Picture Book Charades (Reading Game for 1st Grade)

Picture Book Charades (Reading Game for 1st Grade)

With school finishing up, your kids might be getting the idea that learning is finished for the summer.  However, there are plenty of fun ways you can keep learning all summer long.   This post comes from Sarah at  Education.com and it's a great way to practice reading with your Kindergartner or First grader this summer. Get silly with reading—a new twist on the old fashioned game of charades will inspire your first grader to look at her favorite books in a whole new light. Put the whole … [Read more...]

Construction Paper Review Game

Construction Paper Review Game

Looking for a hands-on way to review a recent lesson or series?  Check out this simple construction paper review game, which can easily be adapted to any passage or series! Before the game begins, you will need to compile a list of review questions related to your passage or account.  There are many curriculum that provide this at the end of each lesson -- just go back through your book and gather up the questions.  You will need at least twice the number of questions as construction paper … [Read more...]

Joseph’s Journey to Egypt Game (Chutes and Ladders)

Joseph’s Journey to Egypt Game (Chutes and Ladders)

In Children's Church, we were finishing up a study on Joseph and I wanted to give the kids a fun way to review all we had learned so far.  Based on the game of Chutes and Ladders, I construction a giant game board using a giant roll of kraft paper (I buy mine at Uline).  I colored in the spaces with crayons.  As you can see, the board spread across about 4 classroom tables, so it made a big impact when the kids walked in. For Joseph, I used a Bible figure (I think from the Tru … [Read more...]

Good Night Bags: Service Project Idea for Kids

Good Night Bags: Service Project Idea for Kids

Are you looking for a meaningful service projects kids can participate in?  One recent project we organized was preparing "Good Night" bags for homeless children in our community.  Inspired by the organization Project Night Night, we geared the project a little more towards our own community. Our community has a relatively large homeless population, and our local City Mission is almost always full to capacity with families who are homeless and having a difficult time.  For our project, we … [Read more...]

Exciting (Book) Announcement!

Exciting (Book) Announcement!

Some of you who follow me on facebook or twitter may have already heard the exciting news about my recently released Children's Ministry book.  However, I haven't had a chance to officially announce it on Growing Kids Ministry.  So here you go! I'm thrilled to announce the recent release of Top 50 Instant Bible Lessons for Elementary. It's been a dream of mine to write a book for some time and I was thrilled to have this opportunity during an otherwise rather trying time in my life.  I'll be … [Read more...]

Fun Printable Crafts for the Family

Fun Printable Crafts for the Family

It’s family night, and everyone is tired of the same old routine: playing board games or watching movies. What else can you all do without leaving the house or spending money? How about making a craft? Many parents don’t feel they’re creative enough to do crafts with their kids. While that may be the case for you, you don’t have to deprive your children of the fun they’ll have making something with the family. Don’t have a bunch of craft supplies? That’s okay—because you don’t … [Read more...]