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Caring for the Birds, Like our Father

Caring for the Birds, Like our Father

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.

June is the month we celebrate fatherhood. God is the only perfect example of a father but He gave us earthly fathers to display His love and care for our families. Today, we focus on Matthew 26:6 because few verses explain the beauty of God’s detailed care for us (and the birds!) as much as this one.

What you’ll need:

  • A toilet paper roll
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed
  • Child-friendly utensil
  • Plate or tin foil

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands can help roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper insert in the birdseed. Your child will also enjoy sharing during the activity and finding just the right branch to hang their feeder on.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will enjoy slathering the peanut butter on the toilet paper insert, rolling it in the birdseed, sharing during the activity, and finding the perfect spot to hang the feeder.

Time:

20 minutes

Instructions:

  • Take a toilet paper insert and spread peanut butter all over it. It works better with a thin coating but this isn’t the time for perfection. {Smile}
  • Spread birdseed onto a paper plate or a slice of tin foil.
  • Roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper insert over the birdseed until it’s covered.
  • Find a branch to slide your birdfeeder over. Enjoy! (In the picture I couldn’t reach a branch, so I used our deck birdfeeder extension rod instead.)

Dig Deeper:

Read Matthew 26:6 aloud: “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?”

While you craft together, ask your child to share some of the ways their earthly father provides for the family, and then ask the same question about their heavenly Father.  (If your circumstances include a difficult earthly father situation, consider concentrating on your heavenly Father, the ultimate example of fatherhood.)

Some examples of both might be:

Earthly:

He works and provides food, housing and clothing.

He provides protection for us, physically and spiritually.

His love protects us from making unwise choices.

Heavenly:

Salvation (John 3:16)

All good gifts (James 1:17)

Grace – undeserved favor (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Encourage your children to share their list with their father on Father’s Day…or any time. Any day is a good day to encourage someone, especially a parent.

Take a moment to pray when you finish your craft thanking God for the way He cares for your family, and for the father with which He’s blessed you.

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity (www.cathybaker.org) Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach (http://amzn.to/2qSA1QL )

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