Rainy Day Fun: Chalk and Rain

Rainy Day Fun: Chalk and Rain

I was just browsing through this month's issue of Parent Life Magazine when I saw the following craft idea.  I was reminded of a comment I just read from a fellow blogger about being trapped inside with a busy toddler because of several rainy days.  I thought I'd post this for her and any other rainy-day readers out there! Rainy Day Fun: Chalk and Rain Materials: Rain Paper Plate (heavy, uncoated, not shiny) Colored Chalk or chalk pastels Cosmetic sponge or … [Read more...]

Purim Celebration Ideas for Kids

Purim Celebration Ideas for Kids

Recently, we celebrated Purim in our Children's Church program.  The kids had a blast and listened very attentively to the story of Esther and her nerve-wracking journey to save her people.  Here's what our schedule looked like: Making cookies Time required: 10 minutes Hamantashen are traditional, but we made Sugar and Oatmeal out of those bagged mixes)   Reading the Story of Esther Time required: 10-15 minutes (make sure to hand out noise makers for the kids to shake … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Pay Attention to a Reader

Build a Better Blog: Pay Attention to a Reader

For this week's task (#22), you are to choose one (or more) of your current readers and do anything out of the blue that acknowledges them, shows them that you value them, and highlights them to your other readers.  Darren Rowse, aka Problogger, shares a few ways to do this: Promote a Comment to a Post—sometimes readers make insightful and wise observations and tips in the comments of your blog. While they’ll be read by a handful of people in the comment thread, why not pull it out and use … [Read more...]

Monday Minute to Win It: Lakers in the Circle

Monday Minute to Win It: Lakers in the Circle

In Episode 18 of Season Two, the L.A. Lakers make an appearance on the Minute to Win it Show.  These basketball stars bring lots of energy with them to the show.  Here's some great games you can play on family fun night or use in your Children's Ministry: Nice Build: Contestants work as a team to build a pyramid out of 15 reams of copy paper.  Not too bad.  You could make it even easier using cereal boxes (just try to make them all the same size!) Whipper Snapper: Contestant uses a towel … [Read more...]

Looking for a Great Easter Skit?

Looking for a Great Easter Skit?

For our Easter Event, we're hosting an Easter Egg Hunt.  While one group hunts, the opposite age group (or stragglers) can watch a puppet show and sing some songs.  I've been scouring the internet looking for some community friendly skits that might be adaptable for all ages.  Here's a few I've discovered: Cymbals of Easter: Two puppets and an adult discuss the different symbols of Easter. Special meaning is found with each symbol: baby animals, an egg, candy, and a cross. So, What's … [Read more...]

Allergy Free Snack Ideas

Allergy Free Snack Ideas

Many kids suffer from food allergies today.  When serving food at the church, we need to make sure we take the time to not only check with kids and parents about potential allergies, but also check the foods we're serving to make sure playing it safe when it comes to allergies. Here's a list of the top 8 food allergies: Dairy Egg Soy Wheat Peanut Tree Nuts Fish Shellfish Here's some idea for allergy-free snacks: Kix Fresh Fruit Applesauce Cups Fruit … [Read more...]