We all remember what it was like when we were little and didn’t have any way of earning enough money to buy gifts for loved ones. We’d go shopping with mom or dad and try to pick out things loved ones would like. Maybe we’d get to spend a few dollars we’d saved or been given. Maybe your parents, like mine, somehow always made you feel part of the whole excitement of choosing gifts, even if your financial contribution was small or negligible.
We’re reminded often this time of year that the best gifts are the ones money can’t buy, the ones given from a loving heart. This can be a hard concept for younger kids to grasp. This year, let’s bring the idea to life in a different way (and this can even be used to reinforce spelling words, but don’t tell the kids!). The printable includes an adaptation for younger kids who are not ready for spelling yet.
Look at the spelling words that you are studying for the current week (any list or curriculum will work). Have a child copy each of the spelling words in the boxes on the printable, one word to each box. Print as many pages as you need.
After all the spelling words are written in the boxes, cut out the boxes to make spelling cards.
Next, mix up the cards and put them upside down. Draw a card and ask the child to spell the word. If the child spells the word correctly, he or she gets the card. The goal is to get all of the cards. The cards become the child’s gifts to give.
The child can take the cards and give some thought to special things they could do for friends and loved ones. As he thinks of ideas, he writes the idea and the intended recipient on the other side of the card. Before any action is taken, he must ask a parent for permission to give his gift (so that little ones do not attempt something that is too big for them to do safely).
Then the child can look for opportunities to give his gifts to people. If he likes, he can give the loved one the card when he does the service. This is also a great way to help kids understand that gifts can be given any day of the year, not just on Christmas Day.
After all, God’s love was demonstrated when He gave us the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, but He did not stop showing His love on Christmas morning. Jesus continued to show it every day until He reached the cross. Then He went a step further and defeated death, conquered the grave, and returned to life. And now He lives forever, manifesting His love in our hearts and our lives every day of the year.
Bonnie Rose Hudson works as the Executive Editor of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.