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Kids will enjoy cooking up this fun Bible cake--and they'll learn how to find different books in the Bible more effectively while they're at it. Photocopy this recipe, ga...
 
Objective: Kids will learn that God protects them. Stuff you'll need: Dinner-roll dough, Hershey's Kisses, cinnamon-sugar mixture in a bowl, melted margarine in a bowl, ...
 
A fun Valentine's Day snack that kids will love to make! Make soft pretzels and have kids shape them into hearts. Prepare the dough ahead of time and let the dough rise be...
 
Encourage your church to give the children in your ministry a Prayer Valentine. Around the first of February, write each child's name and age on a red cut-out heart. On the ...
 
Help kids understand that God wants us to hold Jesus in our hearts with these easy-to-make Valentine's Day cupcakes. You'll need: A prepared cake mix and strawberry prese...
 
In each issue of Children's Ministry Magazine we offer exclusive extra content, ideas, and downloadables found only at childrensministry.com as a benefit to our readers. Use...
Deb Vos and Todd Hair
 
Got time on your hands and a room full of kids-but you've used up all your lesson? Here's your indispensable guide for turning unexpected time into unexpected joy. ...
 
  Ideas for families to discover the Good News of Easter--from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday.   Palm Sunday Discovery Easter Tree of Promises...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Here's how to keep today's techno kids from "powering down" the minute they walk into your room... Recently I casually observed a mixed-age ministry program in a s...
Ali Thompson
 
"Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples' " (Luk...
 
Give each child an apple. Help children core the apple. Then have them mix together peanut butter and honey. Kids can fill their apple with the peanut butter mixture, lea...
Jody Capehart
 
HOW CHILDREN SOLVE PROBLEMS Children at this age are losing their ability to be multisensory. Somewhere between ages 6 and 8, kids begin to learn in specific ways. And th...
 
1. A Bird's Eye View-(Supplies: paper and markers.) Send children to tables with paper and markers. Say: Pretend that you were a bird at Jesus' birth. Draw what you w...
 
Theme: Celebrating Jesus' birth Verses to Devour: Matthew 2:10-11 Supplies: five gingersnap cookies, a resealable plastic sandwich bag, a teaspoon, corn syrup, creamy p...
 
Snack: You'll need: Plain sugar cookies cut in a variety of Christmas shapes, ready-to-spread icing, decorator sprinkles, and blunt knives. Directions: Let children fros...
 
Idea:You need an 8oz. clear plastic cup,1 quart of vanilla ice cream and 1 quart of strawberry ice cream and peppermint extract. Mix the extract in the vanilla ice cream....
 
Here''s an easy way to prevent spills while children enjoy painting. You'll need one baby food jar for each color, one inexpensive water color brush for each jar, a thin...
Bob Singleton
 
We were in the studio working on our new album when my music assistant and I began to rehearse the kids chorus. It's my favorite time in the studio, working with a group of ...
 
Every ministry has them -- quirky corners, pesky problems, and messy mishaps. Here are simple solutions you can use to make sense of common conundrums. WHAT A SIGHT ...
Peter Christian Olsen
 
What kids really know--and think--about the Bible "The first book of the Bible is called guinessis. God created the world. When he got tired, he took the Sabbath day...
Steven James
 
The Bible is the greatest love story ever written and the most thrilling adventure ever told. Yet all too often in children's ministry, when it's time for retelling events f...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Transforming your Sunday school classroom into an exciting learning environment for kids can be tough on a budget. Here are 19 ideas that'll cost you next to nothing... U...
 
Come and see how God's people are shining his light into the broken places of children's lives. "God is good." For some children, they're not so sure that's true -- ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Minimize negativity and create a positive atmosphere with these tips... A negative child often seeks love and craves attention. A negative attitude, though, can disrupt y...
Scott Kinner
 
How would you feel if you broke your arm and the emergency room doctor handed you a bottle of aspirin and said, "Take two of these and go home and rest"? And as you pondered...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Create a tasty celebration of God's creation that will be a hit at snack time. For this simple recipe you will need: Stuff: Bugles corn snacks, vanilla frosting, fruit-fl...
 
Help kids learn that with God we can overcome problems and fears with the help of this Bible activity. I Can't Jar I have an "I can't" jar in my classroom. When kids sa...
Reader Submitted
 
Our Sunday school sponsors a Secret Valentine program for our entire church each year. We ask everyone (ages 3 and over) to sign up two weeks after Christmas. We assign each...
Reader Submitted
 
February means Valentine's Day -- a great time to help children share God's love with others! Here are fun, fast, and meaningful ways to share God's love in your classroom w...
Reader Submitted
 
A Valentine's Day Bible activity that will show your children's ministry kids the depth of God's love. Theme: Valentine's Day Text: 1 John 4:10-11 Preparation: Give...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Use these ideas to help kids who are struggling through stressful times. Kids are under a lot of stress -- at school, in extracurricular activities, and at home. A study ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
download a PDF of this Children's Ministry Magazine Extra here All people learn differently -- regardless of age. Whether you look through the lens of Gardner's Multipl...
 
Imagination and discovery-these are elements of learning that are hard to tap in elementary-age children when they're sitting behind a desk. Play is an essential learning to...
Reader Submitted
 
To help children understand the meaning of Christ's empty tomb, make this fun and tasty treat. Supplies: 1 can refrigerated breadstick dough Large marshmallows Spray ma...
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/...
Sue Geiman
 
"Feelings" are more than an old song; they're the key to amazing learning in your classroom! I sit on the bench under the trees, smiling as I see little hand- and footpri...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
If you feel like you're constantly repeating directions or shouting to get kids' attention, try unspoken cues to help kids focus and gently remind them to pay attention. ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Instead of a card, I mail out these unique birthday wishes to my kids on their special day -- along with a refreshing, sweet treat. I purchase Kool-Aid drink packets and att...
Christine Yount Jones
 
  Your kids can grasp a lot more than you think When 4-year-old Craig thought about Jesus "coming into his heart"--a common metaphor for salvation-he had a vision...
Mary Ellen Drushal
 
Children usually learn to read by recognizing combinations of letters. Learning to teach is similar. Qualities and skills combine to make the teaching process understan...
Danielle Bell
 
3 tools to gauge kids score spiritually Growing up as an avid soccer player, I was blessed with a high school coach who poured countless hours of drills and skills int...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Summertime means vacations, relaxation, special activities, and company -- it also means kids miss church more than usual. Use these ideas to keep in touch with your kids ov...
Dale Hudson
 
Feedback from parents is vital to your ministry's growth, health, and longevity. Here's the ultimate guide on how to ask for it. Parents are our greatest allies in ch...
Carol Younger
 
Storytelling tips for the novice and the expert. It can happen in almost any class. Kids are engaged in learning through hands-on experiences, and then it hits. The class...
 
Nurturing conversations with God and children at every stage. Prayer is as simple as a conversation with a best friend and as powerful as asking a king for help. How can...
Larry Shallenberger
 
How to make it the book for kids! Poll a thousand Sunday school teachers and you'll find a thousand teachers who want to pass on their love of the Bible to children. Ea...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Understand how kids of all ages make friends and how you can nurture friendships Ages 2 to 4 Sharing Young children depend on others to help them develop positive s...
Rick Chromey
 
The great Bible teachers leave a mark. They masterfully carve God into our lives. They reveal an inconceivable forgiveness. They expose divine opportunities. They detail ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Fall is a good time to give Bibles to the children in your program. Many churches make this an annual event and give Bibles to a certain age group each year during a special...
Lisa Wheeler
 
I failed him. His drawing made it clear. I'd asked the kids to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. Alex drew an open Bible, and inside he wrote, "Be nice. Be g...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
First of all, I help each first-grade girl fill out a get-to-know-you sheet with questions about her address, phone, family, interests, and more. I put all these forms in a ...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Time is money." We've all heard that. But time is a lot more than just money -- it's the most precious, non-recyclable commodity we have. For some teachers, time is somet...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
With "Vote for Me" signs and posters beginning to pop up everywhere we look, it's no doubt kids know that election season is right around the corner (November 4 this year). ...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Out With the Old Use this station to give thanks for the blessings of 2008. Provide parchment-style paper for families to write down things they've been thankful for over t...
Susan Shadid
 
Have you ever been in a classroom where you can see or hear another group of kids interacting and having fun -- and you're not? The other teacher and group are lively, but y...
Nancy Sutton
 
The class ends, and you plop into a chair to quietly ponder the morning. I started class with prayer. The kids recited the Bible verse. They even knew all the answers to ...
Steve Merritt
 
Once on a trip, when our car unexpectedly stopped moving forward, a cranky tow truck driver showed up looking like a grizzly bear rudely awakened from his winter hibernation...
Kristi Rector
 
Uh, oh! Those words, spoken by a child, can send a chill of dread down the spine of every teacher -- what catastrophe awaits? Kids seem to naturally attract small disast...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Several years ago, we asked over 900 kids to tell us what they liked best about Sunday school. One of their top answers was snacks. So, if you really want to capture kids...
 
Just for Today I've been the Christian preschool director for years, and I remember how hard we worked to make learning unforgettable for that first class of preschoolers...
 
Research shows that laughter plays an important role in both physical and mental health. Laughter releases endorphins, chemicals in your body that produce an overall feel-go...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
Decorate a bucket and lid, and each week send it home with a different child to fill with treats to share the next week. On the lid, secure information including number of k...
Jennifer Root Wilger
 
HOW CHILDREN ARE MOTIVATED Children at this age are motivated by approval. They're making exciting advances in their physical abilities, and they look to adults to affir...
Terry Vermillion
 
In this corner, weighing 165 pounds: Brad Fife, Sunday school teacher extraordinaire. In that corner, weighing .10 pounds: the champion, fuddy-duddy Sunday school curric...
Children's Ministry Magazine
 
The questions kids ask about God-and how to respond. "God can change himself into a baby," 4-year-old Nicholas mused. To many children, God is a magical being that ma...
Lori Haynes Niles
 
No two snowflakes are alike. These amazingly complex demonstrations of God's handiwork are absolutely unique, shaped by a complex interchange between temperature, moisture c...
 
Awesome new ways to use the "same old" recyclables   There's no doubt about it -- children's ministers are a resourceful bunch. We're always collecting -- paper to...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Each new Sunday school year means new faces, new personalities, and new opportunities to create a classroom environment that keeps kids coming back. Great activities, re...
Mary J. Davis
 
Bring on the white stuff with an avalanche of 20 free children's ministry activities and ideas for kids, families, and teachers... Whether kids live in the north, south, ...
Scott Kinner
 
When your lesson is broken...how to fix it every time. Here's a simple question: Looking back at your last lesson, what did your kids learn? Don't answer that too quickly...
Greg Baird
 
Resolve to do these five things, and you'll open the door to better children's ministry. Resolutions. We've all made them at some point or another. Most likely, though...
Susan Sorenson
 
10 creative ways to encourage kids in your class to pray even more. Prayer is an incredible privilege because it's communication with the living God! Yet we often strugg...
 
Look what happened when we recruited a creative mom to make over a room for the third-graders at this church! When Children's Ministry Magazine asked Kami Gilmour, a mo...
Lisa Wheeler
 
I failed him. His drawing made it clear. I'd asked the kids to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories. Alex drew an open Bible, and inside he wrote, "Be nice. Be g...
 
Say: We're going on a silent prayer walk. We won't talk to each other or to anyone we meet. I'll give hand signals to tell you when to go, stop, or turn. As we walk, we'll ...
 
Using music to help manage your children's ministry classroom 1. If children are extremely excited or unmanageable, play music with a slow tempo. It will help quell thei...
 
Clowns make children laugh. Smile. Snicker. Clowns can captivate a child without saying a word. And a clown can teach a lesson a child will never forget. Clowning involve...
Christine Yount
 
We just moved into a new house. And for three weeks we were without any television hookup. Then my husband and a friend climbed up into the attic and put in a new antenna. T...
 
Understanding the Importance of Memorial Day Don't let Memorial Day pass by without helping your kids understand the importance of honoring others. Great ways to observe ...
Pat Verbal
 
Have each child send a National Day of Prayer care package filled with goodies to a family in the armed forces. Have children list the things they're praying for them, such ...
 
Promote the National Day of Prayer with this idea. Last year we held a National Day of Prayer Poster Contest at the beginning of April. We had great participation. We ...
 
Each year at Easter we're swept away by the almost incomprehensible idea of what God's love has done for us through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Bible lesson w...
Lisa Newman
 
Since it first hit the airwaves in 1969, Sesame Street has successfully wooed preschoolers with its mix of puppets, humor, and simplicity. In fact, many parents and Sunday s...
Jennifer Hooks
 
Say goodbye to a blah classroom with these 19 quick and cheap makeover ideas. Ugh. The bleak walls. The boring layout. The stale carpet. The blank bulletin boards. You ha...
Larry Crane
 
The Apostle Paul helped lay the foundations of the Christian church. His missionary zeal and commitment to God's truths are a shining example for all Christians. To help you...
 
God is great, God is good. And we thank him for our food. Amen." Great lives of faith have taken root in simple encounters with God such as this. These initial concrete e...
Cindy Kenney
 
Theme ideas to turn up the heat when your ministry cools off... It's that time of the year. The skies are gray, the air is cold, and kids would rather be home sleepin...
Amy Nappa
 
Practical approaches to help kids dig deeper into God's Word. You burrow through the Bible, searching for choice gems of truth. When you discover them, you feel such a g...
Amy Beth Larson
 
"I work with these children because I believe that the impossible not only can happen, I believe that it will." Tony's words broke into mine, "It doesn't work. I pray al...
Lisa Cowman
 
Use this list of 19 time-fillers to make that extra class time positive learning time. AGES 2 AND 3 -Ring Around the Rosie-Play the usual way but sing, "With kindness,...
 
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 cand...
Dick Gruber
 
I just received a card from the parents of a boy in my church. The boy's name is Lance. Two and a half years ago when I met Lance, he was the ring leader in a plot to ru...
 
Give your kids a positive shot in the arm with these ideas. If there's one thing kids need today, it's an immunity to low self-esteem. Many children are so infected by p...
 
Are you looking for ways to save money? Who isn't in these economic times? We asked readers to send in their homemade concoctions to share with you penny pinchers. You c...
Carol Younger
 
It can happen in almost any class. Kids are engaged in learning through hands-on experiences, and then it hits. The class forms a circle for story time and the mood sours. A...
Vince Isner
 
A friend was telling the story of Jesus walking on the water as a children's sermon. "As I explained to them how Peter got out of the boat and walked toward Jesus," he said,...
Ellen Javernick
 
Just as Lucy screams "dog germs" when licked by Snoopy, third- and fourth-grade boys scream "girl germs" when they have to hold hands with girls. And girls scream "boy germs...
Sheila Halasz
 
How to Keep Your Subs From Sinking: Create a survival kit to help substitute teacher succeed. My phone rang early Sunday morning. I dreaded answering it. I knew who was c...
Joyce Platek
 
Want to know how to conquer kids' learning obstacles? If after every lesson your kids can say, "We came, we saw, we heard, we touched," they'll also be able to say, "We conq...
Brent Van Elswyk
 
How children learn Bible stories--and ways to teach them. AGE 2 to 5 years HOW CHILDREN LEARN Young children like to be read to with age-appropriate books. They like ...
Julie Shaffer and Heather Ward
 
Here are 4 ways to help explain how God wants us to make wise choices for ourselves. 1. FOLLOW ME When children arrive, lead them in a game of Follow the Leader. T...
Paul White, Ph.D.
 
From: September/October 1992 Children's Ministry Magazine Keywords: News Insights AGE 2 to 4 years HOW CHILDREN REACT TO THE NEWS When preschoolers overhear stor...
Chuck Bakinderchuck
 
Kids love to laugh. They need to laugh. In fact, I would go so far as to say that without humor, children never really live. God has given people the capacity to laugh. T...
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