My 8 year old turns 9 tomorrow. All her little friends came over yesterday to enjoy a "missionary party". She told me a month ago she wanted to focus on missions at her birthday this year, so together we came up with a myriad of games, activities, crafts, and food for a missions theme. Usually when she gives me a theme its no problem. Butterfly theme, Garden theme - no problem! But missionary theme? She had me thinking really hard this year. Here is what we came up with...
We made 3 stations in the back yard. We had the kids "travel" to Africa, China, and India. At each station they learned about an important missionary in that country and did an activity or craft.
In Africa, the tent, the kids learned about David Livingstone, played "Hot Coconut", and Pin the Missionary on the Country - ouch!
In China, they learned about Hudson Taylor and played "Find the Babies". We scattered about 100 paper dolls all over the yard and two teams had to find the most babies and rescue them to the orphanage.
In India, the kids learned about William Carey and then we made scrapbook cards to send with Gospel for Asia to 4 sponsored children. The kids really enjoyed knowing that their cards would be sent to these actual kids. They wrote little notes and drew pictures. I took their photos with the cards and will send the pictures with the cards.
I made a globe cake and all sorts of buggy/native foods:
- Cheese bugs
- Ants on a log
- Punch with flies (raisins) in the ice cubes
- Dried pineapple and bananas
- Fried rice with chopsticks
- Tapioca (I just learned this is called Frog Eye Pudding to the kids!)
- Pigs in a blanket