Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Tech or Outside Play: What do kids prefer?

Today's blog post comes from guest writer, Hilary Smith.  You can read her bio at the end of the article. Can you remember the feeling of crawling into bed completely exhausted from a long day spent playing outside as a child? Quite a few of us can recall those days and evenings that were spent riding bicycles, playing “kick the can” with neighborhood kids, or chasing flickering lightning bugs into the twilight. We knew it was time to head in when the street lights popped on or our … [Read more...]

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Last Monday, we hosted our first Arts and Crafts in the Park of the year.  I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of numbers, so I wanted a craft that could easily accommodate whoever came our way.  The winner?  Paper plate flowers! This craft was originally geared towards preschool and kindergarten, but we had kids of all ages wanting to give it a try during our Arts and Crafts at the park program.  It's a nice one, because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Ready to get … [Read more...]

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...]

Summer Theme Nights!

Summer Theme Nights!

One thing we love to do at our church during the summer months is ramp up the fun!  Instead of our normal small group time, we play games outside and allow extra time for kids just hanging out with each other.  We also have theme nights.  Here's the list of the themes we'll be having this year -- stay tuned for more pictures! … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Preschool Flag Craft

Fourth of July Preschool Flag Craft

Are you looking for some fun ways to get ready for the 4th of July? Check out these two simple flag craft projects we did a few years back. Project #1: Construction Paper Flag Here’s what you’ll need:  White construction paper Blue construction paper Red construction paper Star stickers Glue, Scissors (or paper cutter) Here’s what you do:  If you’re working with little ones, cut some red stripes out of the construction paper.  I made mine about 1/2 an inch and that seemed … [Read more...]

Summer Theme Nights (2015)

Summer Theme Nights (2015)

Are you ready for some Summer Fun?  Every year, we jazz up our midweek program with some fun theme nights!  Check out our previous theme nights from: 2013 Summer Theme Nights 2014 Theme Nights  Here's the line up this year! June 3rd: Sports Night 10th: Beach Night  (complete with water games) 17th: Pajama Night 24th: Hat Night July 1st: Stuffed Animal (Service Project Intro) 8th: Super Hero Night 15th: Crazy Colors Night 22: Construction Zone Night 29th: … [Read more...]