To help kids understand the meaning of prayer, have them each create their own DIY Prayer Jar. This activity can go along with a discussion about what prayer is, why we pray, and specific Bible versus related to prayer. You can also adjust the craft to go along with your lesson. If you are teaching about how to be thankful, create Gratitude Jars. To teach them to be mindful of all the positives that God has given us, create a Blessing Jar.
This summer, our preschool class at Austin Ridge Bible Church in Dripping Springs, TX were studying the parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:25-37. The craft planned to go along with this lesson was called Love Our Neighbor.
In the story, Jesus is answering a Jewish lawyer’s question regarding what he has to do to have eternal life. Jesus answers him by asking him what the Scriptures said about that question. The lawyer tells him that the Scriptures say to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus told him that was correct, and that if he did that he would have eternal life, but the man asked him who his neighbor was and Jesus told him the story of the Good Samaritan. In the story, he was the only one who came to the aid of his enemy and showed love and he was a good neighbor to the man. Continue reading →
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.