Preschool Story Time: Caterpillars

Preschool Story Time: Caterpillars

It was our first story time of the year (2015) last week and what terrible weather we had! Everything was soaking wet from the non-stop rain on Sunday and the temperature hovered just above 50 degrees. Nevertheless, we still had a few new friends join us! Here's what we did for Preschool Story Time: Welcome Songs A,B,C Hello Song If you’re wearing red today… (Tune: Mary had a little lamb) Introductions (everyone shares names) Sign Language: HUNGRY  (flash card) or … [Read more...]

Simple Outdoor Games for Kids

Simple Outdoor Games for Kids

It's summer time!  During the summer, we try to take full advantage of the good weather around here by heading outside for about 20 minutes each night with the kids.  Next week, we're going to give the Bunch of Balloons a try (stay tuned for a report!), but for this week, we'll be playing some simple low-prep outdoor games with the kids. Here's a few games we're considering: Window Hopscotch This game is best played with 3-4 players and uses a rectangle about 3 x 7 feet drawn onto the pavement … [Read more...]

Fun New Book for Kids!

Fun New Book for Kids!

Wouldn't be cool if your child could be featured in their very own adventure book? I am excited to announce that Crayon Crunch is launching a Kickstarter campaign to be the first personalized children’s book that is inclusive to every ethnicity and special need. While most personalized books allow the reader only to customize the lead character’s name, Crayon Crunch is taking personalization to a new level. The printed picture book is filled with beautiful illustrations and allows readers … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Gideon Tears Down Baal

Sunday Snapshot: Gideon Tears Down Baal

The other day, my dear friend Joy came in for a visit.  She arrived on a Wednesday and we headed straight to church to set up for the midweek program.  It just happened we were learning about Gideon destroying the altars of Baal (Judges 6) and since Joy is a natural artist, I commissioned her to make a "life size" version of Baal.   To make this statue, we taped some long pieces of paper from one of those rolls to a table, drew an outline and then filled it in with paint, using … [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...]

Journey through the Old Testament: Review Night

Journey through the Old Testament: Review Night

We've reached the end of the Old Testament during our midweek program with the kids and it's time for a review night!  Here's our schedule for the night: 6:30 Welcome, Announcements 6:35 Kids' Sunday Songs 6:40 Jeopardy Game 7:00 Books of the Bible Game 7:05 Stations 7:20 Free Play 7:25 Tables/Snack Station #1 Sticky Notes This game is inspired by a game over at Danielle's Place.  Begin by writing all the books of the Old Testament (or whatever you're reviewing), one on … [Read more...]