Are you seeking a gospel-centered method to have fun with kids while shining a light this Halloween season? Your search ends here! I’m thrilled to present a brand new, digital download created to help you convey the Good News around the engaging activity of pumpkin carving.
I can anticipate your reaction: “Halloween?” Yes, you read correctly.
Halloween is a topic that often divides Christians, with strong opinions on both sides. However, I believe that Halloween can provide an opportunity to express God’s love, especially to your children or students. That’s why I’ve created a new product to help you live out your faith and guide others towards Christ by bringing light to this typically dark holiday.
Pumpkin Gospel Packet
You may be familiar with the idea of explaining the Gospel while carving a pumpkin. However, if you’ve ever attempted this, you’ve probably discovered that knowing what to say can be a bit daunting. Additionally, tailoring your message to suit different age groups can be quite challenging.
These fears are exactly why I created the Pumpkin Gospel Packets, one designed for preschoolers and another for elementary-age children. These scripts provide word-for-word guidance on how to convey the Gospel in a pumpkin-centered way.
Here’s the best part… for those who subscribe to this blog, the Pumpkin Gospel Scripts are available for FREE in the Subscriber Library*.
Need Extra Support?
The complete Pumpkin Gospel Packets have been tailored for parents and teachers seeking more than just the basics of pumpkin carving. Step beyond the script and enhance your experience by opting for the Pumpkin Gospel Packet, which includes:
- Supply list
- Preparation instructions and useful tips
- Interactive scripts for engaging the kids
- Bible reading (Elementary Edition)
- Pumpkin craft
A License for this packet also allows teachers to use this tool in a preschool or church classroom. Share the gospel with your students or invite parents to join in a fun fall festival.
But My Child Doesn’t Like the Feeling of Pumpkin Guts
The aversion to the texture and sensation of pumpkin pulp is felt by both children and adults. During my son’s 11 years of therapy, I came to recognize the significance of not enabling children in such situations. Rather than merely glossing over or offering excuses for their aversions, we should concentrate on providing safe opportunities for them. This approach allows children to develop a positive connection with their senses and understand that engaging in new experiences, such as pumpkin carving, can be both safe and rewarding.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Start by using one finger to touch. Gradually increase the level of involvement. Additionally, having a container of warm water and a towel readily available for the child allows them to rinse off the slimy residue before it hardens, making the experience more comfortable. Invite friends to participate, as it can be very helpful for anxious children to see other kids be successful in the sensory environment.
Acknowledge the Child’s Fears
Name the emotion the child is feeling but remind the child that “a feeling is just a feeling – it isn’t in charge of you.” Have fun with the slimy feeling and share some giggles about how it feels. Helping the child tie the event to the Gospel message of Jesus can also alleviate their apprehensions.
If an extreme defensiveness continues or if have further concern, talk to a pediatrician or schedule an Occupational Therapy evaluation. Even if your child doesn’t qualify for therapy, a quality therapist can give you activities to work on at home. Early intervention is crucial.
What are You Waiting For?
Grab the free Pumpkin script for your family (if you are a subscriber*) or utilize the helpful ideas and activities in the complete Pumpkin Gospel Packet for your family or class.
D is for Data Giveaway Winners
The randomly chosen winners from last week’s Exploring the AI Frontier in a Christian Home Giveaway are:
Entry #28 – Stephanie P. (email theporter….@…)
Entry #36 – Melinda H. (email Myndis..@…)
Stephanie and Melinda, please contact me within 48 hours using the winning email address.
A big thank you to all participants, and special thanks to Chris for offering this exciting giveaway. If you didn’t win, be sure to purchase D is for Data: The ABC’s of Data Analytics to add to your home or classroom library.