Bear Hug number #5 in Honeycomb is called “God Made Your Family!” This lesson focuses on all the great things that our parents do for us and the two things that the Bible tells our young children that they need to do. As stated in the lesson, these are:
- Obey Your Parents. (Eph. 6:1)
- Be Kind to Their Brothers and Sisters (based on Eph. 4:32)
Although I am not sure that I’m happy with AWANAs purposing of Ephesians 4:32 as one calling for sibling love, oftentimes our close proximity to our brothers and sisters can make kindness towards them exceedingly difficult. Kindness has to start somewhere, right?
The memory verse for this bear hug is Ephesians 6:1:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Although there are several great activities listed in the AWANA book, including paper dolls and paper bag puppets, because our Cubbies only meets for an hour I picked a couple out and used them.
The first thing we did was to use brown playdough and gingerbread man and lady cookie cutters to make gingerbread man families.
If you’ve ever tried to buy brown playdough, you’ll know that you have to buy a big and expensive amount of playdough to get just brown for all the kids to play with. If you want a large quantity of brown playdough, it’s much more cost effective to make it yourself.
So, I thought I’d share my favorite recipe for gingerbread playdough with you guys today. I also use this playdough at home for Christmas and Winter gingerbread man making. You’ll need:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
Whisk this all together in a medium saucepan. Cook the mixture of medium-low heat until the dough thickens. Turn out onto parchment paper or a floured surface and knead until smooth. Sometimes I start with 1 1/2 cups of flour and add the other half cup in as I knead. This gives you a very nice light-ish brown playdough for making gingerbread or people families with. If you wanted to darken the playdough a little bit, you could add additional darker spices like cloves and nutmeg.
We also did a little bit of a review activity. We took some time this week to review our “C” verse from our “C is for Christ” lesson. We used the dot marker/bingo marker page off the resource CD for that lesson and covered it with circle stickers.
We also had rice krispies treats for snack. The book listing was for heart shaped rice krispie treats, but we had the fall colored Little Debbies bars, and then we tried to get everyone to see if they could bend theirs into hearts.
Afterwards, we went out onto the playground again instead of having a game time. We much prefer the playground in the warm weather. After all, they’ll only be another week or two of that before it’s gone for a while!!