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Celebrating the Rock!

Celebrating the Rock!

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.

Did you know that September 16th is Collect Rocks Day? (We’re posting this a couple of days early to give you time to gather supplies.) Whether you’re an avid rock collector or you simply like the feel of a smooth round rock in your hand, this is a fun day to celebrate a long-standing hobby in our country. And today, we’ll learn something special about a particular Rock found in the Bible.

What you’ll need:

  • A favorite rock – ideally, a smooth one. (Preferably large – be aware of any choking hazard for younger children in the home. If you live in an area where rocks aren’t easily found, bags of rocks can be purchased at places like Lowe’s or at craft stores.)
  • Black marker
  • Paints and/or crayons
  • Bible
  • And, of course, Rocky Road ice cream

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy finding a favorite rock. Larger rocks are preferred to avoid any choking hazard.  Based on age, the child may also enjoy painting or decorating his/her rock.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will also enjoy finding rocks. If smoother rocks can be found, issue the challenge to find one. They will also enjoy painting or decorating their rock. Based on their age, they may also be able to help reading the Scripture passages.

Time:

30 minutes

Instructions:

  • Share how today is “Collect Rock Day” and that the family has a mission to find their favorite rocks. To add a flurry of fun, take a trip to a local park or hiking spot to search for them.
  • Bring the rock(s) home, wash it off, and allow it to dry.
  • Look up the corresponding Scripture verses and read them aloud.
  • Encourage your children to paint or decorate their rocks any way they like.
  • Celebrate with a scoop of Rocky Road ice cream!

Dig Deeper:

As they decorate their rock, read (or ask an older child to read) the following verses:

  • “And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.” Psalm 78:35
  • For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?”  2 Samuel 22:32
  • “On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.” Psalm 62:7

Ask:

  • Why do you think the Bible refers to God as a rock? What do they have in common?
  • How do you think believing God is our Rock can help us when we’re sad, or when someone has hurt our feelings?

Encourage your child to place the rock in a special (and safe) place as a reminder of God’s strength.

Suggested prayer:

Dear heavenly Father,

Thank You for being our Rock.

Like the mountains, You are strong and You remain the same

yesterday, today, and forever.

We are thankful we can run to You

Knowing that Your love for us is higher than the highest mountain!

You are our Rock, strong and mighty,

today and forever more.

Amen.

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity and www.cathybaker.org. More information about Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach can be found at  www.cathybaker.org.

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