Miniphant is going on an adventure! But how will he fit everything he needs (or thinks he needs) into his suitcase? And will he have the courage to face his fears?
While preparing for his adventure, Miniphant discovers that growing our ‘inside-strength’ and taking steps away from fear, helps us to become brave. Being courageous isn’t the absence of fear: it’s feeling fear, but not letting it stop you! Adventures don’t have to be crazy acts like climbing a mountain or flying a plane. They can be everyday things that need courage, like making a new friend, solving a problem or trying something new. The more we give them a go, the braver we become and the less fearful we feel!
Make your own courage medal!
Print and make your own courage medal!
Make your own special suitcase
Make your own special suitcase!
Make a self-esteem chart!
Make your own self-esteem chart
You can print out the giant star 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…
Miniphant ‘whispered his prayers and muddles thoughts into his pillow and went to sleep’. Jesus encourages us to talk to Him about anything we like, but it can be especially helpful to talk to him about our muddled thoughts and feelings. He is actually with us all the time, and because Jesus is God, He knows what has happened in our day and He even knows how we feel about it, but talking to Him is for our benefit: when we give our worries to Him, it means we are not carrying them anymore and we are trusting Him to help us.
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ (Matt. 11:28)
‘You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.’ (Psa. 139:2–4)
Just like in One Big Adventure, Miniphant realises he needs to think about things differently if he wants to go on an adventure, so he decides to stand on his head! (You don’t have to do this to think differently, but you can if you want to J) Philippians 4:8–9 gives us a very helpful set of things to think about, which will help us in our day.
‘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)
In One Big Adventure, Miniphant is learning about being strong, brave and courageous. In the Bible, God tells us that we can be all of these things… because He is with us, always, so we do not need to be afraid.