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Sparklers for New Years
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I think I just thought of a new tradition I want to do with my kids. I never have done sparklers for New Years but this year I heard some big fireworks go off as I was sleeping so it got me thinking! (Yes, I did not even make it to midnight)
So what was I thinking? Beyond the obvious that I want to allow my children to use sparklers on New Years, there is a reason behind it. The reason behind it is the SPARK, yes the spark. Every New Years comes around and we all sit back and reflect on the previous year and make some goals for the new year. I think we can talk about the bright sparks and fire in the sparkler and then compare it to some Bible verses such as we are the light, God is a lamp unto our feet.
New Living Translation- Matthew 5:14
"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop
that cannot be hidden.
New Living Translation - Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my
It can allow us to remember and then be in prayer for God to use us in a dark world for the new year. We are the light of the world and we need to be the hands and feet and what a great way to think about it then with a little exercise of lighting a sparkler and then talking more about it.
My kids might be a little young for the discussion so this activity might be best suited for tweens and teens. Either way starting the year off in prayer and discussion about HIM while correlating it to sparklers will leave a lasting impression and will be fun!
Check out my daughter doing her first Sparkler here!
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St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
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