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God’s Little Explorers Week 15
- Theme: ”d” is for Desert
- Bible Story: John the Baptist
- Bible Verse: “…John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.’” (Matthew 3:1-2)
- Letter: d
- Number: 9
This week we had a hard time getting back into the swing of things, but we did enjoy several fun projects together! Here are a few activities we did:
I was brave and brought the sand indoors for our desert theme (for just a little bit)! We have very few desert theme animals, but it didn’t seem to stop the girls from having a good time!
The girls received a sand art kit as a gift, so we pulled it out and tried our hand at some sand art. It was messy, but captivated their attention for quite a while!
Nine was our focus number this week, so I wrote the number nine and had my daughter paint her thumb green. Then, she stuck it on the paper nine times. She added needles after the paint had dried.
My daughter outlined the letter d with glue and sprinkled some of the left-over sand from the sand art kit on the printable (included in the download below).
We talked about how it is hot during the day and cold at night in the desert. I pulled out a pile of clothes and had my daughter sort the clothes according to what she would wear in the summer when it’s hot and what she would wear in the winter when it’s cold.
For this desert theme art project, we just tore pieces of construction paper and glued them to make a sunset background. Then, we added a cactus silhouette. I used the cactus shape in the download (and cut off the prickles) to trace for the silhouette.
This is a simple busy bag idea. Just print the cacti included in the download on cardstock paper, cut them out, and store them in a plastic bag–along with some clothespin “needles.” Your child can look at the number on each cactus and clip the corresponding number of clothespins onto them. I adapted this idea from Two Teaching Mommies.
We learned quite a few things about John the Baptist this week. Although we didn’t end up making a special locust and honey snack (idea included in the lesson plans), we did make these handprint dove cards after talking about John baptizing Jesus. I simply folded a piece of black paper in half, painted my daughter’s hand white, and pressed it onto the front of the card. After it dried, we added an eye, beak, and feet!
While your hands are messy, you might as well make a handprint camel, too! This went along with one of our read aloud books–Is A Camel A Mammal?
Finally, we added our “d” card to our treasure map.
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