Does your precious one have a healthy view of themselves? Let's be real...in the world we live in today negativity is all around us, and it is difficult to dodge. How much more important is it that we flood our precious ones with all things positive? Not only from our mouths, but in our time, actions, and expressions. I earnestly pray that my children will have a healthy self esteem. That they will be confident in who they are and whose they are. That they will "fix their thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and [what's] admirable" about themselves (Philippians 4:8). I also pray that my voice, as powerful as it is in this season of their lives, will do the same.
Pinterest (one of my favorite websites of all time...) has tons of positive quotes that I plan to customize for my boys...whenever I get like 10 and a half minutes of free time. Here are some of my favorites.
This craft is just one of my attempts to foster positive thinking in my home. It's pretty simple to put together.
You will need:
-Wheel of Positivity Printable Set
(Printable 1 click here) (Printable 2 click here) (Printable 2 blank click here)
-A small picture of your kiddos
-Tape and scissors
-A brad or brass fastener
Step 1: Print and cut out the Wheel of Positivity Printable Set. Don't forget to cut out the circle frame (where the picture of your child will go) and the 'pie slice' in printable one.
Step 2: Position and tape your picture under the circle frame. I am going to use a media picture of actor Miles Brown* for an example.
Step 3: Trim the edges of both pieces so that they are flush. Connect together with a brad or brass fastener and your done!
Want to customize your own words of positivity? Just in case you missed it, a blank template is available under the 'what you will need' section. Some ideas you may want to use are scriptures, talents or skills, quotes, or whatever you can come up with. Make sure you send us some pics of your crafty brown project. We want to praise n' post your flow!
*July 14, 2014 - Source: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America
Old McDonald is a classic song that has been enjoyed by children for ages. The variety of Old McDonald songs usually focus' on varieties of animals, but I am pretty sure that he and the Mrs. had a nice little garden growing in the backyard. Since African American "Old McDonald's" are slim, I decided to come up with something myself. In the process I was able to gain a little knowledge about African American farmers, which I found fascinating.
Eddie Cotton, 82, Hermanville,©Robin Nelson/ZUMA
Don't you love this picture? It reminds me of my granddaddy! Good memories. Check out more information about African American Farmers. Some resources that I have found are listed at the end of this post. Hey! Here is another idea! If you are in an area where a farm is not too far, grab a group and go visit! Great field trip for the kiddies (don't forget to send us pics!). Who knows what you may find!
-Joseph Schell Photography
Getting back to the labels...It's planting time, and I wanted to add a little flair in our "grow seeds in a plain cup and watch it grow" season. I also wanted to create a little something to celebrate African American farmers. Garden cup labels seemed to be the perfect fit for this project. Very simple to make.
You will need:
-A printer or a printing source (Kinkos, Library, etc...)
-Old McDonald's Garden Cup Label Printable
(Colored copy click here) (B&W copy click here)
-Plastic or Styrofoam cups (choose any size, but remember the bigger the cup the more soil you will need to fill it)
-Flower or vegetable seeds of your choice
-Plastic spoon or small garden shovel
-Crayons, markers, etc...
Step 1: Fill your cup with soil. Plant your seeds according to seed label directions. Water with a small amount of lukewarm water; just enough to get the soil moist.
Step 2: Cut a piece a saran wrap to size. Place over the cup and fasten with a rubber band. Do not take off until you see a sprout pop up through the soil.
Step 3: Print and cut out garden cup labels . Make sure that you do not cut off the "arms". Write what you are planting on the line provided. For extra durability, laminate printable or coat cutouts with a layer of Mod Podge.
Step 4: Tape the 'arms' around the cup, put in a warm place, and watch your plants grow!
Let us know how your garden in a cup is growing. Send us pics of your green thumbs at work. We want to praise n 'post your flow!