Tricky Hopscotch (with a twist)

We are currently soaking up any sunny day we get in the midst of this very rainy season. Sidewalk chalk has always been a favorite backyard activity for my kids and I recently introduced my daughter to hopscotch.  We started with your traditional, schoolyard, 10 space hopscotch, but my girl wanted to make a bigger one.  Over time, we developed a super fun “Tricky Hopscotch with a Twist” that we would like to share with you.

Check out my daughter’s second “Craft Time with Karis” video where she shares her ideas on how to create a “Tricky Tricky Hopscotch.”  Karis adds silly spaces in the middle of the basic numbered squares.  In some, she acts like a cat, or a dog, in others she will dance or dab.  The best part about this, is that kids use their imaginations and creativity to come up with their own unique hopscotch.  This one simple activity combines art,  writing numbers, counting, imaginary play, and exercise.

Leave Karis a comment and let her know if you made a “Tricky Tricky Hopscotch” of your own and what creative spaces you added to yours!

St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt

What is St. Patrick’s Day really all about?  Is it about leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and pots of gold?  Who was St. Patrick anyway?  Every year, on March 17th we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but as I began thinking about some fun things I could do with my kids this year, I realized that I didn’t know anything about St. Patrick.  So I did a little reading, and what I discovered gave me a whole new perspective on this Irish holiday.

Patrick (Patricius) was a teenage boy living in Britain when he was kidnapped and put on a slave ship headed for Ireland.  He spent 6 years as a slave and it was in those years that he encountered God and received Jesus Christ as his Savior.  One day he had a dream that he was going back to his own country and he heard a voice say, “see your ship is ready.”  Patrick escaped and returned home.  Sometime later, he had another dream that he was to return to Ireland as a missionary.

St. Patrick was a man of God who brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to a very Pagan country.  In 432 A.D. he built the first Christian church in Ireland.  Over the course of 29 years, St. Patrick planted 300 churches and baptized over 120,000 Irishmen.

According to legend,  he used the three leaf clover to explain the trinity.  He used the one plant with three leaves as an analogy for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. unknown-1

 

With all of this in mind, I had an idea for a St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt for children that would highlight the God who St. Patrick lived for.  I’m all about good old fashioned holiday fun!  We always wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so we don’t get pinched 🙂 and for the last couple of years, we have celebrated by making these Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.  But I love an opportunity to teach my children about their identity in Christ.  I love to create fun experiences for them to learn Biblical truths.  So I think we have started a new St. Patrick’s day tradition in our house!

Here’s How the Treasure Hunt Works:

Print out the free templates I have included (at the end of this post) for the Gold Coins and the Bible Verse Cards.  Cut out the circles and use a glue stick to attach them to the chocolate coins.  I found my coins in the dollar section at Target. Cut out the Scripture Cards and have them ready.  Hide your gold coins out in your yard (or inside if it’s a rainy day).  Gather your kids and tell them that you are sending them on a treasure hunt.  Have them each collect the same number of gold coins.  Bring them inside, sit down together at the table and lay out the scripture cards.  Now your kids can match up their coins with the cards that have the same scripture references.  Have your kids take turns reading the verses that they found.  This fun experience will give kids the opportunity to discover the treasure of who they are in Christ.  As you wrap up your time together indulge in a little chocolatey goodness!

Here are some pictures and a video of our family enjoying our St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt.

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Sources: Patricius: The True Story of St. Patrick, Saint Patrick, The Shamrock, and The Trinity, Shamrock Image

Nerf Target Practice

Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned Nerf Battle?  My 10 year old son was who I had in mind when I added Nerf Wars and Target Practice to our Advent activities this year.  But let’s be honest…this is fun for any age…even the grown ups!

We started our evening by creating these spinning targets, which were a big “hit!” I prepared everything ahead of time by cutting circles out of empty food boxes and setting out markers, tape, two circles per person, large craft sticks, straws cut to size, pennies to weigh the spinners down at the bottom, a piece of string, and a couple of push pins.  Then we sat down at our coffee table to create.  Check out my tutorial to see how we made the spinners.

Next we each selected our Nerf Gun, grabbed a couple of soft bullets and had target practice.  We also stacked up some red cup pyramids to shoot down and then ended our evening with a boys vs. girls living room Nerf Battle, using a jump rope to divide the room in half.  The last one standing was the winner.  Want to know who the epic champion of the night was?  You guessed it…little sister for the win!

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