“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets theprize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV
Welcome to my character development series. I hope you’ll check out my perseverance tab to find even more activities to help teach this important character quality to your kids.
Today we got out the blocks. The goal was to make the tallest tower with blocks that we could. We got up to 17 inches. The towers fell a number of times, and it took a while to be able to build it taller. We talked about how it takes perseverance and time to try and build something significant. The little guy in our lives also got to work on stacking blocks at his developmental level.
After building our own block towers, I read them the story of Noah’s Ark from the “Jesus Storybook Bible” (affiliate link added for your convenience). If you aren’t familiar with this children’s Bible, it is the best in my opinion…and so many other mothers I know. I love to read it. The story is also in the Bible Genesis 6:5-22.
After reading the story of Noah’s Ark, we went outside and took a walk. We walked 510 feet. We had a definitive starting place. I kept looking back and saying, “Do you think Noah’s Ark was this long?” They always concluded it was, so I would say, “Nope. It was bigger.” Then, we’d walk some more. Once we reached the end, I said that the ark was that big and so wide and taller than our house. I then talked about how it took us quite a bit of perseverance to build our towers and had them imagine the type of perseverance it took for Noah to build such an enormous ship. If you are looking for a Noah’s ark craft that goes with this lesson, I encourage you to head on over to the link provided. It’s great to be able to connect an activity like the block building with a Biblical story like Noah’s ark. It helps children better understand deep concepts like perseverance.
Everyday I review the word perseverance, its meaning and our Bible verse.