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...]

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...]

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Super Simple Crafts for the Littlest of Hands

Hello! A few days ago, I was honored to present at the INCM Early Childhood Webinar.  I promised I would try to post pictures of some of the crafts I shared during that webinar for those of you who might not have been able to take notes at the time. These crafts are perfect for ages 6 months through about 5 years old. 10 Essential Craft Supplies To begin, you want to make sure your cupboards are stocked with these essential supplies.  With these things on hand, you can do almost any of the … [Read more...]

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Loving and Serving the Little Ones (Upcoming Webinar from INCM)

Hi there!  I wanted to share an upcoming event with you all!  This was originally posted on the INCM website: There is no question that the early years of a child’s life are critical when it comes to setting the anchor deep for a lifetime of faith. We know it is vital to continually be developing in our understanding of this special group within our children’s ministries – the littles, as we affectionately refer to them – and how to give them Jesus. The stakes are too high – we simply cannot … [Read more...]