Mom I Love You to Pieces Card

I found this card design on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun option for the kids to make this year.  The little ones will need help with the writing, but it also gives them the chance to tear pieces of paper and glue them on.  Yay — something they will excel at! Materials: […]

Fingerprint Bee Mother’s Day Card

I first saw this card design at craftymorning.com and thought it would be really fun to do this year for Mother’s Day.  It gets extra cuteness points for using a child’s fingerprints! Materials: Plain white card Colored card stock for flower petals Yellow card stock for middle of the flower Glue Yellow paint / washable […]

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 […]

Starburst Tithe Lesson Intro

This is a really easy way to introduce your lesson on tithing and grab the childrens’ attention.  You can do it with a couple of adult helpers or an adult and teen. One person gives the other ten Starburst (or other individually wrapped candy) as a gift.  The person graciously accepts and is very happy […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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″ […]