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...]

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...]

Kids’ Sunday: The Day We Give the Service to the Kids

Kids’ Sunday: The Day We Give the Service to the Kids

Kids stood at the front door, proudly pushing it open with all their might as they saw guests and regular attenders approaching.  The push handle hovered right at their eye level, but that didn't stop these kids from performing an important job.  They opened the door and shook hands with those who entered the church that day. Not only were kids serving as greeters, but they were standing outside the sanctuary doors, passing out bulletins as well.  In fact, it seemed like kids had taken … [Read more...]

Oodles of Noodles (13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles)

Oodles of Noodles (13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles)

My husband was just up at the grocery store yesterday and informed me that Halloween candy is on the shelves already.  Now that's just too much.  Back to school I can understand.  Halloween?   Let us just enjoy summer! If the Fall stuff is coming out, now is a great time to grab up the summer clearance, including Pool Noodles!  There are plenty of fun things to do with pool noodles (including helping your boots stay upright), but for this post, we'll focus on some fun games! 13 Games to Play … [Read more...]

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Eight Great Sidewalk Chalk Games for Kids

Sidewalk chalk is a staple of summer and a great way to build a game in a snap. Last week, we played a fun bulls eye game with some chalk and sponges and I thought I'd dig around for a few more to play this summer. #1 SNAIL HOPSCOTCH Draw a large circle (about 12 inches) on the ground and then draw a very large spiral board on the concrete starting at the circle and spiraling out to look like a snails shell.  Divide the spirals into spaces about 12 - 14" apart and number them.   The first … [Read more...]