*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Business Insider.   Fidget spinners are everywhere these days. You can buy them on any street corner for a few dollars, and both kids and adults are obsessed with them. The companies that make these hot new gadgets claim they help relieve stress and…

Splink 1: What’s It For? Look in the kitchen drawer (or office) and find some items your kids may not recognize or know their purpose. Some ideas: strawberry huller, melon baller, sifter, hand can opener, etc. Ask them to guess the purpose of each item. Each of these items was created with a specific design…

  *The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MediaPost. YouTube viewers world-wide are now watching more than 1 billion hours of videos a day, boosted by algorithms personalizing user lineups, and threatening to eclipse U.S. television viewership. The number represents a ten-fold increase from 2012. YouTube surpassed the figure, which is far…

Splink 1: Garbage In…Garbage Out Invite the kids to make dinner with you. Instead of going to the pantry or refrigerator, ask one of them to grab the trash can and start looking through it to find some food for dinner. When they seemed outraged, keep looking through the trash and continuing to think of…

Splink 1: Pure?  Grab a water bottle and while the kids are watching, add a tablespoon of dirt to it. Ask, Would you like a drink of this water? Why or why not? Christians are called to be pure, to be holy. What does it mean to be pure? (Clean; not contaminated; not polluted; etc.)…

    Splink 1: I Can Only Imagine After dinner (or while riding in the car) ask your kids to imagine what their ideal day would be like. To get the discussion started, you could ask questions such as: What would you do? Where would you go? What would the weather be like? What would…

    Splink 1: Follow the Command Give simple commands for your kids to follow. Hop on one foot at least 7 times without putting the other foot down. Rub your belly while at the same time patting your head. Touch something blue (add other colors: red, green, yellow, etc.) For the next 20 seconds,…

    Splink 1: Eggs-Citing Keep the celebration going! No one knows for sure why we associate eggs with Easter (since we don’t know exactly when people starting hiding eggs, we don’t know why they did it), but some say that the egg is a symbol of a new life. Just as new life emerges…

    Splink 1: The Rest of the Story Talk about the rest of the story. Rip out pages from an old magazine and then rip (or cut) each one in half vertically. Keep the right half of each page hidden, but give each person the left side of the page. Ask each one to…

    Splink 1: Copycat Play copycat to talk about following an example. Pick one person to be the model and all the others will be the copycats. The model will perform simple actions (lift an arm, raise a leg, pat stomach, touch toes, etc.) and the copycats must see how quickly and precisely they…