Plan a meal or snack where all the food is shaped like an “O,” then make a poster that says, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Plan a special family meal where your theme is “Obedience is a family affair.” Let your children know you are celebrating the fact that your family chooses to obey the Lord. Invite your children to help you create a menu that includes only foods that are shaped like an “O.” Some ideas include:
- circular pasta served with sausage slices in sauce
- hamburgers and buns
- slices of carrots and cucumbers
- round crackers and cheese (cut the cheese with a round cookie cutter)
- apples, oranges, bananas and pears (slice across the middle to create circular shapes)
- round sandwiches (trim the bread using a lid as a template)
- round ice cream sandwiches, cookies or cupcakes.
Even young children can hear the long “O” sound at the beginning of the word “obedience.” Have fun looking at all the Os during the meal and talk about how happy God is when we o‑bey.
To continue the learning experience after the meal, make a poster or banner that says, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Draw a house on your banner together and have each family member draw a picture of him/herself beside your house. Make a list of ways your family obeys and serves God and write it on the banner, too.
Hang your banner up where it can be used as a reminder that your family rules are based on your family’s commitment to follow God. Explain to your children that you, as parents, need to obey a father, too – your Father in heaven!
To do this activity on a smaller scale, plan a snack time or play date where all the food is O‑shaped.
“…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”