"Would you, boys? That would be great!" I gave my son and his best friend the nod and within minutes, they had kitchen knives in their hands and were hacking away at the boxes.
"Guess what?" Josh asked with excitement in his voice.
You tell me!" I laughed at the boys' happy faces.
"It's from that company that sent the Nativity scene," they both said together.
"Oh, let me see." Now, I was excited too and soon all my daughters were gushing over One2Believe's latest shipment, an adorable replica/toy, Noah's Ark. This s a great Christmas present idea.
As a pastor's wife and homeschooling mom, I am thrilled to tell you about this toy. It makes me so happy to see toys for children to play with that are biblical and Christ-centered. The Bible tells us, "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:16-17 NIV). If you want your children to obey this verse, even when they play, this Noah's Ark Playset is the perfect tool!
You could take the animals in the ark and do a mini unit study. First, look up Bible passages for each animal and check out books from the library to learn about where they live, what they eat, and how they survive. You may want to visit a nearby zoo and see the animals in person.
Noah: Genesis 5-10; Luke 17:26-27; Hebrews 11:7; I Peter 3:20; II Peter 2:5
Lions: Judges 14:5-19; I Smauel 17:34-37; I Kings 7:29 & 36; I Kings 10:19-20; Job 38:39-40 Proverbs 30:30; Isaiah 11:6-7; Daniel 6; I Peter 5:8
Ostriches: Job 39:13-18
Sheep: Genesis 29:1-13; Genesis 30:29-43; Exodus 12:1-30; Psalm 100; Isaiah 53:6-7; Matthew 7:15; Matthew 9:36; Matthew 12:11-12; Matthew 18:10-14; John 10:1-18; Matthew 25:31-46; I Peter 2:24-25; Revelation7:9-17
Donkeys: Numbers 22-24; Daniel 5:20-21 (read whole chapter for context of story!); Zechariah 9:9; Luke 10:30-35; Matthew 21:1-11; 2 Peter 2:15-16
I am going to use my playset when I teach Sunday School as an object lesson and for free playtime. Or maybe I'll save it for my grandchildren...I just have to hide it from my kids.
If you are interested in the Noah's Ark playset or any of the other toys from One2Believe, visit their website! This company, One2Believe, has a vision to provide toys with a purpose, teaching children, through play, about the greatest heroes that ever lived! I like this company and their vision. These toys are created to make Bible lessons come alive with the hope that all the children who play with these toys will come to have faith in Jesus Christ and be born again! What a great mission for a company to have!
Their Messenger of Faith Dolls are the size of Barbie dolls, but dressed much more modestly. You can pull their string to hear them quote Bible passages. There is an English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Jesus. There is also a Mary doll. Other Tales of Glory Figurine Sets include Moses and the Ten Plagues, Nativity, Galilee Boat, Daniel and the Lion's Den, and Jesus Walks on Water, Jonah and the Big Fish. The battery-operated Prayer Bear is soft and cuddly.
So, to all you Moms who are raising their children to be radical disciples of Jesus: blessing and Godspeed!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)