We hosted second round of ‘Playdate with Purpose’ camp. I was determined to have it not at my home this time.Not because i don’t wanted to clean the house though that is a good reason,my thought process was , new neighborhood will give the opportunity to invite some of the kids from that neighborhood.I prayed about it.What did prayer do?
My friend Stacey decided to host it at her home.It was not a quick decision for her. I applaud her for the initiative.
- We moved past how big or small our home is.Don’t we all weigh in our homes when we have to host?
- It brought 2 new kids in the very last minute,who we didn’t think could come.
- It helped me refocus to get over the trivia of why do so much prep when not many kids are coming.Not very logical.However,faithfully speaking,isn’t it better to share the gospel with that one kid than missing out completely?
One of my sweet friends reminded me once ‘it is not about the number, it is about the people.’ Even if there is only one kid coming, let’s make it all about that one kid .’
Through any PWP, my prayer has always been for stirring up the heart of the people, that they can see the love of Christ, only true Holy God.
We decided to explore arts-crafts and dabble our hands in science experiments in this camp.
Arts and Craft:
We made a poster based on 1 Corinthians 10:13:4(Love is Kind).We asked kids what comes in your mind, when you think of kindness. Response varied. Our little friend Sophia thought of homeless people, where my little boy draw the picture ‘being nice’.Ms. Scarlett drew the picture with her mommy.We were suppose to color wash it but we let it slip and dabbled into something else.
We talked about Matthew 5:41 asking them, how they think; they can go one extra mile for Jesus as they were doing these crafts.
To change things up a little from crayons, paper and sticker,we made marshmallow man. It was good to see when one little friend, helped another little friend to give her an edge in activity by handing out her half-done structure, since she had started late.
We talked about God’s amazing creation(Genesis 1-31)– as we rolled the playdoh into star and animals, flower and mankind.
We had sensory overload as we dipped our hands in gooye flour glue to make paper-mache.
We had fun playing with recycled bubble machine, made out our small plastic container.
We watched dancing raisin in carbonated drink .
Though talk of the town was the Mentos-soda geyser. And why wouldn’t it be?
We talked about colors, primary vs. complimentary. As they got their hand completely dark, we asked them if they can make it white with unanimous answer of No.
We sought attention from each kid with their own personalized volcano. We asked them if they would like to taste vinegar. Answer was loud rejection with very vocal yuckiness.So we talked about how dis-obedience taste.Each kid had the opportunity to talk about disobedience.After pouring out the baking soda, as we saw white volcano bubbling away, we talked about Christ removing the yuckiness and making us pure.
I know our kids are impressionable. I also know that these nifty science experiments with theology talk may be easily forgotten once they leave the scene but the believer and stubborn optimist that I am, what If it is not forgotten by at least one of those kid? It would be worth it, won’t you agree?