Patience is certainly a virtue that everyone should have, animals not excluded. Not only do animals need to be patient in hunting for food, they need to have patience when being hunted!
Patience is having the ability to withstand long periods of waiting without losing interest or focus. It also means enduring discomfort or disturbances without complaining or getting angry. Patience goes hand in hand with perseverance and determination. Patience is a fruit of the spirit: a characteristic of a life living for God. A few examples of patience found in the Thornton W. Burgess books include:
- The Adventures of Grandfather Frog (Chapter 4): Longlegs the Heron waits for his chance to eat Grandfather Frog
- The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel (Chapter 15): Farmer Brown’s Boy takes his time making friends with Chatterer.
- Old Mother West Wind (Chapter 7): Jimmy Skunk has patience searching for beetles.
Teaching kids to have patience will take patience! One of the best ways to teach is by example. When waiting in a long line, play a game with your child. This helps them focus on something fun instead of complaining about the wait time. Be careful about what you say and how you say it: adults who whine and complain within earshot of children will hear similar words when a difficult situation is upon the child. Delayed gratification helps children understand that we can’t always get what we want in life immediately and will produce a heart of gratitude once the object is obtained or the wait is over.
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Below we’ve listed activities, links, and books that will help teach the character trait of patience. We’ve also included several books as teacher/parent helps on this subject.
- Patience curriculum: free downloads and videos
- Plant flowers, vegetables, or fruit and discuss patience while waiting for the plant to grow and produce.
- Visit an art museum and look at portrait paintings. Tell how subjects of the paintings would need to stay still while the artist painted.
- Patience character development activities
- Make homemade bread and talk about the importance of yeast and waiting for the dough to rise before baking.
- Read about patience in The Carrot Seed and do activities related to the book
- 5 ways to teach patience
- Bible stories for patience
- Role play patience and impatience in situations like: waiting for dinner at a restaurant, waiting in line for a carnival ride, waiting at the doctor’s office, waiting at a red light, waiting for your turn with a toy
- Fruits of the Spirit crafts
- Patience coloring page
- Patience character challenge
- Go fishing
- Free patience character study
- Discuss how preparation can help in times where patience is needed (having toys or activities on hand when a wait is expected) and come up with ideas and a grab bag of sorts to keep in the car.
- Patience Bible lesson
- Waiting games and more waiting games
- Practice having your children wait while you are on the phone
- 8 fun car games
- Do yoga: yoga poses to cultivate patience
- Put puzzles together to show patience in completing the task
- Create a Butterfly Garden, wait for the caterpillar’s metamorphosis
- Group activity: The Untangle Game
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