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


  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


  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


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring


  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.

Joseph’s Coat Of Many Colors Bookmark

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The story of Joseph is filled with many twists and turns. You have a young boy and God reveals to him that his family will one day bow down to him. This promise from God comes as a big surprise to his family and gives his brothers more of a reason to hate him. As we find out his brothers planning to kill him ultimately sell him off as a slave. What happened to Gods promise? Did He forget? God never abandoned Joseph and Gods promise to Joseph came true. God used Joseph to save the nation of Israel. God remembers His promises! God always keeps His promises! God never forgets His promises and that is exactly what kids will remember by doing this craft.

Coat Of Many Colors

The kids can stick it in their Bibles as a constant reminder that God always remembers His promises.


  1. Print out the template. (Template)
  2. Color and cut out all the pieces of the template.
  3. Glue the coat piece onto the rectangular piece.
  4. Glue the assembled bookmark onto a piece of colored cardstock or construction paper.
  5. Cut the bookmark out of the cardstock or construction paper leaving a small border.

If you like you can also use glitter glue to make the bookmark sparkle.

Noahs Ark

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Noah’s ark is a favorite Bible story for many children, and this easy paper plate craft is a great way for kids to make a fun take home reminder of the lesson.

Noahs Ark


  1. Print the template. (Template)
  2. Paint a paper plate blue.
  3. Color then cut out the rainbow and the ark. (I recommend you use crayons or color pencils. As you can see I used markers and the browns and black are really dark, especially on the  animals.)
  4. Glue the ark onto the plate.
  5. Finally glue the rainbow onto the plate. If you choose not to use the rainbow, you can paint a rainbow across the top edge of the plate instead.

Homemade Watercolor Paint

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 Have you ever wanted to make your very own watercolor paint? Homemade watercolor paint comes together easily with a few simple ingredients. Making it is easy, the hard part is waiting for it to dry.



  • 4 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • food coloring


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the baking soda and the white vinegar until it stops fizzing.
  2. Add the corn syrup and the cornstarch until you have a smooth consistency.
  3. Pour the mixture into individual egg carton cups, filling each about a third to halfway. You can also buy empty water color trays online.
  4. Add five to eight drops of food coloring to each cup, mixing it in thoroughly until you get the color you are looking for.
  5. Let the paint dry overnight.

White Dove

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This craft can be done for different bible stories and adapted for each one. It is very versatile. It can be used for:

  •  Teaching children the story of Noah. (Genesis 6-9) You can add a branch to the birds mouth for this story.
  • Teaching children when Jesus was baptized. (Matthew 3)
  •  Or you can teach about who the Holy Spirit is.

If you have any other ideas about what other bible stories this craft can be applied to I would love to read them in the comments section.


  1. Print out the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out the body, the wings and the feathers.
  3. Snip each individual feather around the border of the feather. (For a nice effect, before snipping the feathers, crumble them up, then snip each individual feather around the border).
  4. Then glue the feathers onto each wing. (Eight on the bottom and six on the top).
  5. Glue the wings to the body.
  6. Finally color in the beak. If the child chooses he can draw on the feet.

King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue

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Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were remembering the promises of God. They were trusting in God. They believed that God was able to keep them from harm and deliver them from the evil intended against them. They were trusting in God; not in their cleverness or in their strength. They did not back down or worship the idol; they did not lie and say that they had served Nebuchadnezzar’s gods. They stood their ground and trusted God. God delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from their troubles. God will keep His children from harm.

“The LORD will protect you and keep you safe from all dangers. The LORD will protect you now and always wherever you go.” Psalm 121:7-8

Gold Statue


  1. Print out the templates. (Template)
  2. Color the flames, the main picture with the furnace and the half circle.
  3. Cut out the flames and half circle.
  4. Glue the flames onto the half circle, then cut the half circle in half.
  5. Fold and crease each piece of the half circle to form a hinge.
  6. Glue each piece of the half circle to the main picture with the furnace.

Lazarus Raised From The Dead

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Mary and Martha went through the lose of their brother. But Jesus used this opportunity so that the faith of His disciples and Mary and Martha could be strengthened. So that they could see who Jesus truly was and so that He and the Father would be glorified. Their suffering was necessary so that they could learn that they could completely trust in Jesus.

God allows suffering in our life too. But He does this so we can learn to depend on Him; to put our faith and trust in Him. We should also learn to be thankful for these hard situations because many times this is when we learn and grow.

“For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant loving-kindness. For He does not afflict willingly or grieve the sons of men.” Lamentations 3:32-33



  1. Print out the templates. (Template)
  2. Cut out the body figure.
  3. Glue strips of napkin or paper towel pieces to the figure, until completely covered at different angles.
  4. When dry cut of any excess napkin or paper towel.
  5. Color the main image.
  6. Glue on the finished figure to the main image.