Miniphant is moving house! Ahead of him is a journey of making new friends, exploring new places and, most importantly, finding out where he belongs now…
Adjusting to change of any kind – especially significant changes – can wobble children’s foundations. Reminding them of their identity, value, worth and sense of belonging can help to grow their confidence and assurance in who they are. It may take time to make new friends or ‘feel’ settled with the changes, and children need to know that that’s OK.
Print out your very own Miniphant & Me puzzle – just like the one Miniphant and his friends made in the story! You can print it on some cardboard, cut out the pieces and perhaps add your own face into the puzzle to show you are now friends with Miniphant too!
Make your own jigsaw puzzle!
Print and make your very own jigsaw puzzle with a picture of your family, friends… anything you like!
Colour in with Miniphant and friends!
Download your Miniphant & Me colouring sheet
You can print out the giant raindrop and stick it on your child’s wall (see the pages for the other books for more printable word pictures!) or make a mobile and hang them from your child’s bedroom ceiling. These printables contain the foundational messages of each book, and are affirming, encouraging words to speak into your child’s life. You might recognise them from the books, where they’ve been scattered amongst the grass, raindrops, animal paws, stars, raspberries and more…
When Miniphant is in the van, worrying about his new life, he chooses to focus on good things. The Bible encourages us to do this in Philippians 4:8–9. This is an important way of thinking that Miniphant practises again throughout his other adventures with his friends.
‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.’ (Phil. 4:8–9, NIVUK)
As Miniphant and his friends search for the missing pieces of the puzzle and then put them all together, they realise that each piece is important because only together do they make the whole! (1 Cor. 12:12–26)
‘Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. And so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.’ (1 Cor. 12:12–26)