Well, I must admit that I am quite a fan of Veggie Tales programs. (I started my collection prior to having kids just because I was so excited to watch them with my little ones one day!) I especially fell in love with "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie" and began watching it yearly during Yom Kippur to keep the little ones engaged while attempting to obey YHVH's commandments of complete rest. After a few years of this, someone gave me a book that went along with the movie called, "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie-A Very Veggie Family Adventure!" by Mark Whitlock and Cindy Kenney. This book is fantastic! It is filled with fun family activities to help connect the character lessons of the Jonah story (compassion, mercy and forgiveness) in unforgettable ways!
Sidenote: Actually, I didn't notice this until just now...the front cover actually says it's an "All Play-No Work Activity Book." The Father, if you didn't know, is quite humorous. Thanks Dad for the clarification!!!
So if you need some fun downtime ideas that will leave an indelible impression on the little guys (and you too!) try watching the Jonah movie in segments. Stop the video from time to time and incorporate these hands on activities to reinforce forgiveness. We love the "tower of flour" activity and the kids were in stitches tonight doing a silly version of the Matthew 18:23-35 parable. We read our "Swiss Cheese Story" then read the Biblical account. My thing is connecting the commandments and the Scriptures in ways that work for our family and I thank the Father for making that possible. And memorable. I hope you all had a blessed Yom Kippur and the countdown to Sukkot begins!!!!
Here is the link to the book thru Amazon: A Very Veggie Family Adventure
And here's the official Veggie Tales' store link for the movie: Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie DVD
And finally...a music video just for kicks!