Building Solomon’s Temple with Golden Blocks

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I am still working on supplementing our church’s curriculum for the unit on Solomon.  It is so intriguing to read about the building of the temple–how all the stones were pre-cut and no tool could be heard in temple while it was being built and all of the ornate materials used .  Since the temple was so magnificent, I didn’t want the children to build it with plain old building blocks.  It needed to be something extra special…hence building with golden blocks!

 

“And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold.  And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.”  -1 Kings 6:21-22

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  wooden building blocks and gold spray paint.  

 

 

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I purchased two sets of these blocks to make sure there was enough for a group of kids.

 

 

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 I laid them out on some plastic and then painted them with gold spray paint.  I let them dry for an hour, then turned the blocks and painted again.  All-in-all, I turned the blocks a total of four times.  Enough overspray got on the remaining two faces of the blocks that I didn’t need to spray 6 times.

 

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We used this blueprint to make the birds-eye view of the temple.

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SolomonsTemple“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Freezer-Friendly Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili

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I am just dipping my toes into the world of curry, thanks to this recipe from my mom.  It is delicious, can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd, and is only 185 calories per serving!!!!  Oh, and did I mention it is freezer-friendly and it goes in the crock pot?  THIS. IS. A. WINNER.

 

Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili

Serves 4-6

1 lb. ground turkey
1 cup grated/shredded carrots
1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup lite coconut milk (canned)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 1/2- 3 tablespoons curry powder
Shredded coconut for a garnish.

*You can add garbanzo beans and/or chickpeas as well

Serve over coconut rice and/or with naan bread.  I think these sautéed sugar snap peas go well with it also!

(print the recipe here)

 

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1.  Brown the ground turkey over medium heat until cooked through.

 

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2.  Grate 1 cup’s worth of carrots.

 

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3.  Add your diced tomatoes and tomato soup (I didn’t have any tomato soup on hand, so I used tomato sauce and it turned out just fine–tomato soup is just slightly sweeter).

 

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4.  Add your curry powder.  If you are making it for your family with young children, I would err on the side of less spice (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons, perhaps).  You can always add a little more at the end if it isn’t spicy enough.

 

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 5.  Add 1/4 cup of coconut milk (save the rest to make coconut rice to serve it with).

 

 

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6.  Now that everything is in your crockpot, stir it all together.

 

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7.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

 

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Spoon over a bed of coconut rice, sprinkle with a little coconut, and prepare for the deliciousness!  One of my children accidentally switched my crock pot to “boil” at some point during the cooking time (which I didn’t even know it could do)…so it turned out slightly thicker than it normally would.

 

To freeze:  Brown ground turkey until cooked through.  Add remaining ingredients and mix in a gallon size freezer bag.  Freeze.  When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then toss in the crockpot in the  morning!  

 

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Proverbs 22:1 Activity for Preschoolers

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  Last year our church purchased and implemented a brand new curriculum.  It is wonderful but it needs some supplementation, especially for the younger children.  I am in the process of writing supplemental lessons for a unit on Solomon and needed an activity for our 4-year old class on this specific proverb. This Proverbs 22:1 Activity for preschoolers is easy and quick…two of my favorite things about Sunday school crafts!  I made a free Proverbs 22:1 printable that will make it even easier!  

“A good name is more desirable than great riches.”  -Proverbs 22:1

  Here’s what you’ll need:  this free printable (printed on card stock), a pencil, acrylic jewels and golden glitter glue (which were sent to us compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com).   IMG 1402 Proverbs 22:1 Activity for Preschoolers

1.  Print out the free printable on card stock and then have each child write his/her name very large on the paper.

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2.  Have each child use the gold glitter glue (or puff paint) to trace his/her name.

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While the children are working, talk about what it means to have a “good name”.  In this context, it means having a good reputation, or what other people think about you.  The only way that you can have a “good name” (reputation) is by making good decisions that others see and being honest and trustworthy.

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3.  Add the acrylic jewels on top of the glitter glue.

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Let it dry and brainstorm ways that children can develop “a good name” through the daily decisions they make.

 

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