Elevation eKidz Blog

Safari
Quest Quest
Motion Motion

Safari :: Week of August 17

WE’RE LEARNING… The Bible is God’s Word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” 2 Timothy 3:16a (CEV)
BIBLE STORY: The Bible teaches us how to live. I Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 13:16, and John 14:15

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember that the Bible is God’s Word!

Say, “If you know the Bible is God’s Word, shake the blanket as fast as you can!” Repeat the activity, each time with a different way to shake the blanket (with one hand, slowly, with your eyes closed, while jumping up and down, etc.).

After the activity say, “God gave us His Word, the Bible, to teach us how He wants us to live. In His Word, God teaches us to be kind, share, and obey. I’m so glad God gave us the Bible! What is the Bible?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!”


Safari :: August Parent Cue Article

Becoming a parent is one of those experiences in life where basically every cliché is true: It goes so fast. You’ll miss this. Just wait until they’re walking/talking/teenagers. They’ll grow out of it. It will get easier. At Parent Cue, we say something similar: It’s just a phase. So don’t miss it.It’s all true. The baby phase passes. Even on the days that seem like they’ll never end, time is moving; we can’t slow it down and we can’t get it back. But . . . Can I tell you a secret? I don’t love the baby phase.I’ve had three daughters and am beyond grateful for each one. I’ve lost a pregnancy and I know what a blessing it is to hold a child and know they’re yours forever.There is no greater feeling on this side of heaven.

But I still don’t love the baby phase. (Insert shrugging emoji here.) And you know what? That’s okay. I can love my baby and be present with my children and still loathe not be in love with the baby phase. Because let’s be honest—newborns are hard. Really hard. You’re sleepy. You’ve got spit up on your shirt. For some of us, our hormones are completely lop-sided. And you can’t remember the last time you took a shower. It’s okay if the gross and exhausting bothers you.

Everyone tells us to enjoy these days. To savor them. That we’ll be sad when they’re over. And maybe for some parts of the baby phase, that’s true. Baby skin is incredibly soft. Babies (can) smell delicious. Babies do bring with them a certain type of magic. But then you find yourself in the parking lot with a diaper blow out that destroys their outfit andyours, and you look in the mirror and see puffy eyes and greasy hair, and you feel lonely and overwhelmed . . .

IT’S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY IN THAT MOMENT.

I am not “missing” my daughters in any phase. I appreciate the easy parts and try to learn from the hard parts. But I won’t pretend the sweat dripping from my brow is a glow—it’s sweat. Hard-earned sweat. So the next time you’re hiding in the pantry or closet, desperate for your newborn TO KNOCK IT OFF WITH THE UNEXPLAINED SCREAMING, just know you’re not alone. It is a phase. You definitely don’t want to miss it. But that doesn’t mean you have to always like it.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.


Safari :: Week of August 10

WE’RE LEARNING… The Bible is God’s Word.
MEMORY VERSE: “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” 2 Timothy 3:16a (CEV)
BIBLE STORY: The Bible teaches us how to live. I Ephesians 4:32, Hebrews 13:16, and John 14:15

This week we sang a song to remind us that the Bible is God’s Word. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

The B-I-B-L-E

The B-I-B-L-E, (open hands like a book)
yes, that’s the book for me. (point thumbs to chest)
I stand alone on the Word of God, (stomp)
the B-I-B-L-E. (open hands like a book)

The B-I-B-L-E, (open hands like a book)
I’ll keep it close to me. (hug self)
I’ll read and pray and then obey
, (praying hands)
the B-I-B-L-E. (open hands like a book)

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job! What is the Bible?” Encourage your toddler to say, “The Bible is God’s Word!”


Safari :: Week of July 27

WE’RE LEARNING… I can help others.
MEMORY VERSE: “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13b (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Helpers I Luke 5-6

This week we sang a song to remind us that we can help others. Sing the song with your toddler at home!

I Will Help (to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

I will help and do my part,
have a kind and willing heart.
I’ll show love with helping hands;
and be a friend to you.

Repeat a few times, or as long as your toddler is interested. Say, “Great job! Who can help others?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can help others!”


Safari :: Week of July 20

WE’RE LEARNING… I can help others.
MEMORY VERSE: “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13b (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and His Helpers I Luke 5-6

During the worship experience this weekend, we played a fun game to help us remember that we can help others!

Play this game with your toddler at home! Choose 12 items (e.g., balls, stickers, shoes) and hide them around the house. Say, “Jesus had 12 helpers and they helped Him tell everyone about God’s love. In this game, there are 12 (name of item) hidden around the house. Can you help me find them?” Encourage your toddler to look for the hidden items.

After your toddler has found all 12 items, say, “Thank you for helping me! When you help others, you can show them how much God loves them. Who can help others?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can help others!”