Play: March – in like a lion, out like a lamb
The fierce wind is indeed blowing as I sit down to write the post, so perhaps this little poem will ring true again this month. Hopefully those short-sleeved days will be here soon! My preschooler and I had fun making lion and lamb crafts as we discussed the month of March and the change of seasons from winter to spring.
To make the lion, all you need is a paper plate, some yellow paper, glue and/or tape, and some markers. First, I drew lines on the construction paper for my son to cut along. Cutting is still tricky for him, but he kept at it and later he proudly told his brother, “I cut out all the yellow pieces MYSELF!”
Next, he put glue on the end of each strip and pressed the ends together to make a circle.
I made tape bubbles so he could tape the circles onto the plate.
Then he drew a lion face, which we eventually decided should be a super cool lion wearing sunglasses, since the big green eyes were rather, um, “interesting” looking.
When my older son got home from school he wanted to make one too, and I had him color his lion’s face before taping the yellow circles on, so they wouldn’t be in the way.
We’ve made our sheep already, in hopes of the calm spring weather that should be coming (if our house hasn’t blown away by then). I traced my son’s hand and cut it out for him. He colored the lamb’s hooves black, drew him a face (with sunglasses!), and glued him onto a piece of paper. I put some Elmer’s glue on the body of the lamb and he added the cotton balls. We drew a tail and some grass to finish things up. Is it spring yet?
We also read this book to go along with the theme of our project. It’s a sweet rhyming book about a cold and wintery lion who is “scratching at your door”, and the gentle lamb who follows after him, bringing baby animals and blooming flowers. You know when you have found a good book? When your child says, “Read it again!” as soon as you finish it! We read it twice together and a third time when big brother came home.
While we worked there a couple other things we also talked about. I asked what the boys thought would happen if a put a lion and a lamb in the same yard together. Their response? “They would eat each other!” Well, almost. Eating would definitely occur. Then I told them that the Bible says that when Jesus comes back the lion will lay down with the lamb – and no one will get eaten! How exciting to think about the world being at perfect peace. We also talked about how lion and lamb are both used as names for Jesus. John the Baptist calls Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Meek and humble, Jesus is our sacrifice. But in Revelation 5:5 Jesus is called “the Lion of Judah.” Victorious and strong, he is our champion!
It was neat to see the boys thinking over how one person can embody these very different characteristics!