Mom’s Night Out Movie and Whimsical Wednesday

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Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday! Each week we have a linkup party of 100% Christian encouragement and I feel confident that today will be no different. Some fabulous bloggers link up each week and you are so welcome to join us!

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Tonight I was privileged to attend a screening of Moms Night Out movie with a friend. We laughed and I actually cried a bit at one point in the movie.

The movie centers around a character named Allyson, who is a stay at home mom with three kids. The internal mind war she encounters each day is relayed in the midst of the craziness of her busy household. While the movie portrays the various stages of motherhood and the daily dilemmas that can escalate quickly, the storyline holds many more interesting twists and turns.

Honestly I was a bit afraid that this movie might bash men as being incapable because there are so many movies that don’t give dads much credit. And my husband is a stellar multi-tasker and one incredible dad. But this movie was a great balance of  the true picture of parenting teamwork. Besides the main characters in the movie, single moms and moms of teenagers  are also saluted.

I truly enjoyed the movie, though it did hold one or two dry moments for me. For the most part, the engagement factor was strong and all in all, I would recommend it for all moms, especially if life is feeling a little stale and you need a good laugh.

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Releasing Mother’s Day weekend, May 9th, this would be a great movie for families, date nights, or obviously, a fun mom’s night out!

Enjoy the preview and be sure to check out the awesome bloggers linking up today!

PS: Trace Adkins is my favorite actor in the movie!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Rachel



Easter Bingo Activity

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Teaching younger children about the true meaning of Easter is so fun! There are many special ways of helping them begin to understand that God is personal and Jesus loves them very much .

For this post, I was researching a few Easter ideas and I came up with this idea to combine storytelling with participation. This is an adapted idea from several different ideas I discovered of this nature.

Easter Bingo for ages 4-7 is designed to give the teacher or parent an opportunity to tell the Easter story using picture symbols. As the pictures are discussed, the children place their markers over the corresponding pictures. Each child has the same bingo card that looks like this:

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Click on the graphic above or HERE for the free PDF to open.

The order of events for the story is:

Jesus praying, bread for the Last Supper, silver  pieces, rope for  scourging, crown of thorns, nail, cross, 3 days later, stone rolled away, empty tomb, He has risen

Cut one of the bingo cards and choose one of each picture to tell the story. The children can place a marker over the pictures as the story is told. Be sure to let the children know that there may be more than one picture of each section of the story. All the children will complete the card at the same time.

I thought it would be fun to use jelly beans as markers and then the children can eat them when their card is full and the story is completed. Having children interact with the story is a great way to help them remember the points of the story. While Easter bingo is fun, taking a child to another level of understanding what Jesus has done for them is this wonderful resource from bestselling author, Stephen Elkins.

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Introducing children to Jesus at an early age is critical and today I’m privileged to introduce the beautiful Jesus and Me Bible Storybook to you as another wonderful tool to tell of Jesus’ love for us. This storybook has one feature that I love in particular, every other page contains a “Jesus and Me” paragraph that explains promises and principles of living for Jesus today.  I really wanted you to see this feature so I snapped a couple quick photos:

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Isn’t that awesome? I love the way the questions prompt critical thinking skills and provide an opportunity for practical application.

Today I’m giving away one of these sweet books to provide one blessed winner the wonderful opportunity of encouraging a child to begin walking with Jesus. Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. If you’d like to check out this sweet book designed for ages 3-7 just a little more or purchase one,maybe to place in an Easter basket, then you can do so here.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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Jelly Bean Poem & Easter Gift

New beginnings are a beautiful part of spring and a wonderful reminder of God’s grace. As the celebration of Easter approaches, I’m always looking for great ways to explain Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection in a simple manner for my children. I know we have a few weeks at this point, but that allows for plenty of time to plan ahead to share this sweet story and treat.

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This sweet little poem to accompany a pack of jelly beans is one of the creative tools I found in my children’s past artwork. I loved it so much I had to pass it on to you AND I confess, I simply love jelly beans. (Almost as much as chocolate!)

Red is for the blood He gave,

Green is for the grass He made,

Yellow is for the sun so bright,

Orange is for the edge of night,

Black is for the sins that were made,

White is for the grace He gave.

Purple is for the hour of sorrow,

Pink is for the new tomorrow.

A bag full of jelly beans,

Colorful and sweet,

Is a Prayer…Is a Promise…Is an Easter treat!

So separate your jelly beans into colors and package up a little treat for your Sunday School class, children’s small group, or your own family’s Easter baskets. Tuck in the poem and you’ll have a great reminder of God’s forgiveness and love at this fun time of year!

Here are a couple examples of how our readers used the printable last year:

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And here is the jelly bean poem printable! Click HERE or on the graphic below to open a pdf of 4 poems to print on 1 8.5×11 sheet of cardstock or paper.

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Looking forward to spring! How about you? What’s your favorite part of spring?

Rachel