Download this fun craft to help kids celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 20.
Mother’s Day is coming up on May 7! Use this free download to help kids create a special gift for their mom.
This easy craft helps kids understand the faithfulness of God! As kids do the craft, discuss the story of Noah and how God promised never to flood the earth in the same way again. Download the Noah’s ark craft here.
A great way to reinforce what kids have learned is to have them recreate the story they’ve heard. With this paper bag puppet craft, kids can make different characters from the session’s story and put on their own puppet show. Download the instructions here.
Download these coloring pages to help kids celebrate Valentine’s Day this Sunday! If your church is meeting virtually, share the pages with families via email.
Print out the tag below and attach to an oatmeal cookie or oatmeal breakfast bar. Hand out the treats to volunteers at church or drop off on volunteers’ porches if your church is meeting virtually.
When it comes to being appreciative, my wife is one of the most genuine people I can think of. She has always taught me, reminded me, and even helped me to be appreciative of those people that I am privileged to serve with on my team. She sees the value in showing appreciation. She models it in her life.
Earlier this week, we were on our way home from a trip to the beach. We stopped at Peach Park in Clanton, Alabama like we always do on our trips home from the beach. It was a beautiful day, and our boys had a lot of fun playing and eating fried pies and homemade ice cream.
Abbey was also sure to purchase some fresh peaches so that we could send them to our sons’ teachers who had graciously allowed them to miss a couple of days of school!
Fall is a time that we have many new leaders and many seasoned leaders serving in our children’s ministry areas. Have you done anything lately to show them how much you appreciate them? Here are a few ideas.
1. Fill a pumpkin with smarties. For this gift I purchased a carve-able styrofoam pumpkin and cut a hole in the top. I placed a sheet of tissue paper in and then filled with smarties. I had one of our designers, Stacey, create a cute tag and attached it with a piece of jute twine.
If you would like to do this appreciate activity, we want to help. Here is a link to the little Pumpkins tags. Feel free to use these to show appreciation to your KidMin leaders. This item took about 5 minutes to prepare and costs approximately $1.50 each. You can purchase the items at Wal-Mart, Target, or dollar stores.
2. Spinning Suckers. I was walking through the dollar store looking for inspiration when my eyes saw these suckers. They were built in such a way that the suck actually spins around on the stick. I thought that it would be fun to use the “spinning” theme and came up with “I ‘spint’ time thanking God for you today!” I think that it would work on regular rope suckers as well, but I just loved the fact that these would spin.
We have a couple of different designs for you to choose from for this idea. Here are the links to the images that you can print and make your own “spinning” acts of appreciation. These suckers range from $.50-1.00 each and take just a few minutes to attach your cut-out tag to.
3. Payday Mix. Several years ago, I was introduced to this mix that tastes like a payday candybar. Now, I’m not sure if I think it tastes like a payday, but I do love it. Mix equal parts dry roasted peanuts with candy corn and the mix is complete. However, if this is too complicated, Brach’s is now selling it premixed.
Take a small cellophane bag or snack size ziplock bag and fill with the mix. Attach the little tag with a piece of jute twine and deliver to all of those kids ministry leaders. They will love it. In fact, my wife even used this one to take to our sons’ teachers this week.
Here is a link to the tag: Nuts About You-Tags
4. Something to “glowt” about! I thought this might be a great way to show your harvest party volunteers some appreciation. You can find these glow necklaces at almost any type of dollar store. They are fairly inexpensive and have a really “glowing” effect on a person.
Cut slits near the dashed lines and thread the necklace through. On the night of your event walk around and thank your leaders for volunteering. I also thought a fun use of this would be to let your kids leaders wear them on a Sunday morning. Place little note in your bulletin about taking notice of the people wearing them and ask your congregation to thank them for their service.
Here is a link to the tag: Glow Tags
5. Measuring Up! I found these $1 key chain tape measures at the Target One Spot and immediately thought they would be a great teacher appreciation gift. I know that curriculum often calls for a tape measure and I personally always seem to be looking for one and can’t find one! This one is a convenient, useable, and cost-efficient gift to satisfy all of your kidmin leaders.
Here is a PDF of the tag: Measure-Tags
I hope that you will use these ideas or at least have a jumping off point. Remember those times when someone shows you appreciation. It feels good, doesn’t it? I hope you will show your volunteers appreciation this fall! If you decide to use some of these ideas, we would love to see them in action. Be sure to send us your photos!
It’s past mid-October so you know what that means – time to think about Christmas. Yeah, I know there are still 66 days until Christmas Day but in kids ministry we must think ahead. (And I see Christmas stuff on the shelves of some stores among the candy and pumpkins.)
Here’s an idea for a Christmas ornament, decoration, or gift – depending on how you do it.
Needed: Craft sticks (we used colored ones); glue guns and glue sticks; stickers; photos mounted on paper; tape; adhesive magnets
Guide children to glue four sticks together at the corners, creating a square shape.
Provide a variety of stickers for kids to decorate the frames. You could also use markers to draw on the frames if you choose.
Cut paper to fit the frames. Mount a photo on the paper and tape to the back of the frames.
Attach magnets to the back of the frames. (I love that ours are wonky frames. It shows that the kids made them.)
- Children can draw pictures or print Bible verses on paper to mount in the frames instead of photos.
- Tie yarn to two corners of the frame before mounting pictures (and omit magnets). Now you have a hanging frame.
- You can use heavy white glue instead of hot glue from glue guns. However, you must wait for the glue to dry. A glue gun gives you immediate adhesion, so the activity moves along faster – with little waiting by the kids. We used glue guns with kindergartners (5-year-olds), and they used them independently with only one little burned spot on a finger. Remind children that the end of the glue gun and the glue will be hot. Place a small cup of cool water on the table so a burned finger can immediately be cooled.
- Use plain craft sticks and paint them – before or after creating a frame.
- Use more craft sticks to create other shapes rather than a square. You could use several to make a wreath shape and glue on leaf shapes (or actual greenery).
- We used our collection of stickers to create designs but you may want to use specific stickers (stars, snowflakes, Nativity figures) to create a more Christmas look. Or cut paper or craft foam into shapes and glue onto the frames instead of using stickers.
- Our frames were gifts to give. You could create ornaments or other decorations for windows, doors, or trees.
This activity is adaptable for many different age groups. Add or adjust to meet the needs of your kids, whatever their ages or abilities.
Do you have a favorite Christmas ornament or gift idea that kids could make? Share it below.