H is for Hide and Seek “Week”

Image result for Hide and SeekThis is a BONUS Them Week plan…. probably my favorite (or recently tied with the letter “Y.”)  I actually recommend this Theme Week to be expanded into a Theme Month (Hide and Seek Month)!  It would be a great segue out of Alphabet weeks (plus one letter/day for a month) and into a new theme.  It’s still fun to get 2 Theme Week ideas in one day, though, right?  RIGHT… ESPECIALLY THIS ONE!

This is the letter “H” in my Alphabet Theme Weeks series.  There are SO many options of ways to teach your child the alphabet, so be creative and have so much fun!

The object of this Theme Week is for your child to learn that God finds all things hidden.  Each day of this week you will focus on a different story about hidden things being found in the Bible.  Each day read the Scripture passage aloud and ask your child what the story was about.  Summarize the story and then talk about how important your child is to God.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:21

There are Inside Activity Ideas, Outside Activity Ideas, and Adventure Ideas for each day.  These activities are meant to spark your creativity and help you plan activities that are the best fit for your child.

Tips for preparing for this Theme Week’s Daily Activities:

  1. Pray and ask God what He wants you to teach your child this week.
  2. At the beginning of the week
    1. choose one activity to do each day or one activity from each of the different categories of activities.
    2. collect all the supplies you will need for your daily activities, so you don’t waste time hunting for things when your child is ready to do the activities.
  3. Remember not all activities work with every child so be flexible. If your child isn’t enjoying one of the activities, adapt the activity, try a different activity or do something else altogether.  You want Theme Week Daily Activities to be fun not stressful for your child and for you!

Sunday – All Treasure is hidden in CHRIST

  • Bible Story:  Colossians 2:3
  • Inside Activities Ideas: Hidden Picture Challenge – Print a Hidden Picture coloring sheet from online for each day.
  • Outside Activities Ideas:  Write Jesus’ name on a piece of paper and cut each letter out and hide the letters around the backyard for your child to find and put back together and talk about how Jesus is our greatest treasure.
  • Adventure Ideas: Make some Cinnamon Sugar Resurrection Rolls and share them with your postal worker:  http://neighborfoodblog.com/2013/03/resurrection-rolls.html

Monday – Parable of the Lost Sheep

    1. Tell the children that a shepherd knows his sheep by name.  Every sheep has a name, just like each child does.  When the shepherd calls the sheep, “Martha, Gracie, Fleece,” the sheep come running.  Sheep know and love their shepherd’s voice.  They will not run to a stranger.  In fact, they will run away from a stranger.
    2. Draw a parallel by saying that Jesus knows each of us by name also.  We are so special to Him, that He died on the cross for each one of us.  He loves us.  It’s important that we learn to hear our Jesus’ voice.  He is the Good Shepherd.  We learn to hear his voice by praying, reading the Bible, and coming to church.  It’s also important to run away from strangers, sin, and danger.
    3. If you have 1 child, place a picture of or stuffed animal wolf in between the 2 of you and call your child’s name telling him/her to go FAR around the wolf to get to you.
    4. If you have 2 children, have one child be the sheep and the other be the wolf and try and tag the sheep when he/she is coming to you when you call his/her name. Then let them swich roles.  You can have them be the shepherd and you be the sheep or wolf, as well.
    5. If you have 3 children, appoint one child to be the wolf and one to be the shepherd and you can be a sheep with the other child and try to get to the shepherd before you are tagged by the wolf. Have each person play each role.

Tuesday – Parable of the Lost Coin

  • Bible Lesson:  Luke 15:8-10
  • Inside Activities Ideas: Do a coin hunt but use only 1 coin to hunt so it’s more difficult. Count pennies together.  Learn about different coins and amounts (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars).  Play a coin sorting game using an egg carton or other sorting dish.  Make Pinata Cookies:  http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2012/10/18/trick-or-treat-cookies-for-halloween/
  • Outside Activities Ideas: Play with pretend money and pretend to shop for pretend food (or real food in your pantry) in the backyard.
  • Adventure Ideas: Go to the Denver Mint.

Wednesday – Parable of the Lost Son

  • Bible Story: Luke 15:11-32
  • Inside Activities Ideas: Watch “The Wizard of Ha’s” Veggie Tale.  Make a felt board with characters out of paper or felt or make or use puppets to act out the story together.
  • Outside Activities Ideas: Play hide and seek with a baby doll or action figure in the backyard.
  • Adventure Ideas: Go play hide and seek in a playground.

Thursday – Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl 

  • Bible Story:  Matthew 13:44-46
  • Inside Activities Ideas: Watch the Treasure Hunt Blues Clues.  Make a craft or necklace with pretend pearls.
  • Outside Activities Ideas: Make a treasure map of your backyard with an X marks the spot treasure for your child to find.  (Don’t forget to hide a treasure there, though!)
  • Adventure Ideas: Make Geode Cake Bites and share them with your garbage collectors or neighbors:   https://www.tastemade.com/videos/Geode-Cake-Pops  (Takes a lot of time, but yummy)

Friday – I have hidden Your word in my Heart

  • Bible Lesson:  Psalm 119:11

Saturday – Jesus is our Treasure

  • Bible Lesson:  Matthew 6:21
  • Inside Activities Ideas: Have your child grab three of his/her favorite toys and line them up from favorite to 5th favorite.  Ask your child to give one of those toys to a child in need.  Talk about how Jesus and loving Him must be the treasure of our hearts – as important as our favorite toys.
  • Outside Activities Ideas: Hide one of your child’s favorite toys in the backyard for him/her to find.  Talk about the importance of keeping Jesus first.
  • Adventure Ideas: Have your child make a “Jesus loves you” card and take it to a shut in or your neighbors.

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