Latticed Learning - Parables

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible



Pages pages 351-356, 375-384 & 391-404 in this Bible and 265-269 & 283-299 in this one


Read a Little More


I discovered several great books for this week's Bible stories:





The Parables of Jesus







Sing Some Songs

We mainly just stuck with "Jesus Loves Me" this week, but I did also find these songs about the parables of Jesus.


Watch Some Videos

This video as well as this one were staples for the week.





We also enjoyed this little video for the lost sheep:



We love the videos from Saddleback Church, like this one for The Prodigal Son:



This one for The Good Samaritan:



And this Parables lesson:



I also found this Little Bible Heroes video:





Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about the parables of Jesus:

To illustrate the parable of the fisherman's net, I filled a container with water and we put in some of Gv's plastic toy fish and bug critters.

Then Gv used my kitchen spider as a "net" to separate all the good fish from the other things in the water.




For the parable of the Good Samaritan, we did a bit of dramatic play.

Gv pretended that one of her dolls was the injured man and had some stuffed animals pass by and refuse to help.

Then Gv pretended to be the Samaritan who stopped to help.  She decided that the best way to help would be to make the injured baby comfortable and then "check her out" with her doctor's kit.




I also traced Gv's hand and together we turned each finger into a character from the story:


The injured traveler, the Good Samaritan, and the ones who walked on by (great, now this song is stuck in my head!)


To help Gv better relate to the parable of the lost sheep, we played "hide & sheep."

To do this, I hid her little sheep somewhere and she had to hunt everywhere to find it.





To help Gv better understand the parable of the prodigal son, we made this:


This craft is pretty straightforward - I traced Gv's hands in brown construction paper, cut a sheet of blue paper in half lengthwise, then cut out a round head.  Gv glued on some googly eyes and drew on a mouth, then she stuck on some tissue paper hair.


A big hug of forgiveness!


Even though the parable of the mustard seed wasn't one that we read, I couldn't help but give Gv a real mustard seed and then show her a bunch of photos (I just Googled it) of what happens when that tiny little seed grows up.


We also didn't read about the parable of the leaven, but I talked about it a bit and then Gv made this fun bread in bag recipe all by herself. 

Vigorously kneading her bread.

Success!  (she gobbled up one of the loaves right out of the oven)


We used lots of imagination when an old sock became a fish puppet.  As we read about Peter catching the fish with the coin in its mouth for the temple tax, we acted the whole thing out.



I know I totally could have made a better fish puppet for this, but it was good to work our imagination muscles (plus, I was plain lazy!) and considering the fact that Gv and I had to take turns telling and acting out this story ten times, I'd say it was still pretty successful.


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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game (with free printable!)

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!  See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting How Do Dinosaurs... Book Club selections!


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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great fun last year (see links at the end) and have continued the fun this year:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die


This month, we're focusing on some books we don't own, but have gotten plenty of from the library, the How Do Dinosaurs series:



Project Snapshot - Week 168

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)


There's a local Chalkfest that we always enjoy going to and t
his year, Gv really wanted to contribute her own art to the spectacle.

Luckily, the event had a "kid's area" set up in a gazebo, so our burgeoning Picasso could have her fun!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Best Birthday Memories

I still don't know what I'll be doing for my birthday this year, but you can be sure I'll find some way to whoop it up a bit.

See my list of favorite birthday memories here - and share yours, too!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite spring break memories and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your best birthday memories


I'm still not quite sure what celebrating my birthday this year will entail, but in the meantime, I'll reminisce about some great birthdays of the past:

Friday Frivolity - St. Patrick's Day Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we took time to remember some of the most inspirational women in history.

This week, we're going a bit green as we focus on all things Irish for St. Patrick's Day.


The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Jago

Finally!

Everyone has always raved about this children's Bible, so I was over the moon to get my hands on a copy and check it out firsthand.

I was not disappointed - and this gorgeous keepsake edition will surely become a treasure in your house, too!



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I received a free copy of this product as a member of Zondervan's Z Blog Squad in exchange for writing a review.  All opinions are my own.



We are very attached to our favorite children's Bible, but enjoy reading our weekly Latticed Learning Bible stories from other versions each day of the week to give us different perspectives.

We have about four that we rotate through and we had been just re-reading one of them on Fridays, but then this arrived:



Latticed Learning - Sermon on the Mount

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible



Pages 318-323 in this Bible and 329-333 in this one


Read a Little More


One book figured prominently into our reading time this week. You can read my in-depth review of The Lord's Prayer Board Book here



I also found several other promising books for this week's Bible story:




Teaching the Lord's Prayer








Sing Some Songs

Watch Some Videos

We love these little videos from Saddleback Church, so this one was perfect for this week.



This one from Crossroads Kids' Club is another good one:



As was this Sharefaith video:



And this The Bless-ed Bee video:




Play and Create

We did a few things this week to learn more about the Sermon on the Mount:

First, even though Gv already knows this prayer (we say it a lot around here, plus she spent time reviewing it back on this week when it was her memory verse), I decided to create a printable that we could stick in a frame and hang in her room.




I hung it up under the pastel-colored U.S. map that I printed out from this week and we just love it! 

You can print out your own copy here for free!




We also did an activity to go along with the wise man who built his house upon a rock:

First, I stuck a plain white paper inside a sheet protector.  Then I drew a house on some rocks on one side, using a permanent marker, and a house on some sand on the other side, using a wet-erase marker.


Fancy artwork, huh? Hey, it got the point across!

We placed the whole thing on a towel and I gave Gv a squirt bottle full of water to simulate the storm.  When it was time, she went to town, squirting both houses like crazy and she was so surprised to see how the house on the rocks stood firm, while the one on the sand just washed away!




We made this Bee-attitudes flower, to help her remember the Beatitudes:




I drew the flower petal shapes on construction paper for Gv to cut out and then glue together.  Next, I printed out these cute little critters representing each trait for her to glue on the matching petal.  I wrote the label next to each one (and wrote the blessing on the back).  Finally, we added a little bee I'd drawn to the whole thing - to remember to "bee" someone with a good attitude.


I printed out the bees and flowers from here, then Gv cut them all out and glued them down on a paper, adding stems, leaves and grass to her picture.

She then drew lines to connect the bees to the flowers.


She connected the two straight line flights first, then I did the two on the left, prompting her to get creative with the rest.

We did this little hive activity:


I was surprised that she could match these up correctly, but then we'd just done the flower activity together, so I guess it makes sense.

We did the matching activity together from this pack.

And I printed out these match-up cards, which Gv decided to cut and arrange like a flower:


This seemed boring to me, but Gv came up with using it like this, so I guess she liked it!


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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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