As I look at out my window, all I see is snow, snow, snow. Apparently winter lasts forever around these parts. With all the cold wind and white fluff, it’s hard for me to imagine that summer WILL eventually come and with it comes Vacation Bible School! Even though our church doesn’t do an official VBS, we often use Vacation Bible School curriculum in the summer in order to shake things up and provide some new excitement for the kids (read about our VBS alternatives here). Of course, kids always love themes that involve WATER, so when Terry from Pioneer Clubs asked me to take a look at their Wacky World of Water Vacation Bible School program, I happily signed up for the job.
The box arrived on my porch a few days later with this fun sticker. I love things that come with stickers on them. I opened the box right up and found a lovely binder.
Inside the binder was a music CD, resource CD and everything you need to run a successful VBS program.
I love when the promo items come already done for you!
The more I read through the manual, the more impressed I was. This is probably one of the simplest and easiest-to-understand VBS manuals I have ever taken a look at. The directions were clear, the manual was in logical order, and I loved the charts!
As soon as I opened up the Binder and read this paragraph about keeping things simple, I was hooked! One of the biggest downfalls of a traditional VBS program is the extreme cost of props and I love that this program recognizes that not all church have (or want to spend!) those types of funds.
You Thought of Everything!
Not only does this manual have the usual VBS timeline and checklist, it also includes things like how to ward off trouble behavior and how to address disruption if it does happen. Good idea!
Summary Pages (that your volunteers will actually read!)
I love the summary pages for each day’s lesson. They are short, to-the-point and really give a great overall picture of the day’s Scripture and how it ties into the overall theme. This is something your team will find helpful!
Speaking of Your Team…
This manual lays out everything super clearly for team members. It gives the run-down on the daily schedule, what to expect at each station and even tips for leading. Talk about setting your volunteers up for a win!
Small Group Time
Small group time is all about building relationships, but there is also an activity to do as you discuss the questions given. Great for kids who are active and need a little something to keep them focused. I also love that there’s a “Creative Option” for those teachers who want to go the extra mile.
Craft Time: For me or for you?
Each day (or week if you run things like us) contains two craft options — one for the kids and one more service oriented. What a great way to get kids into the spirit of serving others while still having fun. I also love this craft for day two where 5 kids work together to create a mural for each other to take home. Builds a great sense of community and connection!
Games: What Do You Feel Like Today?
There are several game options for each day including games specifically geared towards preschool or elementary kids. At the top of each game description is an energy level indicator, so if the kids are feel especially hyper, you can easily grab the high energy option and go!
Tips and Tricks!
There are tons of tips and tricks throughout the manual, including this great handout designed for game leader. Perfect for those newbies who might not have much experience in Children’s Ministry.
I can honestly say I LOVE this VBS and can’t wait to use it with our kids this summer (if summer ever comes!) I love that it seems so easy to implement. It’s simple, fun, and the Bible stories go in order (personal preference thing). The crafts and snacks all seem like they would appeal to a wide range in ages and the stories are easy to remember. I would like a little more drum beat in the music, but the tunes are very catchy. If you’re still shopping for your VBS program, this is one that you’re going to want to take a look at!
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.