“…speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—” Ephesians 4:15
Leaving the routine behind for few months and getting into a new rhythm is exciting for children and parents. Lightning bugs, swimming pools, lemonade stands, sleeping bags, and popsicles are just a few things that make summer fun.
Just as you plan a playdate with friends to the pool, a camping trip, or a vacation trip; a plan to teach God’s Word and about His world takes planning.
Summer Ideas for Kids that Point Your Child to God
- Help your child make a promise book. Get a small notebook, have child select a fabric to cover the notebook, and glue a ribbon in to use as a book mark. Two days each week teach a the verse of promise and have child write or the parent can copy verse and have child glue in a page of the notebook. Discuss how the promise fits into the life of your child. God can be trusted. There are over 7,000 promises in the Bible. Click here for daily promises in the Bible.
- Take photos of your child this summer. Compile these photos at the end of the summer with your child to recall the memories made. Fun, friends, and family are all a part to the world God created for our enjoyment. What fun to reflect and thank God for the extra time spent during the summer months.
- If you have planted a garden have your children help to take care of the growing plants. If you have not planted a garden go to a farmer’s market in your area and have your child help you to pick out some regular as well new fruits and vegetables to eat during the week. Discuss how God provided what we need nutritionally by the food He created for us.
- Check out the Child Evangelism Fellowship organization (CEF) in your area. All you need to do is supply 2 hours for one week at your home, a snack, and children. This organization will provide teachers that will come to your home to teach a Bible lesson, Bible memory verse, song, and game. What an amazing outreach for the children in your neighborhood.
- Select a chapter book to read at bedtime. Maybe extend the bedtime reading time as a summer treat too. Some chapter books ideas: Homer Price – Robert McCloskey / This is a rare book to find, but I enjoyed it as a kid! Homer had some really fantastic adventures, Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White, The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh – A.A. Milne, Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson, My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George, American Girl Books – Various Authors, Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry, and Biographies of coarse.
- If possible stop housework and chores by 11 AM so the rest of the day provides more relaxation in schedule so you can enjoy your children even more. This preschool and elementary age will go more quickly than you can imagine. It will not be long before driver’s education and other activities will limit your time and influence with your children.
- Take your children to visit grandparents or other elderly people if grandparents are no longer living. Hearing the stories of loved ones from long ago brings appreciation of older people and that of another time. Doing activities with grandparents brings joy to both generations.
- Other summer ideas for kids includes: extra time for biking and pointing out God’s creation, doing service projects for neighbors that points to helping others, and inviting friends over which is not only fun but models hospitality to your children.
More summer ideas for purposely teaching God’s Word and teaching about God’s world can be found at Truths for Tots website under the July and August calendar.
May you have a wonderful, purposeful summer with your children.
Until the next “Truth” sharing moment,
Cathy Jo Johnson