Since kindness is one of the themes of the Book of Ruth, my family did a Ruth Bible study together and made a craft and snack to go along with it.
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A while back, I went to a Christian mom group with one of my good friends and they asked us, what is one quality you want your child to develop? My first answer was, “Kindness.”
Now that may seem like a cliche and something that society wants everyone to have almost to a fault. We often make kindness synonymous with “tolerance,” the idea that we should accept people and their beliefs no matter what. Acceptance in the sense of not treating people differently is one thing, but I also think true kindness doesn’t require us to agree with each other on everythin. In fact, I think it’s kinder to love each other despite our differences, to empathize with other’s viewpoints and treat them the way we want to be treated.
Kindness in the Bible
Kindness is far from cliche — it’s actually a powerful expression of God’s character. It is part of the Fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5), it is absolutely something I want my family to ooze. Why? One reason is simply that I want more people to know the love of Jesus and kindness is an easy way for us to show people who He is (Romans 2:4 NIV).
I was especially excited to work on this craft with my mom-in-law because this is a story of two in-laws who stuck together and God blesses them for it. Though I have posted other blogs on this site this was actually the first Bible Study we worked on together. As we read the story of Ruth from The I Will Follow Jesus Storybook, I started to get a little emotional because I remembered how blessed I am to have such an amazing relationship with my mom-in-law. Plus, it was beautiful for three generations of women (my two-year-old included) to be spending time in God’s Word together.
Our Kindness Themed Craft & Snack
My mom-in-law came up with the craft and I made a story-related snack to go with it.
The craft is a 2-D depiction of Ruth’s basket. In the Bible, Naomi is a widow whose sons pass away. One of her daughter-in-laws, Ruth, vowed to stay by her side even though it meant she may never get married again or have children. Ruth was of a different background culturally but she actually decided to worship Naomi’s God. They went back to Naomi’s native home and Ruth gleaned (picked up heads of grain that fell) in the fields of a wealthy man who she didn’t know would become her future husband! God provides for Naomi and Ruth. He honored Ruth for her kindness towards Naomi and for committing to Him and to her family. So, in His kindness, God allowed Ruth to be part of His family, literally and spiritually. She is one of he great, great, great… grandmothers of Jesus!
The snack is a yummy three-ingredient cereal bar that you could also make as clusters.
Here’s How We Made Them:
Ruth’s 2-D Basket
To start on the craft, my mom-in law cut out a square piece of paper and strips of paper that were thinner but the same length. She took the strips and, with my daughter’s help, glued the strips on to the paper, doing an over-under weave with the paper to fill the whole square. Then, she and my daughter took even smaller strips of paper and glued them to the top of the basket to look like grains that had been collected. Because my daughter loves sparkles, she added gems to it too.
Ruth’s Honey-Nut Oat Bars
Then I had my daughter help with the snack. I went along with the grain theme and made cereal bars. It was extremely easy and yummy! I’m going to be honest, I didn’t completely measure everything, I aimed for a sticky texture and tasted as I went along. You will need Cheerios — at least 2 cups (you may not use all of it. Peanut butter or another a nut butter — at least 1/2 cup. And honey — at least 1/2 a cup.
First I took the peanut butter and melted it for about 20 seconds in the microwave. Pour the melted peanut butter into a medium/large bowl. Then I added honey to the bowl and mixed it together. At this point, adjust the honey amount to make it taste sweeter if you’d like. A 1/2 cup was plenty for us. Next, add the Cheerios to the bowl in batches, stirring them in testing the consistency to make sure that they stick together. You want them to be coated in the peanut butter and honey mixture and stick to each other without there being too much of the sauce leftover. Then I turned the coated cereal into a small dish and pressed it down with a spoon to evenly fit and fill the dish. Lastly, I put the dish in the freezer for about a half-hour to an hour — time varies depending on how thick your bars are and how sticky or saucy you make them. When the snack was solidified, I cut it into bars and wrapped them in wax paper and stored them back in the freezer. This is one of those treats that you’ll customize for your family and make again and again. They are delicious cold or room temperature!
As always, I have a printable for this Bible Study. You can download it by clicking here. I hope you do this Bible study and let me know how it goes!
Your turn: What is one quality you want your children to develop? ⭐
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