You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

It has been our habit for a long time to get kids involved in ministry whenever (and wherever!) we can.  We have them pick jobs each week, hand the service over to them once a year, and encourage a spirit of service whenever possible. A few years back, when we did our Candy All the Way Christmas play, we had a few kids who were much more comfortable backstage than on the stage.  Knowing that these kinds of jobs often are seen as "less valuable"  because they are less visible, we wanted to … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: John 3:16

Sunday Snapshot: John 3:16

Here's a quick look at a recent craft we did in Children's Church.  I traced a plate onto a piece of card stock for the kids and then had them fill in the circle with blue and green paint to make an earth.  In the remaining space, we wrote a portion of John 3:16. Sample Craft Kid Craft … [Read more...]

Having Springtime Fun While Building Motor Skills

Having Springtime Fun While Building Motor Skills

Today's guest post comes from Hillary Smith.  Hillary Smith loves technology and hasn’t met a gadget that didn’t catch her attention. After graduating from the Northwestern Medill School of Journalism, Hillary began a career as a freelance writer focusing on the telecommunications industry. She works out every day and spoils her English bulldog, Chauncey. Children are an amazing wonder. Watching them play outside can be an astounding display of energy, coordination, and agility. How can their … [Read more...]

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...]