The 7 swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and compassion.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us…” Romans 12:6
Simple ways to teach a little one:
* Transform 7 plastic votive holders, walnut shells, corks, marshmallows or anything else that floats into swans using white paint, cotton balls, fabric. If you’ve chosen safe items, let the child play with them in the bath tub. Playfully identify each swan by name: Prophecy, Ministry, Teaching, etc. Get ready to explain what these names mean, too: you know he’ll ask! 🙂
* Explain the gifts of the Holy Spirit in general. Ask your child which gift(s) she thinks the Holy Spirit has given to her; ask her which gift(s) she wants. Encourage her by identifying relevant strengths or leanings that you notice in her life. (This might be a conversation that develops into a tender explanation of salvation and how making Jesus our Lord transforms our lives. One way we are transformed is through the gifts that God gives us.)
* Later in the day, create a story about how a little girl or boy was able to help others by using the gifts from the Holy Spirit.