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 […]

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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 […]

The Berenstain Bears: God Bless the Animals by Jan & Mike Berenstain

This post contains an affiliate link. The Berenstain Bears: God Bless the Animals is a simple lift-the-flap book for younger children in which the Bear family takes a walk to admire all of the local animals.  It would make a fun introduction to a lesson about the animals God has made.  The text is very […]

God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren

This post contains an affiliate link. God Gave Us Easter is a cute book in which a little polar bear cub wonders why Easter is so important.  Papa bear teaches him that Easter is special because we remember that we get to be with God forever. Papa talks about the symbolism of the Easter egg, […]

Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier

This post contains an affiliate link. 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.  […]

Balloons – Bunny Rabbit

Here’s the balloon bunny, which is another variation on the dog.  It’s a little trickier to get the proportions right on this little guy.  Instructions on Youtube.

Balloons – Snake

This is a very easy snake to make, but it looks fancy because of the spiraled body and floppy tongue.  Instructions on Youtube.  If you can’t inflate the balloon by mouth, you can wrap the balloon around a child’s fingers and blow it up that way.  There are other methods for getting a curly balloon–maybe […]

Balloons – Snail

The snail is super-easy to make, and it looks impressive because of the spiral.  Be forewarned, kids will undo the spiral and will come back repeatedly so you can fix it.  How-to video on Youtube.  He adds some eyes and antennae.  It’s not necessary, as you can see from the picture above, but a nice […]

Balloons – Mouse

I really enjoy making the balloon mouse.  He’s so tiny and cute, and his tail sort of wobbles around.  Little kids really like him.  His body is the same as the basic dog, just much smaller.  It will take some practice to work with the little bubbles, but once you have it down, it goes […]

Balloons – Horse

As soon as possible, learn how to make the horse!  Kids, especially girls, love it!  Find the instructions on Youtube.

Origami – American Jumping Frog

This little frog is fun to play with.  You can actually make him jump.  This would be a good craft to do with older kids when learning about the 10 plagues in Egypt.  Instructions on Youtube.

Balloons – Giraffe

The balloon giraffe is another very easy design.  It’s essentially the dog, but with different proportions.  Instructions are on Youtube.

Face Paint – Lizard Face

I painted this lizard design on myself from a Wolfe brothers book.  It took me a long time, but that’ s because I don’t trust myself and I’m kind of a perfectionist.  I wouldn’t recommend this design for long lines! Save

Face Paint – Gecko

Here’s a fairly simple gecko that will please the boys.  The body shape can change depending on how the gecko is moving, so it’s a lot more forgiving of painting inconsistencies.

Room For A Little One by Martin Waddell

This post contains an affiliate link. I really want to use Room for a Little One with my little kids at church this year.  It’s such a lovely, innocent take on the Christmas story, and I really think they’ll enjoy it.  It also has some repetition, which they enjoy because they feel like they know […]