Thanks to the wonderful Heather Haupt, we’ve decided to begin a chivalry challenge with our boys at home this year. Heather calls it, Throwing down the gauntlet! I couldn’t agree more!
After reading her book, Knights in Training: Ten Principals for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys, I knew that raising boys would include nothing less than adventure, thrill, and courage. So… my hubby and I declared this chivalry training official at Ly-Guy’s 5th birthday party, Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Sir Elias is Turning 5. It was AWESOME.
I will have to create another blog post to share the details of his Medieval party, but here’s a snippet!
We had plenty of left over party decorations so we created a very simple and easy DIY craft which followed along with one of their knights-in-training books, The Prince’s Poison Cup. The story just so happens to be a brilliant Easter book for the kids to read!
If you’re not familiar with The Prince’s Poison Cup, it’s a treasure of a book. I had never heard of the fabulous author behind this and several other amazing tales. Each of the author’s books incorporate deep biblical truths for kids to understand in an easy way.
If you’re looking to increase your Easter book collection, here’s one that easily ties into Holy Week. Maudy Thursday and Good Friday are perfect times to do this activity. You can easily read along online if you don’t have the book. I linked the YouTube version below.
Here’s the book summary straight from Amazon. It depicts the price Jesus paid for our sins:
“With The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R.C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level. In this work, he focuses on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from their spiritual death.
When Ella gets sick and has to take yucky medicine, she wonders why something that will help her get well has to taste so bad. When she puts the question to Grandpa, he tells her the story of a great King and His subjects who enjoyed wonderful times together until the people rebelled against the King and drank from a forbidden well. To their horror, they found that the beautiful water in the well made their hearts turn to stone. To reclaim His people, the King asks His Son, the Prince, to drink from a well of horrid poison. The poison will surely kill the Prince but He is willing to drink it to please His Father and help His people.”
Goblet Craft Materials:
- Clear, plastic goblets. I bought a 6-pack at Dollar Tree.
- Gems. Check the Hobby Lobby clearance section!
- Hot glue gun
- The book. We found a used copy online. I linked the YouTube version below.
- Read The Prince’s Poison Cup and discuss the meaning behind the story.
- Open up your bible or children’s bible to the Last Supper story told in Matthew 26:17-30.
- Share the differences and similarities in the two stories.
- Decorate your very own poison cup or goblet.
- Cook up a kid-friendly Last Supper meal as a family and drink from your own goblets! Maudy Thursday or Good Friday would be great days to do this.
- Cheers! Go around the dinner table and make a special toast about God’s blessings on your life.
Don’t have the book? Here’s a twelve minute version via YouTube.
Do the kids need a recap of the Last Supper? Here are a few kid-friendly quick clips!
God’s Story: Last Supper via Crossroads Kids’ Club
The Story of Easter: Last Supper via Saddleback Kids
Enjoy learning about the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus as a family this Easter. It’s a fun and simple way for you to reach your children’s hearts in a way that draws them closer to Him.