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Partnering With You To Keep The Bible At The Center Of Vacation Bible School

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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Because we were unsure of exactly how many kiddos we would have during the first night of VBS we changed the snack from the Rice Krispie treats to "Dirt Dessert".  We put chocolate pudding in a clear plastic punch cup to symbolize the empty earth and then added crushed oreos (land/dirt), green coconut (grass), and gummie creatures.  It was a big hit and when we went from 40 pre-registered to 85 on the first night the ability to stretch the snack was great!
On day three we did sand art crosses from Oriental Trading.  We used return address labels to print the night's Bible verser and added it to the base of the cross.  This was the kids favorite craft.  We did Bible covers on the night four that the kids also loved.  I made iron-ons with the soldier holding the flag that says soldier of God and added the night's Bible verse and ironed them onto canvas Bible covers from Oriental Trading.  We bought camo hankies in a variety of colors and cut them into strips and they glued the strips on the covers and added touches of glitter glue and rhinestones.  The boys used fabric markers to decorate their covers with the camo.  Otherwise all the crafts were pretty much as the book suggested.

We did Go Fish Guys for the first time this year. Tonight is the last night. Loved it!! We did changed most of the snacks as scedhuling only allowed 20 minutes for snacks in a large group (35-50 at a time). So kids did not have time to construct a snack and eat it too. Here is what we did for snacks.

Day 1 Creation: Creation Snack Mix: Goldfish, Animal Crackers, Pretzels, Gummy Animals
Oreo Dirt Cups w/ Gummy Worms

Day 2 Passover, Tabernacle: Snack Mix ( We had every night but Fri.)
Saltine Toffee (can be made with matza, flat bread for passover)

Day 3 Jesus is King, Cross: Snack Mix
Fruit Kabobs (fruit in the colors of salvation-Pineapple/yellow-heaven,and a marshmallow/white, etc)

Day 4 Solider Lord's Army: Snack Mix
Sugar Cookies decorated like shields

Day 5 Jesus is the rock: Cheese Boulders (Cheese Balls)
Marshmallow Rocks (Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows rolled in graham crackers

Tonight is day 5, so can't give feedback on that yet, but so far Snack mix, fruit kabobs and dirt cups were probably the most popular. Really though kids have seemed to enjoy them all. We had made up extra dirt cups and put them in the refrigerator and all week the volunteers have been coming back to enjoy them. They were a hit with adults and kids alike.

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