multi-sensory ways to explore faith and bring God into the everyday
Encounter Fun packs are full of engaging ideas for parents and carers and their children to get closer to Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit through playing, praying and exploring together!
There are multiple ways to use Encounter Fun! Find out more in the shop!
- For Under 5’s church groups or a family event: Under 5’s Encounter Fun Pack 1 or Pack 2! Many of these activities can be easily adapted to appeal to older children or check out Powerpack’s Encounter Cards.
- For Toddler Groups: Exploring Faith Toddler Group version of Encounter Fun: are you reaching out with God’s love to young families? 10 of the Encounter Fun activities re-written to introduce faith to parents/carers as they have fun playing with their child!
- For parents and carers in the home: Under 5’s Encounter Fun Postcards for Parents – 20 of the Encounter Fun activities especially re-written for parents or carers to use at home with their child!
Why not try out some Encounter Fun ideas with your child:
James 5:16: When a believing person prays, great things happen.
Everyday Resources: wooden bricks, duplo, stacking cups
Play with your bricks and chat to your child about how we can pray (or chat) to Daddy God about anything and anyone!
Use your bricks or stacking cups to make a tower. How tall can you get it?
As you add each brick pray a simple prayer for someone or something:
Say a person’s name, or say ‘Thank you Daddy God for…’, or speak out simple truths such as ‘Daddy God is good’, ‘Jesus loves me all the time’, ‘Great things happen when I pray’…
Model praying as you play to your child and encourage them to join in.
Have fun playing, knocking down your towers and then building them again!
Jump for Joy!
Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord will make you strong.
Everyday Resources: cushions or small trampoline
Play: Have fun bouncing up and down on a cushion or trampoline. You could count or say your child’s name each time they jump.
Explore: How high can you jump? Can you do small jumps or sideways jumps? What about hopping from foot to foot? Wow!
Jump for Joy: Then each time they jump you could say some of the wonderful things that Jesus gives to us such as joy, love, hope, peace and anything else you want to declare over your child.
Speak truth: you are full of the joy of Jesus, you can feel His joy all the time, you will be super strong in Him!
Threading Thank You’s!
Psalm 107:1 Thank the Lord because He is good. His love continues forever.
Everyday Resources: chunky beads, or penne pasta and thread/string/ribbon.
Explore the beads or pasta with your child: What colours can you see? What shapes can you see? Spend time helping your child to thread the beads onto the string. Feel the different shapes and count them on together.
Say ‘Thank you God’ for something each time you thread on a bead. What are we thankful for? Thank you God for Mummy, Daddy, my friends, your love, yummy food, toys to play with, a cosy bed…
Model being thankful to your child and help them to say thank you with you. Practice being thankful each day to cultivate gratitude and happiness; maybe at a mealtime or before bedtime…
Let’s Explore Together!
Psalm 34:8 Examine and see how good the Lord is. Happy is the person who trusts Him.
Everyday Resources: a tray, sensory items such as shells, pasta, pine cones, playdough, pebbles, pots, spoons, shiny paper, mini people, vehicles…
Create a Play Tray! Use any fun, safe sensory items you may have to add to a tray. Regularly change them to keep it interesting.
Explore the items in the tray with your senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste (if safe!). What can you see? What can you smell? What can you feel? Does it make a sound? What do you like? What don’t you like?
Help your child to develop their natural sense of wonder at Daddy God’s wonderful world and the many amazing things that are all around us. Let them suggest things to add to the tray.
Practice being in awe and wonder of creator God everyday!