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Hershey Bar Wrap
Valentine's Day Gift And/Or Witnessing Tool
Looking for a fun treat to pass our to your kiddos for Valentine's Day? Looking for an easy witnessing tool?
Simply download the wrapper or your choice, cut it out, wrap around a full-size Hershey bag, and tape...That's it! Easy Peasy!
Hershey Bar Wrapper
Easter - Outreach and Witnessing Tool
baseball cross craft
Baseball Cross Craft
Hosting a Sports VBS or looking for something unique and memorable?
Check out this "sweet" craft...with a hidden surprise...a fun game and a framed craft that will actually make it all the way home!
What you will need:
Baseballs...and lots of them...one for each child. Check with the Highschool baseball team...they will probably have exactly what you need. I received two 5 gallon buckets of balls.
Frames (8X10)...If you can't afford frames then heavy cardboard will work. (If you are making it for the Pastor or for your volunteers...invest in a frame. It makes all the difference)
Hot glue and a glue gun
Sandpaper (if you are using frames)
Black or brown spray paint if you are using frames)
Before You Begin:
Remove the back and the glass from the frames and set them aside. (Adults will be assembling the frames when done...kids WILL NOT be handling the glass)
Spray paint the frames either black or brown
Run copies of the frame tags
I burn around the edges however, it is a lot of work and you must do it over a sink for the ones that start burning too fast and get away from you. Simple tags are fine...or you can brew a cup of coffee or tea and sprinkle the tags and allow to dry.
Cut the strings on the balls...Just use a razor blade knife and rin it along the seams.
Test one of two to see if your kids are old enough to remove the skins from the balls.
ONE BALL MAKES ONE CROSS...THERE ARE TWO PIECES TO THE BASEBALL SKIN
Time to create!
Give each child some sandpaper and allow them to scuff up their frames (Kids LOVE to sand)
Give each child the CARDBOARD backing to their frame.
Allow each child to arrange their ball skins into the shape of a cross, glue them down and press for a couple of minutes.
Helpers may have to go back later and add some hot glue behind each piece to make sure that it does not fall off.
Give each child a tag and allow them to glue the tag onto their craft.
After the skin is taken off of each baseball, you will be left with a ball of string. Hidden inside each ball of string is a little tiny rubber ball (See photo below).
Have one of the tiny balls available to show the children.
Give each child one ball of string and have them locate the starting point of the string.
On "Go" each child will start unwinding their ball of string. The object is to get to their rubber ball first. You may want to do this in rounds if you have a lot of kids. It takes a lot of room and the balls will be rolling everywhere.
NOTE: The string will occasionally break. If it does, they simply find a new starting place on their ball and continue to unwind.
FUN! FUN! FUN!
Rubber balls are tiny so use your discretion as to whether they go home with the kids or not. You can always give them to the parents and let them be the judge.
While the children are playing the game, have your helpers work on re-assembling the frames...or send them home later.
Use caution when working with the glass!!!
FYI: Empty frames create a perfect photo opportunity...See pics below!
Chalk Board Thoughts
Keep a small chalkboard handy for "Chalk Board Thought" just pull it out at random times and ask the children what their thoughts are on different subjects, what their take away from the lesson was, what their take away from the day was, etc.
The "Chalk Board Thoughts" are great for camp. Put the pics into a slide show and play it for your church members when the children return from camp...AMAZING response from your members!
What could be better than an Oooey, gooey, campfire cone? Nothing
And what makes it even better is that you do not have to build a campfire to enjoy!
Follow a few simple steps:
1. Take a sugar cone, stuff it with all your favorites...chocolate chips, white chips, butterscotch chips, caramel bits, sprinkles
and LOTS of mini marshmallows etc. (It's up to you!)
2. Wrap it in aluminum foil
3. Toss it in the campfire...or the oven.
4. Leave it long enough for everything to melt together.
5. Remove it from the fire
Scripture Lanterns (Light)
1. Have each child select their favorite scripture that refers to Jesus being "light"
2. Copy and enlarge each scripture
3. Cut around the scripture in a scalloped fashion. Leaving lots of space so that the edges can be burned. Note: Run 2-3 of each scripture verse just in case they do not burn correctly.
4. Carefully burn around the edges of each scripture making sure not to burn any of the actual scripture. An adult should do this and burn only a small section at a time.
Gather the following supplies
1 jar (with a lip) for each child
Each child's chosen verse
1 battery-powered candle per child.
On Craft Day
Mix the glue with water to make a thin glue (decoupage)
Give each child a jar, their verse, a small paintbrush, a small paper plate with decoupage on it.
The child will paint the back of the memory verse with the decoupage and stick to the jar.
The child will paint another layer of decoupage over the memory verse making sure that all edges are stuck well. Don't over-paint the jar with decoupage or the verse will rip. If it rips, just use a little decoupage and mend it,
The child will then paint their entire jar (outside and inside) with a thin layer of decoupage.
Once the decoupage is dry, wrap a string around the jar (under the lip) a couple of times and tie it in a knot.
Create a handle using string or a thin wire.
Place a candle inside each jar.
Spa Day - I Feel Loved
It's Spa day...and who doesn't like a trip to the spa?
A Spa day can be as elaborate or as simple as your time and budget allow.
You can host your own girl's spa day, a mother/daughter spa day, visit a salon, have someone from a salon do manicures and pedicures at the church, have each girl do someone else's nails, etc.
The sky is really the limit.
One special place to implement a salon day is at camp. We all have downtime at camp so why not host a "Spa" day in your cabin?
Take plenty of polish, face mask, moisturizer, warm wash clothes, towels, etc. and invite everyone from your cabin to participate. (Look for non-allergenic or gentle products. Before sharing with other churches, check with their leaders.)
Don't forget the adults in your cabin...they need a spa break too and allowing the girls to pamper them a
little is a great way for them to interact with their girls.
It's a great way for your girls to meet children from other churches.