Halloween Block Party: Getting the Candy Ready!

Halloween Block Party: Getting the Candy Ready!

For the third year in a row, we're taking ministry to the streets during Halloween. We've tried a few different events for the fall season (check them out here) and the block party has come out a clear winner.   This year, we're moving the party to a new house that is closer to the church.  Of course, one of the key elements of a successful party is CANDY!   The week before the party, we spend a little time getting the candy bags ready for the party.  Care to follow along? Getting Started For … [Read more...]

Backyard Lawn Games and Pavement Games

Backyard Lawn Games and Pavement Games

I was reading through the book Tag, Toss, & Run this week, hoping to squeeze a little more outdoor fun out of the season (grab a copy at your library here on Amazon).  While many of the games have some complex rules, a few others are simple enough to through into the mix for Children's Ministry. Here's a few fun options I found: Hoop Trundling Basic Idea: Keep the hoop rolling no matter what! Playing Area: Flat, smooth surface (lawn or pavement) Equipment: Hoola hoops and … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time: We’re Going Camping!

Preschool Story Time: We’re Going Camping!

Summer time isn't complete without a camp out, even if it is just in the living room.  For this story time, we're focusing on camping. The books we originally were hoping to get weren't available at the library when we needed them, so we did a little improvising! Books Camping Day Ladybug Girl and Bingo Just a Little Too Young Just a Day at the Lake We were thinking about using (but couldn't get): PigPig goes to Camp Fred and Ted go Camping Songs and … [Read more...]

Going Away Party Game Ideas

Going Away Party Game Ideas

Tomorrow night, we say goodbye to our sixth graders with a Going Away Costume Party.  It will be in similar fashion to our Back to School Party from last year, with various game stations kids to head to at their leisure.   Here's the plan for our event, in case you're looking for some inspiration for your own! Group Picture We'll begin the celebration with a group picture.  We certainly should remember all the great costumes and it will serve as a happy memory for the kids who are on their … [Read more...]

A Pirate Fairy and a God Who Saves

A Pirate Fairy and a God Who Saves

We've been going through the God in Action Vacation Bible School curriculum on Wednesday nights.  It's a super great program and even though our church doesn't officially do VBS any more, I love to use these types of curriculum for the great theme and coordinating games and crafts. The kids have been loving the God in Action series. This week's theme was God SAVES.  It focused on John 3:16 and emphasized that God would do whatever it takes to save us and restore the relationship that sin … [Read more...]

National Lemonade Day! (Lemon Painting) {Preschool Homeschool}

National Lemonade Day! (Lemon Painting) {Preschool Homeschool}

I love a good quirky holiday.  Don't get me wrong -- I delight in the big celebrations like Christmas and Easter, but there is something so delightful in the ridiculous holidays that have become a family tradition around here. Holidays like Cow Appreciation Day, Donut Day, and Lemonade day are some of my personal favorites. With National Lemonade Day just around the corner (August 20th), I thought I'd share some of our favorite Lemonade recipes as well as a fun activity to do with the kids … [Read more...]