Friday, January 9, 2015

Story Hour: "Jessica's Box"

This is a new series for you! I will show you a great book along with a variety of activities. These may include Bible verses, art projects and discussion questions or a combination of these. I'm not sure how often I will post these but be on the lookout for more Story Hour posts! 

The other day my son asked me to watch a movie with him while the girls were off playing. So we watched on we've both seen before but we got into a discussion about some of the things we saw happening. One of the girls in the movie had lied to try to impress new "friends." Hunter pointed it out to me and we talked about it.

Throughout the movie the girls mom keeps reminding her that she doesn't need to impress anyone and only needs to be herself.The more I think about it the more it makes me realize how easy it is to think we aren't good enough. Ads, TV shows, movies,friends and family just to name a few, all have an ideal of the person we should be

Picture of Jessica's BoxWe got a great new book to add to our collection this week and as I read it to the kiddos I really enjoyed it! "Jessica's Box" is about this very thing, being yourself! 

Jessica is getting ready to go to school for the first time and is very nervous. The first day she brings something special to her in the box and is heartbroken when she gets laughed at upon revealing it to her classmates. 

The second day she tries bringing a treat for her classmates. They gobble them up without a single "Thank you!" and again she's sad to not have made any friends. 

Finally after trying to impress the kids with other things she gives up only to be surprised at what happens next and realize she didn't need to bring all of those things to make friends. She just needed to be herself and people would love her just the way she was. 

After reading the book, pull out your Bible and look up a few verses with your kiddos. 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Luke 16:15 He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God's sight.

Proverbs 21:2 A person may think his own way is right but the Lord weighs the heart. 

Discussion Questions:

1.How do you think Jessica felt when the kids laughed at 

her? How would you feel? 

2. What would you put into the box and why?

3. Have you ever tried to impress someone? What did you 

do and how did things go?

Activity Ideas
1. Have children draw a picture of themselves OR grab bigger paper and trace your kiddo to have them decorate! 
2. On the paper have them write (or help them if younger) part of 1 Samuel 16:7.
3. Write "People look on the outward appearance at the top
4. Draw a heart close to where ours is and near it write "but the Lord looks at the heart." 

Want to find out more about books like "Jessica's Box" and other amazing books? Join me Monday at 9pm for a Facebook party where you can win FREE books!

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