The Prodigal Son

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While my husband fished, I decided that it was a great opportunity to share with our children the beautiful story about the prodigal son using corn husk dolls.
 
 
 
How to make corn husk dolls:
What you need: corn husk, yarn, felt, glue, and scissors.
 
 
  

                                 You first have to soak the corn husks in water for 10 minutes.

 

Dry the corn husks using a towel.

 

                              Layer 4 husks on top of each other. Tie them together using yarn.

 

Turn the corn husk over and fold the longer portion to cover the yarn.

 

                                                  Tie the top. This will be your dolls head.

 

 Roll a single husk and tie strings on both ends. This will be the hands. Push the hands right under the head of your doll.

 

 

                                                          Tie a string under the arms.

 

                                   Use yarn to make hair and felt to make clothes for your dolls.

 

 
 

                    If you want to make legs, all you need to do it separate the corn husks in half.

 
 
 
The Prodigal son: Luke 15:11-32
 Is a beautiful story between a lost son and his loving father.  The lost son represents a Christian who falls away from the truth and the loving father represents God who loves everyone and is waiting earnestly to forgive those that repent. In the bible it says that the angels rejoice when the lost is found (sinners repent). This parable that Jesus shared brings tears of joy to my eyes because I am reminded of how strong Gods love is towards us, the sinners. 
 
 
 
The Prodigal son had decided that he wanted to take all his inheritance and leave from home.
 
 From Holman Christian Standard Bible:  Luke 15:11-13 “He also said: “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.’ So he distributed the assets to them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living.
 
 
 

The Prodigal son had lots of money, friends, and threw many parties. When he had spent all of his money he was left with no friends.

From Holman Christian Standard Bible: Luke 15:14 After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing.

 

 

 Since the prodigal son had nothing left, he decides to find a job. His job now is to feed pigs. He earned so little, surly not enough money for a young man, that he even considered eating the pig’s food. The prodigal son remembered that his fathers servants were far better treated and feed then he was so he decides to go back home and ask his father to accept him as his servant. 

From Holman Christian Standard Bible: Luke 15:15-19 Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one could give him any. When he came to his senses, he said, ‘how many of my Father’s hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.

 

 

 
His father watched daily, searching the distant road for his sons return. When he spots his son from the distance he runs to greet his son with opened arms.
 
From Holman Christian Standard Bible : Luke 15:20-21 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’
 
 

His father orders his servants to bring the best robe, a ring, and sandals for his sons feet.

From Holman Christian Standard Bible: Luke 15:22 “But the father told his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

 
 
His father also throws a huge party for his son to celebrate his sons return. His son was once lost but now he is found.

From Holman Christian Standard Bible : Luke 15:23-32 Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ so they began to celebrate. ” Now his older son was in the field; as he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he summoned one of the servants and asked what these things meant. ‘your brother is here, ‘ he told him,  ‘and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’   “then he become angry and didn’t want to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him. But he replied to his father, ‘look, I have been slaving many years for you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your assets with (bad things), you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’ “Son, he said to him, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”

 
 

                    

                                                  Make a maze: use rocks to make your maze. On one end write lost and on another found. The maze represents the journey the prodigal son took. This is a great reminder that if we fall or get lost that we can always get up, we don’t have to stay in sin.

 

 

Discuss with your children good vs. bad decisions.
 
Here are some good decisions my children named:
*helping others
* praying for others
* caring and loving others
*saving your money
*using money wisely
* listening to the advice of those who are older and wiser
*asking others for advice before making big decisions
*not to rush things like inheritance
*not to party our life away
 
 
 
Here are some bad decisions:
 
* murdering another person
*stealing
* hating others
*being used for our money
* spending all our money
*  learning things the hard way
*choosing wrong friends
 
 
Our God is so amazing. This parable will teach our children that our God is always waiting for them with opened arms. Come to him in prayer, confess your sins, sin no more, and be set free.
I love our Lord 🙂
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

7 Responses

  1. I love this project. It's such a great way to foster creativity in kids. And creativity is the basis of everything, even science and social intelligence. I love your cute dolls, the list of good and bad decisions and the rock maze too. You are right learning together is a lot of fun!

  2. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing with us at #JoyHopeLive!

  3. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing with us at #JoyHopeLive!

  4. As a former homeschool mom, I appreciated so much this activity you shared on how to learn the story of the Prodigal Son. The Lord has blessed you with quite a gift of creativity as evidenced in this lesson's activity.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. As a former homeschool mom, I appreciated so much this activity you shared on how to learn the story of the Prodigal Son. The Lord has blessed you with quite a gift of creativity as evidenced in this lesson's activity.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! A fabulous experience/lesson with your children! I can only imagine the beautiful discussion that took place with your sweet kiddos! I'm so glad we were neighbors at #WeekendWhispers!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  7. How fun! Thank you for sharing at Weekend Whispers!

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