Are you eager as a beaver 🦫 for more Beatitude activities? Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness like an eager beaver? The dictionary says an eager beaver is a person who is willing to work very hard and has an unbelievable amount of energy and enthusiasm. Does that describe you as you seek righteousness? The fourth Beatitude in Matthew 5:6 says;
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled”Matthew 5:6
I can’t say I know what it is to be truly hungry. We live lives where food and drink are always available. However, if I think of a time when I desperately wanted a drink of water or any beverage to quench my thirst, I can remember how good it tasted. How refreshed I was as I gulped down that cold bottle of water. In those moments we drink liquid as if our life depended on it. Similarly, God wants us to seek righteousness. When we do, we are blessed because He promises to fill us.
With the help of our trusty companion, Little Pot, we have delved into a variety of creative and interactive activities that will bring the Beatitudes to life. So, let’s discover how a beaver’s enthusiasm for righteousness can ignite our own passion for living a life that produces the fruit of the Spirit!Read more: Eager as a Beaver for Righteousness and 8 More Beatitude Activities with Little Pot.
8 Lessons full of Beatitude Activities.
Likewise, the eight lessons full of Beatitude activities are listed below. Click on each to read that specific lesson.
- Lesson 1: (Matt. 5:3) Blessed are the poor in spirit -Be 🐝 Humble; depend on God.
- Lesson 2: (Matt. 5:4) Blessed are those who mourn -Be 🐝 Sorry for your sin.
- Lesson 3: (Matt. 5:5) Blessed are the meek. -Be 🐝 obedient all the time
- Lesson 4: (Matt. 5:6) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. -Be 🐝 eager; God will win.
- Lesson 5: (Matt. 5:7) Blessed are the merciful. -Be 🐝 a friend to everyone.
- Lesson 6: (Matt. 5:8) Blessed are the pure in heart. -Be 🐝 without sin and stay pure.
- Lesson 7: (Matt. 5:9) Blessed are the peacemakers. -Be 🐝 the one for peace and fun.
- Lesson 8: (Matt. 5:10) Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness. -Be 🐝 bold and brave for God.
Go here if you haven’t read Little Pot’s introduction to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.
Learn a lot with Little Pot and Beatitude activities.
First, let’s review why Little Pot is the best tool to create Beatitude activities. Little Pot is a character in the children’s books about the potter and the different vessels he creates. It is a vessel that holds many different items for the potter. As it does, it tries to discover its purpose. Eventually, Little Pot learns it is a fruit pot, and the potter can grow his fruit inside it.
In the same way, we were created to be fruit pots too. We are vessels through which our creator wants to grow the fruit of the Spirit. That process is illustrated in Little Pot’s seven steps. The sixth step in the process is when Little Pot blooms a flower. The flower is then pollinated before it can become a fruit. Bees sometimes do the pollination process. As the bees buzz around Little Pot’s flowers, their fuzzy bodies and attitudes pollinate to produce fruit. Consequently, Little Pot refers to the beatitudes as Bee Attitudes.
A song about the Beatitude Activities
Likewise, we bloom knowledge and attitudes that allow the Holy Spirit to grow His fruit through us. Therefore we’ve paired each of the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 with a bee. We’ve created a song and lesson for each. You can download a free copy of the song and learn how each line matches a Beatitude within the Biblical text. You will also be added to our Fruitful Friday email list and … “Learn a lot from Little Pot!”
Eager as a Beaver
In the fourth Beatitude, Jesus says we are blessed if we hunger and thirst for Righteousness. Hunger and thirst are appetites that we continually have. Food and drink only satisfy us for a time. Eventually, we get hungry and thirsty again. Likewise, our desire for God and righteousness should return to us over and over. The following book will help us with our Beatitude Activities.
Our story to help us illustrate this Beatitude is about an eager beaver named Ben. Ben’s father and older siblings are going on a willow expedition. Ben begs to go along. When his dad won’t let him go, he still tries to follow by sneaking around the side of the lodge. Eventually, he follows his father into the deep woods. Ben’s eagerness helped him to overcome obstacles. When he sees that his home and mother are in trouble, he is the first to tell his dad and get help. Likewise, we need to be eager in asking God to help others.
Lesson 4: Bee 🐝 Eager, God will win.
Introduction: Today we are going to meet a “Wildlife Buddy.” His name is Ben. Show students the book cover and ask them what type of animal Ben is. That’s right, He is a beaver. In this book, we can learn about beavers, where they live, and all the wonderful qualities that God gave them. First, we will enjoy a fictional story about Ben. Then, we will discover some beaver facts as we learn the parts of this book are fiction and nonfiction.
Read Ben the Beaver (IT’S A WILDLIFE BUDDY) by Daniela De Luca
Children will discover the wonderful features God gave the beaver and other animals.
God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.Genesis 1:25
Language Arts Integration
Students will learn the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Have each student fold a piece of paper into two columns. Label the first column as Fact and the second as Fiction. Revisit the book and record appropriate sentences on each side of the paper. For example, Fact: A beaver’s teeth continue to grow. Fiction: Beavers wear clothes.
Using a beaver picture with a large tail. The beaver’s tail will be made into a book where the students can write their own beaver adventures. You may want to call the story “A Beaver’s Tale”
On page nineteen of the book, the possible measurements for a beaver dam are said to be between 15 to 30 feet. Gather sticks or other materials and have children work together to build their own dams based on specific lengths that you determine.
Build a beaver habitat. As a special snack idea, build a beaver’s lodge by stirring La Choy noodles and peanut butter (or Nutella) together. Give each child a scoop on a paper plate and allow students to add pretzel sticks and powdered sugar for snow.
Discuss the geographical areas of beavers. Page twenty-one of the story shows a map. Give each student an illustration of a world map and shade the areas in which beavers live. They may label the continents, oceans, and any other skills you would like to cover.
Bee Attitudes to Grow the Fruit of the Spirit
Do you see the similarities between being eager for righteousness and growing the fruit of the Spirit? Righteousness is an attitude of love, joy, peace, and faithfulness. These qualities are in the fruit of the Spirit. Little Pot’s fruit-bearing cycle explains more. Add your first name and email below, and we’ll send you the seven steps to growing the fruit of the Spirit.
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