Monday, February 10, 2020

Hand Down the Faith with Mystery Boxes - Origami Boxes & Hearts & a Service Project

I originally shared this post with you last year. I shared how my church has a very large Special Needs Ministry and I involved my grandsons with a project to show love to the people in this ministry as they arrived for their Wednesday evening service. My grandsons and I made origami boxes and hearts - each box had one heart in it - then the boys gave one to each person as they arrived; along with a smile and the encouragement - "God loves you!" Each person who received a box/heart left with such a big smile and my grandsons were able to experience what it is like to brighten the day of others!

Image result for origami boxWhether your church has a Special Needs Ministry or not, this is a project you are able to do with your grandchildren to brighten the day of others; any time of year. You will find the directions for making the origami box at this link and the origami heart at this link.

If the origami projects are too difficult for your grandchildren, have them color the paper you use to make the boxes and hearts, then go with you to hand them out and brighten the day of others. You will need . . . 
  • Paper lunch bags - one per child
  • Crayons (we used glitter crayons!)
  • Paper squares (we used a 6x6 square for the boxes and small sticky notes for the heart)
Lead your grandchildren in coloring and if they are able, the folding of the boxes and hearts then place one heart in each box. Talk about what love is, how God shows love to us and how we are able to show love to others. Decide who you will give your boxes and hearts to, then plan a time to do so.

Involving the children we love in showing love to others is one of the most powerful things we will do as grandmas (grandpas/ parents) - and one of the things which will make a lasting impact on them as well.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo#grandparentingonpurpose

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