Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

Great Ways to Get Outdoors this Spring

With the days growing a bit longer and the weather growing a bit warmer (most days!), everyone in our family is itching to get outdoors more.   In the early days of spring, with the rainy skies, cold winds, and muddy ground, sometimes it can be tough to get outside. Sometimes it's just easier to "wait for another day". However, when I recently read on the Kids Safety Network that even prisoners spend more time outside than the average kid, I was determined to find some ways to enjoy the … [Read more...]

The Bronze Snake: Children’s Church Lesson

The Bronze Snake: Children’s Church Lesson

This last week, we studied Numbers 20 and 21 in Children's Church. This passage covers Moses striking a rock to get water (against God's commands) and also the Israelite people being bitten by snakes.   These are the stations we used with the kids.  We are using the Gospel Project curriculum and some of these suggestions come from that teacher's guide. Snack Time: As I was telling the story, I let the kids eat pretzels and had the water clearly visible, but I wouldn't let any of the kids drink … [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...]

Truth in Tinsel: Week One Highlights

Truth in Tinsel: Week One Highlights

Have you checked out the Truth in the Tinsel ebook yet? It is one of THE BEST resources I've seen for very young children during the Advent season.  It's great way to slow down and savor the month of December (hard task!) and to really focus on the true Christmas story in the weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ's birth.   Here are some highlights from the first year we went through the book.   Want a quick snapshot of the first week in Truth in Tinsel?  Then you've come to … [Read more...]

Getting Kids Involved: Simple Jobs in Kidmin

Getting Kids Involved: Simple Jobs in Kidmin

Do the kids in your ministry help out? After being challenged by both Karl Bastian and a class at I took at Children's Ministry University Online (CMUO) a few years back, I've been working hard to get the kids to take more responsibility in our kids program. Karl Bastian, from Kidology,  says, "Don't ever do something a kid could do for you!" If a kid can hold a prop, let him.  If a kid can do the puppet skit, don't break your back trying to be four different characters!   If a kid can carry … [Read more...]

Preschool Homeschool: Owl Week

Preschool Homeschool: Owl Week

Our Weekly Planning Sheet Monday: Feathers on Owl (Book & Craft)  Full tutorial over at 3 Boys and a Dog.  Some great owl books include In My Tree, Little Owl and the Star: A Christmas Story, and Owl Babies Tuesday: Counting For this, I made a simple Word document with owl clipart.  I printed it off and then wrote numbers on their little bellies.  I was hoping to get them laminated.  Oh well. Grab the Word Doc Here. Wednesday: Counting and Matching This one didn't exactly … [Read more...]