Pages Navigation Menu

Don't forget to make some memories!

Gauging God’s Goodness

Gauging God’s Goodness

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.

You’ve heard the old adage, “Spring showers bring May flowers.” This month, we’re going to celebrate God’s many blessings that rain down by making a rain gauge and using the gauge as a trigger for praise!

What you’ll need:

  • A clear plastic water bottle
  • A marker
  • Tape measure
  • Sheet of paper and pen, pencil, or crayon

Skill level:

Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy buying their water bottle, drinking it, and watching mom or dad cut the top 1/3 off the bottle. Little ones will also enjoy brainstorming blessings.

I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children will also enjoy buying and drinking the water before it’s transformed into a rain gauge. An adult will need to cut the top third of the bottle for them but they will enjoy measuring off inches on the bottle, and writing down the blessings shared during the activity.

Time:

30 minutes

Instructions:

  • Mom or dad will need to cut off top 1/3 of bottle
  • Measure inches (or half-inches) from the bottom of the bottle and mark each inch with a line and number.
  • Turn the top third of the bottle upside down and place it inside the bottle.

Dig Deeper:

Read Ezekiel 34:26 aloud: “I will make them and the places around, My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessings.” NASB

Write, or ask your child to write “Showers of Blessings” on the top of the paper. Share how you’ll be discussing God’s blessings today. Set your timer for 5 or 10 minutes. Write down every blessing that comes to mind. In addition to the physical ones, be sure to guide your child to include spiritual blessings like grace, mercy, eternal life, forgiveness, etc.  Encourage your little one to continue to add to the list when other blessings come to mind. Keep the list (and a pencil) handy.

As you cut the top off the water bottle, share how showers of rain are a blessing from God. They make the grass green, help the flowers to bloom, and make trees fruitful. While you or your child is measuring and marking the bottle, share how the bottle will become a simple rain gauge so that when it rains, you can visually measure how much rain fell during the shower. Unlike a rain gauge, it’s impossible to measure or count all of God’s blessings because they are endless, but the rain gauge will serve as an opportunity to thank God for each one you’ve listed (and continue to list) on your “Showers of Blessings” paper.

You’ll want to wedge the gauge in a secure spot outside, maybe between a few flowerpots. After every rain shower, take your child to see how much it rained and then take a few moments to thank God for the next blessing on your list.

By: Cathy Baker @ Cultivating Creativity (www.cathybaker.org)

Join us at www.just18summers.com for our parenting blog each Monday-Friday and for info about the Just 18 Summers novel.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Leaderboard Ad