Children and Grief Book Giveaway — OPEN

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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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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!

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Seeds of Encouragement CD Giveaway Winner!

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Congratulations to this month’s winner — Nicky M.!

I’ll email you to set up delivery and I hope you enjoy your new CD!

**Sorry for the lack of posts recently.  We were right in the middle of a major move and though we’re in our new house now, things are still very chaotic.  I’ll try to post my next giveaway ASAP.

Seeds of Encouragement CD Giveaway — CLOSED

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April’s giveaway is one of my favorite CDs from a group called SEEDS Family Worship.  They take Scripture verses and put them to music, which makes them very easy to memorize.  I gave these away as a Christmas gift to our church families with kids and got lots of positive feedback.  Did I mention that their music is really catchy?

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

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Loaves & Fish Sharing Craft

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For our lesson featuring the boy who shared his loaves and fish, we did the very simple craft/coloring sheets above.  I talked with the kids about how the boy shared what he had, even though it didn’t seem like it would make a difference in feeding 5,000 people.

I asked the kids what they could share.  They came up with answers like food, toys, candy, scissors, etc.  They each got loaf and fish coloring sheets to color and then we helped them write items they were willing to share below the pictures.  Above the loaf and fish you could write “I Can Share…”

Links to the coloring sheets I used:

LOAF OF BREAD

FISH

Unkind Words Object Lesson with Toothpaste

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For our Joseph lesson I also did an object lesson about hurtful words, using a tube of toothpaste to illustrate the point.  I started by squeezing out toothpaste onto a plate while I talked about how Joseph’s brothers hated him and probably said some mean things about and to him.  I gave a few examples of things his brothers may have said:

  • “I hate you!”
  • “Your coat is stupid!”
  • “Go away and leave us alone!”
  • “Be quiet–nobody wants to listen to you!”
  • “You’re such a baby!  Everyone knows father loves you the most!”

You can give the kids a turn squeezing out some toothpaste, too.

Once the toothpaste was all squeezed out, I got a spoon and asked the kids to put the toothpaste back in the tube.  They each took a turn trying but got very little back in.  I talked about how it’s difficult to take back our hurtful words, too.  Once they’re out of our mouths and have been said, we can’t just take them back (just like we couldn’t put the toothpaste back in).

I think this is a great visual to help kids understand that once they’ve said something hurtful, it can’t just be taken back.  Even if they apologize, their unkind words are still remembered.

Joseph’s Dot Coat Craft

This week we had a lesson about Joseph and his brothers.  Lessons about Joseph are so fun because there are a ton of crafts you can make featuring his fabulous coat.  This time we decorated his coat with Dot Markers.  The kids really enjoyed it!  Thanks to biblefunforkids.com for the original idea!  You can print both coat designs at their website.

Materials:

  • white paper
  • dot markers
  • regular markers (they work better for the striped coat pattern)

Directions:

1. Download coat designs from link provided above.  (You can download the dot design, stripe design, or both).

2. Print enough coats for your class.

3. Let the kids have fun decorating Joseph’s coat!

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The Story of Jesus by Jane Werner Watson

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Somebody donated The Story of Jesus (a Little Golden Book) to our children’s ministry.  Even though it’s dated (1977), it really is a little gem of a book.  The illustrations are detailed and engaging, and the story does an excellent job of teaching children about Jesus’ life with a simple and straightforward narrative.  I would highly recommend it for kids from preschool through the lower elementary grades!

I only have two criticisms of the book:

  1. There was a minor discrepancy between the simplified story of Jesus and the text in the Bible.  It says that when Jesus was a young man he met a prophet named John the Baptist.  Well, John was actually Jesus’ cousin, so I’m pretty sure they knew each other before they became young men.  It’s pretty easy to change your wording to let the kids know they were cousins.
  2. The vast majority of the characters look Caucasian.  For a story that takes place in the Middle East, I like to see people who look the part.  Again–not huge, but I like the for the kids to see authenticity.

Froot Loops Heart Bird Feeder Craft

We also had time to make these adorable bird feeder crafts on Sunday!  A couple of the kids chose to eat the treats themselves, instead of sharing with the birds.  They would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, too!  Thanks to sweetandsimpleliving.com for the original idea!

Materials:

  • pipe cleaners
  • Froot Loops cereal
  • yarn
  • scissors

Directions:

1. Bend pipe cleaner into a heart shape.

2. String cereal onto pipe cleaner in desired pattern, working from both sides so you don’t mess up the heart shape.  Leave a little space at both ends.

3. Twist ends of heart together to fasten.

4. Tie loop of yarn through heart and hang in tree or bush.

Painted Cross Craft

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We had a grand old time making these in Sunday School this week!  They’re quite easy and the results are really stunning.  This craft would be appropriate for any lesson!

Materials:

  • thick white paper
  • painter’s tape
  • tempera paint/finger paint
  • paint brushes
  • paint trays
  • paint smocks

Directions:

1. Use painter’s tape to make a cross-shape on the paper.

2. Paint over cross using tempera paint, or finger paint for younger kids.

3. Allow paint to dry at least partially before removing painter’s tape.

4. Touch up edges of cross if necessary and put on display!

Fishers of Men Cupcakes

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I saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try it out!  I love this idea for a Fishers of Men themed Bible lesson.  The kids can help decorate their own cupcake, which they will absolutely love!

Ingredients:

  • cake mix, plus ingredients listed in pkg. directions (I used orange cake mix)
  • cupcake tins
  • paper cupcake liners
  • blue frosting
  • pretzel sticks
  • Goldfish crackers
  • tube of white icing
  • knife or spatula for spreading frosting

Directions:

1. Cook cupcakes according to package directions.  When finished baking, set aside to cool.

2. Frost cupcake with blue frosting.

3. Break pretzel stick in half and place one half on cupcake as the fishing pole.

4. Place Goldfish cracker on cupcake.

5. Pipe on line of white icing to mimic fishing line and connect the fishing pole to the fish.

6. Enjoy!

John 3:16 Valentine Heart

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I got this idea from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.  Thank you!  The kids and I made these heart valentines which feature John 3:16.  They’re so cute and ready to give away to someone special or display on the wall.

Materials:

  • thick white paper
  • scissors
  • markers/crayons/colored pencils
  • hole punch
  • yarn
  • ruler/tape measure
  • tape

Directions:

1. Download the printable design from the link above and print on thick white paper.

2. Cut out heart shape.

3. Line inside edge of heart with hole punches.  Younger kids may want fewer holes.

4. Color heart candies on valentine.

5. Measure approximately 2+ feet of yarn for each heart.  Cut yarn length and wrap one end with tape.

6. Pull yarn through one of the holes in the heart, keeping enough of a tail to tie off the two ends when finished.

7. Continue threading yarn through holes, wrapping it around the edge (as shown above).

8. Bring both yarn ends around to back of heart and tie into a secure knot.

KidMin Leader Office Supplies Giveaway — CLOSED

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I really like hosting giveaways to share the things that I enjoy–and to make someone’s day brighter.  This is my first giveaway on Ministry 2 Kids!  I chose to feature office supplies because I believe that if you’re not organized, your ministry is going to suffer.  I hope that this sampling of supplies will get you started down the road to being more organized.

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

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