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While we put a lot of time and thought into our snacks and crafts, we realize that many churches will pool their most creative people and come up with their own amazingly awesome ideas.  We have no problem admitting that children's workers are better at it than the three of us!

That's why we have this site!  If you are going to do crafts other than the ones we provide, please share them.  Who knows?  If your ideas are better, we will add them to the next printing of our manual.  Together we can assist children's workers everywhere!

If we pool our resources we can make this the coolest VBS ever!  Give us your ideas and we'll immediately post them and let everyone know what you came up with!  Thanks for your help.  For a great sample of what we've been given already, check out this craft video by www.ministry-to-children.com!  We are grateful to partner with so many of you to put the Bible back into Vacation Bible School.

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One of our crafts ideas:  We had the children dress up "Old School" and took there pictures.  We printed them that night and the next day we decorated our wooden frames and put their picture in them.  It was a huge hit.  We just finished our frames today.

 

Also, because we are in Canada we were not sure about how to go about the missions project so each day we did a missions project.  Tomorrow we are having a "Birthday Party - for kids in the mission field.  We will have a birthday int here honour and send them the presents that the children are bringing in.  They are small items that many of the missions kids request.  Friday we are collecting food for families in need and yesterday we did a international missions project.  I really enjoy the missions part to this VBS.  It really help children understand they can make a difference.

I'm not by any means a crafts guru, but I did find some other options in the Guildcraft VBS catalog.  None of them were actually geared towards the Kickin' It VBS, but they could easily work.  I didn't think our Crafts Director would be interested in any of the ones in the book, but I did use the book as a guideline for my search.  Here's what I found:

Day 1: there's an animal print photo frame and a "My Father's World" bracelet that could work.

Day 2: Metallic crowns that can be customized with Bible verse or song lyric and decorations

Day 3: Lots of cross crafts

Day 4: There were several Armor of God crafts and also a camo-colored bracelet with a cross as well

Day 5: There was the foam "stone" craft that is technically geared towards the Nazereth VBS, but could easily work for this.

 

We're planning for 40 kids and this route puts us under $100 for all craft supplies.  Just thought I'd share since we're a small church and we have to be really budget conscious. 

I ordered from Oriental Trading for a lot of our crafts because I wanted to have everything ready to go.  I'm planning for around 100 kids.  On some days, we'll use different crafts for our 5 year old-4th grade group than our 3 & 4 year old group.  5th and 6th grade will participate in VBS, but may not do all of the same crafts and activities.  My total was around $225.00 from Oriental Trading with a little bit more for other supplies.  

 

Day One: "This is My Father's World":

I ordered design your own headbandsanimal print stencils, and fabric markers to create the "Bodacious" Bandana Skins.  I'm going to use the preschool coloring pages that are in the book for the little guys.  The kids will be encouraged to wear animal print for the first day of VBS.

 

Day Two:  "Before the Throne of God":

I found these foam crowns (24/$1.00) and some paper crowns (8/$1.00) at the Dollar Tree store and ordered self-adhesive jewels to decorate them.  I will probably use the paper crowns for younger children and have the older children decorate the foam crowns and add a ribbon to use as a door hanger.  On day two any kids who want to will be encouraged to come dressed as a prince and princess...I expect only the younger kids will want to do this.

 

Day Three:  "I Love to Tell the Story":

I am going out a limb with this one and ordering Colors of Faith Paper Chains for the kids to put together. We're going to have each grade dress in different the "colors of faith" on this day (Black for sin, Red for Jesus' blood, White for the cleansing of sins, Blue for baptism that identifies us with Jesus, Green for new life in Jesus, Yellow for the promise of Heaven/God's perfect light...I'm leaving out purple b/c I've never used that one). Since the craft won't take that long to put together, the kids will also learn how to share "the story" using these chains during that time...then they'll get to wear them out as necklaces.  This will be the craft for all ages.

 

Day Four: "I'm a Soldier In The Army of the Lord":

For this day I've ordered two separate craft projects.  I ordered this shield for the older group to color and add a wrist strap on the back.  (I'm hoping it's made of cardstock, but I haven't received it yet).  Then for the younger ones, I ordered this Armor of God craft kit with self-adhesive foam pieces.  Everyone will be encouraged to dress in camo on this day.

 

Day Five: "The Solid Rock"

I ordered the Jesus is My Rock Photo Frames for the older kids to do...they aren't self-adhesive require gluing, but should be ready to go by the end of the day.  We may even take pictures of the kids on this day and put them in the frames before we send them home...we'll have an 80's "rockstar" dress up day for the last day.  The younger kids will get ROCK STAR GUITAR MAGIC SCRATCH ORNAMENTS (which apparently aren't available to order anymore on Oriental Trading).

 

I can't tell you how excited I am about this VBS...and we still have 4 months to go!

I would love some fun snack ideas from anyone.  We are doing this curriculum for our VBS and I have not looked at the ideas that come with the package yet.  Can't wait to do that;  but in the meantime, does anyone have any fun ideas that go well with the lessons?

On day 2 this kids are making the "Cool Dude" Door Hangers but we are also going to have them dress up in their best 80's rock and roll clothes and take pictures.  Then they will be making a foam photo frame that says "Jesus is my Rock" and has crosses, guitars, music notes etc...

 

On day 4 we are having the kids make their own shields.  We are making them out of poster board with a cardboard reinforcement on the back with a handle.  We will have them already cut out and ready to go and the kids will get to decorate them with markers and sitckers.  We really liked this idea. 

We are expecting around 200 kids at our VBS, and have tried really hard to prepare fun, creative, yet cost effective crafts... and hopefully ones that won't end up in the garbage a day after they get home.  Here are some of the ideas..

 

Self Portrait:  This is going along with the theme of God's creation... Kids will use pre-cut squares of a variety of colors and glue them onto a pre-drawn outline of a face to make their hair, facial features, shirt, etc... different options of shapes will be used for the eyes and nose. It's hard to describe, but it is super cute.  For example, you would glue on hair using a couple of tones/textures of little inch squares of similar toned scrapbook paper. It really does look like a piece of art when done!

 

Rock Painting:  To illustrate Jesus is our Rock, we are going to paint rocks. We are buying flat river rocks from a hardware store and providing paint and samples of ideas of what to paint on them.

 

Stained Glass Cross: Using overhead transparencies that are copied with a stained glass window design of a cross (two per page), the kids will be using colored glue to paint within the design. We are using clear glue colored with food coloring (mixing it in the bottles themselves), and the kids will dab a bit in the area they want, and spread it with a Q tip or paintbrush, creating a vibrant, clear/opaque design.

 

 

Evangelistic craft: A couple of ladies are preparing ahead of time little 'pockets' that have one plastic/see through window. Kids will put in evangelistic beads...(wordless book colors) as well as other symbols such as crosses etc.  then fill it with rice. A couple of people will be sewing them closed as they finish, and they will have a little note attached with explanations of the different items.  They can then shake it, and try to 'find' the items in the bag through the see through window by trying to move things around with their fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

Another idea... A challenge we have at our VBS craft time is some getting done earlier than others and there being a 'lag time.'  This year we decided to have a 'card making station' in the craft area. When kids get done early, they can use the time to make cards with scrapbooking materials provided. These cards are going to be purposeful to support the ministry that we are choosing to highlight during our VBS (Pregnancy Resource Centers.)  In this way, it gives the kids something to fill their time and a way to serve their community.
Marci, I love your ideas!  Thanks for sharing!

Marci Reschke said:

We are expecting around 200 kids at our VBS, and have tried really hard to prepare fun, creative, yet cost effective crafts... and hopefully ones that won't end up in the garbage a day after they get home.  Here are some of the ideas..

 

Self Portrait:  This is going along with the theme of God's creation... Kids will use pre-cut squares of a variety of colors and glue them onto a pre-drawn outline of a face to make their hair, facial features, shirt, etc... different options of shapes will be used for the eyes and nose. It's hard to describe, but it is super cute.  For example, you would glue on hair using a couple of tones/textures of little inch squares of similar toned scrapbook paper. It really does look like a piece of art when done!

 

Rock Painting:  To illustrate Jesus is our Rock, we are going to paint rocks. We are buying flat river rocks from a hardware store and providing paint and samples of ideas of what to paint on them.

 

Stained Glass Cross: Using overhead transparencies that are copied with a stained glass window design of a cross (two per page), the kids will be using colored glue to paint within the design. We are using clear glue colored with food coloring (mixing it in the bottles themselves), and the kids will dab a bit in the area they want, and spread it with a Q tip or paintbrush, creating a vibrant, clear/opaque design.

 

 

Evangelistic craft: A couple of ladies are preparing ahead of time little 'pockets' that have one plastic/see through window. Kids will put in evangelistic beads...(wordless book colors) as well as other symbols such as crosses etc.  then fill it with rice. A couple of people will be sewing them closed as they finish, and they will have a little note attached with explanations of the different items.  They can then shake it, and try to 'find' the items in the bag through the see through window by trying to move things around with their fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

Would anyone like to share how they decorated or plan on decorating the craft area?  I can't come with any good ideas.

 

Hi there,

 

We too are a small church that partners with 5 other small churches and puts on a pretty large VBS.  Budget is always a concern and teaching crafts is what I do.  I always tie the lesson and verse(s) into my craft time, and appreciate the curiculum given to the craft teacher in Kickin' it Old School.

 

I did different crafts too, bandanas were too expensive for us this year so for the first night (God is our creator) I had the kids do Garden Windows.  We took 1-gallon ziplock bags, had the kids rip or cut construction paper to glue on a framework.  They then colored with markers, and added foam shapes to the framework to decorate their "garden".  We made sure they left the center uncovered.  They put about 6 or 7 wet cotton balls and about 6-10 dried beans (pinto, northern, whatever you have in your cupboard will work) inside the baggie and sealed it shut.  We had prepunched 2 holes at the top of the bag and tied some yarn to it so they can hang it up in a window at home.  In about 4-7 days they had nice sprouts growing in thier bags.  This was pennies per kid.

 

For "I love to tell the story" we made microphones.  All ages from K-6th grade loved these.  We simply took toilet paper tubes, and either a 2 1/2" or 3" stryofoam balls (we used both sizes) covered in foil with a foil "tail" taped to the inside of the tube to anchor it.   The kids then filled the tube with crumpled newspaper.  We used colored duct tape to hold the tops on and to cover the tube.  For those classes that finished early they gave us a concert in their new mikes!

 

Hope these ideas help get your juices flowing!     

 

 

  We didn't want to decorate a rock with God or Jesus written on it, because kids are such concrete thinker.  We didn't want them to think that God is THAT rock.  Soooo, we are coming up with some other idea's. 

We are going to have the kids make choc chip cookie mixes in a jar. We are going to encourage the kids to give the jar to someone or make the cookies and share them with someone and tell the Good News they learned this week at Bible Camp. This could also go with" I Love to Tell the Story."

We decorated with stars all over, and an arch of star helium balloons over part of the area.

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