I asked my friend Leah to guest post today because I absolutely love this thing she does with her kids. She calls it Muffin Tin Mondays. I’ve seen these around the web on all kinds of days of the week, but Leah is my friend so she is my guest!! Anyway, I love lots of things Leah and Dave do with their kids, but this is really one I wish I would have known about when my guys were little. They would have loved it. I would have loved it, because like Leah, I’m all about fun and creativity, and when I can use those things to help kids see God, well, that’s just the sauce on the BBQ!
So Leah says:
I think it’s important to not only teach God to your kids in the big ways like going to church, praying before meals and reading your Bible, but to also bring Him into your life in smaller ways as well. As a mom of three small children (ages 1, 4, and 7), I try to look for little ways to keep God in our forethoughts. In the spring, we go on listening walks around town where we walk quietly and try to focus on each sound that we hear, which leads to some good discussions about how if God cares so much about every bird that we hear, he must care about us even more (Luke 12:7). We were driving one day and saw a rainbow, so I pulled over and took a picture and we talked about how God gave Noah a rainbow as a sign that he keeps his promises (Genesis 9:12-16).
For those of you who know me, you know that I love to be creative with, and for, my kids. Something I do pretty often is to make themed lunches for them. With Easter coming up, I thought it was a perfect time to show you another of the simple ways I brought Jesus into our day. I made this meal last year after the kids brought home palm leaves after Palm Sunday at church.
I often use these lunches as a way to sneak in something that may not be a kid’s favorite, but they’ll try when it’s presented in a fun way. Thus, the broccoli, A.K.A. palm branches. The pretzels represent Jesus’ crown of thorns that he wore while on the cross. Our cross is made out of a cookie. I happened to have a package of refrigerated cookie dough, so I just used a knife to cut a rough cross shape. It turned out a little rounded, but nobody complained.
The peanut butter and jelly Uncrustable sandwich is the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb. I used string cheese to represent the strips of linen cloth that Simon Peter found when he looked for Jesus in the tomb. For a little treat, I included a cotton candy cloud. Acts 1:9: “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”
The kids loved their meal and it was a fun way to hear how much they knew of the Easter story and to fill in the parts they weren’t as sure of. Try to find some ways to bring Jesus into your home this week! Once you start looking, you’ll find that they’re all around you.
When she’s not trying to keep up with her three busy kids, Leah Zanolla is the Senior Editor for http://www.wdwinfo.com, an unofficial Disney trip-planning site. In her “spare time,” she also writes about her themed meals in the column “Making Meals Memorable” on foodietales.com. You can find Leah’s column with other great Muffin Tin ideas at http://foodietales.com/category/foodietales/making-meals-memorable/