David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

David as King (Sample Lesson from my New Book!)

Have you had a chance to check out my recently released book: Top 50 Bible Stories for Elementary?  If you've been wanting to take a closer peek, you're in luck!  Today, I'll be sharing a chapter from the book, all about David.  Stay tuned for a video presentation of the lesson later this week! Big Idea: God Looks at the Heart This Week’s Passage: Psalm 119:10-11, 47-48; 1 Samuel 16:7 Memory Verse: People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel … [Read more...]

Wild and Crazy Living (Prodigal Son)

Wild and Crazy Living (Prodigal Son)

Teaching on the Prodigal Son?  Check out this fun lesson plan that gets kids moving and thinking about some wild and crazy living! What You Need: Pictures of fun stuff kids would like (leave me a comment and I'll send you over my pictures), labeled with prices Tape Coins Fresh baked bread Sign advertising fresh baked bread Pig slop (just raid your fridge for leftovers, add a little water) Cupcakes or other treat Celebration music (optional) What You Do:  Before the … [Read more...]

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

David Tries to Hide His Sin (Game)

Bible Passage: 2 Samuel 11 and 12 (David and Bathsheba) Bonus Memory Verse: Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13) Object Lesson: Cotton Ball Sheep What You Need:  Two people figures Cotton Balls What You Do:  Before kids arrive, read through 2 Samuel 11-12 and become familiar with the account.  Hold your Bible as you talk to the kids. Say: One day, King David was walking on his roof when he … [Read more...]

There is a Way that Seems Right (Proverbs Game)

There is a Way that Seems Right (Proverbs Game)

Bible Passage: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Ideal Group Size: 3-8 kids What You Need:  Large space to play in Obstacles in your path (lucky us, our gym was all set up for a dinner -- plenty of obstacles!) Blindfold How to Play:  To begin, set up a playing area with plenty of obstacles (chairs, buckets, toys, balls, cones, etc) in the way.  Blindfold a volunteer and have them stand at one end of the playing … [Read more...]

How to Have a Fun and Productive Summer with Kids

How to Have a Fun and Productive Summer with Kids

Sweet summertime.  It can be such a magical time for children. After a few weeks, though, the newness wears off and boredom can set in. Before the “Mom, I’m bored” complaints start rolling in, take action and plan for some fun, productive activities to do with your kids. The kids will have a blast spending some time with you and just may learn something along the way!   Volunteer Your kids have grown up hearing you talk about the importance of sharing with others and how giving is … [Read more...]

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

Summer Family Fun in Put-In-Bay (Ohio)

After our trip to Put-in-Bay last year, the kids begged to return again this year.  So, this last weekend, we climbed inside the car and away we went.  We weren't quite as diligent with our starting time (partly because we stopped at the Original Breakfast Place before hitting the road), but we pulling onto the highway about 9:30 and on our way to our favorite Island Getaway. The boat ride aboard Miller's Ferry was a blast as usual and we were happy to discover that you can actually park for … [Read more...]