Here is a fun and easy craft to teach your children about “joy” and what it means. Joy is defined as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” (Google) I started out by talking to my children about joy and what it means. And I read the Scripture below to them:
Psalm 103: 1-5 (NLT)
1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Next, we spoke about examples of things that bring us joy and happiness. Things that make us smile and feel good. They had a long list (which is great). I realized that I have a long list, too. It is just so great focusing on the good and not the bad in life!
For the flower craft, you will need:
– 1 egg carton (any size will do)
– tacky glue (or any kind of glue)
– construction paper in your children’s favorite color
– popsicle sticks (we used the colored ones)
– permanent markers in different colors
– green paint (washable is preferable)
– paintbrush for each child
We decided to make 5 flowers for each family member, but you can decide on how many, depending on what you want or on the room you have on your egg carton. On each flower, write down one thing that brings you joy (or happiness). My 3-year old started writing the words under mine and got stuck on both “y” letters. 🙂
With the pointy part of the scissors (an adult job), gently poke a hole on the top of each “bump” on the egg crate. Once the flowers have been glued onto the popsicle sticks and dried completely, poke them through the holes on the egg crate.
Display in a prominent place at home and refer to those things that bring each of you joy. I made some extras for my husband to fill out when he got home from work that day. It is a great activity to get everyone involved and focus on the positives and not the negatives of life.
What would you write on your flowers? What brings you joy? What was one thing that stood out to you in the Scripture verses above?