A Lesson in Diversity and Equality for Kids

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Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.!  This lesson is perfect for this time of the year when we are teaching about black history month and celebrating the wonderful contributions of African Americans.  I was reading the book Big Words (a story about Martin Luther King Jr.) to my kids and I don’t know how many times a puddle of tears gathered around my eyes as I was reminded of the treatment African Americans endured and the courage people like Dr. King displayed.

The materials you need for this lesson is simple but what your children will walk away with is beautiful.

A Lesson in Diversity and Equality for Kids

You’ll need:

  • 1 crayon
  • coloring sheet

Basically, you’ll ask your child to pick one color from the box of crayons.  Once they choose it you’ll explain that this is the color they will use for their assignment and only this color.  Explain that they are the people who didn’t believe in equality and that you are the person that does and hopes to change their mind.

Hand them a coloring sheet and let them color.  These were the types of remarks I heard from my two boys 10 and 7.  Can I have another color?  This is boring. This is ugly with just one color.  I don’t like how it looks.  Your picture looks so much more prettier than mine (I got to use all the colors).  I’m tired of just using one color.

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And it was exactly what I wanted to hear.  I reminded them, they had to only use one color because they were the group which didn’t believe in equality and diversity.

They finished their coloring and so did I and this is when we had the opportunity to discuss how this activity was similar to what the people back in Martin Luther King Jr.’s time believed.  They didn’t want all of the colors to be mixed. They wanted segregation and they didn’t believe that we were all created equal.

Then I had them look at the pictures and I asked do you like your one color picture.  Their response was what I expected–they didn’t like it. But they oohed and ahhed about mine because it had so many different colors all on one page.

Exactly, yes the world is a beautiful place because it’s diverse.  Can you imagine living in a world like this where everything was orange (I picked up one of their coloring pages).

One Thing You Must Know Before Sightseeing in Mexico City

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Our family is enjoying our time here in my beautiful country.  Our main purpose for coming was to connect with my parents and give my children the opportunity to connect with their roots, cultural & heritage.

I maybe a little bias but Mexico is a beautiful country to explore. I know the press has given it a lot of bad rap in the past years with headlines about the drug wars and what not, but honestly up to this point I haven’t once felt unsafe in any shape or form.

We do a good amount of international travel so we are not naive and try not to standout as tourist as much as possible though it’s hard for my 6ft tall, blue eyed gringo husband to try to blend in  but we try. We are always aware of our surroundings and we don’t go out late at night.

Anyways, my one tip that I want to share with you before you go sightseeing in Mexico City is quite simple but of utter importance if you plan on checking out rich culture that Mexico City’s historical area provides.  We learned this the hard way so I thought I would share it with you:

ALL museums are closed on Mondays.

See, I told you it was simple. But if I would have known this ahead of time we would’ve planned our trip into Mexico City very differently.  We arrived into Mexico City on Sunday and our 2 day itinerary included visiting: Xochimilco, Chapultepec, Bellas Artes Musuem, Zocalo and surrounding museums.  I thought if we go to Xomchimilco on Sunday we could avoid the weekend crowd at the museums. Well, because we didn’t know that ALL the museums including Chapultepec park is closed on Mondays we only got to do Xochimilco on our two day visit in Mexico City.

Apparently, the concierge at our hotel was ignorant of this important detail when he shared that there’s a wonderful restaurant on the lake for us to enjoy a nice lunch.  We made the futile 45 minute trek there past our lunch time and on an empty stomach only to discover that it was completely closed including the restaurants inside.  Thankfully, we did this without our children otherwise it would’ve been an AWFUL trip–dragging hungry children across town on a HOT afternoon.

Hopefully, this simple trip saves you some time and helps you make the most of your trip.

What other tips do you have to share about traveling to Mexico City?

DIY Marshmallow Shooter

Last year, we made our own stocking stuffers.  My hope was to encourage our children to use their skills and creativity to make a gift for their sibling.  It quickly turned into our whole family making homemade gifts for one another.

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My husband decided to make DIY Marshmallow Shooters for each one of our boys.  I think they turned out great! When my hubbie makes things he doesn’t understand when I say, “I want to blog about it so call me so I can take pictures of the process.”  So he calls me at the end when it’s made, lol.

They were actually really easy to make from what I can gather. Since then, we have played marshmallow gun wars with the kids and they have used it to play with friends. It’s not their number one toy to play with but they do play with it.  It was a stocking stuffer and it didn’t cost much so I’d say it was worth the effot.

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DIY Marshmallow Shooter

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • t-connectors
  • pvc pipe
  • saw to cut the pipe
  • pvc cement or strong glue
  • optional: duct tape

Basically you take your pvc pipe and cut it the lengths that you want your gun, so approximately 12 in and 5 inches and 2 inches.  Then you use your connectors to put the gun together and glue it.  We didn’t feel like we needed end caps so we left it out.

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You can use the duct tape to decorate it.

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You can go to the Domestic Fringe blog she has instructions on how to make it, here’s her great visual.

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Preschool Math Activities & Games

Math is probably an area that I’m going to have trouble finding inspiration for my little one.  So I thought I would come up with a collection of the fabulous ideas from our Mom’s Library from last week so I can have a go to list of Preschool Math Activities & Games readily available when I’m in a bind.

Preschool Math Activities & Games

Cutting Tiny Bites shares this fun 10 Apples Up On Top activity.

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Mateo is going to love this from An Idea on Tuesday.

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Who doesn’t love LEGOs?  Here’s some educational fun with the blocks from JDaniel4’s Mom.

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Number Recognition and Counting with Play Dough from Mom Inspired Life.

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Counting Bears Math fun from The Measured Mom

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Make a Ten Train Game (older preschoolers and Kindergarten) from Boy Mama Teacher Mama

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An Unforgettable Summer Family Project

“Living radical isn’t about where you live — it’s about how you love.”

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I had to learn this the hard way when I was wrestling with my desires to serve but sitting at home with a toddler and pregnant with my 2nd child.  The Lord quickly showed me that I could make a difference right where I was at in small ways but not only that I could do it with my children.

A picture of our eye doctor doing free eye exams for the families in the community.

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I could love simply with small acts of kindness like loving the unloved, the forgotten, the hungry, the poor, the hurting, the cashier who is having a bad day, the teenager who is driving you nuts, the… we don’t have to go far to love much.

A picture of a house we visited in the South of Quito. If you look over on the right side there’s a piece of wood on the floor, under it is a hole, where they use the bathroom.

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“It’s about realizing– Love doesn’t happen when you arrive in a certain place. It happens when your heart arrives in a certain place – wherever you are, right where you are, dirt road Africa or side street America.”

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“Because it isn’t where we love.

It’s how we love.

It’s who we love.

The reward of loving is in the loving; loving is itself the great outcome of loving. The success of loving is in how we change because we kept on loving – regardless of any thing else changing. The value of loving is in the value of being like Christ.”

 

The kids pictured above and below live in similar conditions of the homes you see on here. Below is a picture of some of the boys in the sports camp. The team worked with these youth teaching them some flag football basics, the dads gave a devotional and sons took turns sharing their testimony. 

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“People are starved for Christ everywhere; there are poor too down our streets and down our halls and downs our pews. Radical begins finding them and radically loving them.”

 

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“You are doing something great with your life – when you’re doing all the small things with His Great love.”

Above is a picture of my son inside one of the homes of a family we visited. Up over the bed there’s a baby sleeper hanging out of the ceiling, the roof is basically collapsing due to water damage and slowly destroying the inside of the this home.

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“You are changing the world – when you are changing one person’s world.”

The picture above is the group of kids we had the joy of working with all week. Some of these girls are teen moms whom I’m hoping to work with–this fall.  During our sports camp these girls had the opportunity to be kids for a couple of hours before heading back to their reality–washing clothes by hand to make some money, feeding their baby, going to school at night…

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“You aren’t missing your best life – when you aren’t missing opportunities to love like Christ.”

Above is a picture of one of the families whose home was “remodeled”. These kids get to sleep in a real bed and mattress for the first time. Before they were sleeping on the dirty floor on cots. They were besides themselves.

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“These acts of service, this daily work, this is is my worship to You!

Praise!

Joy!

Gratitude!”

One of the fathers on our team was working alongside of the father of  the house to improve their living conditions.

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The Fathers & Sons Team from Fort Worth, Texas– had the joy of serving and being His hands and feet this past week at the home of this sweet family.  They painted, cleaned, replaced broken windows, fixed electrical wires that were just open and dangling from the ceiling and so much more.  The Father & Son team, is the first group of it’s kind to come down and serve alongside of us–usually it’s a women’s team, college team or youth group. We enjoy all of our groups but our boys had so much fun looking up to this Father & Son team. These fathers are leaving behind such a great legacy to their kids–worshipping our Savior together through their acts of service!

~All quotes above from Ann Voskamp