Monday, November 4, 2013

The Jesse Box: A Giveaway!


A few months ago my mother-in-law (giver of all things educational and awesome) gave me this thing called "The Jesse Box" to try out with the girls and give her some feedback about. I am a lame mom and get overwhelmed easily with things that involve cutting and gluing for children's activities and so I didn't try it right away.

However, I kept saying to Mike that I wanted to do more scripture centered things with the girls and was feeling like, apart from the girls' catechesis on Thursdays, they weren't getting much at home by way of theological training. When I realized that the thing I needed was staring me in the face every time I walked into the store area to do the laundry I caved and tried it. It contains tons of different scenes and manipulatives for so many different stories from the New Testament and the Old.

Yes- it required some light cutting and gluing on my part. Yes, I am still alive.
You have to cut the paper people out and glue them onto the wooden cones included in the set. It took 10 minutes.


I used my glue gun to cover the cones so that they will stay glued for a much longer time and can be taken off and reused. The papers is super sturdy- the girls have been doing this wedding feast at Cana set for a few weeks now and it is still staying together great.

I set up the box with the people in their places, which the little booklets instruct you how to do. Great for this confused lady.

I light a candle, begin with a prayer, read the scripture, moving the figures where they go during the scripture story, then close with a prayer. Then I let the girls "work with it" and move the people around and pretty much just do whatever.

Within the last few weeks of doing this with the girls, Naomi has almost memorized the entire account of the wedding feast at Cana- they are little sponges at this age, I tell you. I know that it would not have been as effective if it wasn't for the manipulatives and the whole scene being set up for them to look at while I read it to them. There are so many other scripture scenes with the set and I am really excited to do the others with them soon.

I love the Fontanini Sets that the girls use in their Montessori class, but those are a bit out of our budget and I would say that this set is a great alternative if you are on a tighter budget, but still looking for a lively way to teach the bible to your kids.

If you would like a free set from the good people at Angelus Press, just enter in the rafflecopter below! Easy peasy. And even if you don't win, this would make a great Saint Nicholas day or Christmas gift.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

93 comments :

  1. Would love this for my kids! Always looking for ways to bring more of the teachings into our home.

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  2. Very cute! I know some little people around here who would love it.

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  3. This looks AWESOME! Thanks for telling us about it.

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  4. This looks so fun! I think it would be just the thing for my girls. I'm the un-craftiest, but I always *want* to do crafts with them. This looks just my speed.

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  5. I would love to win this for my friend Tara, who is due with her first in February!

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  6. I have admired this set for a while... and yes, I do want it. :)

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  7. Love this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. This might be just what I've been looking for! I might just buy it if I don't win it!

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  9. The set looks great - thanks for the information!

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  10. Ana, looks great! Love the idea :)

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  11. This looks so amazing, I love it!!

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  12. This is awesome, I would love this :-)

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  13. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I've never heard of these before, but love anything to help get more scripture into my children.

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  14. I love this idea. I'd love to do this with my kids on the block and my toddler.

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  15. My kids would die to get their hands on that! We may have to get one for the godchildren as well...

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  16. My two preschoolers would be in heaven with this set! So cute. Th

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  17. I can so see Maggie and Xander having a field day with this!

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  18. My 5 year old and 3 year old would love this!

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  19. oooooo! I would LOVE this! I am just starting to teach Joe all about the faith and this would be awesome!

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  20. Ooooh, what a cool idea! I think I know some kiddos who would love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. This looks lovely and well thought out

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  22. My little is still, well, too little, but I've been doing a lot of looking at a variety of things to make the faith come alive and this looks wonderful!

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  23. Pick me!! Jk. But seriously that looks awesome!

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  24. What a crazy cool idea - my preschoolers would LOVE it.

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  25. I hadn't heard of this. I bet it's a blast!

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  26. Would love to use this set with my kids!

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  27. Wow! I haven't heard of this. Sounds wonderful!

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  28. Awesome! I love it. I want it!

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  29. This looks great. We'd love this!!
    ~Ruth Anne

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  30. I haven't heard of this, but it looks like something I could do with my youngest.

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  31. I would love to win this! I have three little girls who would definitely benefit.

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  32. This is so, so cool! I love it, and yes I want it. :) Thanks for the opportunity!

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  33. Thanks for sharing, this is so neat!!

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  34. My daughter would love this set.

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  35. My boys would love this and I'd like it, too!

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  36. It looks great! I would love it!

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  37. Oh cool, I would love to win this!

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  38. I saw this a few months ago and have been thinking about getting one for the kids since we do not have Catechesis of the Good Shepherd where we live.

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  39. Did your set come with all of those scenes? It says on the site that it only comes with the Christmas and Easter set. I would love to win this!

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  40. Would love this for my little ones !!!

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  41. Oh man. I want this bad. This is exactly what we've been doing with our Noah's Ark toys and I didn't know it was an actual "thing". Puh-puh-puhlease rig it so I win!

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  42. What a great way to teach the little ones! Thanks for sharing this, Ana!

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  43. Love this! My kids would freak if they had this...

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  44. This is so cool! Thanks for blogging about this!

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  45. This looks great! I think my 3 year old would love it.

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  46. looks awesome...a fun way to teach!

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  47. What a great idea. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. I'd love this!! What a great idea!

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  49. Ahh, I don't know you but I wish you guys lived next door. I, too, am lame and do not get excited about crafty mama things. However, I could do this. My littles love manipulatives. Great idea.

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  50. This would be so perfect for my little girl!

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  51. Would love to do this with my kids!!

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  52. My boys and I would love to use the Jesse Box to focus on the true meaning of CHRISTmas

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  53. Looks like such a fun faith & play activity!

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  54. My 4 kids would LOVE this! Such a great hands-on idea!

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  55. What a cute set. My kids would love this so much!

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  56. I covet this with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.

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  57. This looks really great for our little Catechesis of the Good Shepherd style spot we call the Quiet Room!

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  58. Totally buying this if I don't win it! :)

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  59. Love this! I am craft challenged, this would be awesome for my girls!

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  60. I have 3 girls (almost the same ages as yours) and I know they would love this! Love all the preschool ideas you post about!

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  61. That is really impressive. My daughter is too old but it would be an excellent gift for my Godchildren.

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  62. That looks like a great product! My youngest (and probably some of the older ones too) would LOVE this.

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  63. I'd love to have this to share the Bible with my grandchildren!

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  64. I have been looking for something like this for a while!! Is there a saint to pray to to win giveaways??!!!:)

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  65. This would make a great gift for my nephews :)

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  66. Very neat...reminds me of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd a bit. Thanks!

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