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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