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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$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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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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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.