Ezekiel Preaches To The Dry Bones Sandbox Treasure Hunt

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Kids love sticking their hands in the sandbox on a warm day. As a kid that was the first thing I did when we would go to the park.  This simple activity helps reinforce the story of Ezekiel and it will only cost a couple of bucks to do this. Plus it offers countless hours of fun.

Buy a bag or two of plastic bones. You can get then all the same size or mix and match.

Bones

Bury the plastic bones in a sandbox in different depths. You can provide your kiddos with shovels, brushes or they can dig right in and use their hands. Remember to count how many you buried so you know if your kids have dug them all up.

This activity can also be adapted for any bible lesson. Just buy plastic toys in the shapes and sizes you will need for your lesson.

Sandbox

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Homemade Finger Paints

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Buying finger paints at the store can get really expensive. They run out as soon as you buy them and worse of all you would not want your kiddos sticking their fingers in their mouths.

By no means is this recipe being promoted as edible, but you will not have to worry about your kids eating strange chemicals. So grab a piece of paper and a couple of little hands and have fun.

Hand Paint

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients, minus the food coloring, in a small saucepan and warm until the mixture thickens.
  2. Let it completely cool. If the paint comes out too thick thin it out with a little bit of water, until you get your desired consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into airtight small containers (empty glass baby food jars are great for this).
  4. Add a few drops of  food coloring to each container until you get your desired color.

Goliath BullsEye Target

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David and Goliath is the story of a young boy named David who wins a battle against a giant named Goliath through the power and dependence on God. Goliath is very intimidating and none of the Israeli trained soldiers dare to challenge him. Yet with God’s help David is able to take him on armed only with a slingshot and stone, without even wearing any armor to protect him. This game helps illustrate this famous story and can help teach children to allow God to fight their battles for them and to have faith in the strength of God, even against great odds.

Goliaths Bullseye Target

You can use a variety of items when you play this game to try and land them on the target. A few ideas: small/aquarium sized stones, gray clay dried out to resemble stones, small bean bags, crumpled pieces of gray construction paper. If you  laminate the target you can flick dimes as if you were playing shuffleboard.  And for your older kids, if you trust them enough :), you can enlarge it and pin it behind a cork board. They can then try to hit the target using darts.

Instructions

  1. Print the template on cardstock. (Template)
  2. Color and cut all three pieces.
  3. Glue the target onto the face piece.
  4. Finally glue the smallest piece on top of the target piece.

Optional: Laminate the target using self laminating sheets or contact paper.

I Can Pray

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Children should be taught how to pray at a young age. Tell them what prayer is. Give them examples of prayers in Scripture. Tell them they can pray throughout the day wherever they are. Christians can have faith in the promises of Gods Word. The Bible tells us that “the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.” Psalm 34:15

This craft will serve as a reminder and let the kids know they can pray at any time.

I Can Pray When I…

Play

I Can Pray 4

Go To Bed

I Can Pray 3

Eat

I Can Pray 2

Do My Chores

I Can Pray 1

Instructions

  1. Print the templates. (Template)
  2. Color both circles.
  3. Cut out both circles.
  4. Glue both circles onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock for strength. Optional
  5. Make a small hole into the middle of the circles. Stick a metal brad through it. Open and bend the legs.

The Miracle Of The Fish And The Coin

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Jesus did many miracles while on earth. One that is generally not talked a lot about was telling Peter to open a fish’s mouth and having him find a coin inside. This would be a great story to do for your children’s ministry.

The Miracle Of Fish And Coin

Instructions

  1. Print out the template. (Template)
  2. Color in the coin.
  3. Cut out a triangular shape from a paper plate. The triangular piece will be used as the fin.
  4. Cut out the scale, the coin and the eye.
  5. Use the scale as a template and trace it onto different colored construction paper.
  6. Cut out the scales from the construction paper.
  7. Glue the scales onto the fish in a random or specific order. Use your imagination; you can get amazing color combinations.
  8. Glue scales onto the fin in the same order as the body of the fish.
  9. Cut off any excess scales from the rim of the paper plate and fin.
  10. Glue the fin to the body.
  11. Finally glue the eye and the gold coin to the fish.

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

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God gave Joseph amazing dreams, but time and time again Joseph goes through many difficulties and tribulations. During this difficult time he never gets angry at God or shows any resentment towards Him. Joseph completely trusted God because he knew that God never abandoned Him. One day God gives Pharaoh two strange dreams that no one seems to be able to interpret. Luckily for the Pharaoh there is one man in prison who can give him the meaning behind his dreams. A God fearing man who would rise to become second in command over Egypt and be used by God to save the nation of Israel.

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dream

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out each piece.  Make sure to leave the blank rectangle attached on the nose.
  3. Glue the body of the cow onto a piece of cardstock or construction paper.
  4. Next glue on the head to the body on the same piece of construction paper.
  5. Cut out the figure.
  6. Fold the blank rectangle on the nose back and then glue the nose to the head of the cow. The top ridge of the nose will align with the 4 dash lines on the cows head.
  7.  Glue the cow foot to a popsicle stick and allow it to dry.
  8. Make a small cut with scissors or a knife on the tongue, just big enough for the popsicle stick to be able to go through it.
  9. Stick the popsicle stick inside through the slit.

From the back of the cows head the children will be able to move the popsicle stick up and down, back and forth. This will make it appear as though the leg is moving inside the mouth.

In App Purchases

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How many of us would give our children our credit card and send them into a toy store by themselves? I hope not many of you :).

In the last couple of weeks there has been a big uproar over “freemium” apps and in-app purchases. Freemium apps are apps that are free to download but give you the ability to purchase items to help you progress or finish the game faster.

In App Purchase

You can find countless stories online of parents receiving their credit card bill and discovering they have been charged hundreds of dollars in in-app purchases.

This post is not about how evil these developers are or how Apple and Google should warn parents and give refunds. It is not about blaming the parent either; although parents should be informed when it comes to giving your child an expensive device that requires a credit card on file.

No, this post is about equipping parents and giving them the tools they need to be informed.

Thankfully it is fairly easy to block in-app purchases. Just follow the simple steps below to put a barrier before unauthorized purchases from your device.

For iOS

  1. Start the Settings app from your home screen, and select the General submenu.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Restrictions option.
  3. Enable Restrictions and set an easy for you to remember password, which should, however, not be easy to guess for users of your gear.
  4. With the password entered twice, go down to the Allowed Content option, and put the In-App Purchases slider in the Off position. This way the phone or tablet will ask for a passcode each time an in-app purchase attempt is detected.

With iOS you can also open a separate account for you child using iTunes gift cards. When the amount on the card is used up the child will not be allowed to download any apps that are not free.

For Android

  1. Start the Google Play Store app from the homescreen.
  2. Tap on the Menu button and pick Settings.
  3. Scroll down to the User Controls submenu, and tap on the Set or Change PIN option.
  4. Choose a PIN that will be easy for you to remember, but hard for the kids to guess, and reenter it after pressing OK..
  5. Now checkmark the box next to the Use PIN for purchases option, and the phone will ask for the digit code with each in-app purchase try.

For Windows Phone 8

  1. On Start , tap Kid’s Corner  and then tap Next. (You can also get to Kid’s Corner via Settings  in the App list.)
  2. To add content to Kid’s Corner, tap GamesMusicVideos, or Apps, select the items you want to add, and then tap Done
  3. When you’re finished adding things, tap Next.
  4. If your phone doesn’t already have a lock screen password, you’ll have a chance to set one now and ensure that your child can’t get to your Start screen from Kid’s Corner. Tap Set password, type your password, and then tap Done.
  5. Tap Finish to leave setup and open Kid’s Corner.

For Kindle Fire

  1. To enable Parental Controls, visit Settings (first tap “More” in the menu) on your device and select the “Parental Controls” option.
  2. On the next screen, select “On” located on the right side. The feature will then ask you to create a Parental Controls password that will be required to purchase any content on your Kindle Fire. Please note that once you select this setting, your password will need to be entered before every purchase.

I urge anyone that lends their smartphone or tablet to their child (or maybe you bought one specifically for them) to take a few minutes to make these changes in order to avoid any headaches down the line.

Feeding The 5,000

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Jesus feeds 5,000 is also referred to as the fishes and loaves miracle. This is a quick and easy craft so the kiddos will remember your Bible lesson.

Feeding 5000

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out each piece.
  3. Glue the fish and loves behind the basket in a random order.
  4. Glue the whole thing onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
  5. Cut out the whole figure.
  6. Your kids can write the memory verse on the back.

If you decide to use the small template, after the kids have finished it you can glue a magnet to the back and they can place it on their fridge.

Your Word Sweeter Than Honey

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“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Psalm 119:103

This is the attitude our children should have towards God Word. We should teach them to desire Scripture. Children should want to read it. They should want to memorize it. Our goal should be that through the work of the Holy Spirit, the authoritative truth of the Bible might be understood and embraced so students may see and interpret all of life through the truth of Scripture.

Your Word Sweeter Than Honey

Instructions

  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out each piece.
  3. Glue the honeycomb onto a piece of cardstock or construction paper for strength.
  4. Trace each hexagon with orange marker. Alternatively you can also use glitter glue around each hexagon.
  5. Glue the leaves to the side of the flower.
  6. Glue the banner onto the honeycomb and then the flower to the banner.
  7. Finally glue the bees onto the honeycomb.

Homemade Sidewalk Paint

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You can always buy kids’ paint from the store, but where’s the fun in that? Here is a craft for the little ones to keep them occupied. It’s inexpensive, easy, and creative. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try.

Cornstarch Paint

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Mix the cornstarch and the water.
  2. Pour the mixture into a cup cake tin, an equal amount in each cup.
  3. Next add in different food color to each cup and mix until smooth.

In case you are wandering, all you have to do it spray the sidewalk with the hose and it will come right off.