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That which is lovely: an activity for children of all ages. In Philippians 4:8, we are encouraged, “…brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” The garden is a place that holds much beauty. With the birds singing, the breeze blowing, flowers blooming, and butterflies floating, the garden is a feast for the senses. In this activity, children will be invited to appreciate the beauty of a garden.
- Spend some time in a garden (your own or one nearby). Take a walk, taking time to really examine the flowers and the beauty surrounding you.
- When you find the right spot, spread out a blanket and just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, watching the clouds float lazily by.
- When ready, eat the picnic lunch and enjoy all of the sights and sounds.
- When lunch is finished, read a book of choice.
- Journal any thoughts/feelings in the garden journal.
- For older children: To bridge the learning with further study, have the children learn about their eyes. Use the reference The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body by David Macauley, DK Eyewitness Books: Human Body by Richard Walker or Human Body (Discover Kids) by Parragon Kids.
- Have your child draw an eye, label it’s anatomy, function, purpose and their learning of how our eyes work.
- Include favorite Bible texts about the eyes such as, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalm 121:1).
- Slip this page into a page protector and place in the garden notebook/journal.