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Be a “Good Book” Worm!

Be a “Good Book” Worm!

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones.

With children returning to school this month we’re reminded of the importance of having a good education, and much of this happens through books. Today, we’re going to learn about a very special Book. In fact, it’s the only Book that is actually alive! That’s right! So grab your supplies and let’s all become “Good Book” Worms.

What you’ll need:

  • Construction or card stock paper (preferred due to its weight) – two different colors or patterns
  • Thin black marker or store-bought eyes in the small size
  • Safety scissors for children
  • Craft glue
  • You can freehand drawing your circles or use a K-cup to trace the perfect size (see image)

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy picking out their paper, cutting the paper in circles (help may be needed, depending on age) and possibly gluing the circles together and drawing or applying the eyes.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will also enjoy choosing their favorite patterns or colors. They may want to choose a different type of store-bought eyes. They can cut and glue the paper as well.

Time:

20 minutes (not including drying time for the glue)

Instructions:

  • Cut five circles about 1-2” wide and two tiny rectangles that will be the bookworm’s antennas.
  • On one circle (preferably a lighter color) draw or attach eyes. Do this before the gluing pieces together process begins. This way, if there’s a mishap with the eyes you won’t have to cut all new circles.
  • Lay the circles face down and apply glue on 1/4 of each circle until you have five circles glued together. They don’t have to be in an exact straight line. (See image).
  • The last circle to your right will be the head of the bookworm. Apply a small dot of glue to each antenna and place it on the back of the “head” circle, just above the area for the eyes.
  • Turn your bookworm over so the glue is facing you until it is dried.

Dig Deeper:

As you cut out the circles, share how bookmarks are used to hold the place of their favorite book. Ask what their favorite book is, and why it’s their favorite. Share how you know of a book – the only Book ever created – that is alive! Read the following verse aloud:

For the word of God is living and active. Hebrews 4:12a

Although there are many wonderful books that they will enjoy over their lifetime, the Bible is the only Book that God breathed into existence. When we read and study the Good Book, God’s Spirit “speaks” to us deep down inside, showing us truths that will help us to draw closer to Him. And as we grow older, we can go to the Bible to find answers for all of life.

Encourage your child to enjoy books, and to read as many as you can, but to always make reading the Good Book a priority because God speaks to us through His words. Use your Good Book worm to help you keep your place as your read the Bible.

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity (www.cathybaker.org)Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach (www.cathybaker.org.)

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One Comment

  1. Wonderful book for little hands! Where may I buy a copy?

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