I had a few snippets of scriptures floating around in my head for N this week…
Never become tired of doing good. Galatians 8:6
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Romans 8:38-39
And my own personal fave, that I found online while searching “abc bible verses”:
No drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God. I Corinthians 6:10b
Anyway, neither of those verses actually start with N, nor are they short enough (in my opinion) for a 2 year old to master. So, we did the old slice & dice and came up with:
Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love… Romans 8:39b (NIrV)
It’s kinda wordy with that “at all” and “ever”, but I put a little cadence to it and I think she’ll get it quickly.
Now, onto the craft!
I wanted to do a nest. She is enthralled with nests! We found one in a tree once and every time we pass that tree–even six months later, she still wants to look for the nest.
So, I drew an amazing nest with a Sharpie. *swoon*
Then squeezed some glue out on an index card, grabbed a q-tip for applying…
Cut up some yarn. (The same yarn I’ve had ever since I learned to use a knitting nobby at camp in the 3rd grade. Seriously, I need to do some culling…)
She spread the glue out and we stuck the yarn on!
Next we grabbed some cotton balls, glued those onto the nest. They’re supposed to be eggs. (I know, it kinda looks like spaghetti & meatballs.)
Then I had a flash of brilliance!
Lydia got the best book for her birthday! It’s called The Noisy Egg. And she loves it! Well, it’s about a mama duck who makes a nest, lays some eggs and then waits for them to crack. Her favorite part is when a tiny beak pops out of the egg first.
So, we added a little orange fun foam beak to each cotton ball egg. (They were just little fun foam stickers I had in an assortment box I bought at the craft store.)
I thought our collage was beautiful! But after reading The Noisy Egg, Lydia decided we needed a mommy duck, too. So, we scrounged around for some mommy duck pieces. I found a few big shapes, a strange little pipe cleaner thingie and a couple of googly eyes–so there’s our mama duck!
On a super-spiritual note, I think the verse and the mama duck with her eggs kinda go together. God even describes himself as One that will cover us with his feathers, so we can find refuge under his wings. Just like a mama duck, God won’t let us be separated from His love!
Additional “n” or nest-y type books
Best Dad in the Sea (all about NEMO who gets caught in a NET!)
Are You My Mother? (a little birdy hops out of his nest looking for his mother)
We just finished the letter N and had a great week with it. I sort of made a schedule for our letter activities. For an example on Mondays we practice searching for the letter of the week, and we read and a story, Thursdays we do the letter of the week craft. (We really liked the nest one with the cotton ball birds. I love crafts that you don’t have to go shopping for!) Finally on Fridays we do printing for the letter of the week. We always do these activities just before bed. I find it helps the kids settle down. Thanks Impress Your Kids!