KidMin Leader Office Supplies Giveaway — OPEN

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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 Feb. 28, 2017.  The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted through email.  Good luck!

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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!

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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.

Paper Snail Craft

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I love how cute these little paper snails are!  And what’s even neater is that they remind us to be slow to speak and slow to get angry.  Don’t we all need that reminder?

Younger kids will probably need help with some of the fine-motor skill tasks.  Thanks to Make and Takes for the original idea!

Materials:

  • construction paper
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners
  • glue/stapler/tape
  • markers/crayons/colored pencils

Directions:

1. Cut construction paper into 1 1/2″ x 12″ strips.  Provide several color choices.

2. Cut pipe cleaner about 2 1/2″ in length and bend into shape of a staple, like so: ∏.

3. About 2″ back from end of paper strip, carefully push sharpened ends of pipe cleaner through paper until two antennae are poking out on one side of the paper.  Trim to make even if necessary.

4. Fold paper under so that antennae are still poking up and secure loop in place with glue/staple/tape.  (Consult photo for guidance.)

5. Decorate top and bottom of strips with any design.

6. Starting at end farthest from antennae (with antennae facing up), tightly wrap end of paper around pencil or marker and begin to roll up.  Continue to tightly roll paper around pencil/marker until just before you reach antennae.

7. Slowly release coiled paper to reveal snail’s shell.

8. Give children a note card with James 1:19-20 printed on it, or review verse with them.

My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry. Human anger doesn’t produce the holy life God wants.

James 1:19-20 (NIRV)

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Stress Ball to Help Kids Focus

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There are a couple of kids in our children’s ministry who have excess energy and great difficulty sitting still (my son being one of them).  Some kids just need to move so I thought, why not get them Stress Balls that they can squeeze during the lesson when they are expected to sit and listen?

It helps their minds to stay focused while their energy is expended on the ball.  I like to recognize each child’s unique characteristics without making them feel like they’re abnormal or need to act like someone else.  Those with a lot of energy just need some help directing it in acceptable ways.

You may want to institute a rule that says they can only keep the ball as long as it stays in their hand.  This should help curb the urge to throw or roll the ball.

Children’s Prayer Cube

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I purchased a Prayer Cube as a Christmas gift for each family in our children’s ministry a couple of years ago.  Each side has a short prayer, usually very formulaic.

The draw in using these isn’t so much in saying the specific short prayers, but in getting your kids involved in praying.  Once you’ve started with the prescribed prayer, you can move on to other things–such as praying for the people you know or other needs throughout the world.

My kids enjoyed having something tangible to use when praying and I got comments from other parents whose kids enjoyed using the Prayer Cube, as well.

There are many versions of this cube, with differing prayers and focus, so you should be able to find one which appeals to you.

God’s Promise Rainbow Craft

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Several kids and I worked on making these super-cute God’s Promise rainbow crafts today.  The original idea came from Pinterest.  They’re simple enough for young kids, but complex enough to interest older kids, too.

Materials:

  • Froot Loops cereal (or generic variety)
  • paper plates
  • white glue
  • cotton balls
  • Sharpie marker

Directions:

1. Make sample craft or print picture for children to see as reference.

2. Give each child a paper plate, glue, pile of Froot Loops cereal, and a few cotton balls.

3. Glue on clouds towards one side of plate.

4. Extending out from cloud in an arc, begin to glue on rows of colored cereal (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).  You can either put down a line of glue, or squeeze glue out onto a paper plate and let child dip individual pieces of cereal in it.  Continue until all rows have been completed.

5. Write “God’s Promise” above rainbow and “Genesis 9:16” below rainbow on paper plate.

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Genesis 9:16

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Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

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Noah’s Ark is another book that we have in our children’s ministry area for the kids to peruse.  Peter Spier does beautiful illustrations with so much detail.  I love his artwork!

There is virtually no text in this book, excepting a couple of half-sentences at the beginning and end.  All of the action is seen in comic strip style illustration cells (and some full pages).  The story covers Noah finding favor in God’s eyes, the building of the ark, the animals and supplies being gathered, the voyage, leaving the ark, and starting anew.

Because the illustrations need to be examined in detail, I would recommend that you read it with only one or two kids.  I don’t think you’d be able to crowd any more heads in front of the book.  It would also be appropriate as a resource for parents to take home and look at with their kids.  Or just keep it in the classroom for kids to pore over when they have free time.

Easter by Gail Gibbons

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Somebody purchased the book Easter for the children’s ministry at church.  Although it’s an older book (1989) and the characters look a bit stylized, it’s still a nice resource to have around.

This book seeks to explain Easter to children, starting with a quick overview of Jesus’ life and the events surrounding his death and resurrection.  We are also told about the origin or meaning behind some of the other Easter traditions, such as lilies, eggs and the Easter bunny.  The last page explains some terms associated with Easter: Lent, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

Easter is short enough to be read to a class of younger children, around Kindergarten-age.  The illustrations are bright and engaging.  For preschoolers and toddlers it would probably be best for you to teach from the pictures and paraphrase the text.

In my opinion, this is a great resource to have in a Sunday School classroom.  It could even be loaned out to parents during the Easter season.

Praise God Snack

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We found Cheez-It Scrabble Crackers the other day at the grocery store and it struck me that they would be a perfect snack for Sunday School!

Realistically, you’d have to have a LOT of crackers if you wanted each child to be able to spell out the same word or phrase.  I recommend that the teacher go through the crackers before class (with plastic gloves on, of course) and spell out a chosen phrase that fits the lesson.

During snack the kids can have a handful of their own letter crackers, but they won’t necessarily be able to spell out a message.  Be sure to talk with them about how your chosen message ties into the lesson.

You could spell out any number of generic phrases, such as “Love God” or “Praise God.”  Or you could tailor your message to a particular lesson or theme, such as “Jesus Loves Children.”

The possibilities are endless–so let your imagination run wild!

God Keeps His Promises Snack

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We made this colorful and fun snack to help us remember that God Keeps His Promises!  It’s the perfect snack to go with a lesson about Noah’s Ark.  The idea originally came from Pinterest.

Materials:

  • Twizzler Rainbow Twists
  • mini marshmallows
  • animal crackers
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • plastic sandwich bags
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • crayons/markers/colored pencils
  • stapler

Directions:

1. Line up a row of rainbow licorice on cutting board and cut pieces in half.  Give full set of halved pieces to each child.

2. Child places row of rainbow licorice in sandwich bag.  Place mini marshmallows in bottom for clouds, and a couple of animal crackers.

3. Fold bag over on itself so kids can still see their snack through the front.  Fold down top of bag and staple closed.

4. Cut a small square or rectangle of paper and write “God Keeps His Promises, Genesis 9:13” on it.  Staple to top of bag.

5. Child can take bag home for snack time!

 

I have set my rainbow in the clouds,

and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Genesis 9:13

Bible Book Cups

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All you need to make this fun learning tool is 68 foam cups with a wider lip, a Sharpie marker, and your Bible.  Write “Old Testament” and “New Testament” on two of the cups, making sure that you can read them when placed upside down.  Write the rest of the Bible books on individual cups.  Stack cups in order, topped with the Old and New Testment cups.  See possible uses below, or let me know if you have additional suggestions!

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Ways to use this tool:

  • Relay race for competing teams.  Write a list of the books of the Bible, in order, on a whiteboard or similar.  Each child receives an equal number of cups.  Children must work together to assemble their tower quickly and in the correct order.  The team who finishes first and has the cups in the right order is the winner.
  • Individuals race.  For kids who have memorized the order of the Bible books, they can compete against one another to put their cups in order first.
  • Individual timed best.  A child can have somebody time how long it takes them to get the cups in the right order.  They can repeat the activity as desired to try and improve on their previous time.
  • Visual aid.  This is a good way to show kids that the Bible is split into the Old and New Testaments; that both Testaments are divided up into individual books; and to show how many books are in each.  You could go farther and record some basic facts about each book on the outside of each cup (such as when it was written, by whom, its theme, etc.).

The idea originally came from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.  Thanks for sharing this fun idea!

Jesus’ Name Optical Illusion Craft

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The older kids did this craft for VBS last summer.  It requires quite a bit of prep work and is complicated, so you’ll definitely have to plan ahead if you want to make it.  It looks so cool when it’s finished, though!

Start by cutting some boards.  Ours measure 8 3/4″ L x 2 3/8″ W.  Stain the wood and let it dry.

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Next, it’s time to cut the craft sticks.  When you’re making a lot of these, it’s easier to bundle the craft sticks and cut several at a time.  (Cut according to list below.)  Write the number of the pieces on their little masking tape belt.  Here is a breakdown of the craft stick pieces that each child will need for their craft:

  • Piece #1 (1 7/8″ L) — use 6
  • Piece #2 (1 1/2″ L) — use 2
  • Piece #3 (1″ L) — use 1
  • Piece #4 (3/4″ L) — use 6

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This is the printed template which is used to help kids complete the craft.  It’s probably easiest to scan a completed project and paste it into a computer document twice.  Make sure you leave room above each photocopied “Jesus” to cut out a rectangle for the template.

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Cut out a 8″ x 1 7/8″ rectangle from the paper, directly above the printed “Jesus.”  Tape paper to block, with cut out area centered on face of wood block.  This shows kids the work area, helps them line up their pieces with the sample pieces, and keeps everything straight.  Kids just follow the printed example and glue their craft stick pieces in place!

Though this isn’t the easiest craft out there, it’s a great one for older kids and I think you’ll be pleased with the results!

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Painting with Marshmallows

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This isn’t so much an art project as it is an artistic method.  Let your class dip marshmallows in tempera paint and make a picture!  You can use mini, regular-size, and/or extra large marshmallows.

Kids can either spell out a word or message, like above, or paint a scene from a story (rainbow for Noah’s ark, the city of Jericho, etc.).  Younger kids will be content to make an abstract drawing, like my youngest daughter, whose picture you can see starting to come together below.

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A cross is another easy project to make using this method.

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I originally found the idea at Elementary Art Fun.  Thanks for sharing this fun painting method!