This post on daytime routine is part of a series talking about setting a routine for devotional time with your family. To see the last post, click here.
Kids wake up naturally caffeinated.
Don’t they? What really is a daytime routine with a young one, anyhow? Whether you stay at home with your kids or not, each week there are days that you spend the entire day with them. Do those days have a routine? Here is what it looks like for my daughter in my house (at least on a Saturday):
- Put dishes away.
- Play with her kitchen.
- Do a puzzle.
- Play a board game.
- Ask to watch PBS Kids.
- Read a story.
- Pretend to be a ballerina.
- Play with Play-Doh.
Whew, and we are only 45 minutes in! I wonder if every parent’s experience is like mine? So where does routine fall into play throughout the day for our children? Where are there opportunities to include teaching and devotional activities that are centered around the faith? Here are some ideas:
Idea: Do a craft or project.
There are several periodicals out there (like this one) that have great ideas for crafts and projects to do with your kids that help teach an idea or concept from Scripture. These activities keep active little ones engaged with meaningful, developmentally appropriate tasks while giving you an opportunity to teach them all about our wonderful faith!
Idea: Fill your coloring station with biblically-themed coloring books.
We all know it: kids love to color! Have you thought about providing your kids with coloring books that feature Bible stories? These can be a great way for you to introduce different stories to your children. There are many great examples of these coloring books out there (for examples, click here, here, here, here, here, and here). When your child is coloring in the book, be sure to ask them questions about the story, or even have the story ready to read to them as they color.
Idea: Follow an order of prayer from a hymnal.
(Warning: This idea will probably show up on every post in this series. Just like routine is important for children, repetition can be just as important!)
When you sit down for lunch, go through an order of prayer from the hymnal. See this post for examples. Don’t worry if your children are “too young” to understand what is going on or are squirmy the entire time you do it. This practice will accomplish several things:
- It will show your children that faith is not just a Sunday event for your family.
- By following these orders of prayer, your children will hear things daily, like the Creed or the Lord’s Prayer. This will give them something to participate in when they go to Divine Service on Sundays!
- It gives you a framework to include Scripture readings and prayer.
So what do you think? Do you like these ideas? What is a daytime routine where you teach the faith? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!