The Colors of Fall
My husband knows me too well. We went to a state park today and I was snapping pictures, admiring the colors of fall.
“You are going to write about this in some way, aren’t you?” he said with a smile on his face. “Yep”. After three years of dating and almost 35 years of marriage, I might be a little disappointed if he didn’t know me by now!
What a wonderful time to talk to children about the handiwork of God and creation. I know that I have blogged several times about nature and God’s creation, but how can one not see what He has created and be in awe?
Who loves to color? I DO!! It is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable things a person can do! Give an adult a box of crayons and a blank sheet of paper and see what happens! I actually prefer a coloring book, since I cannot draw anything but a palm tree, island and sun.
But I digress.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters……
……….And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that crept upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:1-31
I wonder if the Father found such joy in creating the colors of the autumn leaves? Or a rainbow? Or all the tropical fish?
Allow your child to be creative!
1.) Give him a 64 count box of crayons and see what he will come up with.
2.) Encourage him to create.
3.) Read about the creation in the book of Genesis.
4.) Study the seasons in your area. Remember that not everyone has a change in color.
5.) Have your child draw the same picture in all one color. How does that make him feel?
6.) Discuss which picture he likes better and why.
7.) Have him write a creative paragraph on what he might create if he could make something brand new.
8.) Another cool thing to do….color with your child. Be a part of the process. You might be surprised how deep a conversation can become when preteens are mindlessly filling in a flower with a burnt orange crayon!
In a day in which there seems to always be something awful, sad or discouraging going on in our own private world, and the world around us….these beautiful fall days are a reminder of His peace and presence.
Come on…grab those crayons and Color away!
*pixabay, private, google images, NIV Bible