Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrating the Joy of the Resurrection!

We've spent the last two months writing about the many different parts of Passion Week, and how we can teach our children about these important events.  Today it's finally time to talk about the most exciting event of all.  The resurrection of Jesus!

Here's what we've covered so far:

“The Lord has done great things for us, and 
we are filled with joy!” 
Psalm 126:3

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top 10 Late Night Snack Ideas

Most nights I stay up way too late. By 8p, my kids are all in bed, but my night is just beginning. Around 10p I start feeling pretty hungry-- dinner was 4 and a half hours ago! I don't want to eat a meal, but I do want to eat something that has substance. Here are a few ideas for your next late night snack craving.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Review} The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab

“Mommy can we do a science experiment?” is actually a more common question around my house than you may think.  My boys love learning new things and I want to nurture their excitement as much as possible.  The Magic School Bus Engineering Lab is a great tool to encourage them on their journey as young scientists.

First of all, can I say, the box is adorable.  My kids were chomping at the bit as soon as they saw the cute yellow bus with all the characters on it.  Most of the materials you need for the science experiments are packed inside the box, and they even use some of the included cardboard, so don’t throw anything away!  There’s also a journal for your young scientist to take notes in about his or her observations, and you’ll find a packet of cards that contain instructions for the experiments.

Excited much?

Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY Confetti Eggs

I used to adore these eggs when I was growing up, so I thought that it would be a fun (and free!) addition to our Easter baskets this year.

Bonus: They are super simple to put together.

Friday, April 11, 2014

{Passion Week Devotionals} The Crucifixion

This week we're tackling the crucifixion. It's a heavy subject, obviously, but one that can be talked about in a totally age-appropriate way. 

In an effort to help our littles understand this event-packed, theologically dense week, we here at Play Eat Grow are sharing devotionals centered on Passion Week that can help you show your children what Jesus did and endured so that we could have a relationship with the Father. Each Friday up until Good Friday, we will hit one event during the Passion Week. Here's what we have planned:
So thanks for joining us!  And if you are looking for other resources to do during the week, be sure to check out this page. It's never too late.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Salad Bar for Dinner

Well it's finally warming up outside and I'm able to consider making something for dinner other a nice hot pot of soup!  A few weeks back I served salad for dinner, and you should have heard my boys complain!  "Salad for dinner.  Is that all we are having???"  And then I didn't hear anything but munching for a long long time.  In fact, this ended up being popular enough that when I was stumped with my menu planning last week my five year old actually suggested it!  (Full Disclosure - his first suggestion was hotdogs, but salad was number two!)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

From Lesson to Lifestyle: Raising our Kids in a Multicultural World

I recently read a popular book that mentioned how incredibly important it is to travel with your kids around the world in order to expose them to the places, people, and spaces that exist beyond America. When kids see the world, they begin to understand that life isn't just about them, and that there are lot of different ways to live. And while this all sounds really great, it isn't a reality that Jake and I will be traveling the world with 4 little ones in tow. To be honest, that experience at this stage of life would probably be a little bit awful. :)

It did get me thinking, though. How can we help our children to get outside of themselves while staying put? How can we help our children to embrace the multi-cultural world that we live in without always making it a "lesson", but more of a lifestyle?