Friday, August 7, 2015

Teaching Children About Salvation

Do your children really know what it means to be "SAVED"? 
Do they fully understand the importance and sacrifice of what Jesus did for us when he died on the cross? Do you want to know a fun and easy way to teach them about salvation? 

 I have never shared a video on my blog before, but I came across an old video post I had created and shared on my FB page and I wanted to share it here with all of you. Notice I said it is an "old" post. I actually shared this in April right before Easter Sunday. Yes, I realize it is August, but it is never to late to learn about salvation.

The video is pretty self explanatory and can be used at home or church to give your children a wonderful visual demonstration of what it means to be saved my our Lord and Savior. Also, a fun thing I learned and taught the children in my VBS class this summer is what we call the ABCs of Salvation. The video and ABCs are posted below. If you have other tips or suggestions for teaching your children the importance of salvation I would love to hear them.

The ABCs of Salvation are as follows:

A- Admit......Admit honestly to the Lord that you have sinned.  (No sin is allowed in Heaven)
Romans 3:23  “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 
Romans 6:23  “The wages of sin is death (everlasting punishment).

B- Believe....Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again, His blood being shed for our sins.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

C- Confess....Confess your love for Jesus and your willingness to trust Him and only Him.
Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Children leave their prints on their Mother's Heart.

Well hello there! How have you all been? I am sorry it has been so long since my last post. I wish I had a good excuse, but I don't. Life just got in the way. We have been very busy this summer.

 I wanted to share a quick post with all of your about a fun craft I did this past May with my daycare kiddos. I was looking to make something meaningful for the kids to give their Moms for Mother's Day and came across this idea. It was super easy to do and cost effective! I can honestly say that getting the finger print heart was the hardest part.

Here is what you need: (All product were purchased at Walmart in the craft/jewelry aisle.)

Model Air Dry Clay in white (or color of your choose) I choose the smaller bricks. I made two necklaces from one brick by splitting it in half.

Acrylic paint and small paint brush

Necklace Chain in desired length

I added the metal crosses but you do not have to add a charm.

Rolling pin

Small heart shaped cookie cutter

Step 1: Divide your clay into desired size and roll into a small smooth ball. Then flatten with rolling pin to desired size and thickness to cut out heart shape with cookie cutter. I advise you make the heart quite thick to better reveal the kid's thumbprints.

Step 2: Have the children use both of their thumbs to make a heart impression inside the heart cut out of the clay. Make sure you leave enough room at the top of the heart to make a hole for the chain. This process took us several attempts. If you make a mistake roll out the dough again and cut out another heart to start over.

Step 3: Once you have the thumbprint heart within the heart cut out, puncture a hole in the top large enough for your chain to fit through it. I used a toothpick to carve out the hole. Set the clay aside to harden for 1-2 hours.

Step 4: Once the clay is hard enough to touch without leaving impressions you can use the acrylic paint to paint the fingerprint heart. When finished, set aside to let the paint dry 1-2 hours

Step 5: Once the paint is completely dry you may add the chain and cross (or other charm). I wanted the cross to be over the heart so I added the chain to the heart and then added the cross.

Here is our finished project.....I presented these to the Mom's with a card that read:

"Children leave their prints on their Mother's Heart."

The kids LOVED making these and the Mom's were so surprised to receive them!

I hope you have as much fun with this project as we did. If you make them please share photos! It would be fun to see your twist on them. Enjoy!