Latticed Learning - Friends of Jesus

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 385-390 & 409-417 in this Bible and 273-279 in this one

Read a Little More

Sing Some Songs

Two songs dominated our playlist this week:

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man

Watch Some Videos

Play and Create

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

We did pages 2 & 3 of this printable to emphasize the lesson learned from Mary & Martha.

Not all of these choices apply to us at the moment, but the printable still worked fine to get the point across that our focus should be on God first, then all of our tasks.

I also realized that one of our favorite Valentine's Day crafts would be a perfect representation of the story, as well.

The combination of Mary's heart and Martha's hands

I've seen this jar-filling illustration before, but I loved the idea of using it to make the point that we should make room for Jesus before anything else.

If we're like Martha and fill up with tasks (rice) before Jesus (ball), then we won't have room for Jesus.

But if we put Jesus first and then do our tasks...

...then everything will fit!

We sang this song over and over and then made this little snowflake-style craft to represent it.

Apparently, Gv's world is one in need of Rogaine or Propecia!  Fold a square of white paper 4 times & cut out a little person, with their body along the fold and the hands extending to the other side.  Take your children and trace around the outer edges of their arms on blue construction paper to make a circle.  Cut it out, then cut some random continent shapes from green paper to make the world.  Add some eyes and a mouth (& maybe some hair!) to each of the kids and write your verse on their bodies.  Glue everything down.

I haven't come up with a way to make these with the type of food we have around our house, but they sure are cute!

We made two Zacchaeus crafts:  this one and this one.

This was such a simple way to make a craft interactive - Gv has still not tired of sending Zacchaeus up and down that tree!

Trace your child's arm on brown paper, cut it out & glue it down, then glue down squares of green tissue paper for leaves.  We used an extra Zacchaeus from the previous activity, then Gv asked where Jesus was, so we hunted up our puppet from this week and stuck him in a little slit I cut in the paper at the bottom.

Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

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