard when making bubbles) the people who hear the words will, "pop" - they will be damaged; wounded and maimed.

But, if they choose words which are gentle, they will be able to help build up others and even see them become someone amazing - just like when they blew gently to make large bubbles and bubbles inside of bubbles.

Once your grandchildren understand the "point", you will be able to encourage them throughout the years which follow to use words which are gentle and build others up and not hard words which make others "pop".

Enjoy making bubbles - keep your camera handy for lots of great photos!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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