Every church kid knows the song “the wise man built his house upon the rock…” However most kids don’t know a lot about building houses. Which is kind of essential to understanding this story. So we spent some time exploring building themes and playing with the elements of this story.
The Wise And Foolish Builders
We don’t actually have this story in any Baby Bibles, but we do have it on our Dan and Louie CD’s. Dan and Louie is an audio Bible for preschoolers. This week we listened to the story as Vale went to bed.
Sand and Waterplay
This week I made a small world model of our story. Filled a tray will rocks on one side and sand on the other. Then I made 2 houses out of cardboard tubes and paper. I put a house on each side. Then I used a cup to pour water into the tray. Immediately the sand house became soaked and fell over. The rock house stayed up and dry for the most part. Then I drained out the water and let Vale play with the sand and rocks.
Vale got a kinetic sand tray kit for her birthday, so with us learning about sand, we had to pull out the sand tray. She had so much fun shaping and molding the sand. Kinetic sand is fun, because it’s like playing with wet sand at the beach. Also, ours is pink, and who doesn’t love pink sand.
We got out our mega blocks and built some towers. Mega blocks are great for fine motor skills, because babies have to insert one block into another, stack them on top of each other, and push hard to make them stick. It actually takes a lot more skill than you’d think.
We got these awesome colored blocks from a church friend. They are so simple. Just wooden colored cubes. I kinda just set them out on Vale’s play table, to see what she would do with them. She immediately started sorting them by color and stacking the same colored cubes on top of each other. It is amazing the learning opportunities kids will make for themselves when you just provide the invitation.
Snack: Bitsy Brainfood Puzzle Crackers
There are so many good things about these crackers. Each serving is a 1/2 serving of vegetables. Also they are square are triangle shaped, so kids can play with their food and make all sorts of creations from the shapes. We used ours to make houses.
This week we watched Veggie Tale’s The Little House That Stood. It remakes the story of The Three Little Pigs to tell the parable of the wise and foolish builders, with an emphasis on a firm foundation being what we need when the rains of life come.
We also sang the classic Sunday School tune: The Wiseman Built His House Upon The Rock
What did the little builder in your life think of this devotion? What activities did you try? Let me know! Comment Below.