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Fall Scavenger Hunt

                Kids love to explore the world around them and talk about what they see.  Help the children discover God’s beautiful creations by taking them   outside on a fall nature walk.  Provide them each with a scavenger list and bag to store the items they find.  For older children, make the items on…

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Fall Mystery Box

          Decorate a shoe box or another small box in a manner that will draw the children’s interest.  Place items that go with the current theme of the month inside the box.  Fall items that we used included a pinecone,  cinnamon stick, leaves, a rock, and a feather.  At the beginning of circle time recite: If…

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Coupons for Parents

Construction paper strips, 3 inches X 81/2 inches , markers, and stickers depicting helpers (construction, medical, teachers, etc. ) Labels printed with helper statements (i.e. I will pick up my toys; I will help clean my room; I will give you two hugs) Yarn, cut into 18 inch length. Apply masking tape to one end to make it easier for…

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Coat of Many Colors Bookmark

Objective:  Create a Bible marker that will remind the kids that God was with Joseph and gave him wisdom for every situation from favored son to slave to second ruler of Egypt.  Provide plastic pocket folders cut into bookmark sized pieces.  Cover with a strip of carpet tape (its double sided) that sticks to the plastic and leaves a sticky…

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PLAYING “PLAYING FAVORITES”

                    Objective:  Identifying with the emotions of being favored or seeing someone else who gets more by being favored.  Pick a game to play and plan a small snack.  Tell kids that everyone’s name is going in a hat and whoever you draw out will be your “favorite” for that activity. …

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Smallest to Biggest

                As children enter the puzzle area, invite them to place their feet on a sheet of paper.  Trace around their feet with shoes on and encourage each child to decorate their foot (shoe) imprint.  Teachers need to trace around their feet (shoes) too.  Save these for group time.  At the beginning of…

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Volley Prayer Ball!

                Objective:  Score points for your team with regular volleyball rules using a balloon for a ball and a crepe paper streamer net. Place everyone’s name in individual balloons.  Kids play volleyball but they must stay on their knees at all times with their hands held in a “prayer hold”.  If the balloon…

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Bible Characters Concentration Game

            Prepare a poster board using pictures from outdated literature and sheets of copy paper numbered 1-9.  Glue a minimum of nine (9) pictures of Bible characters in rows on the poster board with at least two (2) of each character.  Tape a numbered sheet of copy paper over the top of each, placing the…

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Podcast: How to Make Kids’ Space Look Terrific

I have struggled with this over the years in the different churches I served.  A couple of the church buildings smelled so old and musty and screamed for attention.  Many buildings are decked out with original outdated carpeted floors and walls screaming for paint to cover the current 1950 paint on display.  Many churches do not have a resource room…

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Fall Family Yard Sign

            24” X 18” Cardboard, clear shipping tape Bag to gather nature items Tacky glue Twine While enjoying a family nature walk, pick up leaves, twigs, acorns, etc. As a family, design a sign with your last name using the items you collected. Decorate the remainder of the space with additional nature items. The Lord…

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