Saturday, August 03, 2013

Backpack Missions for Young Learners

Several months ago, I blogged about a Backpack Mission Project. The focus was on involving tweens in such a community outreach through giving and prayer.

Okay. I will admit it. Yesterday I braved the swarms of people at Walmart, many of whom were purchasing back-to-school supplies. It made me think of the backpack missions and how younger kiddos could be involved. Sure, all the things in the first post would apply to young kids, but here are a few more that really speak to three to eight year olds developmentally.

  • Talk about the importance and kind of learning that each supply item represents. (Crayons, for example, will help kids draw or doodle the many things that God has made. . . and art is FUN!)
  • Help children as they pack the backpacks for others. Getting one of each item in each bag reinforces sharing and the important Math skill of one-to-one correspondence.
  • Pray with the children to thank God for the many blessings God has given each of them. 


Notes from Carol

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