So let's talk picture books. I'm excited to share some of the activities we did this week as we read our ocean books! If you missed it, you can see all the books we read here. This week's activities tied back to our memory verse. You can find the printable posters here! I do so love when everything fits together so nicely!
You rule over the story seas. When its waves rise up, you calm them down.
Psalm 89:9 NIrV
Really, any ocean book would work for this, but we love some Froggy around here! He's just silly and deserves a lot of grace (don't we all) which lends itself to some really great conversations. Because we love him, we naturally read this book multiple times throughout the week.
For an art extension, we made did some sensory painting and made puffer fish! Baby Boy had these bumpy balls, so we rolled them in some paint and made some spiky fish. The original version I saw here was super cute! She used wax paper for the fins and cut out some eyes from construction paper. I'm going to be honest with all of you and just let you know up front that mine did not turn out nearly so fancy.
The boys started out all nice and sweet... until Baby Boy tried to poke Little Man in the face with a paint-covered finger.
Then he wasn't so sure what to do with said paint-covered finger.
I did eventually get them to actually paint.
We let them dry and then they were in a hurry to
run around like crazy monkeys get tucked sweetly into bed, so we just used a Sharpie to draw the eyes and fins. It's all about the process and not the product, right?
For our Biblical extension activity, I wanted to tie in prayer since we've been working so intentionally lately. Little Man especially has been dealing with some pretty big stressors over the past few weeks. We talked about how our God is bigger than all of those stressors. He calmed the stormy sea and He can calm the waves in our lives.
I had Little Man name a few of the "waves" going on right now. Friendships, life changes, health, shifting schedules... waves. With each wave, he would shake up the ocean wave sensory bottle.
Slowly, we asked God to calm each of those waves. And then we thanked Him for the many, many waves He has already calmed and has calmed without our even knowing.
While many of our sensory bottles end up in Baby Boy's basket, this one went into our "Calm Down Basket." Sometimes we just need that visual reminder that our God is the Almighty. Even the waves and wind know to calm themselves before Him. And I am so thankful.
Have a fantastic and wonderful week, friends! Have you followed us on Bloglovin yet? We have a new book list coming out for you tomorrow for What We're Reading Wednesday!