Last October, my 4 youngest girls (ages 4, 5, 6, and 8) and my 9 year old son read the book \”Swimmy\” by Leo Lionni. It\’s a cute little book; and as the kids and I read it I couldn\’t help but see the symbolism of the Body of Christ which shown through this story.
(Or you can buy the book here.)
Explaining the Story and
How it Relates to Us Being Part of Christ\’s Body
If you notice at the beginning of the story Swimmy is playing with his friends and they are not working together. So as the big fish swims up to them he can easily gobble up the red fish and move on. Now Swimmy is left all alone. He begins to explore and sees many wonderful creations that God has made. When he stumbles onto an another school of fish he teaches them to work together as one body to create a more powerful force which other fish will respect.
- the fish printable ~ printed on light blue or white paper
Items to rub and show texture like:
- pipe cleaners
- cardboard cut-outs
- small rubber bands
- artificial leaves
First allow the children to color the fish red and/or orange.
(Click here for fish printable)
Then I laid a handful of small rubber bands on the table and laid the fish paper on top. The kids used the side of a blue crayon (without the wrapper) to rub the area around the fish. The rubber-bands should create a \”water-like\” texture.
I cut out several hilly ground shapes which were cut from stiff cardboard (from a cereal box). Then the kids placed them under the fish paper on the bottom and rubbed them with the side of a brown crayon to create the ground under the water.
We made seaweed shapes with the pipe cleaners and placed them under the paper to rub and create seaweed on the pictures. We also used the artificial leaves to create some of the seaweed, too.
Hope you find this book as fun and fascinating as my kids and I did!
Now I\’m off to plan for the next school year. (I gotta order some books!) A homeschooling mom\’s work is never done! I\’m sure many of you understand! 😉