We’re moving right along now with Truth in the Tinsel. We just finished day four with reading about Zechariah and Elizabeth expecting a son, John, when it seemed impossible. Judah and Landon loved being able to pop the bubble mouth on their Zechariah’s to remind themselves that Zechariah didn’t believe what God said would happen, which made this day extra special!
It’s funny…because after we were all excited about doing Truth in the Tinsel Sunday night from looking at our previous ornaments from the past two years, Landon (my oldest) decided that he was getting too old to make the crafts this year. Heartache. He did do the day one candle ornament, but we let him just listen to us read from the Bible and talk about it for day two (the crown ornament). Today I made a few changes to how we would do the Zechariah ornament to hopefully pique his interest. Apparently, I needed to look back at the Truth in the Tinsel FAQ I posted on my own blog the day before as well! I thought that we had built up the excitement of doing Truth in the Tinsel, which is one thing Amanda suggests to get your kids excited.
The point of the ornaments is to let the kids use their hands to focus on an aspect of God’s Word.”
But, I really thought I had????!! What then? Well, when we did day four tonight I realized some things that helped my older child to motivate him. Why didn’t I think of it before? Good thing God is in control!
1. Think about the time of day that would work best for your child/children. I found that when we do it after dinner or at the end of “dinnertime” together, it prepares them better to focus on God’s word and doing an activity with it. They are used to us going over their Bible verses we are learning at that time anyway. When we try to do Truth in the Tinsel earlier in the day after school, my kids are too wound up and want to play with friends. Go figure :)
2. Get help from viewing how others are doing Truth in the Tinsel. Amanda mentioned Stef Layton’s Truth in the Tinsel Legos, which I’m printing out as we speak now to give Landon a choice to make the Lego version or the original craft. If you go to Truth in the Tinsel’s Facebook page you can also get ideas.
3. Think about your older child’s likes and motivations and plan or tweak the craft accordingly. Landon said he liked day four because he got to pop the bubble on Zechariah’s mouth. Go figure. I realize he can’t pop a bubble every day, but this gets me thinking about what could make him more interested in the craft at hand that day.
So, just some thoughts that might help anyone with children that are getting older or have done Truth in the Tinsel multiple years. If you haven’t started Truth in the Tinsel, it’s not too late. You can start now, and the eBook has different schedules to fit your needs.
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