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, […]

The Berenstain Bears: God’s Wonderful World by Jan & Mike Berenstain

This post contains an affiliate link. The Berenstain Bears: God’s Wonderful World is a cute book about a time when Brother and Sister’s class goes for a nature walk with their Sunday school teacher, Missus Ursula.  They walk all over Bear country, noticing the creatures and countryside around them.  Missus Ursula teaches the cubs that […]

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 […]

All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander

This post contains an affiliate link. All Things Bright and Beautiful is a nicely illustrated book which is based on the famous hymn by the same name.  Each page only has one phrase of the song and is complemented by lovely illustrations which tie into the lyrics. I would share this book with younger children […]

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday by Mike Berenstain

This post contains an affiliate link. I was pleasantly surprised by The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday.  I wasn’t expecting it to contain much that would really apply to a lesson, but it would work quite well in that capacity. The Bear family goes to church, and the cubs learn about why we celebrate Easter.  They […]

The Berenstain Bears: Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple

This post contains an affiliate link. The Berenstain Bears: Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple is a lift-the-flap book which talks about what the Bear family does while they’re at church. This is a really cute and simple book, which goes nicely with the “Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple” finger rhyme.  The church or […]

The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Home by Jan & Mike Berenstain

This post contains an affiliate link. The Berenstain Bears: God Bless Our Home is about how the Bear family finds a way to expand the living space in their beloved tree to accommodate their growing family.  Papa bear digs out a basement and builds a garage, and they fix up the attic so that Honey […]

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, […]

The Littlest Angel – Movie

This post contains an affiliate link. Title: The Littlest Angel Runtime: 24 minutes It’s been quite some time since I reviewed a religious kids movie for the blog, so my kids and I watched The Littlest Angel yesterday.  Unfortunately, none of us had anything good to say about the movie.  The story was way off […]

Zacchaeus Handprint Tree

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) […]

Graham Cracker Cross Snack

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 […]

Children and Grief Book Giveaway — CLOSED

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 […]

Seeds of Encouragement CD Giveaway — CLOSED

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 […]

Loaves & Fish Sharing Craft

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 […]

Unkind Words Object Lesson with Toothpaste

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 […]

The Story of Jesus by Jane Werner Watson

This post contains an affiliate link. 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 […]

Painted Cross Craft

We had a grand old time making these in Sunday School this week!  They’re quite easy and the results are really stunning.  This craft would be appropriate for any lesson! Materials: thick white paper painter’s tape tempera paint/finger paint paint brushes paint trays paint smocks Directions: 1. Use painter’s tape to make a cross-shape on […]

Fishers of Men Cupcakes

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 […]

Paper Snail Craft

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 […]