Wing Time

Lessons and Activities for Zion Kids during this unprecedented time

Friends,


In this unprecedented time full of uncertainty, I wondered if there was anything I could offer to encourage families and bring them together.  That’s when God reminded me of the verse, Psalm 17:8 (CEV)… “Protect me as you would you very own eyes; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” We must focus on God’s protection just like a mother bird hides her young under her wings…we can call it: Wing Time.  When fear tries to get in we can refocus and declare by faith that God is protecting us and hiding us under His wings. 


With that concept in mind, I thought I could start sharing activities and lessons like the ones I have created for our Zion kids on Wednesday nights. They could be easily adapted and used for fun quality time in your homes. Each one will have a bible verse or story that will be the inspiration for the activity. As always, modify anything so it fits into your personal style and taste. If you happen to try any of these ideas, please message me and let me know how they went. May God draw us to Himself and each other during this historic time…also known as Wing Time.


For His Glory,


Amy Bruney


Activity: Filter Flowers

Verses: 1 Peter 1:17-21 (NIRV)

“17 You call on a Father who judges each person’s work without favoring one over another.  So live as outsiders during your time here. Live with the highest respect for God. 18You were set free from an empty way of life.  This way of life was handed down to you by your own people of long ago.  You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold.  19Instead, you were bought with the priceless blood of Christ.  He is a perfect lamb. He doesn’t have any flaws at all. 20He was chosen before God created the world.  But he came into the world for your sake in these last days.  21Because of what Christ has done, you believe in God.  It was God who raised him from the dead. And it was God who gave him glory.  So your faith and hope are in God.”


Background:  In wanting an activity for Easter, I found this idea from the website: happyhomefairy.com   It was under science experiment and they used a real white carnation. Not knowing if you would have access to that, I came up with the following substitute.


Description: Put a white coffee filter flower into a vase with red food coloring in the water.  Observe over the next 24 hours and see how the flower has become red.  


The Point: Jesus, who was perfect, took on our sins when He died for us on the cross.


Procedure: Scroll below for pictures.

1.   Stack 3 coffee filters and fold them in half 3 times 

2. Cut a paper towel 4” wide. Twist to make a stem.

3.  Tie the stem to the filter.

4.  Separate the layers.

5.  Fill vase with water 3 – 6+ drops of red food coloring.  Add flower.


Discussion: The white flower symbolizes Jesus, he is perfect.  The red water soaking into the flower symbolizes how he took on our sins when he died on the cross.  Sin is anything we do against God’s way. We were born with sin, and not one human being is perfect.  

Jesus came to earth to pay for our sins by dying on the cross.  He did it because He loves us so much. When we believe in Him and what He did for us, we can ask Him into our hearts and He will live with us and we will have eternal life.


 Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank you for taking my sins on yourself when you died on the cross.  I’m sorry for my sins and going my own way. Please forgive me. I accept your free gift of salvation.  Live in my heart, so I can live for you. Teach me your ways. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Activity: Build a Nest

Verse: Psalm 17:8 (CEV)… “Protect me as you would your very own eyes; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”


Description: Work together to create a large nest for your whole family. Cover with blankets like a tent to represent God’s “wings”.


Truth: God promises to protect us and even though we can’t see Him with our eyes, we can trust that His promises are true.


Discussion:  Sit together in the nest and look at the pictures of the mama birds with their babies.  Point out what you notice in the pictures. 

Read the verse. Connect the idea of mama birds protecting their babies being like how God protects us. ****Scroll below for pictures****


Bring comfort and reassurance that we can trust God even when we don’t understand what is happening in the world. He cares about what is happening.


Prayer: Dear God, Thank You for Your love, protection and invisible wings. Help me when I’m scared. I believe that You will keep our family safe.


Other ideas to do in your nest:  Play games.

Draw or color.

Take a nap.

Look on the internet for videos of mama birds protecting their babies.



Activity: Bible Scavenger Hunt

Instructions: Use the NIRV version of the YouVersion Bible App on your phone or tablet.

Look up the verses given and find the word indicated by the clues.

Write down the word.

Put the words together in order for a special hidden message.


John 14:6 (1st sentence – 1st word) ___________________________________________


John 14:21 (2nd sentence – 8th word) _____________________________________


John 14:15 (1st sentence – 4th word) _______________________________________


Special hidden message:


_________________________ ___________________________ ______________________!!



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If you don’t have the app…here are the verses.



John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except though me.”



John 14: 21 “Anyone who has my commands and obeys them loves me. My Father will love the one who loves me. I too will love them. And I will show myself to them.”



John 14: 15 “ If you love me, obey my commands.”


Activity: Shifting Shadows

Verse: James 1:17 (NIV )” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”


James 1:17 (NIRV) “Every good and perfect gift is from God. This kind of gift comes down from the Father who created the heavenly lights. These lights create shadows that move. But the Father does not change like these shadows.”


Description: You will need a source of light like a lamp or flashlight, paper, pencil, an “object” such as action figures, miniature animals/tractors/cars/toys…etc.

Place the “object” on the paper and place the source of light in a way that casts a shadow on the paper. Trace the shadow.

Experiment and describe the difference in the shadows when the light is stationary or when someone is holding the light.


Truth: The first point of this activity is the idea that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. During this difficult time, everything seems to be changing daily, but we can comfort ourselves with the truth that God has not and will not change.


Second, the beginning of the verse reminds us that every good and perfect gift comes from God. Take the time to list all the blessings of God and the many reasons we have to be thankful. Maybe even write these down on index cards or post it notes and find a spot in your home( like the refrigerator, door frames, mirrors, etc.) to display your thankfulness of God’s goodness. Add to it daily.


Discussion: When someone is holding the source of light whether it’s a lamp or flashlight, it’s almost impossible to stay steady enough to keep the shadow from moving. This creates the shifting shadow, and the one tracing will end up with a strange looking version of the object. This can represent the uncertain times we live in, and the exact opposite of the character and essence of God.


Prayer: Dear God, I thank you for ___________________________, I know you are the one who gave me this good gift. I also thank you that you do not change like shifting shadows…you are the same yesterday, today, and forever. I choose to put my hope and trust in You. I love You. In Jesus name, Amen.


Other ideas : Explore the science of shadows. Draw the same object with the light source at different distances from it. Notice the differences.


Color and add details to the objects you traced. Make scenery or background for them.


On a sunny day, go outside and have someone trace your shadow with sidewalk chalk. Plan to do this at different times in the day…stand on the exact same spot, but see how the shadow changes.


Activity: Obstacle Course

Verses: 

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” 


Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.


Description: Create an obstacle course in your home or outdoors. Make a simple map of the course. Allow your children to complete the course first blindfolded or with eyes closed and you helping them through either verbally or by holding their hand. 


Obstacle course ideas: I personally, would build the course without the kids seeing it first. It can be simple or complicated. Think about going through, over, under, around furniture or household items if inside and trees, jungle gyms, or buckets if outside. 

You can pretend there is “quick sand” or “lava” that you cannot step in so have napkins, paper towels, wash cloths or anything that could represent rocks or solid stepping stones.

There can be a tight rope section over a large pit.

Use your imagination.


The map is an extra detail that helps symbolize the bible. I would show them the map before taking them through the obstacle course blind folded. (If your child does not like being blindfolded, have him/her close their eyes.) 


The step of not seeing symbolizes real life and the unknown situations we find ourselves in. It also shows our level of trust.


Discussion: What does it feel like to not see where you are going? How would it feel if a parent was not helping you through? Did seeing the map first help a little with the unknown? During the “dangerous parts” how did you feel? And any other questions that come to mind.


The Point: On our journey of life we encounter many obstacles, twists and turns. But God promises to guide us if we allow Him. Even during uncertain and dangerous times, He will be right next to us. It’s difficult to understand this since we cannot see God, but that’s what faith is…believing in what we cannot see.

He has given us the bible…the actual word of God…to give us directions on the way we should go. Even when we don’t understand, we can trust the goodness of God. Nothing surprises Him.  


Prayer: Dear God, We love You and trust You. Help us to remember that you are good all the time. Give us wisdom and show us our path. We want to follow You. Amen


Bonus Ideas: Repeat going through the obstacle course many times…even time them…keep track of the times… try to beat their personal records…make graphs.

Have the kids make an obstacle course for you to go through…and even create a map.

Have kids make a miniature obstacle course for their favorite stuffed animal or action figure, and then they can help it through the course.

The variations and possibilities are limitless, but so fun. Enjoy!!!


Bible Scavenger Hunt #2

Instructions:  Use the NIRV version of the YouVersion Bible App on your phone or tablet.

Look up the verses given and find the word indicated by the clues.

Write down the word.

Put the words together in order for a special hidden message.


Clue 1:  John 1:1 (NIRV)  ~ 2nd sentence, 5th word  _____________________________


Clue 2:  1Corinthians 13:4 (NIRV) ~ 5th sentence, 2nd word  _____________________


Clue 3:  Romans 12:21 (NIRV) ~ 2nd sentence, 5th word _________________________


Special hidden message:


_________________________   ___________________________ ______________________!!



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If you don’t have the app…here are the verses.





John 1:1 “In the beginning, the Word was already there.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”



1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient.  Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others.  It does not brag. It is not proud.”



Romans 12:21  “Don’t let evil overcome you.  Overcome evil by doing good.”



Activity: Bible Scavenger Hunt #3

Instructions:  Use the NIRV version of the YouVersion Bible App on your phone or tablet.

Look up the verses given and find the word indicated by the clues.

Write down the word.

Put the words together in order for a special hidden message.


Clue 1:  Romans 10:9 (NIRV) ~ 1st sentence, 5th word ___________________________


Clue 2:  Romans 5:8 (NIRV) ~ 2nd sentence, 7th word  ___________________________


Clue 3:  Romans 5:8 (NIRV) ~ 2nd sentence, 8th word ____________________________


Clue 4:  John 14: 6 (NIRV) ~ 2nd sentence, 9th word _____________________________


Special hidden message:


_________________   ___________________ __________________ ___________________!!

Clue 1   Clue 2  Clue 3 Clue 4


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If you don’t have the app…here are the verses.





Clue 1:  Romans 10:9 (NIRV)  “Say with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.”  Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.  Then you will be saved.



Clue 2:  Romans 5: 8 (NIRV)   “But here is how God has shown his love for us.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

    


Clue 3:  Romans 5: 8 (NIRV)   “But here is how God has shown his love for us.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”



Clue 4:  John 14:6 (NIRV)  “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”



Activity: Bible Scavenger Hunt #4

Instructions:  Use the NIRV version of the YouVersion Bible App on your phone or tablet.

Look up the verses given and find the word indicated by the clues.

Write down the word.

Put the words together in order for a special hidden message.


Clue 1: Romans 8:1 (NIRV) ~ 1st sentence, 6th word ___________________________


Clue 2:  Genesis 7:18 (NIRV) ~ 1st sentence, 3rd word  ___________________________


Clue 3:  Acts 13:30 (NIRV) ~1st sentence, 5th  word _____________________________


Clue 4:  John 15:9 (NIRV) ~  1st sentence 3rd word ____________________________


Clue 5:  Philippians 3:11 (NIRV) 1st sentence, 10th ~ word ________________________

 


Special hidden message:


_________________________   ________________________ ________________________

Clue 1 Clue 2 Clue 3

 ___________________________   __________________________!!

Clue 4 Clue 5

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If you don’t have the app…here are the verses.


Clue 1: Romans 8:1 (NIRV) “Those who belong to Christ Jesus are no longer under God’s judgment.”


Clue 2:  Genesis 7:18 (NIRV)  “The waters rose higher and higher on the earth. And the ark floated on the water.


Clue 3: Acts 13:30 (NIRV)  “But God raised him from the dead.”


Clue 4:  John 15:9 (NIRV)  “Just as the Father has loved me, I have loved you.  Now remain in my love.”


Clue 5:  Philippians 3:11 (NIRV)  “Then by God’s grace I will rise from the dead.”


Activity: Fossils

Description:  Using items found around the house or outside, press into flattened playdough or clay to make an impression.  Allow to dry.


Verses: Psalms 139:1-6 (NIRV)  “Lord, you have seen what is in my heart.  You know all about me. You know when I sit down and when I get up.  You know what I’m thinking even though you are far away. You know when I go out to work and when I come back home.  You know exactly how I live. Lord, even before I speak a word, you know all about it.  

You are all around me, behind me and in front of me. You hold me safe in your hand.  I’m amazed at how well you know me. It’s more than I can understand.”


Background: One day I was out walking my dog in my neighborhood , and I saw a fossil of a leaf.  I had probably taken that same walk hundreds of times, and had never seen it before, but this day was different. God often uses daily events, circumstances and things in nature to speak to me. So on this day God spoke to my heart using this leaf fossil.  I wondered when the cement of the street was poured…I wondered about the tree that this leaf came from and when it was planted to be able to fall at the exact time that it landed in the wet cement…and I wondered why I didn’t see it before…


Truth:  I know it’s a lot, but the truth is that God is always working behind the scenes to draw us to Himself.  He will use any means necessary for us to know Him and just how much He knows us and loves us. So to me the fossil was a love note from God.  We should be daily looking for these love notes that He sends to each of us…we just need to be looking for them.



The leaf fossil in my neighborhood.

Discussion:  With the passage from Psalms in mind, try to consider God’s love for you.  Think back to times when God was trying to send you a love note, but maybe you didn’t realize it at the time…or maybe you did…thank Him.  Remember, that these thoughts are too big to fully understand, but that show just how awesome God is.


Prayer: Thank you, Lord for loving me so well and for being all around me all the time.  Help me to see the special love notes you are leaving for me throughout my day. I want to love you more.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Note: To me it’s the fun of creating the different impressions, so I would keep trying different items and maybe only save one or two of the favorite ones to actually dry. 


Ideas of items to press: Toy animals or bugs (faces, bodies & footprints), coins, various leaves, own hands/fingerprints, anything with texture.


Going deeper:  Search the internet for pictures of fossils like dinosaurs, insects or plants.  Read about the history. Make sketches of the fossils.


Playdough recipe: 


Ingredients:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

1 cup water

Food coloring

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar


Instructions:

Add the food coloring to the water before you add it to the mixture.

Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan.

Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until it forms a ball.

Allow to cool on wax paper and store in a covered container.