$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway — OPEN

I’m trying something different for June’s giveaway and offering a $25 Amazon gift card.  I’ve never done this before, so we’ll see how it works out.  Anyhow, without further ado, let’s get this thing started!

Enter by following the link below.  It’s open internationally to participants 18 years and older and will end on June 30, 2017.  The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted through email.  Good luck!

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This or That Game

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I made this activity to do at youth group as a way for the kids to get to know one another better and to see that we’re all connected.  (It would work great with younger kids, too!)  You fill a bucket with large craft sticks which have two choices written on each side, and the young people decide which they would choose.  The yarn is used to “connect” people when they have the same answer.  For instance, if I said that I would prefer a Dilly Bar over a root beer float, I would hold onto one end of the yarn and toss it to another person who also prefers a Dilly Bar.  Pretty soon you build up a web of yarn that shows how interconnected we are with one another.  Alternatively, if you want to skip the yarn, you could just use the craft stick choices as a fun get-to-know-you icebreaker activity.  The idea originally came from Amateur Craft Hour.

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Materials:

  • large skein of yarn
  • jumbo craft sticks
  • Sharpie marker
  • adhesive Contact paper
  • scissors
  • ruler/tape measure
  • bucket w/lid

Directions:

1. Cut long strip of Contact paper, about 2″ – 2 1/4″ wide.  Cut this long strip into pieces that match the height of the bucket.  If there is a lip that sticks out, you may not want to cover that part.  See picture below.

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2. Place Contact paper strips on bucket vertically, slightly overlapping the edges.  When finished it should look similar to the picture below.

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3. Write two choices on each side of jumbo craft sticks.  (See my list below, or come up with your own ideas.)  You can use both sides of the craft sticks.  Store craft sticks and yarn in bucket when not in use.

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This or That Choices:

  • dinosaur vs. whale
  • fiction vs. non-fiction
  • blood vs. vomit
  • super speed vs. super strength
  • country music vs. pop music
  • short hair vs. long hair
  • Mario vs. Sonic
  • broken arm vs. broken leg
  • picnic vs. concert
  • 1 million dollars vs. long life
  • polka dot vs. stripes
  • subway vs. bus
  • swimming pool vs. skating rink
  • angry bees vs. biting ants
  • glasses vs. contacts
  • rice vs. pasta
  • cows vs. horses
  • Olaf vs. Sven
  • Europe vs. South America
  • Halloween vs. Valentine’s Day
  • boogers vs. earwax
  • rhinestones vs. glitter
  • Africa vs. Asia
  • carrots vs. french fries
  • cowboys vs. pirates
  • Anna vs. Elsa
  • give a gift vs. get a gift
  • library vs. mall
  • cooking vs. baking
  • dishes vs. laundry
  • reading vs. movies
  • sleep in poison ivy vs. shark bite
  • cats vs. dogs
  • Superman vs. Batman
  • skunk spray vs. swirly
  • ice skate vs. roller skate
  • Star Wars vs. Star Trek
  • Iron Man vs. Spiderman
  • dance vs. no way
  • waffles vs. pancakes
  • loud vs. quiet
  • arctic vs. desert
  • bus vs. walk to school
  • snake vs. spider
  • rose vs. daisy
  • apple vs. banana
  • lightsabre vs. blaster
  • mow lawn vs. rake leaves
  • steak vs. seafood
  • comedy vs. action
  • rap vs. classical music
  • museum vs. zoo
  • J-Lo vs. Beyonce
  • coffee vs. tea
  • water park vs. beach
  • football vs. baseball
  • car vs. truck
  • summer vs. winter
  • Chinese food vs. Mexican food
  • bath vs. shower
  • pepperoni vs. sausage
  • Packers (your state’s sports team) vs. other team
  • Snapchat vs. text
  • no friends vs. no family
  • Disney vs. Pixar
  • cuddle a porcupine vs. cuddle a skunk
  • roller coaster vs. water slide
  • bird poo on head vs. step in dog poo
  • visit doctor vs. visit dentist
  • Android vs. Apple
  • mild vs. spicy
  • hamburger vs. taco
  • fruit vs. veggies
  • Facebook vs. Instagram
  • Swiss Cake Rolls vs. Twinkies
  • barefoot vs. shoes
  • pie vs. cake
  • hummingbird vs. eagle
  • public speaking vs. I’d rather die!
  • mountains vs. ocean
  • chocolate vs. vanilla
  • Princess Peach vs. Princess Daisy
  • hopscotch vs. jumprope
  • dentures vs. glass eye
  • shave eyebrows vs. shave head
  • Milky Way vs. Snickers
  • mouthwash vs. floss
  • depression vs. narcolepsy
  • TMNT vs. Kung Fu Panda
  • stubbed toe vs. sliver
  • Spring vs. Fall
  • mascara vs. lipstick
  • roller blades vs. moped
  • kiss a frog vs. kiss a stranger
  • tornado vs. hurricane
  • My Little Pony vs. Barbie
  • stinky armpits vs. stinky feet
  • motorcycle vs. 4-wheeler
  • airplane vs. ship
  • beef vs. chicken
  • badminton vs. volleyball
  • root beer float vs. Dilly Bar
  • join circus vs. join FBI
  • PlayStation vs. Xbox
  • Monopoly vs. Life
  • Luke Skywalker vs. Han Solo
  • lose sight vs. lose hearing
  • bad hair vs. bad clothing
  • outgoing vs. shy
  • newspaper vs. magazine
  • small dog vs. big dog
  • toothpaste vs. deodorant
  • passenger vs. driver
  • save vs. spend
  • amusement park vs. state park
  • gold vs. silver
  • aliens vs. ninjas
  • History vs. English
  • hide & seek vs. tag
  • beard vs. mustache
  • tapioca vs. pistachio
  • big nose vs. big ears
  • Doritos vs. Cheetos
  • diet soda vs. regular soda
  • tick vs. mosquito
  • entrepreneur vs. teacher
  • money vs. free time
  • iced coffee vs. hot coffee
  • arcade vs. bowling
  • Coke vs. Pepsi
  • online shopping vs. in-store shopping
  • alone vs. in a crowd
  • jogging vs. hiking
  • Netflix vs. Youtube
  • work hard vs. play hard
  • cardio vs. weights
  • new clothes vs. new phone
  • nice care vs. nice home
  • city vs. country
  • smart vs. super attractive
  • pork vs. fish
  • cotton candy vs. funnel cake
  • hot air balloon vs. submarine
  • classical art vs. modern art
  • work alone vs. work on a team
  • fast food vs. Mom’s cooking

Snowman Oreo Snack

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I first saw this idea on Pinterest from Art With Mrs. Nguyen.  Thank you for the idea!  I couldn’t resist giving these cute snowmen a try for myself!  Although it isn’t even close to the Christmas season, I still wanted to make them because I’m quirky like that.  We discovered after making them that you need to coat both sides with the candy melt to keep the cookie from falling apart while you eat it.  Alternatively, you could only coat one side, but make sure to slide the cookie off the lollipop stick before eating it.

Materials:

Directions:

1. Line pan with aluminum foil.  Set aside.

2. Carefully insert lollipop stick at least halfway into Oreos.  Set aside on foil-lined pan.

3. Empty candy melts into microwave-safe bowl and heat according to package directions.

4. Use large spoon to put dollop of candy melt on front of Oreo and spread to cover entire half.  (If desired, you may cover both sides of Oreo with candy melt.)  Set aside candy-coated Oreos on pan to allow to harden.

5. Once candy has set, use decorating gel to draw eyes, nose, and mouth on candy-coated Oreos to make a snowman face.

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Zacchaeus Handprint Tree

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One evening I got this fun idea to take a child’s handprint and turn it into a scene with Jesus and Zacchaeus.  I love the result!  What parent doesn’t love artwork which incorporates their child’s cute little hand?

Materials:

  • white paper
  • paper plates
  • paintbrushes
  • tempera paint: green, brown, blue (or other color for Zacchaeus’ clothing)
  • black marker (or any other colors you prefer)
  • baby wipes for cleanup

Directions:

1. Paint palm of child’s hand with green paint.  Paint portion of forearm with brown paint.  Work quickly so paint won’t dry.

2. Have child spread fingers and lower hand and forearm onto paper to make tree print.  If necessary, apply more paint to child’s hand and/or arm to fill in blanks in the tree print.

3. Dip child’s thumb in chosen color for Zacchaeus’ and Jesus’ coats.  Stamp thumb in tree and down by tree trunk.

4. Child uses markers to turn thumbprints into Jesus and Zacchaeus.

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Graham Cracker Cross Snack

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I originally saw this snack on Pinterest from Kids Sunday School.  It looked so cute and easy that I had to give it a go, too!

Simply cover a graham cracker in frosting (we used vanilla marshmallow).  Cut licorice to fit and arrange in shape of a cross on the frosting.  If desired, you could add M&Ms (see picture below), but really it gets a bit overly sweet with the M&Ms.  And if you think I’m just being picky, it was my children who told me this.  😉

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I used peanut butter M&Ms because I prefer them over the regular variety, but as you can see that limits how many M&Ms you can fit.

I hope you enjoy making this snack as much as we did!  It strikes me that it would be perfect for VBS, too!

Children and Grief Book Giveaway — CLOSED

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May’s giveaway is a book by Joey O’Connor called Children and Grief: Helping Your Child Understand Death, as well as a set of cute stickers.  I got this book because it can be difficult to help a child work through death, and this resource could come in mighty handy for some of you who find yourselves in that situation.

Enter by following the link below.  It’s open internationally to participants 18 years and older and will end on May 31, 2017.  The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted through email.  Good luck!

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