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Fun activities kids can do at home this week

03.19.20 | HPUMC Family, HPUMC Kids at Home | by Amanda Garman

Fun activities kids can do at home this week

    Instead of just surviving the days, we want to help you make the extra time you have at home meaningful and fun.

    We know that you're walking into a week that looks a lot different from what you had planned. Trips have been canceled, kids are home from school, many parents are working remotely, and stay-at-home parents are having to adjust to a full house all week long.

    Our normal routines have been interrupted.

    As you hunker down at home, HPUMC Kids wants to help equip you with activities that you can do with your kids each day. Instead of just surviving the days, we want to help you make the extra time you have at home meaningful and fun.

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    Each day we're going to provide you with a few activities that you can do with your kids. These activities will help you engage with the Sunday Bible story all week long, connect with each other around the dinner table, and give you ways to reach out to our neighbors through prayer and service.

    Activities will be posted daily below, as well as on our Facebook Group. Join our group today so that you can follow along and be sure to share pictures and videos of you engaging with us all week long!

    One last thing- during this time don't forget to take care of yourself.

    As parents, we usually focus all our energy on what our kids need, but self-care is going to be important as we navigate this. You might feel anxious, get frustrated more easily, and lose your temper. That's ok and you are not alone. Be proactive about taking care of yourself — take a minute for a deep breath if you feel like you're about to lose it, take a "parent time out" in the closet, call or text a friend.

    We are here for you and will walk alongside you through it all!

    Week of March 22 Pre-K Lesson: The Twelve Disciples, The Gospels- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 

    Week of March 22 Elementary Lesson: The Story of the Lost Son, Luke 15:11-24

    Monday - Around the dinner table

    As you gather around the dinner table tonight (or the lunch/snack table if you need an activity earlier in the day) here are a few activities that your family can do together.

    Printable Placemat - Print out this placemat for your Pre-K kids to use for the month of March

    Table Topic Questions- Periodically Chick-Fil-A puts "Table Topic" sets in their kid's meals. Dig those out of your junk drawer, order this set, or use these questions to get conversations started at the dinner table. 1) What was your favorite part of the day? 2) If you could eat anything at dinner, what would it be? 3) Tell about a time that you had to forgive someone

    Dinner for the Disciples- in this week's Pre-K Bible story, the disciples all had dinner together. Using play food that you have at home, figure out how many disciples you could feed with the food you have. 

    Tuesday: Dance Party

    Since it's St. Patrick's Day, let's have a dance party to celebrate! We've put together two playlists for you to enjoy: Pre-K Playlist and Elementary Playlist. We will update the playlist each week with some new songs, so make sure to mark it as a favorite. You can even use this fun music to make chores and cleaning up toys more enjoyable!

    Wednesday: Build a Fort

    All month long in Elementary, we're talking about DIY and how forgiveness takes work, but it's worth it. Each Wednesday we're going to give you a DIY activity to work on at home. This week, we're asking you to pull out everything you have and build the best and biggest fort you can. We're also going to make it fun and throw in a contest — send us a photo of your fort in our Facebook group or by emailing . On Friday at noon, we will announce two winners and you'll receive a prize in the mail. Join us!

    Thursday: Follow our Pinterest Page

    We've put together a Pinterest page full of games, activities, and Easter crafts. Follow along — we'll be posting new things to it regularly!

    Friday: Outside Adventure

    We encourage you to get outside sometime this weekend! Being outside is what reminds us that although a lot of things feel different, God's creation remains the same. I try to think of it as God giving us little reminders that He's always present and at work!

    Walk on your local walking trail, find a creek you've never visited, or look up into the trees to see what you can see. Stop and listen — what sounds do you hear?  

    We hope you'll share with us on our Facebook page some of the sights you saw on your adventure today! 

    Share your story!

    During this challenging time, what have you seen, heard, or been a part of? Something big? Something small? Something simple? Something extraordinary?

    No matter where you’ve noticed God at work — in your family, community, job, or elsewhere — we’d love to talk to you about it. 

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