Monday, January 6, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Bags - Have Fun & Remember with Story Stones

From time to time I write about how essential it is for us as grandmas (grandpas & parents, too) to remember how God has worked in our lives and answered prayers in the past and then tell our children and grandchildren, so they know and remember the many ways God shows Himself to be real in our lives. Along with remembering what God does in our lives, it is important for us to remember how He worked in the lives of the real people in the Bible and help the ones we love remember as well. Of course there are many ways to do this, but a few years back when I was browsing on Pinterest I saw a post about Story Stones and they would be a fun, engaging and memorable way for you to help the children you love learn and remember these true Bible accounts.

Story Stones are story "starters" which are fun to make and encourage imagination by giving children - and grandmas/ grandpas/parents - components from which they are able to "build" their stories. You will need . . .

  • Paper lunch bags one per child
  • Palm sized stones - about 12 per child. You could go on a nature hike . . . depending on where you live, if you currently have snow or not, or after the snow melts . . . and gather some nice stones - about the size of the palm of your hand. If you live where it is not easy to find stones, or they are covered by snow, you should be able to find them in garden supply stores. 
  • Paint and/or permanent ink markers or crayons
  • Fabric bags large enough to hold a dozen stones - one per child
Gather your grandchildren/children and ask them to share their favorite Bible accounts, be sure to notice the characters/features of the account. Then hand out the Mystery Bags. Explain the project and let children decorate their stones with Bible features . . . boys, girls, men, women (all in Bible clothes), angels (strong men of course!), the Bible, Jesus, and any other "story starters" you might choose. 

Once you have your story stones completed, you may use them to share your favorite Bible Adventures! They will be a lot of fun; not just to make, but to use with your grandchildren as well!

Follow this link and you'll find great info about making your own set of story stones!

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

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