Family Time with God: Bible Story Activities for Everyday

Family Time with God: Bible Story Activities for Everyday

by Peg Augustine

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Family Time with God: Bible Story Activities for Everyday by Peg Augustine

What's the number one gift parents want for their children? Their time! Children don't stay children forever, so time spent with them today will become the memories cherished tomorrow. It is indeed a memorable treasure when families come together to learn about God's Word. Family Time With God is an outstanding resource that offers a full year's worth of activities parents can do with their children every day to help them grow spiritually and to build strong family relationships. Each week includes: A Scripture text on which the activities for the week are based, a "talk point" that provides parents with a weekly theme to talk about with their children, a Bible story parents can read to their children, and a variety of activities for every day of the week which provide a basis for personal time spent with children!

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ISBN-13: 9781426734243
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Peg Augustine is a writer and editor of stories, songs, and games for children. Her most recent book for Abingdon Press was O Come All Ye Faithful. She lives in Nashville, TN.

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Family Time With God

Bible Story Activities for Every Day


By Peg Augustine

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2001 Abingdon Press
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-3424-3



CHAPTER 1

In the Beginning


Week 1


Scripture:

Genesis 1:1-10, 14-19

Psalm 8:1


Talk Point:

God created the heavens and the earth—everything in all creation. We praise God for creation and enjoy the wonder of the universe.

In the beginning,
Before there was anything else,
There was darkness,
And there was God.

Then God created light.
God saw that it was good.
Now there was darkness, called Night,
And there was light, called Day,
And there was God.

And God created two great lights:
The sun to rule the day,
And the moon to rule the night.
God saw that it was good.
Now there was Night, and there was Day.
Now there were sun and moon and stars,
And there was God.

God saw that there was water everywhere,
Rolling, cold, deep, dark water.
So God created the sky to separate the waters:
The deep blue sky, the bright orange sky, the sky that turns
yellow and purple and pink.
God saw that it was good.
Now there was Night, and there was Day.
Now there were sun and moon and stars.
Now there was sky,
And there was God.

But the world was not finished yet.
God caused dry land to appear out of the water:
Great high mountains, hot dry deserts,
Rolling hills and wide prairies, seashores with sandy beaches,
And fertile soil for growing plants.
God saw that it was good.
Now there was Night, and there was Day.
Now there were sun and moon and stars.
Now there was sky.
Now there were seas and earth,
And there was God.


Day 1

Read the story together. Invite your children to say "And there was God," with you at the appropriate time. Encourage everyone to draw a picture of his or her favorite part of creation. Cover the pictures with wax paper or clear self-adhesive paper and use them as placemats for the next few weeks.


Day 2

Sit outside on the ground. Close your eyes. Listen and smell for a minute or two. Then talk about what you heard, smelled, and felt. Talk about the wonder of God's creation even beyond what you can see.


Day 3

Go to the library together to find a book about stars. After dark lie on a blanket outside with your feet toward the north. Find constellations in the nighttime sky.


Day 4

Let your family enjoy a moonlight walk. Talk about how God's world looks by moonlight. Notice the sky, the clouds, and the moon. What strange shapes do you see? Listen. Do you hear any animals, water, or the wind? How is nighttime different from daytime?


Day 5

Remind your family that God created the earth. Give thanks together. If you live near mountains, thank God for the mountains. If you live near a beach, thank God for the ocean. If you live in a desert, thank God for the sun and the sand. Wherever you live, thank God together for the sun, the moon, and the stars.


Day 6

As a family write a prayer of thanksgiving for God's world. Be sure each person has an opportunity to add a line about his or her favorite part of the natural world.



Day 7

Make sunshine biscuits or cookies. Shape refrigerator biscuits or cookie dough into the shapes of the sun, moon, and stars. For sunshine biscuits melt cheese on top of the biscuits just before they are done. For sunshine cookies decorate with yellow frosting.

CHAPTER 2

Plants


Week 2


Scripture:

Genesis 1:11-13


Talk Point:

God made plants grow to meet the needs of people and animals. We thank God for the many ways plants make our lives better.

"Then God said, 'Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.' And it was so," said the storyteller.

Josh loved to hear the stories. But plants? What difference does it make that God created plants? What good are all these plants for, anyway? he thought.

"We use the plants that God created every day," he heard the storyteller continue. "When we ate our meal tonight, we ate plants—lettuce, cucumbers, beans, and wheat bread. The fig cakes made with honey are my favorite. Later tonight I plan to have a snack of pistachio nuts."

Yes, thought Josh, that was a good meal. I guess I never thought about foods being plants.

The storyteller continued, "And look at this tunic I'm wearing. This cloth was woven after the flax leaves were dried and then spun to make thread."

I have clothes made from flax, thought Josh. Is that a plant?

"Just last week," the storyteller said, "Rachel was sick. But she's better now. The barley porridge was just what she needed!"

I had a mixture of palm leaves once for a stomachache, Josh remembered. Maybe plants really are important.

Josh began listening now. He wanted to know more about the plants God created for people to use. The storyteller told about so many plants that Josh began to lose count, but he remembered about using reeds to measure distance and to make baskets. He remembered trees where birds build nests, and branches that are used to make shelters, and lilies and crocuses that make the fields so beautiful.

Well, thought Josh, plants are important!

When the storyteller was finished, Josh left the campfire remembering the storyteller's words: "The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good."

"I'm going to eat a plant now," said Josh. "In fact, I may eat several. I want almonds and grapes and maybe even some cantaloupe!"


Day 1

As you plant some bulbs outside (or in a pot, if it is winter), talk about God's plan for the world. Encourage family members to talk about their favorite plants. If you are planting the bulbs inside in winter, discuss what you will do with the pots when they flower.


Day 2

Make a snack that uses only plants—celery, carrots, raisins, nuts, dried fruits, banana chips, and so forth. Talk about the plants God created and the many ways we use them.


Day 3

Look for seeds at home. How many can you find in your refrigerator or in your cabinets?


Day 4

Plant a sweet potato and watch it grow. Stick toothpicks around the edge and suspend the potato over a jar of water so that the bottom of the sweet potato touches the water. As the water evaporates, add more water. As you and your child watch the sweet potato vine grow, talk about how God creates plants from seeds, bulbs, or tubers.


Day 5

Let your child adopt a tree (or a bush or other plant). Work together to learn as much as possible about the tree. What kind is it? Does it like lots of sun or not? How deep do its roots go? Is it healthy? Do insects or birds live in the tree? How does the tree sound when the wind blows? Does the tree have blooms? Do they smell good?


Day 6

Make a cactus garden. Sprinkle small rocks in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Fill the bowl with sand. Plant two or three cactus plants. Sprinkle the garden with water and keep it on a windowsill. Talk about the variety of plants God has created.


Day 7

Try a water experiment: Cut a warm, boiled potato in half. Put each half in the bottom of a quart jar. Add clean water to one jar. Cover about half of the potato. Label the jar "Clean Water." Cover half of the potato in the second jar with water in which you have washed your dirty hands. Label the jar "Dirty Water." Cover the jars and place them in a warm dark place.

Check the jars after a few days to see what has happened. Think about it: What happens to plants and animals when the water in our lakes and streams becomes polluted? Decide to do what you can to keep the water clean.

CHAPTER 3

Living Creatures!


Week 3


Scripture:

Genesis 1:20-25, 30-31 Psalm 104:24


Talk Point:

God created different kinds of animals—all living creatures. We praise God for creation as we enjoy and care for animals.

God looked around at all that had been created. There was day and night. There was sky and sea. There was earth. The sky filled with clouds. The sea rolled and crashed against the land. The earth was covered with many growing plants. And God said, "This is good. But it is not finished yet. I must have living creatures."

"Let the waters be filled with living creatures," God said. And fish appeared—big fish, little fish, short and fat fish, long and skinny fish, bluefish, red fish, yellow fish, striped fish, speckled fish, prickly fish, and slimy fish. And God said, "This is good, but it is not finished yet."

God said, "Let the earth be filled with living creatures." And it was so. There were big birds, little birds, short and fat birds, tall and thin birds, birds with short legs, birds with long legs, birds with almost no legs at al. There were birds that could fly very high and even birds that could not fly at all. There were birds that walked, birds that ran, and birds that swam. There were red birds, blue birds, yellow birds, and birds with many colors. And God said, "This is good. But it is not finished yet."

"I want many kinds of animals," God said. And it was so. There were big animals, little animals, short and fat animals, and tall and thin animals. There were animals with four legs, animals with six legs, animals with eight legs, animals with no legs, and animals that had so many legs it was impossible to count them all. There were animals with fur, animals with shells, animals with scales, and animals no one would want to touch to find out what they were made of. There were animals that walked, animals that ran, animals that flew, animals that crawled, animals that slithered, and animals that hardly moved at all. And God said, "This is good. That's enough for now."

And God said to the fish, to the birds, and to the animals, "Go make more of your own kind. Fill the earth!" And it was so.


Day 1

Take a walk in your neighborhood, in a park, or in a camping area. Count the many kinds of plants and animals you see. Can you name each one?


Day 2

Go to a pet store. Admire the birds, the fish, the ferrets, the mice, and the other animals you see there. Thank God for animals of all kinds. Perhaps you could take a bag of cat or dog food to an animal shelter.


Day 3

Feed the birds in your yard. String popped corn, cranberries, raisins, cheese, and dried fruit on a thread and hang it from a tree limb.


Day 4

Visit an aquarium. Talk about all the different kinds of fish God made. If this is not practical, find books in the library about fish, or look up a particular kind of fish on the Internet. (Your older children might be interested in looking up whales and sharks and seeing what the differences are in these two ocean dwelling creatures.)


Day 5

Keep a journal of the animals you see near your home during the week. Encourage your children to draw pictures of the animals. Go to the library or use the Internet to find about more about the animals in your area. If your ancestors came from another country, find out about the animals that live there. Talk about how animals adapt to the conditions of the places they live. Find books or an Internet source about animals in Australia.


Day 6

Watch a bed of ants. Give the ants crumbs of bread and watch what happens. Be careful, though. Do not leave your child alone with the ants. Remind your family that God planned for ants to live together in colonies, helping one another. How does your own family help one another? Thank God for families.


Day 7

If there is a petting zoo nearby, take your child to visit. Help your child develop an appreciation for all of God's animals. If this is not practical, let everyone bring his or her favorite stuffed animal to a meal and tell as much as he or she knows about the animal it represents. Thank God for animals and for the pleasure they give us.

CHAPTER 4

It All Works Together!


Week 4


Scripture:

Genesis 8:22


Talk Point:

God created an orderly and dependable world. Children can learn to trust God as they see God's plan in the succession of day and night and in the cycle of the seasons.

"God looked at the plants and the animals that had been created and said, 'It is good!'"

It's about time! thought Joel. Nothing has gone right all day. I want to get this over with and go home. I hope the storyteller doesn't have a long story tonight.

"But God knew that if the world would always be good, there must be some order," continued the storyteller. "There must be things that people could depend on day after day and season after season. So God gave order to the seasons, to the ways plants grow, and to the weather. And God saw that the order was good.

"We can depend on God," the storyteller said. "God created an orderly world. Even when things seem to go wrong, we can depend on God.

"Did you ever know a time when day did not come after night? Was there ever a time when fall came after winter and there was no spring or summer? Was there ever a time when no food grew anywhere on the earth? Was there ever a spring when the flowers did not bloom or the birds did not sing?

"Oh, yes," said the storyteller. "There are days when everything seems to go wrong. Our lives are filled with challenges. But we can depend on God's world to provide the things we need. There will always be plants for food and plants for building our homes. Animals will always be here to provide food and clothing and to help us with our work. We can depend on God's world. Even though some days might not be exactly the way we want them to be, we do know that we can depend of God's world. We know that:

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22)


The storyteller's story was short tonight. But Joel didn't mind staying at the campfire a little longer. It had been a bad day. But things didn't seem so bad anymore as Joel listened to the sounds of God's world. He knew he would hear the wind blowing in the trees. He knew he would hear insects singing. He knew it was a lizard he heard running through the fallen leaves. It was night, and Joel knew that tomorrow would come, and God's world would be filled with life for another day.


Day 1

Help your child collect items to contribute to an organization that provides help for victims of natural disasters. Talk about being prepared to help others.


Day 2

Look at the foods in your pantry. Can you name where each kind of food is grown? Perhaps the label will tell you. At mealtime, give thanks for the people who helped to grow your food.


Day 3

Find a stream of water. Hike upstream to find the source. Talk about how all parts of God's world are linked and orderly. If this is not possible, check out a book about a river and learn about its source and about the places it flows through. Or look up a particular river on the Internet. What happens when the river overflows its banks? Reassure your child that even when bad things happen, we can depend of God and on God's world.


Day 4

Take a hike together. How many kinds of life can you see? Are there young trees growing near old trees? Are there bird nests with eggs? Are there grown birds? What other kinds of plants and animals do you see? How do they depend on one another? If a hike isn't possible, watch a nature show together on television. See how many ways you can name that plants and animals depend on each other.


Day 5

Talk about ways the members of your family depend on one another. How do parents help children? How do children help parents? What things do parents and children do together? Thank God for your family.


Day 6

Play "What would happen if ..." Discuss the benefits and problems if: water flowed uphill instead of downhill; we got younger each year instead of older; rain came up from the ground; the sun shone for one hour at a time and then it was dark for a week; we ate dessert before eating the rest of the meal.


Day 7

Read Ecclesiastes 3:14 together. Thank God that the world God created has endured and will continue to endure.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

In the Beginning,
Plants,
Living Creatures!,
It All Works Together,
Caretakers,
Free to Choose,
It's Going to Rain!,
Lisa's Move,
Sarah's Wondrous Thing,
A Growing Family,
Jacob, the Trickster,
Esau Forgives Jacob,
Joseph and His Brothers,
Joseph the Leader,
Joseph Forgave,
Baby in a Basket,
Trouble for Moses,
The Burning Bush,
Moses Obeys God,
Free At Last,
In the Wilderness,
God's Law,
Crossing the Jordan,
Deborah,
I Will Go With You,
A New Family,
Vashti's Choice,
A Courageous Woman,
Faithful Friends,
In the Lion's Den,
Jonah,
Samuel Remembers,
Give Us a King!,
David the Shepherd,
Praise and Friendship,
God's People United,
Wise King Solomon,
The Coming Messiah,
Name Him Jesus,
Mary and Elizabeth Praise God,
A Manger Bed,
A Savior Is Born!,
Led by a Star,
Jesus Grew,
Jesus Is Baptized,
Follow Me!,
Teach us to Pray,
Jesus Heals,
New Commandment,
A Long Dark Night,
Jesus Is Alive,
Go and Tell,

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