First Grade to Preteen, Love


*     For some time now I have been building a little learning toy for my nieces and nephews. After seeing a few of your products, I was thinking that you might want to build a few too. Here's how. First get a hold of eight cups that fit into each other. The multicolored toddler cups will do. Then go to 2 Peter 1: 5 - 7 and label each cup with each thing Paul adds. Start with faith as the biggest cup and label each successive cup all the way to charity. There should be 8 cups and the smallest cup should be labeled charity. Next, go to 1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 8 and get the 16 things that make charity. Label Popsicle sticks with each one thing and place them in the charity cup (on the top of the cup stack). Make 16 small paper flowers and a little flour glue, glue the flowers to the top of each Popsicle stick makes for a nice flower arrangement. They look nice and show a simple way to go from faith to charity. Hey! maybe even back again. I make them according to a rainbow color arrangement. You might want to do it too! Enjoy them, I look at them often myself and I'm sure it teaches me.
1 Corinthians 13: Ampl.
4.(1)Love endures long and is (2)patient and (3)kind; (4)love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy; (5)is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5.(6)It is not conceited - arrogant and inflated with pride; (7)it is not rude (unmannerly), and does not act unbecomingly, Love [God's love in us] (8)does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; (9)it is not touchy or (10)fretful or (11)resentful; (12)it takes no account of evil done to it - pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
6.(13)It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7.(14)Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, (15)is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [with out weakening].
8.(16)Love never fails - never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end, As for prophecy, it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

(Special thanks to Harry Teasley for sharing this great craft.)


*     During a home fellowship at our home I took the kids to the kitchen and had all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. I started by saying that the ingredients are all different colors (black, white, yellow , brown), separately they are not all that good, but when blended together they make a chocolate chip cookie (something very good, especially to kids). It is the same with people, Separately, one race (white, black, yellow brown) is not as good as if we were blended together. Then we all got to eat the cookies.
(Special thanks to Amy Rowlands from Seymour CT for this great idea)