Encounter Fun: multi-sensory ways to explore faith!
Fun, engaging ideas for parents/carers and their children to get closer to Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit through playing, praying and exploring together!
Check out the two Encounter Fun packs in the shop: Under 5’s Encounter Fun Pack 1 or Pack 2! Ideal for adding multi-sensory activities that enable children to connect with God to any under 5’s church group or family event.
Now available: The new 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!
Also check out the 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 below:
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.
Hugs with Jesus!
James 4:8: Come near to God, and God will come near to you.
1 John 4:8: God is love
Choose any soft cuddly toys or cushions you have to stroke and hug with your child. Close your eyes and imagine you are hugging Jesus!
Tell your child ‘Did you know Jesus loves you SO much? He wants to be so close to you. We can be close to Jesus.’
Pray for your child to be really, really close to Jesus, just like hugging this teddy or cushion.