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:



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 for the original idea!  You can print both coat designs at their website.


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


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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