Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fears and Monsters: Elementary and Preschool

This week for our fun with elementary friends day, we chose the theme Monsters (and fears).  Halloween is coming up and we see "scary" things everywhere. In fact, one of my boys recently confided in me that he sleeps at the edge of his bed because he's afraid of monsters.  

This week we had 5 kids (4 preschool through first grade).  We talked about the verse, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7.

Homework is always first.  The Princess had homework to finish - reading.  She read to the boys (she read the book forward and backward).  They loved it.

As we started talking about God's power to help us when we're afraid, the kids used biodegradable packing peanuts to build monsters.  Did you know that if you wet the packing peanut it sticks to another peanut?

The Princess made arms and legs on her monster.  Others came in a variety of interesting shapes.

Next we did a quick experiment with the packing peanuts - we put them in water to see what would happen! This gave us a chance to talk about the difference between "melting" and "disintegrating".  

The kids used wiggly eyes, blank label stickers, and foam frames to make monsters (I forgot some of the essential other pieces at home - they didn't know the difference).  I think they really loved getting to use the glue the most.  These were creative monsters indeed!

Someone was upset that they could not have any more eyes - they had a little difficulty sharing with the others.  More learning opportunities at each activity.

We had some delicious frozen hot chocolate.  How do you make frozen hot chocolate?  Well it's simple.  You take a little milk, a lot of water, some hot chocolate packets and some ice.. throw them in a blender, and push the button until the ice breaks down into slush.  This guy loved it!

We finished by making play doh monsters.  I don't know what happened to those pictures.  The kids had a great time making monsters and talking about God's power over fear.

How do you teach kids about fear?


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