Matthew 13: 31-32
Page 224-225 in Growing in God’s Love
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Reading the Book The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Illustrated by Margaux Meganck
From a Tiny Mustard Seed Video (recommended older elementary)
Ever wondered where mustard comes from? Follow the production of mustard from seeding to harvesting. Check out this YouTube video!
Smallest Family Game (family game)
Tiny Faith – Think Small
Supplies – paper, writing utensils
Give each person a piece of paper and writing utensil. Have them number their page 1-10. Next, read each category below and give the kids 30 seconds to silently think of an answer and write it down. After completing all ten categories go through each category and award a point to anyone with a unique answer, as well as a point to whomever chose the smallest thing.
- Smallest land animal
- Smallest air animal
- Smallest water animal
- Smallest pet
- Smallest plant
- Smallest word
- Smallest toy
- Smallest book
- Smallest item in the room
- Smallest food
Tree Craft- Grow Your Faith (recommended for preschool and up)
Tiny Faith –
Supplies – construction paper, scissors, glue, markers
Give each child three pieces of paper, one for the background, one for the trunk, and one for the leaves. Then have them cut out a trunk, and glue it onto the background paper. At the top of the paper have them write “I can grow by…” Next, have them cut out 5-8 individual leaves, and write one way they can grow as a Christian (ex. Going to Church, Praying, Reading the Bible, Talking to Parents, etc.). Lastly, glue leaves into place at the top of the trunk. This activity can also be done with other materials- watercolor, crayons, chalk, etc. Be creative!
Bread in a Bag (yummy and easy to make for all with supervision)
Activity from https://busytoddler.com/2018/03/make-bread-bag-kids/
Let’s Build it!
With your WikiStiks can you create?
– a mustard tree like in the Godly Play video?
How about with Legos?
– can you build a mustard tree?
– how about Jesus telling the story?
– can you add birds to your tree?