multi-sensory ways to explore faith and bring God into the everyday
Encounter Fun packs are full of engaging, multi-sensory 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: within a children’s ministry setting, at a family fun event, at toddler groups and in the home!
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Why not try out some Encounter Fun ideas with your child:
Holy Spirit Fill Me Up!
Acts 2:4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 5:18 be filled with the Spirit
Everyday Resources: tray, rolled oats, rice or pasta, pots, cups, wooden spoons, safe cutlery
Play with the cups, pots and cutlery. See if your child can fill them up with the oats. Chat about full, empty and overflowing as you play together.
Say ‘Did you know that Holy Spirit wants to fill us up, just like we are filling these pots up? He has so much love and joy for us. He wants us to know it and to feel it, so we are full to overflowing!’
Pray and ask Holy Spirit to fill you both up as you pour objects from one pot to another: ‘Holy Spirit fill me up with your love, with your joy, with your power, with your kindness… and more! I wonder how you feel now… I can feel…’
Keep getting filled up every day!
Genesis 1:25: God made the wild animals, the tame animals, and all the small crawling animals to produce more of their own kind. God saw that this was good.
Everyday Resources: tray, plastic animals, bugs, dinosaurs, shaving foam, pine cones, stones, shells…
Explore the animals and sensory items in the tray with your senses: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste (if safe!).
Chat about the different animals you can see and what they do: What can you see? What can you feel? Which animals do you like? Which don’t you like? What noise does it make? How does it move?
Tell your child that Daddy God is so creative. He thought up all these incredible animals and creatures. We live in His wonderful world. We are part of His creation too! And He said all of it is GOOD!
Be thankful for your favourite animals. Help your child to tell Daddy God about them and to say ‘Thank You’ to Him!
Practice being in awe and wonder of creator God everyday!
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!