Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (littler kids can memorize the underlined portion)
Are you familiar with the “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister? It’s a wonderful little story about a beautiful fish (at least in appearance) who has sparkly rainbow scales. Another fish asks if he can have one of the scales and he says no way. He loses all of his friends because of his selfishness. The wise octopus encourages him to share, and when he rainbow fish listens and begins giving away his rainbow scales, he gains friends again. If you don’t have the book, no worries. You can find it on YouTube.
After reading the story, we did our own water color rainbow fish with glitter scales. I drew out this fish outline and made it a printable for you so that you can do this simple activity with your kids. If you print this fish, you can paint it with water colors. Then, I had Abby add glue to some scales, and we dumped on the glitter.
Perhaps you are wondering why Abby is the only one doing this activity. We were having issues with cleaning up our first activity. The girls were suppose to clean up the beans that had been dumped on the floor. Abby cleaned up her half. Kenzie proceeded o dump those back out. I set the timer for 15 minutes, and I told her we were going to start the next activity in that time. If she was finished, she could do it with us. If it wasn’t clean, sorry. Well, I had to follow through on the threat. She still hasn’t cleaned up this mess, and she is still in the same corner of the house a few hours later. Spirited kid.