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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Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers

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 I have just about every “subset” of young children:  a school-aged child, a preschooler, and a baby.  I don’t currently have a toddler at home, however, but I recently came across these colorful clips at the Dollar General and knew they would make a great (and simple) color activity for toddlers!  

IMG 1084 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers   This activity is also great for developing fine motor skills, since children have to use the small muscles in their fingers to open and close the clips.   IMG 1074 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers   IMG 1076 500x333 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers     Here is my cute non-toddler finding matching colors for the clips!   IMG 1092 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers IMG 1094 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers  

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Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce

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This is a super-simple activity that Little Brother loved!  I used leftover ping pong balls from our hands-on blood demonstration and the plastic inserts that hold frozen quiche bites from a baby shower I helped with several months ago.  To keep from ping pong balls flying everywhere, I also used a shallow plastic tub to tame the bouncing.    

 

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Paint with Tops

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A few weeks ago we made homemade spinning tops (which the boys are still having a blast with).  We found yet another way to have fun utilizing them:  paint with tops!!  Besides being a fun art project, this activity is also great fine motor practice as your child learns to spin a top.

 

We chose to do this activity outside, just in case the paint was to fly.  And I would definitely recommend it…especially if you have little ones who love to get LOTS of paint on the top.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  tops (add to the fun and make your own with our tutorial), washable paint, paper, and a tray (we used the top of a shallow box).

 

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Just dip the marble (on the bottom of the top) into the paint and then spin on a piece of white paper!  We had three different tops with three different colors.

 

 

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 A top in motion!

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This was the result!  I love how unique this art project is!

 What unconventional material have you and your kids painted with recently?

X-Ray Playdough

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We are having a blast learning about the human body!  As we have been learning about the various systems, the boys were especially intrigued with the skeletal system.  We came up with this fun and interactive way to learn about the body system responsible for supporting our bodies, giving us our shape, and protecting our major organs!

 

We can feel our bones, but we can’t see them unless we are looking at a special picture called an X-Ray.  In this activity, the Q-Tips act as bones to create our own X-Ray pictures!  This would also be a great activity when learning about the letter X.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  black play dough (you can make your own with black food coloring), Q-Tips, Skulls (laminated), and outlet covers.  

 

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1.  Gather your black playdough or make your own.

 

 

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2.  Print off the skulls and laminate them.  Use a hot glue gun to attach them to the outlet covers.  (Note:  If you think the skull might scare your child, feel free to use a cotton ball or even a picture of his/her face).  

 

 

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3.  Cut your Q-Tips into various lengths.

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4.  Let your child get started playing!  Show him/her some photographs of the skeletal system and try to reproduce the major bones using the Q-Tips and play dough!

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This was Little Brother’s skeleton!

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Big Brother and I created this skeleton together!

 

 

 

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