By The Reverend Christine V. Hides
Yesterday we read the picture book The Story of And: The Little Word that Changed the World by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. When different shapes can’t get along, the word “and” helps them connect to create something new. We responded by making our own creations through free play and watercolor painting. Singer/ songwriter Carrie Newcomer wrote an original song to go along with this book. The song is available for free from the publisher.
Summer Wondertime as been a great opportunity for the kids to slow down, connect with each other, and create something new. I pray that you had a fun and blessed July 4.
- Looking for more excellent picture books that inspire kindness? Take a look at this great list on BuzzFeed. Have You Filled a Bucket Today is a book our A Joyful Noise children know and love.
- Ward off the summer squabbles with a game of Kindness Bingo using this free download.
- For older kids: Last year’s hit movie Wonder is a reminder to “Choose kindness.” A free, comprehensive discussion and activity guide is available from the publisher. Forty-nine more kindness-inspiring movies for rainy summer days are found on this list from Common Sense Media.