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Our Bible memory verses project from the Love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 and 13 is going well for us. I hope and pray that if it is one of the summer activities for grandparents and their grandchildren that you are also enjoying, that it's going great for you too!
Yesterday my grandsons and I had such a fun time making our own little Love Bunch (my term – can you recognize the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation tip of the hat to the Brady Bunch? 🙂 ), or as my younger, hipper seven year old grandson prefers, the Love Group.
They gathered all their Webkinz and other stuffed animals together and we went through each of the lines in this Bible passage, 1 Corinthians, starting with "Love is." They then decided which of their animals had a "personality" to match that particular line. They had so much fun thinking it through, followed by a lovely hour or so of playing with the stuffed animals – some of which had been hiding in the bottom of the closet for months. (Have you ever discovered that if you keep different toys in boxes and rotate the boxes in and out, it's like brand new toys each time a different box comes out? 🙂 ).
We talked about love that is patient and, since they had no snail toy – don't laugh, they do make them – like this cute snail toy from Russ Berrie.
For love is kind, they chose one of their beloved teddy bears – a cute Panda – and not just any Panda. For this they did have a favorite Webkinz Panda. 🙂
So much fun, and so much positive focusing on God's Word in 1 Corinthians 13! I love that, when they again play with their Webkinz and other stuffed animals, they might be reminded of God's Word. And, since I'd already decided to get them each a Webkinz each Christmas to make sure their accounts stay up-to-date, I'm already looking forward to buying them with these verses in mind in order to "fill in the gaps." Fun for them AND fun for us, don't you think?
I'll be posting the rest of the photos from our Love Bunch, errr Group, for you and your grandkids (and VBS or Sunday School) pleasure on Tuesday for Sweet Shots Tuesday. Be sure to check back for the fun! If you don't want to forget, just sign up for the free SandwichINK updates in the top right column with the lightbulb and you'll get all the updates easily in your very own email box.
Today, we were having fun singing some of the songs we've been using throughout this series. So far, our favorites are I Will Boast in the Lord and The Golden Rule by Rob Evans the Donut Man. You should have seen my oldest grandson and me in the car, with our arms "dancing" to the Donut Man Song, kind of like that old Dance Like An Egyptian song. I even made up some simple and fun hand movements for I Will Boast:
- Wise man – point to brain
- Strong man – Bend arms and put them up to show off muscles
- Rich man – rub your fingers together to symbolize money
- Humble – bow your head
- Remainder of lyrics – Put hands to mouth like microphone or megaphone – or just have fun dancing, which is what my grandkids did.
Speaking of the Donut Man, I found two more of his songs that work well with this series. God Lives In Us from The Donut Man Bible Songs Volume 2 (which also has The Golden Rule) and from The Donut Man Bible Songs Volume 1 is This Is My Command both by Rob Evans the Donut Man. My oldest grandson is thrilled. He has been asking for a Donut Man CD or DVD since we started listening to the Golden Rule so I think I'll get one, but for the time being, I downloaded the MP3s of each of these songs so you can enjoy them as well. You'll find one in the Smilebox below and the second will be in next Friday's Smilebox – just for you and your sweet grandkids. 🙂
P.S. Smilebox is great for fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren! And don't forget…