In this Issue:
- Simple and Fun Homemade Kaleidoscopes
- The Perfect Gift
I was so little. It was my very first time to see a kaleidoscope. I remember that even the way the word was spelled was so cool. All those colors at the end of the tube. As if it was a hidden show that only I was permitted to see. It was an exclusive light show of colors that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I was instantly taken by them. Since then, I have seen many of all different shapes and sizes, and I still feel exactly the same way as I did when I was a kid. They are like a secret time machine to my childhood. And I LOVE that.
So today, I think making our own kaleidoscope would be super awesome fun.
Chelsey, over at Buggy and Buddy, has an awesome how to for this project. She uses thicker sheets of mylar, but if you don’t have that, I am wondering if the heavy duty aluminum foil from wal-mart would work just fine.
Materials for Homemade Kaleidoscope
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Mylar sheets (thicker sheets, not rolls of thin paper)
- Scissors and/or paper cutter (This is the paper cutter I keep at home. It’s come in super handy!)
- White cardstock
- Bendy straw
- Markers, stickers, or other materials for decorating your spinning circle
- Optional: Paint for decorating your cardboard tube
She has some great step by step instructions at her website HERE, to make this colorful project.
Downloads from God – Journal Entry #19 – The Perfect Gift
One of my favorite things about summer are the long days. I love how the sun lingers in the sky until late and tucks the world in bed by nine. The days are hot, but everyone is outside anyway, buzzing around the block. Neighbors are visiting and telling stories. Summer is just so full of life. Things are growing, people are talking, birds are chirping. It’s completely opposite from the cold, short days of winter.
In this season of summer, what is it that you look the most forward to doing? What is it that makes summer for you? If you didn’t have it, it just wouldn’t be summer to you.
Is it friends? family? swimming? trips?
When you think about that one thing, think about how that became your definition of summer. How did it become your icon for summer, if you will.
For me, it was when I first started hearing God. I would stand in the A frame of my swing-set, around five years old, late in the evening when the stars were just coming up. I would sing to God and watch the lightning bugs. For me, that is the best time of the year and always makes me think of that very moment.
What is that one moment for you?
Remember that James 1:17 declares,” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Whatever the memory, journal it and remember it is a gift from our heavenly Father to you.