Noah’s Ark is such a fun Sunday School theme for the younger children. This past weekend it was the topic for the lesson in my Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday School Class. We had a great morning learning about God’s message to Noah. Our normal Sunday school class includes circle-time with a discussion of the bible lesson, songs, a story, and a discussion about what we are thankful for to add to our Blessings Jar.
After circle time, we have a craft and/or activities and then snack before the parents come to pick up their children. Usually our class is under an hour, so we try to make the hour as fun and educational as we can, to drive home the bible lesson of the week. Continue reading →
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.
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 →