Families on Mission

Rain forest

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.


Play and Learn February 2018

Checking Out Water Absorption

Supplies: 2 tall glasses, water, red food coloring, white carnation, tape, scissors


First, discuss with your preschooler how important water is to all living things from humans to plants. Say: The Amazon rain forest has many different kinds of plants.

Show the picture of the rain forest above, or search for online information about rain-forest plants. Heavy rain falls in the rain forest, up to 13 feet each year. Use a measuring tape to demonstrate how tall 13 feet is. Rain-forest plants need water to live.

Explain to your preschooler how plants drink in water through their roots. Say: Water travels up through a plant’s stem into the leaves. The water keeps the plant alive.

Do the following activity with your preschooler:
Half-fill 2 tall glasses with water. Add a few drops of red food coloring to 1 glass. Ask: What happened to the water?

Next, split the stem of the carnation halfway up. Encourage your preschooler to wrap the stem with tape at that point where it won’t split any further.

Place the glasses side by side and put one half of the carnation stem in each glass.

After several hours, check the carnation to see what has happened. Encourage your preschooler to examine the flower and share what she sees. Say: The colored water has gone up one side of the stem and turned the flower from white to red. The other side has remained white. This shows us how the water travels up the plant’s stem.

Guide your preschooler to draw a picture of the flower.

By Becky Rainey, Bessemer, AL


This Month

Creative thoughts for family missions activities. 

Discover more about this month's featured missionary, including prayer requests and fun facts to share with your preschoolers.

  • This month's missions focus—What is your Mission Friend studying? Find lots of ways for your family to be on mission together and to learn about the missionaries this month.

Families on Mission Calendars 2017–18

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.

Looking for more resources?

Find storybooks, helpful books, Missions Bank, Mission Friends T-Shirt, Mission Friends Sports Bottle, Mission Friends Tote Bag, parent-child leaflets, and Fair Trade items especially for preschoolers and teachers on our preschool products page.

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