Thursday, May 19, 2011

Treasure Hunting for Wisdom

My husband started this idea with our children a few months ago. He chose a couple of verses from Proverbs that were especially applicable to their little hearts, wrote the references on small papers, and then hid them. For their Bible story before bedtime, he read Prov. 2:1-6 and explained how God's Word is full of wisdom that must be searched out like valuable treasure. Then he had them search for the papers. What kid doesn't love a good hunt!? After the hidden treasures were found, he read those Proverbs and spent some time talking about them.

Being the good sport he is, he let me craft-ify things a little and make some treasure coins for hiding. I traced circles on silver posterboard, but then found gold scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby. I tried making a printer version...if you like, you can print them here. The gold paper didn't take our printer ink very well, but they would print fine on yellow or gray cardstock.

I decided to go a step further and break out my handy little home laminator to make them re-usable and a little more durable. Now we can write a verse with sharpie marker and then wipe it off later with rubbing alcohol.

If you don't have a laminator accessible to you, fret not. Just cover both sides of the coins with wide, clear packaging tape, stick it to itself, and trim around. Instant lamination!

A few Proverbs we are working on with our preschoolers are these:

Anger – Prov 10:12, 14:17, 15:18, 16:32, 29:22
Boasting- Prov. 27:2

Cheating/honesty – Prov. 11:1, 20:11
Friends – Prov 1:10, 13:20, 16:28, 17:17, 18:24, 27:6, 27:17
Guarding your heart – Prov. 4:23
Tongue/Speech – Prov. 4:24, 10:18-21, 10:32, 15:1, 15:4, 16:24, 21:23
Lying – Prov 12:22
Listening to correction/obeying authority – Prov 1:5, 1:7-9. 9:9, 13:1, 13:18, 15:5, 15:32
Wisdom - Prov 16:16

I had this little rustic wooden treasure chest which we've started using to hold the kids' Bible story books...and our Wisdom coins. It's all a great visual reminder, and keeps our coins handy for reviewing the wisdom we're trying to seek out.


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