Latticed Learning - Jesus' Miracles

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 and here  and here 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 314-317, 324-350, 357-374 & 405-408 in this Bible and 324-333 in this one

Read a Little More

I came across so many promising books for this week's Bible stories:

The Miracles of Jesus

Miracles of Jesus

Miracles of Jesus

Jesus the Miracle Worker Sticker Book

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus

The Beginner's Bible Jesus Feeds the People

Bible Stories About Jesus (Ages 2-3)

Bible Stories About Jesus (Ages 4-5)

Sing Some Songs

This song was a fun one to play on the piano and we sang along with this one plenty of times, as well:

It's a Miracle

And finally, we sang this ten little lepers song.

Watch Some Videos

We found so many videos for this week's stories, but these were some of our favorites:

The Beginner's Bible

Saddleback Kids:

Crossroads Kids' Club:

Little Bible Heroes:

Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about Jesus' miracles:

I remembered how we turned the water to red blood during this week and used that same trick to illustrate how Jesus turned the water into wine.

I just put a couple drops each of red and blue food coloring in the base of a container and then when Gv poured the water into it - voilà!  

G and I carried Gv around in a sheet like this:

I couldn't figure out how to take a picture of this - since I was having to help G carry Gv - but then remembered our good friends doing this with Gv last summer, so, photo crisis averted!

Then we lowered her down through a "hole in the roof" (opening in a pile of couch cushions) like the friends did for the man who was healed by Jesus in the other miracle we read about.

I printed out this little foldable, then Gv and I colored it in and used it while I read her the Bible story. 

This is the swirling storm portion of the foldable (hopefully you can see through all the multi-layer coloring!)
This is where you fold the top down and Jesus makes everything calm again.

I also printed out this so we could make our own rocking boat. 

Color, cut, then stick a brad through and rock on, baby!

I jammed one end of a blue towel under the couch, then had Gv get her little toy boat and shake the beejeebers out of it all, to simulate what it was like in the storm:

Beejeebers-level shaking makes for quite a fuzzy photo! (notice, however, that all of our typical "floor mess" in the background shows up crystal-clear!)

I took an old glass spice jar, filled it halfway with oil, added a few drops of blue food coloring, then filled it up the rest of the way with water.  I made a little boat out of two square stickers I found stuck to the bottom of my foot and set it off to sail in the bottle.

Gv rocked it back and forth, watching the boat floating in-between the oil and water layers.  It was a big hit.

We made this simple craft:

Two band-aids make a cross. Couldn't be simpler!

We modified an idea from this week to go along with the story of Jesus walking on the water:

I folded the bottom of a piece of blue construction paper about a fourth of the way up, then folded it back down again almost all the way and stapled the sides.  

This created two pockets, the back one for the boat (that one opened up) and the front one for the water-walkers (that one opened down).  It also gave some depth to the whole project.

We used our Jesus and Peter puppets from this week and then I cut two slits in the top of the "water" so that the two would have a spot to walk on.

I really loved this cute loaves & fish idea, but couldn't figure out anything we had around the house that could be the fish snack (no goldfish crackers around here, and even if I made some, I didn't think I could get them small enough), so we didn't do it, even though I thought it was adorable.

We did, however, stick five loaves of toy bread and two toy fish in a basket, just to hold onto for fun while we read the story:

I put together this slightly-complicated-but-cool Jairus daughter craft.  I knew Gv would enjoy making her "rise" while I read her the story.

"Your daughter's not dead, only sleeping."

"Wake up, my child."

While I read the story of the blind beggar, Gv acted it out with one of her dolls:

She packed "mud" (play doh) onto her blind eyes, then washed it away so she could see.

Then we did several things to go along with the healing of the ten lepers:

First, I wrapped Gv in a white sheet, like a leper:

We made these little nesting lepers (the flap version):

We had to do some hand-tracing, somehow, so we did this:

As you can see, she did most of this one herself, so let me interpret it:  I traced her hands, cut them out, and glued them down, then she drew blue eyes and a red mouth on each one.

That was followed by the addition of hair - and "they have to have beards like Daddy!"

Each hand got a band-aid, since all ten lepers were healed, but only one has the speech bubble saying "thanks," since that's all who thanked Jesus.

Finally, Gv colored in the page and we did the poem found here.

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