Friday, September 21, 2018

Road Trip Games and Activities for Kids

Road Trip Games and Activities for Kids | scriptureand.blogspot.com

I usually only share things on my blog about the Bible. However, recently we went on a three-week road trip to visit some friends and family and to attend a Bible conference and some friends were asking some advice about activities that I used for my children on the trip. Not only did I need activities for more than 40 hours in the car, but I also needed quiet activities for my 4-year-old during some of our meetings at the Bible conference.

First, let me share about my kids. I have an intellectual 10-year-old who loves puzzles, video games, and superhero cartoons. Then, I have an active, enthusiastic 4-year-old girl who loves moving, educational activities, and preschool cartoons. Here are some things that worked for us on our trip:

WORD GAMES

First, we had a list of word games that we could play in the car. Some of these were easy enough for our 4-year-old and some were not, but none of them required anything other than the use of your brain. I made this list and now keep it in the car all the time. Whenever they can't think of something to do, I can always find an idea. You can find the printable here. I recommend printing it on card stock double sided. Then you can cut them in half and have one for the front seats and one for the back seats.




SUPPLIES TO TAKE/BUY

  • Clipboards
  • Tablets like an iPad or Kindle Fire
  • Video game players like a Nintendo 3DS or Switch
  • A tablet mount for the car
We have this one and this one. They both work fine with our iPad mini and Kindle Fire. The fit is a little tight with the Nintendo Switch but it does work. Just be sure to measure that the posts on your headrest are within the listed range.
  • Tub or bag for holding activities
  • Pencil bag with pencils, manual pencil sharpener, and colored pencils
  • 2-Pocket Plastic Folders - a different color for each child
  • Tub or bag for holding snacks 

A THOUGHT ON VIDEOS AND VIDEO GAMES

While we limit screen time at home, videos and video games can be very helpful when there isn't anything active your child can do. We had previously used a portable DVD player, but now that we had two children to watch and only one unreliable player we checked into using our tablets. Our kids prefer watching shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video over watching movies anyway so this would be better than bringing DVDs that they don't really like. Here are some things to consider:
  • You either need enough tablets for each child or believe that your children will be willing to share them (there are ways of mounting a tablet in the middle of the car between the front seats).
  • Be sure to have a way to mount your tablets so that the kids can watch while looking ahead instead of down. I believe that this reduces carsickness.
  • Try to have some educational cartoons (like PBS kids shows) instead of only silly cartoons. It's amazing what your kids can learn from TV shows.
  • If you have a basic Netflix account, you can only download a video onto one device. Increasing to a Standard or Premium may be worth the extra few dollars so you can download to two or four devices and it is easily switched back to a lower plan after the road trip.
  • Each video may be under a different series, so the availability to download and the time until it expires may differ.
  • If your kid likes to watch the same video over and over, you may need to redownload or renew it when you have access to Wi-Fi. This wasn't too difficult.
  • Downloaded Amazon Prime Videos were not able to share to a child account on a Kindle Fire, so they had to use my adult account. It wasn't a big problem, but parents should be aware.

If you choose to do a DVD player, you can use videos that teach the Bible like What's In The Bible With Buck Denver

Also, you can listen to audio dramas (radio theater) such as Jonathan Park, Adventures in Odyssey, or others from Lamplighter Theatre.

    ACTIVITIES TO TAKE/BUY FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Road Trip Activities For Preschoolers | scriptureand.blogspot.com
    • Magnetic playsets
    • Crayola Mess-Free coloring sets
    • Activity books - mazes, connect-the-dots, preschool educational books, and sticker activity books (bonus for dry erase books that you can use over and over)
    • Stickers
    • Reusable sticker playsets
    • Lacing sets
    • Puzzle snake
    • Fidget spinner (one that fits their hands)
    • Toy binoculars
    • Dry erase board and marker
    • Favorite stuffed animal or doll

    ACTIVITIES TO TAKE/BUY FOR OLDER KIDS

    Road Trip Activities For School Age Children | scripturand.blogspot.com
    • Madlibs books
    • Where's Waldo books
    • Puzzle games like IQ Blox or IQ Fit
    • Rubik's Cube or better yet try the easier pyramid puzzle cube
    • Puzzle snake
    • Fidget spinner
    • Find It cylinders
    • Chapter books to read (or ebooks on a Kindle or tablet)
    • Car bingo

    PRINTABLES TO TAKE FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Road Trip Printables for Preschoolers | scriptureand.blogspot.com
    Put these printables in a plastic two pocket folder, so your preschooler can choose one and remove it. They can be done on one of the clipboards.
    • Find and print activities from your child's favorite TV shows on pbskids.org or Disney Junior
    • Bring magnetic letters, a metal cookie sheet, and some printables like this or this.
    • Visual scavenger hunts, car bingo, or I Spy printables like this or  these
    • Letter or number templates to be used with color coding labels (or bingo dabbers)

    PRINTABLES TO TAKE FOR OLDER KIDS

    Put these printables in a plastic two pocket folder, so your child can choose one and remove it. They can be done on one of the clipboards. We kept a state map always on a clipboard so we could color in states when we saw their license plates.
    • "Would You Rather" printables like this, this, this, or this
    • Scavenger hunts like these or this
    • US state map to color the ones you went through or to color the license plates you saw
    • Car bingo printables if you don't have the game like these.
    • A map of your route (I made one in Google maps).

    ACTIVITIES FOR REST STOPS

    When you take a break from driving, your kids might need to get some energy out. Try some of these ideas.
    • Bubbles - these fit easily in that lower cup holder in the rear doors that is mostly useless for kids
    • Frisbees - these take up almost no room and older kids love them
    • Scooters or skateboards - these take up much more room (especially since you'll need helmets), but if you might use them at your destination and have room for them they are worth taking

    SNACKS

    Snacks can be kept in a bag or tub, or even a storage cube bin.
    • snack size bags of snacks like pretzels, goldfish, and teddy grahams
    • snack bags of fruit loops with some yarn and a yarn needle to make edible necklaces
    • granola bars
    • bags of pretzels and marshmallows for building and eating

    CAR-SICKNESS BAG

    Car Sickness Kit | scriptureand.blogspot.com
    Most importantly, you should have a car sickness bag in case someone gets sick. Thankfully, we never needed it more than having Here is what we included inside a gallon ziplock bag:
    • several gallon ziplock bags to use as car-sickness bags or to seal dirty items inside
    • pretzels to calm tummies
    • dramamine for kids
    • extra clothes
    • extra diaper or pull-up, if necessary
    • wipes for cleaning up kids and the car
    • kitchen size trash bags
    • PlantTherapy.com's Kid-Safe Tummy All Better diluted roll-on (my family loves Plant Therapy with their quality, tested, affordable essential oils)
    Plant Therapy Essential Oils

    What have you done with your kids for road trips?
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      Wednesday, September 12, 2018

      Certainties of the Bible

      In life so little is certain. However, there are things in the Bible of which we can be certain. Check out the verses in this printable to see what is certain in the Bible.
      1 Samuel 2:2 No one is like God | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      John 8:28-29 Jesus always does what is pleasing to God | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Lamentations 3:22-23 God's mercies are new every morning | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      John 3:20 Every sinner hates to be exposed. | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      John 14:6 Jesus is the only way to God | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Romans 3:23 Everybody has sinned | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Feel free to use this Bible study for personal use, with Sunday School or small group Bible studies. If you plan to share it online, please provide a link to this page rather than a direct link to the printable. That way people can find other similar Bible studies on my website. Thanks.

      Friday, September 7, 2018

      Bible Verses for How Great Is Our God

      Bible Verses for How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Chris Tomlin wrote How Great Is Our God while contemplating Psalm 104 and the greatness and majesty of the Lord. The first verse definitely echoes that psalm, but then expands to some features of God's greatness. It beautifully brings together Old and New Testament truths about our great God.


      How Great Is Our God

      by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves

      Verse 1:
      The splendor of a King,
      Clothed in majesty,
      Psalm 104:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
      Let all the Earth rejoice
      All the Earth rejoice.
      1 Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
      He wraps himself in light,
      And darkness tries to hide,
      Psalm 104:2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
      And trembles at His voice
      Trembles at His voice.
      Joel 3:16 The Lord roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth tremble. But the Lord is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel.

      Chorus:
      How great is our God, sing with me
      How great is our God, and all will see
      How great, how great is our God.
      Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.

      Verse 2:
      Age to age He stands
      Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
      And time is in His hands,
      Psalm 30:15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 
      Beginning and the end
      Beginning and the end.
      Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

      The Godhead Three in One:
      Father, Spirit, Son.
      2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
      Titus 3:4-6 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior
      Ephesians 2:18-22 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit
      The Lion and the Lamb
      The Lion and the Lamb
      Speaking of Jesus in Revelation 5:4-8 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

      Chorus:
      How great is our God, sing with me
      How great is our God, and all will see
      How great, how great is our God
      Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods,

      Bridge:
      You're the name above all names,
      Philippians 2:9-11 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
      You are worthy of our praise,
      Psalm 18:3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
      And my heart will sing
      How great is our God!
      Psalm 104:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
      Bible Verses for How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Tuesday, August 21, 2018

      What Pleases The Lord


      If you are interested in pleasing the Lord, it is important to know what pleases Him. Both Cain and Abel offered sacrifices to God, but only Abel's offering pleased the Lord (but that's a whole other story). How can we know? God tells us. It's in His Word.

      Here is a printable list of Bible verses about things that please the Lord. I recommend meditating on one verse a day (it will take 23 days). 


      Also, I recently put Bible images with verses about what pleases the Lord. Here there are for you for any non-commercial use:
























      Tuesday, June 12, 2018

      13 Summer Activities to Help Your Kids Grow in the Lord

      13 Summer Activities to Help Your Kids Grow in the Lord | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Looking for some ideas for your kids now that they are out of school for the summer? The summer is a great time to teach your children about the Bible.

      Here are some ideas for Summer Bible Activities:

      1. Memorize Some Bible Verses

      50 Bible Verses to Memorize | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      I have a list of 50 Bible verses you can memorize. Or if you need something to build your confidence, I have a list of short Bible verses. I also have some tips to make Bible memorization easier.


      2. Watch What's in The Bible with Buck Denver.

      What's In The Bible with Buck Denver | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      I have a review of this series that takes kids (or anyone, really) through the entire Bible in 13 DVDs. It's both fun and educational.


      3. Memorize the List of the Books of the Bible


      Work on learning the Books of the Bible and then have Bible Drills, racing to find Bible Verses. Check out these activities to help. Look at my Pinterest board for more suggestions. Play this active game to learn the difference between the Old and New Testament.


      4. Teach One of my Children's Bible Lessons

      Themed Bible Units : Jesus Said I Am, Colossians 3:12, and Five Senses | scriptureand.blogspot.com
      God Controls the Seasons Bible Lesson | scriptureand.blogspot.com
      God Controls the Weather Bible Lesson | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      During a laid-back summer, you can choose which topic and pick out which parts of the lesson you want to do. My themed units include The Five Senses, Colossians 3:12,  Jesus' "I Am" statements, and God Controls Nature. Find them here.


      5. Listen to Jonathan Park Audio Adventures

      Jonathan Park Audio Adventures Review | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      This exciting radio series is great for a road trip or just nice for the kids to listen to while playing quietly (at least hopefully) at home. Here is my review of the series.


      6. Learn the Names of the Twelve Disciples

      The Twelve Disciples Review Game | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      There are many songs to help you learn their names. Once you have learned them, I have a fun game you can play to process them.


      7. Start a Habit For Children's Devotions

      Keys for Kids Devotional Review | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Get your kids in the habit of learning from God's Word daily. I recommend Keys for Kids, which is also available in an app.


      8. Make Blessing Bags for the Homeless

      Make Blessing Bags for the Homeless | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Make some bags of items for the homeless and then keep them in the car for when you see someone in need or spend a day looking for homeless to help.


      9. Play a Bible Scavenger Hunt

      Indoor Bible Scavenger Hunt | scriptureand.blogspot.com
      I have two Bible Scavenger Hunts, one for outdoors and one for indoors. Or you could make your own.


      10. Find Babies in the Bible

      Babies in the Bible Matching Sheet | scriptureand.blogspot.com
      Look up some well-known children in the Bible to complete this printable.


      11. Make Some Crafts or Even Christmas Presents

      Homemade Christmas Presents | scriptureand.blogspot.com5 DIY Christmas Presents | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      Get a jump on making Christmas gifts or just make some crafts: duct tape wallets, crocheted items, silhouette ornaments or candle holders, fort kits, pillowcase dresses, Bible verse candle holders, sippy cup leashes and more. Find them here and here.


      12. Make Some Beach Themed Candles

      Beach Souvenir Pillar Candles | scriptureand.blogspot.comBeach Souvenir Candle Holders | scriptureand.blogspot.com

      If you are heading to the beach this summer, I have the perfect souvenir that you can make with seashells.


      13. Check out Some of My Favorite Bible Resources

      Bible Verse Songs, YouTube channels, Free Bible Trading Cards, and more.