Welcome to Family Faith and Fun Fridays! As the week winds down and I anticipate more family time over the weekend, I often ask God for one good idea that will enable me to bring the Word to life and bring our family together. Usually, the activity overflows out of something the Lord has been teaching me through His Word during the week. I’d like to invite you to join me and my family in the adventure. Sometimes I’ll post things we’ve tried; other times I’ll post an idea in the works. If you’ve got thoughts to add or suggestions on how to adapt or improve the activity, please don’t hesitate to comment. Enjoy!
The Balloon Hunt:
Simple Poppin' Fun
Not long ago I orchestrated a simple activity for my little ones. They love treasure hunts of
any kind, so I invited them to try out this one...
Then I rolled up those pictures, slipped them into balloons and blew up the balloons.
Inside every balloon is a picture of something you need to find in our house.
Once you've found what you're hunting for, bring it back to me and move on to another balloon.
The first person to find all six of their items and bring them back to me is the winner!
Josh and Maggie had a blast popping their hunting orders and racing around the house searching for what they needed.
When our hunt was finished and each participant had enjoyed a piece of candy as a "prize," I followed up the activity with this question:
If God played this game with us and He gave us a balloon filled with a picture of the ONE THING He most wanted us to seek and find, what would that picture from God be?
Josh suggested a tractor, "since He knows I love them so much..."
And Maggie thought God's balloon might have a picture of Heaven inside of it.
Then, I brought out one last balloon and asked the kids to pop it.
Inside, I had a picture of Jesus and this verse:
his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
We talked about how seeking God's kingdom is really just an invitation to seek Jesus, since Jesus was the one God chose to bring His kingdom to earth.
When we seek Jesus, we find truth and righteousness and peace and hope and joy and wisdom-- all those gifts that come with being Kingdom Dwellers, children of the King of Kings.
When we were finished, we hung a balloon on the shelf that holds our Bibles as a visual invitation to seek Him first in the days to come.
How about you, friends? Do you have time to hunt for some truth this weekend? All you need is a few balloons and some willing seekers!