Encounter Fun: multi-sensory ways to explore faith! Bring God into the everyday…
Fun, 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 Toddler Groups: Exploring Faith Toddler Group version of Encounter Fun: are you reaching out with God’s love to young families? This great resource will introduce them to Daddy God with them now as they play 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 of the Encounter Fun ideas with your child below:
Light of the World!
John 8:12 Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life.’
Play hiding under blankets or a duvet and turn on a toy torch or switch on an LED candle or jump out into the light! Show your younger child dark and light. Can they make it dark? Can they make it light? Chat with your older child about sources of light they know and that, whenever it is dark, just lighting a candle or switching on the light changes everything.
Did you know that the bible says Jesus is the light of the world? So just like switching on a light in a dark place, He brings light to us and to everyone! Chat simply about how Jesus says we are the light too so we can take His love and light everywhere we go!
You could say over yourselves that you are Jesus’ light as you switch on the candles or torch! Encourage your older child to think of places that need more of Jesus’ light and pray and speak His light into those situations or spaces.
Psalm 139:5 You are all around me – in front and in back – and have put your hand on me.
Have fun playing with any toy cars you have together. Drive them around, following each other, creating traffic jams and queues.
Point out the cars that are next to, in front and behind, under and over, above and below (if you have a garage!).
Tell your child that Daddy God says He is all around us – He is in front and behind, He is above and below – He is wherever we are!
Pray for your child and yourself to experience and know this love that surrounds you all the time as you play together!
James 5:16: When a believing person prays, great things happen.
Chat to your child about how we can pray (or chat) to Daddy God about anything and anyone!
Use some bricks or stacking cups to make a prayer tower.
As you add each brick pray a simple prayer for someone or something:
Say the 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’… Have fun knocking them down and building again!
Psalm 139:5 You are all around me – in front and in back – you have put your hand on me.
Create a glitter bottle with your child: add glitter glue, hot water, sequins and fine glitter to a small bottle. Give it a good shake, top up with water and super glue the lid shut!
Shake your glitter bottle together and watch the glitter as it swirls around. What’s the glitter doing? What shapes or colours can you see inside? Express wonder and amazement at it.
Say ‘Did you know God is all around us, just like the whirling, swirling glitter. Wow! Shall we ask to feel Him, see Him and know Him now?’
Invite Holy Spirit to come and fill you and be all around you both as you shake the bottle and explore it together.