Helping Children Understand Grace
Do you ever struggle with explaining to your young child sin, how some people try to cover it up or pretend it’s not there, and how grace and forgiveness are such an integral part of Christian faith? Mr. T is great at asking the big theological questions, and I sometime struggle with how to answer his 6 year old heart in a way I know he will understand. Blotch has been a perfect conversation starter for that.
Blotch is a young boy who, like everyone else in the kingdom, is plagued by spots that pop up when you tell a lie, when you think a mean thought about someone else, when you do something unkind. Everyone is covered in these spots, and Blotch wants to get rid of them. He asks his father to be allowed to go on a quest to find a way to get rid of the spots.
What does Blotch find? He finds the Hiders who cover up their spots, the Pretenders who pretend their spots aren’t really there, the Pointers who blame other people for there spots, and he meets the King, who is finally able to answer his questions and allow Blotch to complete his quest.
There is a great discussion and activity guide in the back of the book for parents and teachers to discuss each chapter and activities to help your child understand more. There is a sweet guide to explaining salvation to young children, too.
We’ve already read through Blotch once, and it’s being requested again. We created our own activity to see how much forgiveness and grace we would need after just a few hours. We all lost our temper over something, or had an unkind thought, or followed our own desires instead of God’s guidance. You can see our spots in the picture above. It’s a great visual, and if you try it out, I recommend the Crayola Washable Markers since they wash off easily.
An Overview of Blotch
This book trailer from B&H is a wonderful overview! Blotch is a perfect gift for little ones to help the draw near to Christ.