Parenting Resource Round-up

Parenting Resource Round-up

Here's some great parenting articles and resources I found while surfing around the web this week. Hope they are helpful to you! Building Relationships Three Things Your Children Need From You: post from Mark Merril's blog Screen Free Resources (did you miss the official "NO TV" week?  No fear!  You can celebrate anytime) Be the Dad Today: Follow on facebook for daily tips on connecting with your kids Get Kids to Listen without Yelling (free webinar) Family Night Ideas Keeping … [Read more...]

Decorating Ideas for Shake It Up VBS

Decorating Ideas for Shake It Up VBS

It's that time of year again! There are some great VBS programs on the market, as always. If you're doing Shake It Up Cafe VBS from Cokesbury, check out some of these ideas for decorating: Cokesbury Decorating Page suggests using kitchen items such as pots, pans, rolling pins, spatulas, cafe tables, and chalkboards with "Today's Special" (the main Bible point) on them.  You can hit dollar stores and garage sales for many of these things.    Be sure to "like" Cokesbury on facebook for more … [Read more...]

Scripture to Grow On: Book Review

Scripture to Grow On: Book Review

We've been doing a great series in our weekly kids' club called "How Use My Bible" from Discipleland.  The series introduced kids to some "Cool Bible Tools" such as different Bible translations, Atlases, Concordances, and Bible Dictionaries.  Along the way, we found some great Bible Tools aimed just at kids and some helpful books for families. One of these great resources was a book from Discipleship Publications International called "Scriptures To Grow On".   Set up in index fashion, this … [Read more...]

Make a Prayer Mural

Make a Prayer Mural

Prayer Mural A Hands-on Approach to Get Kids Engaged in Prayer Recently I read, “Children tend to be egocentric in their prayers, but not selfish.  Egocentric means their world is small.  Their prayers are limited to pets, family, and friends.  It is our job to enlarge their world and also mentor children how to pray.  Without this coaching, the prayers of children remain the typical bedtime prayers that never change until eventually, the desire itself to pray is lost” (Hohman, Kids Making a … [Read more...]

Build a Better Blog: Ask a Question

Build a Better Blog: Ask a Question

After taking a break last week for TV-Free Activity ideas, we're back with the Blogger Challenge!  This week's task (#25) is to ask a question.  There are many reasons to ask a question in your post.  Here are four big ones: It gives readers a sense of community and participation—there’s nothing like coming to a blog where readers are interacting; it gives the blog a sense of being alive. It increases Blog Stickiness—people are more likely to return to a blog if they've … [Read more...]

Monday Minute to Win It: Kids Try This At Home

Monday Minute to Win It: Kids Try This At Home

On this episode (Season 2, Episode 22),  a number of contestants compete for the big money!  Check out these games for your family time fun or children's ministry! Spare Me Contestant must drop a marble down a pool noodle, sending it rolling across the floor and knocking down 10 upright markers (which are 16 feet away). Even though this was a level one game, both contestants seemed to have a really hard time with it, losing all three lives right off the bat! Might want to move those markers … [Read more...]