My kids (like all kids) love to pretend. Lydia has always been the one that plays Mommy and puts herself into the story. Asa, on the other hand, likes to play with little figurines and be the master of the story! I love seeing the games they make up, the ideas that come out of their heads and what keeps them entertained.
One of my favorite things to ask the kids is, “What do you think about…?” or “What would it be like if…” and then we imagine different scenarios based on whatever it is we’re talking about. I want my kids to imagine and wonder and think of new adventures.
As much as I’d like my kids to use their imagination to make up games and stories, I really want them to imagine great things to do for God. Remember Adventures in Odyssey’s ACTS program? They are encouraging kids to give a total of 50,000 service hours this summer. You know how I much I love this–it’s why we do our Monthly Missions.
This month, the focus of ACTS is using your imagination to think of a fun way to serve others. They have so many fun ideas on their site and are highlighting kids like Matthew, a little boy who writes apps for churches and other ministries. It’s challenging me to let my kids come up with their own mission, their own way to serve. They are probably more creative than me!
To celebrate the second part of this ACTS adventure, Adventures in Odyssey is giving away a FREE ebook, Voyage with the Vikings. This is a chapter book about a boy and girl (cousins) who travel via the Imagination Station to Greenland and meet Erik the Red and Lief Erikkson! We read it at lunch a few months ago and the kids loved it! It’s the first of a series (11 books right now!) where the kids travel to all different historical times and places.
To get your free PDF of the book, click here to download. If you have an eReader or tablet, check out the help/instructions to see how to view a PDF. Or just read it directly on your computer.
I’m part of the Adventures in Odyssey ACTS team to get the word out about this awesome service opportunity! Oh, and look! Another free download with cool service ideas, printable games and devotional ideas to go along with your ACTS of service!