Creating a spiritual foundation for your family is something to start sooner than later… or so I’m told. We started doing family devotionals before our daughter turned 2. If you ask her what we do for family devo, she’ll say: “Uh… paint. Uh… play. uh… ice cream!” We do actually read the bible and talk about spiritual ideas but to her, it’s about having fun.
I’m okay with that.
The family devo for tomorrow will go something like this:
Start with a short prayer and a song. There is a danish song that goes well with this devo, “Who is the king of the jungle?”
Then we will read the following verse:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
This will be followed by the jungle safari game:
“Just before bedtime, when pajamas are on and teeth are brushed, hide your child’s stuffed animals in odd places around the house (for very young children, you may have to hide them in rather obvious places at first). Turn off the lights and use a flashlight to hunt for the animals hiding in your house.” -From The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner.
After our activity is over, we usually have dessert. This is a good time to talk about the scripture and apply it to the game. If you have small children, it’s not super important that the activity matches the scripture perfect. Or that they even understand the concept. It’s more about creating a family dynamic that is spiritual.
And a little ice cream never hurt anybody 😉