• "Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father's love—difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness - Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events—to the heart that loves, all is well."
  • - St. Therese of Lisieux

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

7 Day July Challenge: Day 2

Here is Day 2 of Jamie's 7 Day Challenge for July!

Make a nature suncatcher. Cut the centers out of paper plates. Cover with clear contact paper. Fill with found objects from nature.
See what we did on DAY 1 here.

This challenge put our toddler's 'picking things up' to good use!

Before we set off for our morning walk today, I told our son that we would be using the things he will be picking up today for our craft activity later. 

He picked flowers which fell from trees (because he could not reach the ones on the tree), dried acacia leaves, pretty shoots from a shrub and last, 2 cosmos flowers from our own garden.

Taking time off riding his jeep to walk the dog.

Craft time is always after our walk and before his morning nap. This timing is great because he's a bit tired and mellow and could focus well.

Another way to practice those finger muscles, and talk about colors!

And so we went straight to making our suncatcher. We used wax paper and a glue stick. He asked to use the glue by himself and of course I obliged. 

Then we put glue on the paper plate so we can attach the wax paper. I punched three holes at the bottom and tied ribbons. He wanted to help but had sticky hand so he decided to just hand me the ribbons - after he had played with it. I attached another ribbon on top to hang. Tatay (Daddy) hung it on the curtain rod. And viola!

We looked at it for a while as I talked about how wonderful God's creation is. Recalling last week's lesson on The Creation Story, I asked, "Who made the yellow flowers?" Then he would point up, his 'sign' for God. "Who made the pink flowers?" He points up again. Who made the leaves on the trees and plants?" He points up again. 

It is these moments my heart overflows with gratitude. For the memories we are making, for the blessings the Lord has showered on us, for the gift of motherhood and family and for our son.

I'd like to encourage you to find time to do some hands on activities with your child; whether you work or stay at home. You may want to join this challenge or search for an activity which you and your child can easily do at Hands On As We Grow. I have used some of the activities there when I taught Preschool and Nursery not so long ago. And don't worry so much about the outcome. As long as you and your child are having fun. One activity has so much benefits. And of course the wonderful memories you'll be making.

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