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Pizza Pan Puzzle

A metal pizza pan can be used in the home-living center with play dough or other kitchen items. The pan can also be used for a puzzle—magnetic or other. I decided to choose “other” for this puzzle tip. Puzzles are not limited to the manipulatives and puzzles learning center. Children can work puzzles in the home-living center and other places…

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Learning in the Blocks Center

The Blocks Center is so important to the preschool classroom.  The more I read about boys learning the more I’m convinced that construction activities need our leadership.  I am just as guilty as most teachers to go over to the blocks shelf and tip it over so all the blocks will spill out and be ready for play, but there…

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Ida’ Hoarder Checks In…

Alright ya’ll, yesterday was Easter and I know that every single thing went perfectly in your Sunday School classes!!  Yeah, right!?! I know ya’ll probably had some crying, screamin’ babies, (some mamas did too!) and more kids than you knew what to do with, and frilly dresses and plastic eggs up to your pretty little eye balls, but come on…it’s…

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Weather Art for Preschool

Rising Sun Teach your children about the sun rising and setting as you help them enjoy making a sun and clipping on the rays of sunbeams.  This could also be a terrific time to mention that Jesus died on the cross and came back to life.  That early morning as the sun was rising, Mary went to the tomb where…

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Podcast: Why is Explaining Salvation to Kids Difficult?

  What must a child know, do, feel and believe about salvation? Explaining the plan of salvation is not usually the issue for adults.  The problem is trying to discern if the child is following and determining if the child is ready or not.  Honestly, no one likes being the judge and everyone wants the child to accept Christ.  Here are…

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Puzzles and Bags Activity

Children enjoy working wooden puzzles such as the box puzzles available from LifeWay Christian Resources. Each box contains four different Bible story puzzles with a section for each puzzle. The lid can be used for the base of a puzzle. Work with your hands (1 Thessalonians 4:11) reminds boys and girls that God gave us hands to enjoy do many…

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Stained Glass Cross Craft

Use this as a craft you can hang in your window or make it as a card for a special friend. 1. waxed paper 2. wax crayons (Cheap crayons work best) 3. manual pencil sharpener (with a fairly large hole) 4. iron, ironing board and scrap paper (white computer paper or brown paper bag) 5. construction paper 6. scissors 7. glue stick ADULT:  Plug in the iron…

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Spring Time Cheer with Id’a Hoarder

Howdy!! I sure do hope you are enjoying some spring time cheer! Well, as you know, Easter is’a comin’…F.A.S.T.   Kyla writes in and tells me she is going to make a depiction of the tomb using a donut.  I said, “Say what?!!”  She told me that she is going to have the kids cut a regular old donut in…

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Skit n’ Miss was a hit at Heart of the Child

I asked Skit n’ Miss to come in my conference room and share a skit during my lunch keynote.  They were so funny and a total surprise.  I was leading and demonstrating storytelling with children.  To start the conference, Amy and Jesica chose to read my new story book, “A Dad’s Gotta Do What a Dad’s Gotta Do” to the…

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Involve Kids in Leading Worship

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and last year I began a rich tradition the entire church enjoyed.  We have special times with children in our worship service on Christmas Eve and many Sunday evening services when our children’s choirs sing.  Everyone loves to see the kids in the worship service but what are some thoughtful ways to include them? On…

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