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Z is for Zoo

on April 19, 2013

This week was all about zebras and zoo animals and perhaps the most famous short guy ever – Zacchaeus!

Here is Joseph putting foam zoo animal stickers on his Zz poster. (These very same animals were also “jungle” animals for Jj week if you remember!)

Z is for zoo

Z is for zoo

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I love this footprint zebra craft – simple and cute (the zebra’s head is made from the outline of the child’s foot).

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footprint zebra craft

footprint zebra craft

Here are zoo animals in cages made by stringing yarn through small slits at the top & bottom of the page.

zoo animals in cages

zoo animals in cages

And they enjoyed simply painting  zoo pictures with water colors. Flamingos are one of Jorja’s favorite zoo animals because they are pink!

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finished painting

finished painting

And here is my little monkey painting monkeys 🙂 I think this is the first time he didn’t just paint a blob in the middle of the page until it got so wet that it made a hole in the paper. He’s getting so big!

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Here is Joseph concentrating hard on cutting zig zags . . .

zig zag cutting

zig zag cutting

Found some great Z books and Jorja especially loves learning lots about animals in these Zoo magazines.

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We enjoyed a lot of online Z activities this week:

  1. Zig Zag Zoom is a really fun song that even mentions Zacchaeus. Fair warning – this song may get stuck in your head and you may find yourself involuntarily humming it throughout the week 🙂
  2. I asked the kids if they could think of a number that starts with Z and Jorja immediately said “a zillion!” Well, that wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. This is a cute song about zero (from Starfall – you don’t have to be a member for this one).
  3. Starfall letter Z activity & song (my kids love this one too! It’s about zig zag people.)
  4. And we also watched this video of the Zacchaeus song (I needed a refresher of the lyrics).

We talked about Zacchaeus a lot this week. There are many lessons to be learned from the story of Zacchaeus but the most important thing that I wanted my kids to see was that meeting Jesus changes people. I reminded them also of how Saul was changed when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. A true encounter with Jesus is life-changing. One meal with Jesus and Zacchaeus was ready to give back 4 times what he had stolen and also give to the poor. I also wanted them to see the difference between how Jesus treated Zacchaeus and how everyone else treated him. Judgement, condemnation, gossip, talking behind his back, snearing, etc. didn’t change Zacchaeus one bit . . . love changed him.

Jorja is a deep thinker and has a habit of asking me tough questions . . . this week she asked me, “Mom, do you like everyone?” Well, I wasn’t going to lie and say, “Of course, Sweetie, Mommy likes everyone.” Because that’s just not true. So I was honest that there are people who might be hard to ‘like’ because they are different, or perhaps not very nice, etc. but that even if we don’t necessarily like someone, we should still show them love and kindness – the way Jesus accepted Zacchaeus even though he didn’t have any other friends. You never know when you might be instrumental in changing someone by showing them God’s love. Unfortunately, Christians have a track record for being more like the Pharisees than for being like Jesus.

Well, we’re finishing up the week with zoo animal crackers (so delighted that I found these Russian cookies for the kids) and watching Madagascar 🙂

zoo animal crackers

zoo animal crackers

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One response to “Z is for Zoo

  1. We do make good pharisees. Thank God we are aware of it so we can pray and let the Holy Spirit work through us. What are you going to do now that you are at letter Z?

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