Create a model lighthouse, play a lighthouse game, read books about lighthouses, "tour" lighthouses using YouTube, and even eat a lighthouse in this fun, hands-on lesson or "play date" activity! I created this "lesson" to do as a two hour "play date" with my young children and some of their friends. Use this fun lesson with your class, preschool, family, or homeschool co-op group!
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1. Pray. Read and discuss Proverbs 6:20-23.
2. Briefly discuss obedience. Read about Abraham sacrificing Isaac & act out using towel for head, staff, and plastic knife for Abraham, bundle of sticks for Isaac, construction paper ram horns and a leafy branch for the bush for the ram and then simply the voice for God. Discuss obedience to God and compare with Adam and Eve's obedience.
YOU WILL NEED: towel for head, "staff" (a stick or a large Christmas candy cane decoration), a plastic knife, a bundle of sticks, construction paper ram horns, & a leafy branch
3. Read Beacons of Light by Gail Gibbons.
Our Favorite Picture Books on Lighthouses
Build a Lighthouse
4. Briefly discuss what lighthouses are and how ships have to be obedient to signal of danger by lighthouses or else they could crash.
5. Review the pictures of lighthouses in the book. Make a model of a lighthouse by following the directions at www.cheslights.org.
YOU WILL NEED: (per child) paper plate, 16 oz or larger Styrofoam cup, 1 inch toilet paper roll piece, construction paper, scissors, toothpick, wooden bead or pony bead, glue (foam or tacky glue works best), scotch tape, regular markers, & permanent markers
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Play the Lighthouse Game
6. Read Abbie Against the Storm by Marcia K. Vaughan.
7. Play the Lighthouse Game: One child gets to be the lighthouse. All the other children get to be ships lost in the dark on a stormy night. The child who is the lighthouse will stand on a chair (an "island"). All the other children will see where the "lighthouse" is and where the kitchen is. They will be blindfolded, spun around a few times, and set loose to try to find the "safe harbor" (our kitchen). The child who is the lighthouse will warn the other children away from himself or herself by constantly making a horn sound. The "ships" will have to listen carefully to the lighthouse in order to orient themselves and head to the safe harbor of the kitchen. If the weather is nice and you have a safe area to do this, playing this game outdoors is a great option. Let each child have a chance at being the lighthouse.
YOU WILL NEED: a blindfold for each child
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8. Pass out a container of yogurt to each child. Have a plate of round crackers, mozzarella cheese stick pieces that have been cut into 3/4 inch sections, grapes, and toothpicks. Have the children make an edible lighthouse snack using any of the materials. Now eat the lighthouse!
YOU WILL NEED: a lighthouse-shaped container of yogurt (like Yoplait) per child, round crackers, mozzarella cheese sticks that have been cut into 3/4 inch sections, grapes, toothpicks, and a spoon & napkin per child
9. Review what you learned about obedience and lighthouses.
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More Great Picture Books on Lighthouses
Also look for The Lighthouse Children (I Can Read Book 1) by Syd Hoff, Abbie Against the Storm: The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse by Marcia K. Vaughan, and Birdie's Lighthouse by Deborah Hopkinson.
Visit Lighthouses on YouTube
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