My new book Faith-Filled Moments is releasing October 1, 2009 from Wesleyan Publishing House! It’s a collection of all sorts of ways parents like you can use games, recipes, outdoor experiences, crafts, science experiments, and more to help your child connect with God and love him more. So…I thought I’d give you a taste of what the content in the book is like. If you like this, you’ll love the 80+ unique moments that you’ll only find in my upcoming book.
I Am the Clay
Make homemade play-dough with your child to teach him about God’s role as the “potter” in his life.
Supplies: ingredients (see below); kitchen tools; cookie cutters, rolling pin, and other toys for play-dough
Recruit your child to help you cook something up…but it’s not for eating, it’s for some serious playing! Use the recipe below to make homemade play-dough. When it’s cooled off, invest some time playing together, forming shapes, pretend cookies, bowls, people, snakes, and anything else you can think of.
Homemade Play Dough Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
1 ½ Tablespoons cream of tartar
6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3 ¼ cups water
Mix the dry ingredients together in a saucepan. Mix the liquids, including food coloring, in a separate bowl. Pour the liquids into the sauce pan and stir everything together. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. The dough will begin to form and the mixture will stiffen in about 5-10 minutes. When it’s too stiff to stir, stop cooking and let it cool a bit. While it’s still warm (but not burning hot!), knead the dough a bit to achieve the desired consistency. Let it cool just a bit more, then play!
As you and your child form various items out of the dough, share this verse with your child: “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8). Invite your child to share what he thinks this verse might mean and affirm his ideas. Talk about how a potter form bowls out of clay as you each try to make a bowl out of play-dough. Then share with your child that not only did God make us, but he continues to shape us. He forms and perfects us throughout our lives to into the person he’s made us to be.
You may want to ask your child questions like…
- What do you think it means that God is our potter?
- How do you think God is at work shaping and forming you?
Make this extra fun by making edible dough with your child! It’s not quite as moldable as play-dough, but it’s still lots of fun. Simply mix together 1 cup powdered milk, ½ cup creamy peanut butter, and ½ cup honey. Butter up your child’s hands so it’s easier to handle this sticky dough, then roll it into balls, snakes, and other various shapes. The final step? Eat it!