Jesus Walks on Water Snack

This is the supremely easy snack we had for our lesson about faith, featuring the story of Jesus and Peter walking on water.  I saw the idea originally at Our Littlest Disciples. Just grab some graham crackers and break them in half.  Spread blue frosting on the cracker and place two Teddy Grahams standing up […]

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Jesus Walks on Water Lesson Intro

This is the intro or object lesson I had planned for our lesson about Jesus and Peter walking on water.  I really enjoy doing a quick initial activity to grab the kids’ attention and get them thinking about our topic. Fill a dish pan or bucket with water.  Ask your assistant or a child to […]

Jesus & Peter Walk on Water Craft

For our lesson about faith, with Jesus and Peter walking on water, I planned this collage for the kids to make during craft time.  It’s a little finicky, but it’s very open-ended in terms of kids making it as simple or fancy as they like.  Some of our kids chose to draw the water and […]

Bible Story Theatre: Poor Widow & Two Coins

For our lesson on Stewardship and Treasure, we acted out the story about the poor widow who gave two coins at the temple.  I had wanted to have some tunics made, but ran out of time, so I just had the kids pretend to put on their fancy clothing.  I told them that they were […]

Sit Down (Mary and Martha) by Mary Manz Simon

This post contains an affiliate link. Sit Down is a smallish paperback picture book that tells the story of Mary and Martha.  It’s aimed at the toddler and preschool age group, so the language is very simple and repetitive.  If you don’t like repetition, this book will drive you up the wall.  😉 The artwork […]

Mary & Martha Stick Puppets

For our lesson on Stewardship and Time, we told the story of Mary and Martha using these stick puppets.  They are from Sundayschoolzone.com and you can go to their site to print them for free.  Yay — I love free printables that make my life easier! The background is the size of a regular sheet […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

Loaves & Fishes Snack

This Sunday we had a lesson featuring loaves and fishes, with the focus on sharing.  Our snack was very simple–candy Swedish Fish and oyster crackers–our loaves and fishes!

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 […]

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 […]

Easter by Gail Gibbons

This post contains an affiliate link. 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 […]

Jesus’ Name Optical Illusion Craft

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″ […]

Happy Birthday Jesus

Last Sunday we had a little celebration of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School.  The kids colored these birthday cake coloring sheets which you can find at Sunday School Center in their Christmas lessons for ages 4-7.  We also had some little cupcakes and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.

The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier

This post contains an affiliate link. The Very First Christmas is a retelling of the Christmas story through the conversation of a mother and son.  Christopher is a young boy full of questions who wants to hear a true story.  His mom decides to share the story of Jesus’ birth with him.  They read passages […]

The Very First Easter by Paul L. Maier

This post contains an affiliate link. The Very First Easter is much better as a read-at-home book, or if you have a chance to sit down with one or two kids for an extended period of time.  It is about a boy named Christopher whose parents explain the significance of Easter to him.  It is […]

Little Colt’s Palm Sunday by Michelle Medlock Adams

This post contains an affiliate link. Little Colt’s Palm Sunday is a great book to share with your little ones (I’d say Kindergarten and younger) for Palm Sunday.  The first page starts off with Luke 19:30-36, to give you the background of the story.  It’s a about a little colt who hears about how the […]

Linen Gravecloths Prop

I made these linen gravecloths to use when we were acting out the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.  They are a nice prop to have for the Lazarus story, also.  To make some, just take an old white sheet and cut into the seam every 4-5″ along the long edge.  Once you have those […]