The main goal of the Olympic games is to win a medal for your respective country. It is amazing what an incredible motivator a little round strip of medal is!! This is a great opportunity to talk with your kids about how people are motivated to perform their best out of love for the sport.
There is a similarity in Christianity that can be drawn. Through our love for Jesus and His love through us we can do acts of service for others.
For this project you and your kids can make medals as a family project (instructions provided below). Then throughout the two weeks of Olympic games, each person in the family will be watching and at the end of that time you all can vote and give an award to the person that they think had the best act of service. If you really want to get into it you can have a podium for them to stand on to receive their medals. It is important to talk about how this is just a physical recognition for that work they have been doing for Jesus and how their treasures in heaven are their true rewards.
Instructions for making you medals:
(comes from Activity Village)
You will need:
- Gold wool roving
- Embroidery thread
- Round cookie cutter
- Felting needle
- Sewing needle
Make a round circle of gold felt.
Cut a small slit in the felt and thread through the ribbon.
Tie the ends of the ribbon to make a loop.
Embroider (using running stitch) a message on the medal
Hope this turns out to be a great learning experience!
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