10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

10 Wild Water Games to Play with Kids

Every year, we try to shake things up at church during the summer months.  We make each week a different theme and one of the top favorites is, of course, beach night.  Kids plan to get wet and we don't like to disappoint! If you're looking for some great water games for kids, keep reading for some fun games we're thinking about trying this year! #1: Water Balloon Baseball Just like the real game, but instead of pitching softballs or whiffle balls, big ol' orbs of water are lobbed at the … [Read more...]

Exciting Summer Project: The Esther Movie

Exciting Summer Project: The Esther Movie

This last Christmas, we opted to not do a Christmas play.  We were hoping to do some kind of walk through Christmas experience instead, but as the time drew nearer and holiday hectic-ness commenced, I began feeling more and more like we were just doing something to "do something" and it would probably bring more stress than joy to everyone involved. So we called the whole thing off. And you know what?  No one was the least bit upset.  Which kind of made me wonder why we do a Christmas … [Read more...]

Sand and Seas Project for Preschoolers

Sand and Seas Project for Preschoolers

Things are really starting to heat up around here and even though we only made it to the beautiful Presque Isle beach just once, we have taken a walk along the shore by our house and collected some sea glass.   I had some sand stashed away from our popped punching bag, so when my 3 year old Chipmunk asked if we could do a sand project, I knew just what to do! We got out our beach stamps and away we went!   Want to follow along? What You Need: Glue Sand Containers to split up sand … [Read more...]

Patriotic Candle Jars for Fourth of July

Patriotic Candle Jars for Fourth of July

Are you looking for a great project for the older kids attending your family picnic? With only a few supplies, the kids at your gathering can make some fun Fourth of July jar decorations! It’s a great craft for all ages! What You Need: Star Stickers ($1 at Big Lots) Paint Brush Paint (I used Martha Stewart Frosted Glass Paints) What You Do: I started off with some old spaghetti sauce jars. To get the label off, I just scrubbed with a scratch pad and then scraped it with … [Read more...]

Easy Preschool Flag Painting Craft

Easy Preschool Flag Painting Craft

Ready for another patriotic preschool craft?  Be sure to check out yesterday's project (Construction Paper Flag) as well! Here’s What You Need:  Painters Tape White construction paper Newspaper or other scrap paper Red Paint Paint brushes Blue Construction Paper Star stickers What You Do: For this project, I used crayola WASHABLE tempera paint and it worked great, but I’m sure any kids paint will do.  Tape the white construction paper onto the newspaper as shown. … [Read more...]

Giant Memory Game (Outdoor or Indoor Game)

Giant Memory Game (Outdoor or Indoor Game)

Last summer, inspired by this post over at Studio DIY, I set out to make a giant memory game to use on the lawn outside with our Children's Ministry group.   I loved the instructions, but found the picture templates would have used quite a bit of toner (or ink) since they were all solid silhouettes.  I found some different pictures and printed them in gray scale instead. You can grab my SUMMER THEME MEMORY PICTURES HERE via Word or via PDF. Here's what you need: Cork … [Read more...]