Friday, August 12, 2011

Rainy Day "Massacre"????

Ok, it wasn't THAT bad.....but, it was one of those icky, yucky, rainy, dreary, pent up too long kind of days. 

My kids were mumbling, complaining, and picking on each other and exhibiting other behavior that is not one of the 'fruits of the spirit'.  Every few minutes I was having to referee some minor squabble over 'nothing'.

So, I did what any reasonable mother would do....I gave them something that they would HAVE to work together and problem solve (while having fun --- should they choose to cooperate with one another).  I gave them a PROJECT. 


Teach your children to work together
Teach your children to work together


Months ago I bought a Kid Concoctions Kit and put it away for a rainy day.   When I came to the end of my rope, I remembered this little gem and brought it out.  The beauty of using this as a 'team builder' is that my oldest doesn't really doesn't like crafts and my middle children love crafts, but at that moment, couldn't find anything to agree one.  They would have to put their differences aside and work together for the good of 'The Team' without help from me.

I gave them these rules:  You can do ANY of the projects in the book, but, you must work together and you must come to a consensus.  You must not raise your voice and you must be kind towards one another.

After diving into the box, opening the goodies and paging though the instructions, I was pleased to hear the three of them communicating and working through what projects they wanted to do.  One making compromise here and another one making compromise there.  This was working!


Fun with slime
Fun with slime

Fake jewels
Fake jewels

Fake jewels

They ended up making 3 projects - Goo, Taffy and Gluey Gems.  More importantly, they saw first hand how speaking to one another in kind words,  compromising on small issues and maintaining unity (as in working with a team mentality instead of a 'me' mentality) changed their whole day from a 'real drag' into a rewarding experience with those they chose to love.

Matthew 7:12  "So in everything do to others as you would have them do to you."

3 comments:

  1. After spending a week doing VBS, I was so reminded about children and the work they are. You are a real trooper! Keep up the good work my friend.

    Duke

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  2. Awesome idea for a fun activity that teaches a practical lesson, too. I teach working adults who deal with similar issues in their learning teams all the time. Great job starting them young!

    -Mikel
    Apologetics Guy

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  3. Sounds inspired as well as a lot of fun! Hopefully your kids learnt a great lesson whilst having a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing,

    Mike

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