Update on the Esther Project

Update on the Esther Project

We've been working hard all summer on the Esther movie with the kids and now we've begun the complicated process of editing our hours (and hours!!) of film.  The kids seemed to have a blast and I thought I'd share just a few of the "behind the scenes" pictures with you! The Studio Here's a quick look at the studio.  We put up three green screens across the back and used the lighting, sound board, and microphones that the church already had.  We spent $20 on each of the green screens and … [Read more...]

Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Today's blog post comes from guest writer, Hilary Smith.  You can read her bio at the end of the article. Can you remember the feeling of crawling into bed completely exhausted from a long day spent playing outside as a child? Quite a few of us can recall those days and evenings that were spent riding bicycles, playing “kick the can” with neighborhood kids, or chasing flickering lightning bugs into the twilight. We knew it was time to head in when the street lights popped on or our … [Read more...]

Lego Party (Just for Fun!)

Lego Party (Just for Fun!)

Hey Everyone!  It's been a little quiet on the blog this week because we've been getting ready for birthday boy's #5 party!  I've been trying to do a little each day to avoid the "day before" rush and it seemed to work out a lot better.  I thought I'd post a few pictures for you, just for fun!    I'd love to hear what your family has been up to this summer as well -- leave me a comment and let me know! Decorations: Let's Get Building! Lego Face Cups This were just yellow cups and I put … [Read more...]

Moses and the Burning Bush Craft

Moses and the Burning Bush Craft

Looking to add a little something to the story of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3)? Check out this fun craft: What You Need: Coloring Page of a tree (we used the Mulberry tree by Van Gogh)  Red and Yellow Tissue Paper, ripped into small pieces Orange Tissue paper (optional) Glue Crayons (optional) What You Do: Color the trunk of the tree and ground (optional) Put glue all over the top part of the tree. Apply ripped up tissue paper to top of tree to give a … [Read more...]

Infuse, Saturate, and our Journey out of Homeschool

Infuse, Saturate, and our Journey out of Homeschool

In April, I hopped a plane to Tennessee to spend a few days with fellow kidmin Infuse members and the amazing Jim Wideman. During this information packed retreat, I learned a lot of things, including (big surprise), I can't do it all. Ever since baby #3 arrived, I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed. Even though we brought on a Children's Ministry assistant in October (who is, by the way, fabulous), I still had the distinct feeling that I was falling behind in everything. At the … [Read more...]

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

This is a high sensory activity we did right after Easter last year, but you could do it any time of the year. You'll need some basket grass and some playdough (we made our own).  We used brown since many birds use mud to hold their nests together. To begin, encourage kids to form a little bowl with the playdough. If you have very little ones, you might want to give them a bowl to press the dough into. Once the dough is in a small bowl shape, add the basket grass, moving it around … [Read more...]