Sharing faith with your kids goes well beyond sitting quietly in a pew, listening to Pastor Darin or I preach. This summer get creative in sharing God with your kiddos. Here are a few ideas that you can incorporate into your summer fun.

  • Make nature bracelets: wrap a piece of duct tape around your wrist with sticky side up. Take a walk around the neighborhood and stick leaves, small pebbles, sticks and other treasures onto your bracelet. Talk about God as their Creator – “Isn’t he awesome!”
  • Make a bird feeder with a pinecone rolled in peanut butter and bird seed. Hang in a tree and watch for birds. Read Matthew 6:23 about the birds and how God gives us comfort and tells us not to worry. But when we worry we cam share our worries with one another and we can pray together and ask God to comfort us.
  • Place painters tape on the carpet to make roads for your kids toy cars. Mention how God guides us when we call upon him..
  • Go on a “Alphabet Tour” with a journal in hand. Head into town and walk around. Beginning with the letter A, find something that starts with that letter (A=apples in the store). Then write it down and think God for it. Continue with each letter and when you are done, each child has a creative alphabet memory book of God’s goodness.
  • Throw wet sponges into targets drawn on the driveway with chalk. Share how God has good plans for us and we must aim high to be walking in his way. You know you’ll end up in a wet sponge fight so while you’re at it remember you are baptized and belong to Jesus.
  • Trace your child using chalk as they lay on the sidewalk. Have them add their face, hair and clothes. Let them trace you as well. Talk about how God made every part of us unique and special.
  • Build a tower out of cut-up sponges, blocks or empty boxes. Discuss how God likes to build us up in him and is with us when we fall, covering us with grace and mercy.
  • Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to let your toddler drop little toys or dollar store pompoms through the shoot. Talk about how we follow God and what God’s oath is for us.
  • Have a campout indoors. Make up songs about how God made the moon and the stars and loves for us to campout with him. Sit outside at night and look at the stars.
  • Position some pencil erasers on the floor with a marble. It makes surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game. Share how God loves for us to laugh and have fun.
  • Create a rope maze in the backyard. God has a plan for our lives and even when we get off the path, God is always with us guiding us back.
  • Have a cupcake decorating contest. Bale some cupcakes and then set out all different colors of frosting, sprinkles and other toppings. Pick a couple of people to be the judges and have fun! Quote Psalm 34:8 – “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good.”
  • At the end of the day as you tuck your kiddos into bed say a prayer together and make the sign of the cross on their forehead as you say Jesus loves you and so do I.