This summer my preschool kids at Austin Ridge Bible Church in Dripping Springs, TX enjoyed tearing construction paper in pieces to make an adorable bee! I had seen this torn paper bee on the Primary Theme Park blog where they used it for a writing project on Bees, but I thought it would also work nicely for our study on humility.
We were teaching from Luke 18:9-14, where Jesus was meeting with the Pharisees and told them a story about two men who went to the temple to pray. One of them was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. Jesus described their two very different types of prayer and heart attitudes. The tax collector was humble and knew he needed forgiveness, while the Pharisee thought he was better than everyone else. Jesus told them that God would honor them if they were humble.
The torn paper bee craft seemed perfect for reminding our kids of the main lesson idea to “Bee” Humble. This is a really good craft for teaching about any character quality, alphabet letter “B”, a “Bee” Mine Valentine’s card/craft, or as it was originally intended as a display for writing about bees. Continue reading →
If you teach children in a church setting, I’m sure you would love to hear positive phrases from the young ones that you teach, like “This is the best day ever!” or “When do we get to come to church again?” and the ultimate is “I love coming here!”. Here are two lesson extension ideas that were a bit hit with my preschool class and their parents, at our church in Dripping Springs, Texas called Austin Ridge Bible Church.
Building a Temple Wall
We are studying the building and ultimate destruction/re-building of the temple wall in Nehemiah and Ezra. The main point of the lesson for our preschoolers was that God helped His people rebuild the temple in spite of the enemies that tried to stop them. He even used King Darius to finance the project and to keep them safe. They kept building, and when it was done they had a big party and thanked God. Continue reading →
Celebrate God with the 2017 VBS Themes! These are great for offering meaningful enrichment. Children can discover their faith with these inspirational and engaging themes. Learning has never been more fun with so many creative ways to play, craft, and decorate.
Castles & Fortresses
VBS Themes: Over the Moat & Mighty Fortress
These VBS themes both allow kids to use their imagination and visualize a medieval time. There are many lessons that can be taught using symbols like castles, fortresses, shields, and more. Teach children that even if they do not succeed, God is there to defend them and raise them up. He represents strength and love.
Here are some of our favorite VBS Castle Crafts and medieval decorations.
Looking for a functional craft activity for your Sunday School, VBS, or even at home? Have your group create their own prayer box to help them direct their thoughts and prayers, and become closer to God. Begin a discussion about what types of things we would ask God, and why we would confide in Him. This will help guide them with what to keep in their prayer box, and to have faith that He is always listening.
How to Make a Prayer Box
Each student can decorate their boxes in their own way. Here’s a list of materials to guide your craft activity:
The Color-Me boxes come in a pack of 12 and are perfect for this craft project because they are white and can be drawn on with marker without it smudging. There are many different ways to decorate a prayer box, but we used some simple concepts for the two we made. Continue reading →
If you’re looking for some Christmas themed activities for Sunday School, Bible School or any other religious group, there are many different fun crafts you can try! Here are 5 of our favorite items that can be used all year round and personalized for any holiday.
This is a great motivational and inspirational craft. The wooden Believe sign can be painted or stained, and you can even use gems or glitter to decorate. We painted the letters with red, green, and white acrylic paint and then added some designs with paint for a festive look. Discuss with your religious group why it is important to believe in God and have faith.