Always Make Time for God Clock Craft

We made this craft for a lesson on stewardship and how we spend our time.  It’s a bit labor-intensive, so leave plenty of time.  Also, you will want to have several adults/teens available, as some kids will need significant help.  I printed the circles in several different colors to give the kids lots of options […]

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Tithe Jar Craft

I wanted the kids to have a way to keep track of their tithe money at home, so I came up with this cute little tithe jar craft.  I won’t even tell you how long it took me to perfect the paper template.  (You might think I’m severely lacking a social life, which would be […]

Love and Service Go Hand in Hand Craft

I saw a printout like this on Pinterest, so I created my own version to use for our lesson on Stewardship and Talent.  I wanted the kids to remember that love and service go together. Here’s my original file for you to print and use.  The children trace their hands in the open area, then […]

Good & Bad Stewardship Examples

Another activity that I came up with for a stewardship lesson is this little game/quiz.  I thought up twelve examples of good and bad stewardship, then read the list off to the kids and they had to tell me if it was good or bad stewardship. We used answer sticks with red on one side […]

Stewardship & Talent Lesson Intro

I used this simple object lesson to introduce our lesson on stewardship and talents.  The theme was how we can exercise good stewardship over our gifts and talents. I wrote down five of my gifts and talents: baking, taking care of children, listening, crafts and reading.  (Really, these don’t need to be stellar gifts and […]

Real & Fake Church Rules Game

I came up with this silly/serious game to help the kids learn about how they’re expected to behave in church.  Since we are just beginnin the children’s ministry at our new church, I thought we should all start out on the same page as far as expectations go. I typed up a list of fourteen […]

Classroom Rules

I just wanted to share with you our current classroom rules.  These were adapted from the rules at a camp that my son attended.  I printed them quite large, mounted them on colorful paper and finally laminated them. Classroom Rules: Listen when someone else is talking. Keep your hands, feet and all other objects to […]

Easter Egg Drawing Craft

This was a completely unplanned activity, but I had some squirrely kids who needed a little direction for their energy.  😉 Simply give kids a sheet of paper and some markers/crayons and have them decorate a beautiful Easter egg.  If younger kids want help drawing the egg shape, you could get them started, but encourage […]

God Wants Me to be a Good Steward Coloring Sheet

I found these cute coloring sheets at Christian Preschool Printables.  For our lesson on stewardship, we talked about different ways that we can be a good steward.  Though this coloring sheet has a decidedly Earth Day vibe, we talked about all kinds of things and I encouraged the kids to think of ways they could […]

Martha’s Broom Snack

We recently had a lesson about when Jesus came to visit Mary and Martha in their home.  I saw this snack on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for the lesson.  I imagine Martha was busy doing some cleaning along with her cooking to prepare for Jesus’ visit. Simply cut a section of Fruit […]

Spider Mini Pizzas

Okay, I think this is our last out-of-season Halloween post!  These little spider pizzas are a bit finicky to make, but lots of fun to eat!  They would be great if you’re doing some kind of fall outreach with families, when you have a little more time for involved activities like this one. Ingredients: English […]

Monster Soda Floats

This post contains an affiliate link. My kids and I had a blast creating the cups for the our Monster Floats on Halloween!  I originally saw the idea on Pinterest.  I suggest figuring out the layout of the face before gluing anything on, as it’s really hard to re-position once the glue is on there.  […]

Mandarin Jack-‘o-Lantern

My kids and I made some fun treats for Halloween, but I’m just now getting around to sharing them.  My favorite was this tiny jack-‘o-lantern made by simply drawing a face on an upside down clementine / mandarin / Halo / Cutie (whatever you want to call it). I tried using both a regular Sharpie […]

Rainbow Cupcakes

This post contains an affiliate link. My kids and I made these adorable rainbow cupcakes and they are absolutely perfect for a Noah’s ark lesson!  I had some difficulty finding the rainbow candy, but was finally able to locate it at Walgreens. Ingredients: 1 box cake mix + ingredients to make it Blue frosting (from […]

Seashell Cross Craft

This post contains affiliate links. This is a very simple, yet pretty craft for younger kids to make.  It was one of our VBS crafts a couple of years ago, and ours are still holding strong today.  I love the look of them.  Aren’t the tiny shells adorable? Materials: 2 1/2″ craft sticks 4 1/2″ […]

VeggieTales: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter — Movie

This post contains an affiliate link. Title: VeggieTales: ‘Twas the Night Before Easter Runtime: 50 minutes In this movie Ms. Meade, a TV reporter, quits her job so that she can bring joy to people’s lives through musical theater.  Her first production is “Up With Bunnies” and she believes that Cassie Cassava, a famous hometown […]

The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Pets by Mike Berenstain

This post contains an affiliate link. The Berenstain Bears: Bless Our Pets is another title in the Living Lights series.  This time the Bear family take their pets to a Blessing of the Animals service at their church, the Chapel in the Woods.  Many bears show up with their pets so that Preacher Brown can […]

Noah’s Ark Paper Plate Basket Craft

I absolutely love this craft!  It’s so colorful and fun, yet very simple to make with readily available supplies.  It’s a Noah’s Ark basket which holds animal crackers!  How fun is that?! Materials: paper plates scissors stapler crayons or markers animal crackers Directions: 1. Make your own Noah’s ark paper plate ahead of time so […]

Noah’s Ark: the Brick Bible for Kids by Brendan Powell Smith

This post contains an affiliate link. I’ve been wanting to check out Noah’s Ark: The Brick Bible for Kids for quite a while, and the kids and I stumbled on it at the library just last week.  This is a very nicely-done picture book which tells the story of Noah’s Ark.  Each page has a […]

Apple Mouth Snack

This snack is so fun and easy for when you’re doing a lesson about speaking kindly, taming the tongue, or anything else that relates to language.  We cut apples in slices and then spread peanut butter on one side of each slice.  Place mini marshmallows on one slice and place the other slice on top, […]