Hand Down the Faith with "Mystery Bags" - God Knew What he Was Doing When He Created Our Grandchildren - 3-D Hand Rocks!
A couple years ago it became a "fad" of sorts to decorate rocks and place them around parks and other public places where people would find them and be able to take them home. Today's "Mystery Bag" builds on this idea with a fun way for your grandchildren to decorate unique rocks to keep and to give to others - with an important "point" to go along with them. You will need -
Paper lunch bags - one per grandchild
Fist size, flat rocks - at least two per grandchild.
Paper - one per grandchild
Pencils - one per grandchild
Permanent ink pens of a variety of colors and crayons
Arrange a time to meet with your grandchildren through tech and for them to receive the bags with the supplies they will need. Ask your grandchildren to look at their hands - both sides. Let them share anything they notice as they look at their hands - fingerprint, palm prints, how their fingers move, etc. Tell them how the Bible teaches they are, "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God - He knew what He was doing when He created them and did not make any mistakes. (Psalms 139)
Have them remove the items from their bag and set the paper in front of them. Tell them to use the pencil to trace around one of their hands on the paper with the fingers apart. (See the photo of the rock from Pinterest.)
Direct them to take a marker or crayon and draw a line up to the traced handprint, then move the pen/crayon up a bit and draw over to the other side of the hand and back down. Have them continue to do this - you will find complete directions for making "3-D hands" at this link.
Let them practice in another spot on the paper or on the other side, then have them do the same thing on one side of each of their rocks. Have them write, "God knew what He was doing when He created me!" on the back of one rock and, "God knew what He was doing when He created you!" on the back of the other.
Tell them to put the rock they are keeping where they will see it each day and be reminded of this important truth and to give the other to a friend - leave it in their yard for them to find, or leave by a bus stop, in a park or some other place where it is acceptable to leave it (National Parks do not approve of this, so check first where you plan to leave the rock to be sure it is okay.)
Take time to affirm to your grandchildren again how much you love them and how you are ever so thankful God made them as He did!