Esmé’s class this week was on the topic of the Ten Commandments. We started the craft time off with a red-light green-light game, initiating the discussion of rules and what life would be like without them.
The kids colored the border on a Ten Commandments printable, and then I laminated it for them to take home. I used one from www.biblestoryprintables.com; there are a variety of options, including bookmarks. Here is Esmé’s, not yet laminated because (the story of our lives) she isn’t finished yet…
Then we did a paper shapes craft. I printed and pre-cut the small color template of DLTK’s Moses and the Ten Commandments paper craft. I set out glue sticks, lots of construction paper, and scissors, encouraging the kids to cut various shapes (grass, sun, etc.) for a background.
This was met with varying degrees of success. I had hoped by precutting the templates, the kids without scissors skills could at least glue Moses together even if they didn’t do a background. However, several had difficulty with the glue sticks, and none of them could figure out the order in which to glue the Moses parts on their own.
I also happened upon a cool origami version of the ten commandments. When I was prepping ahead of time, Esmé was following along with the folds, but I don’t think most of the 4-6yos in the class would’ve been able to make sense of it, so I didn’t use it in class. It is pretty simple and probably would fit well in a 7-10yo age group.
Just wanted to share an article I ran across on Facebook that really struck home for me. It’s about “Me Time” – one of those things I crave! – and it puts it into perspective.
I used to hear it all the time when we lived in the States (usually when people ran across me in the grocery store with 5, 6, 8 children in tow): "Oh, honey, please take time for yourself!" or "Make sure you get some 'me time,' sweetie! I don't see how you can manage to survive unless you take time alone foryou." And, every now and again (when the littles were whining for something or someone had a naptime breakdown in the middle of a restaurant), that "me time" idea just sounded so good. I mean, what would be wrong with putting me first once in a while? Don't I deserve it? Don't I put in enough hours around here? [click here to read more]
Last but not least, there is an old Gaither song that just keeps going through my head over and over lately – maybe a side effect of turning 40? I admit to feeling a little embarrassed showing it here – the video makes it even more an “old-timer” song – but the words are sweet and I figure I’ll let it get stuck in someone else’s head by sharing it. Watch at your own risk! :)