Draw your child's attention to the way the Father forgave his son without a moment's pause. You can also tell your child that we often find it hard to forgive and love on our own but when the Lord Jesus is asked into our hearts, He comes in and makes all the unforgiveness and sin go.
Demonstrate this with this Prodigal Son activity. You need to do this outdoors.
You will need: A glass, some garden soil and a jug of water.
Half fill the glass loosely with soil. Tell your child that this is like our hearts when we don't know the Lord's forgiveness or when we hold unkind thoughts towards others. Then take the water and pour it into the glass explaining while you go that this is what it is like when we ask the Father to forgive our sins and Jesus comes in and washes us clean.
Your child will see that the water begins to replace the soil! make sure you have enough water to continue pouring for a while until the glass hold only clear water.
Children who complain when others get something and they do not need to learn to be content with what they do have and not always long for what someone else has.
The brother of the prodigal also felt that he had a right to feel upset with his dad throwing a banquet for his wayward son. Teaching your children from an early age to yield their rights to their siblings will go a long way to bringing peace into your home in years to come.
You will need: red card stock, scissors, glitter and glue or glitter glue tubes. Cut out a large heart from the red card. Write in the centre "God Loves Me Always" with a black marker and then let your toddler sprinkle the glitter on.
Glitter Tip; Put glitter in shaker bottles or loose in a pack. Save your old spice shakers and put the glitter in there. This prevents glitter going in eyes which is very painful.
While the prodigal son was away from home, his job was to feed the pigs. Create this paper mache pig, just scroll down for the pig instructions.
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