Band-aid Bonanza

Do you ever have to lock up your band-aids? I have spent the past 4 or 5 years rotating between the following…

 

• hiding cute kid band-aids
• locking up kid band-aids
• giving up cute band-aids in hopes that boring band-aids will be left alone
• going on band-aid strikes – informing children with boo-boos that “that’s what happens when you cover your entire body, or all of your toys, with every band-aid mommy buys”
• and guilt-ridden…standing in front of the cute kid band-aids talking myself into trying again…after all, you’re only a kid once.

 

Have you ever been there? Are you as familiar as I am with the fact that band-aids don’t come off of stuffed animal fur? Ever? We have one pink and purple unicorn that has been dubbed the war veteran, like the one Peter rode into battle in the epic scene at the end of the first Narnia movie. It has a band-aid “scar” on its horn that WILL NOT come off.

 

I have, however, concluded that bandages are equally as inexpensive as stickers – and they actually stick to human skin pretty well, as stickers do not…and sometimes it’s just fun to cover yourself in cool band-aids.

 

SO, if handing your child a box of awesome band-aids to totally waste while playing doctor sounds like a blast, have at it. At most you’ll waste about $2…if you don’t start a band-aid obsession in your sweet child.

 

 

If that sounds like a super bad idea, you can get this cool doctor’s kit at Walmart, or Amazon for about $14.

We have gotten more than our money’s worth on ours, so I’d say it’s worth it.

That being said…here are some fun, and potentially messy ideas for days 11 and 12… 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11

 

Potter

Isaiah 64:8 We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

 

Make homemade “clay” (or buy play dough) and sculpt things. Talk about how God made us and that we are special to Him. He made us just the way that He wanted us to be and that He likes us just the way we are. Use angel ornaments dough recipe, or equal parts applesauce and cinnamon to create delightfully scented clay. Another “edible” dough is peanut butter play dough, if you don’t have allergy issues, and both can be used with dried fruit for decorations like eyes and other parts.

– 1 cup peanut butter – 1/2 cup honey – 2 cups powdered sugar

 

Play your Christmas Carols in the background to help your child learn and enjoy the holiday atmosphere! You can also teach your child this song about our bodies, reminding them that God made us, kind of like they are making things out of the play clay.

(Place both hands on coordinating body parts as you sing)

Head and Shoulders

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
And eyes, and ears, and mouth,
And nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Keep singing, trying to go fast each time!

 

 

Day 12

 

Binder Of Wounds

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.

 

Play Doctor. If you don’t have a play kit, provide child with fun decorative bandages (if your kids are like my kids, they’ll know what to do with them) 😉 and talk about how we use band-aids and medicine to take care of our boo-boos when we get hurt.

Sometimes we get hurt on the inside. Our feelings get hurt or we feel like we are really sad. God uses love and grace to heal our insides. Talk about how being hurt on the inside needs special care to get better just like getting hurt on the outside, and that God can help us get better.

 

I’d love to hear how it goes!

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