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I’m super excited about this new series based on Proverbs, which I have affectionately titled, “Whoo’s Wise?” When I told the kids we were starting a new series like the Armor of God and How To Be a SuperHero, Lydia started jumping up and down. Asa was bummed because he wanted to do Armor of God again!
First of all, let me just preface this by reminding you that my kids are 5 and 8. I’m doing what works for them and what interests them. The activities and crafts may have to be adapted for your kiddos. Also, I am not a Bible scholar (I mean, I did go to Bible College, but that was many moons ago). There are hundreds of verses we could focus on, there are hundreds of ways we could discuss, dissect and understand them. I’m simply culling through the Scriptures I think will be helpful for me and my kids. And my main goal is to plant the seed of God’s Word in their hearts–and get them excited about learning God’s Word. So, as with everything I do, use your own discretion and God-given ability to parent your kids.
That being said, let’s get to our first Whoo’s Wise activity! Whooo’s ready? (It had to be said. I’ll try to keep the owl puns to a minimum. *grin*)
We started off by reading Proverbs 1:1-7 in the NIrV (see why we use this version). I so love how Proverbs begins because it tells you exactly how and why to use the book. It’s like a manual and not just a story!
These are the proverbs of Solomon. He was the son of David and the king of Israel.
2 Proverbs teach you wisdom and train you.
They help you understand wise sayings.
3 They provide you with training and help you live wisely.
They lead to what is right and honest and fair.
4 They give understanding to childish people.
They give knowledge and good sense to those who are young.
5 Let wise people listen and add to what they have learned.
Let those who understand what is right get guidance.
6 What I’m teaching also helps you understand proverbs and stories.
It helps you understand the sayings and riddles of those who are wise.
7 If you really want to gain knowledge, you must begin by having respect for the Lord.
But foolish people hate wisdom and training.
After we read the chapter we went back through the Scripture and wrote down on pieces of construction paper all the benefits of wisdom. (Those are the words I highlighted above.) We semi-talked about each one (especially training as our puppy still needs lots of training and is incredibly annoying in areas he is not trained in!) and the kids seemed to recognize the benefit of all that wisdom! (They really liked the idea of being able to understand the riddles of wise adults!)
Then, I had the kids stand up and told them that as we read Proverbs we will hear about a few different people, especially foolish people and wise people. I let Lydia represent the foolish person and Asa, the wise. Then, I clipped every single one of those papers to Asa’s clothes with clothespins.
They giggled and laughed as Asa began to resemble a bird (owl?) with giant feathers! I asked which person they thought would be more prepared to be wise–and Asa definitely won! Lydia wasn’t too excited about being a plain, uncolorful foolish person.
So, we let her try on the wise words…
She loved it and, as always, my silly Asa loved posing as our foolish person! *sigh*
It was a simple activity to help them see the vast benefits of wisdom. Oh, they might not know what all the words mean or how it applies to their life yet. But their interest is peaked. They are excited to see how they can be surrounded, encouraged and uplifted by the wisdom God promises us!
So, what do you think? Fun? We had lots of fun doing this activity. If you do it with your kids, I’d love to see it! Leave a comment here or show us a picture on my Facebook page or use the hashtag #whooswise on Instagram or Twitter!
See the rest of the series here:
Paper Bead Necklace (Proverbs 1:8-9, 3:3-4, 21-22)
Popcorn & Diligence (Proverbs 13:4 + a free printable coloring sheet!)
More diligence & a great Proverbs DVD (Proverbs 6:6)