When Lydia turned 4 the main present I wanted to get her was a subscription to Cluhouse, Jr. I loved getting I was a little girl. And I knew Lydia would be so excited to get her own magazine in the mail. And I was right! She constantly asks, “When is MY magazine coming, Mommy?”
Clubhouse, Jr. is for kids ages 3-7. And it’s just like any other fun kids’ magazine you might read…comics, jokes, recipes, stories, puzzles, finger plays, crafts, letters from readers and more. Only Clubhouse, Jr. is faith-filled and points kids to Jesus!
This is our third magazine and today we sat down with cookies and pretzels to look through it. The first story we stumbled upon was one of those read-the-story-but-use-a-picture-instead-of-the-words. It was a fun account of sisters who are making a paper chain as their grandmother is talking on the phone to her “prayer chain”. The girls decid to write prayers on the chains so they could talk to God about everything and everyone!
Since I’m going to the Dominican Republic with World Vision on Monday, I thought this would be a fantastic idea as a prayer point AND countdown calendar for Lydia. So, we began to cut the paper. We made long strips and Lydia is just figuring out how to cut evenly…
While she cut, I wrote prayers on the paper. First I did it in day order…”pray for mommy’s flight” on Monday, “pray for ballet teacher” on Wednesday, “pray for Nora’s birthday” on Thursday but Lydia got so excited we probably wrote down enough prayers for the next three months!
The only hard crafty part about this was making the loops stay glued together. So, we grabbed three clothespins. And each time we glued one together, we put a clothespin on it. Then once we got to the 4th circle, we took the FIRST clothespin off and moved it to the front. It kept our loops glued tight and taught Lydia how to move things in order!
Now we’ve got a big paper chain to hang up (where?!!) and hopefully it will be a fun way to pray for our friends and family every day! This would also be a fun activity for the National Day of Prayer which is next Thursday, May 6.