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These flower crowns help kids remember a different crown Jesus wore on the cross. Stuff: Green paper plates (available at party supply stores or online at www.orientaltra...
Kristen Kansiewicz and Ali Thompson
 
Easter is our time to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. And what better way to celebrate than to share the good news with friends in your community? Use these make-and-take Ea...
 
At Halloween, all sorts of zombies arise in costume. But we know there's only one true Savior who can raise people from the dead-the greatest Tomb Raider of all: Jesus. Her...
 
This hilarious gathering will have all the pet lovers in your congregation howling, purring, or making whatever noise turtles make. Get Ready You'll need small prizes...
 
Spread the good news of Jesus' resurrection with these 10 new "egg-citing" experiences. Easter is one of the biggest days on your church calendar -- and for good reas...
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Follow these instructions to lead your family in celebrating Jesus' birth. Get four pieces of clean trash, such as crumpled, unused tissues. Hide them around the house ...
 
Create this recipe with your family to better understand why Jesus is the reason for the season. (In addition to the contents of this kit, you'll need wax paper and a can of...
 
What you'll need for each family; a kit with a penny, paper clip, used staple, pebble, cotton ball, crumpled paper, heart sticker, thumbtack, aluminum foil, tissue, rubber b...
 
Census Questions Read aloud Luke 2:1-5 to see how Mary and Joseph had to travel for the census. Then answer the following questions as a family. 1. How many people liv...
 
What You'll Need: Email or mailing addresses for your families What You'll Do: Help families mark the four weeks of Advent by sending mailings that focus on the traditio...
 
This Christmas, put Jesus center stage by throwing him a birthday bash! Follow these simple steps, and it'll come together in a flash! Step One: Decorate the room and h...
 
Age Level: All Materials: Stage, props, costumes, and seating Time: About one hour Get everyone-kids and parents-involved in your Christmas celebration with this i...
 
Age Level: 6 to 12 Materials: Graham crackers, straight pretzels, unshelled peanuts*, chow mein noodles, marshmallows, decorator's gel, frosting, shredded coconut, chocol...
 
A Bible lesson that shows that planting seeds of faith will help your children's ministry grow. Preparation: For this Bible lesson you'll need a large pumpkin and a New T...
Colleen Oglesby
 
Classroom and family traditions help children develop lifelong habits and thought patterns. This Christmas help families develop their children's first traditions that'll ad...
 
Use this twist on a favorite baby and toddler game to teach about Jesus' Resurrection. Form a circle with the little ones in your nursery and tell about how people put J...
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Little ones in your nursery and toddler rooms love receiving presents; you can help them learn how fun it is to give gifts as well. Before Christmas, send a note home wit...
 
BABY JESUS Christmas Insight: Teaching preschoolers that Jesus was a real baby. Preschoolers need to understand that Jesus was a real person born as a real baby. Nativ...
 
*Theme: Christmas Message God is our loving father. *Text: Luke 2:10-11 *Preparation: You'll need two volunteers. Have one volunteer wear a mask and carry a baseball b...
Susan Grover
 
To help take the "Scare" out of Halloween, use this lesson to help kids trust Jesus when they're afraid... 1. Care Call -- Bring in several items that represent caring pr...
Susan Grover
 
To help take the "Scare" out of Halloween, use this lesson to help kids trust Jesus when they're afraid... 1. Pumpkin Matchup -- Remove the seeds and pulp from two pu...
Mark von Ehrenkrook
 
A fun and creative Halloween alternative for grades 1-3 1. The Good, Bad, and Ugly -- (Supplies: Bible, newsprint, tape, and markers.) Tape the newsprint to the wall. S...
Mark von Ehrenkrook
 
A fun and creative Halloween alternative for grades 4-6 1. Bible Activity: It's War! -- (Supplies: ball, strobe light, newsprint, markers, tape, and Bible.) Form two tea...
Cindy Nelson
 
Use this Christmas lesson to help children celebrate Jesus' birthday. 1. News Sources-Ask kids to name ways we send and receive news (television, radio, newspapers, magaz...
 
1. Barnyard Tag-Section off an area where kids can run and play. Choose someone to be "It." Have "It" try to tag kids. The only way kids can avoid being tagged is to run...
 
1. Inside Out-(Supplies: Bibles.) *Say: Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a tiny baby. He saw what was in the world. Some things he saw made him happy; other thing...
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The Scene: Three children with a Bible discussing the true meaning of Easter. The Characters: Three children, the Easter Bunny, the Teacher, Jesus on a stick pony, two chil...
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Easter Theme: Jesus is our shepherd; Jesus the Lamb of God Scripture: John 10:7-9 Age Level: 6 to 12 Prep Time: Time to prepare muffins Activity Time: 20 minutes Ma...
Susan Grover
 
To help take the "Spook" out of Halloween, use these lessons to help kids trust Jesus when they're afraid... 1. Safety First -- Show magazine pictures of things that may...
 
Materials needed: Pumpkins -- 1 pumpkin with the top already cut open; For a large group presentation, precarve 4 pumpkins with different Christian symbols. (You ...
Mikal Keefer
 
Give your kids and their families an experience they won't forget this Easter with two unique Passover meals Easter marks the most profound and promising event in our fai...
Reader Submitted
 
Construct a 6- to 8-foot cross from lumber, and mount it on a base so it stands upright. The week before Easter or early in the worship service, give each child a piece of r...
 
Theme: Christ's Exaltation As King Text: John 1:4 Preparation: For each child, you'll need a 1-inch piece of cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll), spray-painted gol...
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On Palm Sunday, put three brightly colored strips of paper (approximately 2 1/2 x 11 inches long) in each worship bulletin. During the service just before the offering, ask ...
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By Debbie Neufeld A Basket Of Meaning Bring this basket of Easter goodies to church with you for a "sweet" object lesson that kids will love! Weave the gospel message ...
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Bring in a soft baby blanket that has an edging that is made from different material from the blanket itself. For example, it might have a silky edge. Allow children to ...
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Theme: Cleansed Hearts Text: Matthew 5:16 Preparation: Carve a happy face into a pumpkin. Remove the pumpkin seeds and place them in a bowl inside the pumpkin. Before chil...
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TREAT BAGS Help kids serve others. Send home letters to parents requesting a donation of a Halloween treat, such as individually wrapped lollipops, chewing gum, or candy ...
Mark von Ehrenkrook
 
A fun and creative Halloween alternative for ages Pre-K 1. Let's Pretend--Have the children put on animal costumes and pretend to be animals. Lead the children on a para...
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Here's a Halloween alternative that's sure to delight your kids. Have an Orange You Glad to Know Jesus? party. Decorate with orange streamers and balloons. Serve hot dogs an...
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Ages 3 To 5 Give each child a small paper plate and a sugar ice cream cone. Have kids place their cones upside down on their plates. Then help them cover their cones with...
Lori Haynes Niles
 
Help babies give musical praise during the holiday season by making them a pair of Baby Bells. For each infant, you'll need a red pair and a green pair of socks, one size la...
Mikal Keefer and Scott Kinner
 
Celebrate Jesus' gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love with children. Shopping mall Santas, holiday toy ads, and school musicals depicting snowmen and wintry weather -- th...
 
Theme: Halloween Text: Psalm 91 Preparation: You'll need scrap paper and a Bible. The Message: (Distribute 20 sheets of scrap paper and have kids wad the paper as you t...
 
Movie Title: Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (not rated) Start Time: 6 minutes Where to Begin: The parade begins. Where to End: Santa has passed by, and the marching b...
 
Anticipation, excitement, and wonder-these are the hallmarks of the Christmas season, especially for children. Can we decorate Christmas cookies? Do you think it'll sno...
 
Honor Jesus' life, teachings, and miracles with these 11 ideas especially for Easter. Kids love Easter! And we love Easter because we feel especially connected to our Sa...
 
Celebrate Christ's birth with 22 Christmas ideas, activities, and resources. Kids love Christmas more than any other time of year -- and who can blame them? Adults can ge...
 
Getting to Know Jesus at Easter Say: On Easter we celebrate Jesus' defeat of death. He's alive and will live forever. He wants us to be his friend and have the power to l...
Lori Haynes Niles
 
Make your Holy Week both memorable and educational with a week-long series of activities that will provide educational opportunities each day from Palm Sunday..all the w...
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A New Dozen Easter eggs are a great way to tell about Easter. The filled plastic Easter eggs can be opened at home on different days of Holy Week, used to tell the purp...
 
Jelly beans come in all the right colors to tell the gospel of God's love. Use this Jelly Bean Gospel Poem with any of the ideas below: Orange is for the sins we've d...
Sue Lennartson
 
Halloween's origins are rooted in the occult. The ancient Druids believed that on October 31, Saman, the lord of death, called forth hosts of dead spirits to visit their...
Christine Yount Jones
 
Our elves have been hard at work to help you pull off a bright and cheery Christmas season. To me, Christmas is the most enchanting time of the year. For a brief mome...
Christine Yount
 
If you shake your Christmas stocking for new ideas to celebrate Christmas this year and nothing falls out, don't despair. Try any of these 20 Bible activities to keep ki...
Lori Haynes Niles
 
Through the stories of the Old Testament festivals, we learn that God loves for his people to celebrate! And at Christmas, celebrate we do -- with programs and parties, ...
 
Theme: God gave us his Son, Jesus. This is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Bible Reference: Luke 1:31-32a; Romans 6:23b Simple Supplies: You'll need a Bible; the...
 
Truth: Prayer can lead us to acts of service during the Christmas holiday. Make a manger from a wooden or cardboard box. Fill it with hay or shredded paper. On the fir...
 
Truth: Prayer prepares us for Christmas Wrap the Christmas figures from a crèche (nativity) scene and bring them to class in a box. Let each child pull out one or two fig...
 
Truth: It is good to pray in silence and stillness--Even during the excitement of Christmas. You'll need CD players and three CDs of different styles of Christmas mus...
 
Children's activity on forgiveness at Christmas / New Year Truth: When we pray for forgiveness, God cleanses our hearts. You'll need colored glass ball Christmas ornam...
Donald Hinchey
 
Use this traditional Mexican drama with your kids to tell the Christmas Bible story La Posada is an honored and traditional Mexican drama at Christmas time. In Mexican ci...
Peggy Emerson
 
Rev up your Christmas program with the best principles from vacation Bible school. How many times have you walked into a Christmas program rehearsal to find kids sitting,...
 
A dozen new ideas that'll capture everyone's attention for Jesus--the real center of Easter. "Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mou...
 
Inspire, delight, and captivate everyone in your church with these 12 memory-makers for Christmas. One of the most treasured gifts you can give another person is a...
 
Our readers' favorite ways to harvest fun. HEART ATTRACT All Ages To help children have a heart for your community, play this familiar game with a twist. Tape a la...
 
Easter Week gets off to a spirited start when it includes family devotions, service projects, easy crafts, yummy snacks, fun games, a complete Seder Meal plan, and more! ...
 
AN EASTER BONFIRE Early Christians often lit bonfires on the night before Easter to represent the light coming into the world through Christ. You also can use this traditi...
TRACY NEREM
 
PALM BRANCH COOKIES Your kids will enjoy making and eating these cookies. To make the dough, you'll need 1/3 cup shortening, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 egg, 3 cups sifted flour, 1/2...
 
l. Point of View-(Supplies: Bible.)Say: Look around this room. What do you see? If you were a tiny baby lying in on the floor, what would you see? Say: Listen as I tell t...
Debbie Trafton O'Neal
 
Four fun ways to celebrate the Christmas season. DECK THE HALLS Hang a string of small white lights around your classroom doorway to welcome children. Get even more cr...
Cindy Nelson
 
Use this Christmas lesson to help children celebrate Jesus' birthday. 1. Come to the Party!-Show children a package wrapped in birthday gift wrap. Ask: Has anyone had ...
 
Bible Activity: Our Gifts-Show children an empty manger. *Say: A manger is a food dish for cows. But for baby Jesus, it was a bed. Jesus came to earth to help us be kind. ...
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