Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 VBS Timeline: 6-9 Months Before Your VBS

Begin your VBS planning with prayer. Pray with your ministry staff, organize a prayer team, and begin asking God to guide and direct your VBS planning. Next, choose your dates and time for your VBS program. If you do a VBS plus a sports camp, choose the dates for both. Put them on the church calendar and add them the church website.

Click on the VBS Timeline above to see the larger and expanded view. Visit Shop VBS to see the VBS overviews and Scripture themes for 2012.  At Shop VBS you can listen to music and video clips, see the daily Bible lessons, find VBS hints and tips, and read our report, "Seven Steps to a Succesful VBS." You can also download a VBS Comparison Chart we've put together to help you decide which program(s) you'd like to review.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Celebrating Jesus' Birth

For many of us, the Christmas season is a hectic time with too much to do and not enough time to do it all. But the Christmas season is really a time of preparation for Jesus’ birth. Beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through Christmas Eve is a time often called the advent season. The word advent is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming” or “arrival.” The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is recognized as the first advent. The advent season is a time to prepare spiritually for the birth of Christ.

Set aside family and/or Sunday school or children’s church time to read about the preparation for Jesus and His birth in Luke 1:1-80 through 2:20. Read a few verses at a time, letting some of your good child readers alternate with adults to take turns reading the verses. Talk about how the people of so long ago must have felt as they prepared for the birth of Jesus.

You may also want to read Matthew 1:18-24. Explain that when the angel appeared to Joseph, he told him to name the Baby Jesus, “because He will save His people from their sins.” Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves. (You may  need to explain that "sins" are the wrong things we say and do.) This took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet Isaiah: “The virgin will … give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel —which  means, 'God with us.'” This Scripture is taken from Isaiah 7:14.

Let each person describe how he feels as Christmas approaches. Take time together to remember all of the reasons you have to be joyful. Sing a favorite Christmas carol or two. Close with a prayer of thanks to God for sending His Son, Jesus, to earth.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ten Creative Ways to Thank Your Volunteers This Christmas

 Here are ten simple ways to say "thanks" to your volunteers and coworkers this Christmas. Choose one or more to try with your own group. (You may want to save some for the new year.) But remember, a simple word of encouragement or a handwritten note during the year can go a long way toward boosting your volunteers' spirits while showing your appreciation for a job well done.

Ten Creative Ways to Thank Your Volunteers
 1. Send each of your volunteers a Christmas card (add a few jewels or sparkling Christmas tree stickers to give your store-bought cards a hand-made flair). In addition to your hand-written greeting on the card, type a special note of appreciation highlighting the contributions of each volunteer.

 2. Print a personalized Christmas certificate for each volunteer. Come up with a list of characteristics to describe each of your helpers such as, "Most thoughtful, quickest diaper changer, most organized, best hugger, most grandmotherly, calmest rocking chair moves, most soothing singer, craziest, most fun-loving, best hat-wearer, most prayerful, best game leader, fastest runner, best air-guitar player, most artistic, best finger-painter, etc.) Decorate the certificates with Christmas stickers, and have the children's director and pastor sign them. Present each certificate along with a handshake as you read the description for all to hear.
3. Have a "Build Your Own Taco" night. Provide sides of tomatoes, cheese, olives, cilantro, salsa, onions, sour cream, guacamole, and lettuce. Brown ground beef or turkey and warm up flour and corn tortillas (soft and/or hard shells). You may want to ask some parents of your students to supply beans, corn, rice, and brownies (or churros) for dessert. Say a prayer of thanks for your team before letting them fill their plates. After they eat, say a brief word of appreciation about each volunteer.

 4. Purchase an inexpensive Christmas mug for each volunteer. Use a gold pen or green permanent marker to add the person's name to the mug. Fill it with a tea bag or individual coffee and a few candies.

 5. Purchase a large box of inexpensive Christmas glass ball ornaments. Use a gold pen or red and green permanent markers to add the person's name to the ornament along with the word THANKS! You may want to have your church's children's director or pastor sign it. Wrap it in an attractive gift bag and tie it with a festive ribbon.

 6. Have a Christmas tea for your volunteers. Serve muffins or scones along with various flavors of tea. Provide lemon, honey, cream, and sugar cubes. Borrow tea cups and saucers from church members. Let your parents decorate the tables with a festive centerpiece or small Christmas tree. Have each person at the table print his or her name on a slip of paper and place the slips in an envelope (one envelope per table). Draw one slip from each envelope and let the winners take home the centerpieces.

 7. Let your students trace their handprints onto green paper and cut them out. Glue 7-8 handprints into a circle (overlapping, with the fingers pointing out) to form a wreath. Have the children print THANKS on each of the wreaths, add a red bow, and tape a ribbon hanger to the back. Have the children sign their names on the back and present the handprint wreaths to your volunteers.

 8. Collect small fabric bags with ribbon drawstrings. Let your students fill each bag with chocolate Hugs™ and Kisses™ and pull the drawstring (or tie the bag with a ribbon). Have the children make small cards that say, "Hugs to you, our wonderful volunteer." Punch a hole in the corner of each card. Help the child tie the card to the ribbon. Present the candy bags to your volunteers with a word of thanks.

  9. Ask your church members and parents of your students to donate $5.00 or $5.00 gift cards to your local coffee house, music store, Christian bookstore, or department store. Use the money to buy additional gift cards so you have one for each of your volunteers. Place each gift card in an envelope labeled THANKS. Let your students decorate the envelopes with drawings and stickers of Jesus' birth or nativity scenes.

10. Make traditional Christmas crackers filled with small trinkets. Collect empty toilet tissue rolls and paper towel rolls cut in half. Gather small wrapped candies, Christmas trinkets, small notepads or sticky notes, lip balm, pins, small pens, etc. Cover one end of the cardboard roll with tissue paper and secure it with a rubber band. Let your students make a small card of thanks for each of your volunteers. Fill the tube halfway with the items you have collected. Cover the entire tube with tissue paper that's longer than the tube. Twist the ends and tape them shut or use twist ties on each end. Tape a card to each Christmas cracker and give them to your volunteers with a Christmas greeting.

However you choose to thank them, Christmas is a wonderful time show your appreciation and to thank God for blessing you with your volunteers!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Celebrate Christmas with an Outreach to Your Community

The Church Family Christmas Celebration is a complete program book with CD-ROM to help you easily plan and  organize a complete Christmas outreach to your church and community. The easy-to-use instruction guide tells you all you need to know—whether you've been planning church events for 25 years or this is your first time! Includes worship ideas, an instant Christmas pageant, promotion and programming ideas, printable family devotions, recipes for refreshments, craft instruction sheets, CD-ROM, and lots more:
  • Step-by-step instructions for planning and set-up
  • Reproducible instruction sheets and patterns
  • Christ-centered crafts
  • Worship service guides
  • Quick and easy decorations and centerpieces
  • Nativity Pageant scripts
  • Missions project ideas
  • Printable family Christmas devotions
  • CD-ROM included!
The Church Family Christmas Celebration can be used during the advent season to prepare the hearts of your congregation and community for Christmas. You choose the time frame and programming options that work best for your church. 

The reproducible bulletin inserts, posters, song sheets, recipes, pageant instructions, and much more will help you put this memory-making event together in no time at all. When your volunteers see how well organized you are, recruiting will practically take care of itself. The Church Family Christmas Celebration

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Warehouse Sale This Week!

Visit for 99¢ specials on last year's VBS materials plus curriculum, music, and books. You can save up to 80% on worship bulletins, music CDs, resource books, and lots more! These items are going fast, and many are limited in quantity.

Sale items are offered on a first-come, first served basis. So hurry on in to our warehouse and get some great deals. This is an awesome way to stock your resource room before the new year at incredible prices.

Please note: These items are offered on a final sale basis, no returns, credit card only. Expedited and Priority shipping are not available.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Amazing Wonders Space Flight VBS 2012

New from Lifeway for 2012, Amazing Wonders Aviation VBS will take children and leaders on a tour of the wonders of God's creation. As they explore God's awesome power, you'll see lives changed. This exciting VBS program is:

  • Shares the message of God's love with all ages
  • Provides witnessing resources to help kids share their faith with others
  • Teaches the ABCs of Becoming a Christian to grade-school kids
  • Serve based on your gifts and interests
  • Scheduling option to meet your church's needs
  • Easy-to-implement lesson plans
  • Ready-to-use decorations and crafts
  • Sound, relevant Bible teaching
  • Classes & age-appropriate activities for all stages of life
  • Encourages real-life application; you'll see results
  • Creates a themed learning environment
  • Provides energetic site rotations
  • Reinforces biblical content with hands-on activities
  • Scripture-based music and videos

The Sampler (Starter) Kit includes one Leader and Learner Guide for each age group from babies through preteens. Plus, it's packed with planning resources, promotional helps, music, and more to help you successfully plan your VBS.
The Super Sampler (Starter) Kit includes one Leader and Learner Guide for each age group from babies through preteens. Plus, Worship Rally resources, the Music Book, a Preschool Rotation Pack, accessories, craft pack samples, decorations, and more to help make planning VBS easy and fun. It's everything that comes in the Sampler and much more. An amazing value!

Amazing Wonders VBS is available from Lifeway. Visit Shop VBS to see all the VBS programs we offer, view details, and order your Starter Kits.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Space Quest VBS from Lifeway

Space Quest™ VBS is a great way to give kids an out-of-this-world adventure with Jesus. The Starter Kit is jam-packed with all the samples you need to assess the needs of your church and plan a Vacation Bible School of your own. Simply order curriculum and other supplies for each class separately. Club VBS is designed for a two-hour schedule for five days or one-hour schedule for ten days and includes Bible study, crafts, and recreation/snack rotations.

Club VBS: SpaceQuest™ can be used with any Bible translation and is ideal for traditional week-long Vacation Bible School, spring or fall break events, day camps, mission trips, and any mid-week programs. As kids orbit to new heights, they will explore the mission Jesus has for them in John 14:6.

The Starter Kit contains one Leader and Learner Guide for ages babies through grade six. Order other curriculum and supplies for each class separately.

Space Quest™ is available through Lifeway. Visit Shop VBS to view the VBS programs we offer, with lots of details details, and order your starter kits.

Company: Lifeway 

ID #: WW7190105 or ISBN L10339457X


Club VBS: SpaceQuest™
Kids will have a galaxy full of fun as they learn all about Jesus’ mission for them in John 14:6. Club VBS®: SpaceQuest™ is sure to be a hit wherever you use it—whether it’s Vacation Bible School, Spring Break, Fall Break, or a midweek gathering.
Jesus: The Way, the Truth, the Life!
Scripture Verse
I am the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6
Club VBS offers:
  • Two-hour schedule for five days, or one-hour schedule for ten days

  • Bible study, crafts, and recreation/snacks rotations
  • Materials usable with any Bible translation
  • Missions stories available on the Web site as a free download
  • Adult SpaceQuest Bible study available on the Web site as a free download

  • Club VBS is ideal for:
    • Traditional week-long summer Vacation Bible School

  • Spring or fall break events
  • Day camps
  • Mission trips
  • Midweek programs

  • Rotations:
    During the two-hour daily SpaceQuest™ plan, kids will attend Worship Rally and travel to three rotation sites:
    • Bible Study

  • Crafts
  • Recreation and Snacks

  • Rotation site names:
    • Bible Study Site
    • Snacks Space Station
    • Recreation Space Station
    • Crafts Space Station

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Answers in Genesis: IncrediWorld VBS

    IncrediWorld Amazement Park VBS

    The mouth-watering smell of cotton candy. The electrifying sound of thrill rides. The mesmerizing sight of animal shows. Adventure at every turn!

    It’s excitement galore as we head to Answers in Genesis’s IncrediWorld Amazement Park. So strap yourself in and get ready for the ride of your life!

    Monday is Creation Day. They go “back to the beginning” and learn all about how God created our incredible world in six actual days. They realize that God crafted this world for His glory and to provide a place for us to live and enjoy. And you know how our kids hear time and again that over millions of years, one kind of animal has changed into another kind? At IncrediWorld, they find out that God created all plants and animals “after their kind” and that those molecules-to-man evolutionary stories are simply not true! They hear that they can trust the Bible when it says, “In the beginning, God created...”!

    On Day 2, kids learn the importance of using the Bible to help us understand the world around us. They'll find out what a "worldview" is and how we need to always, always use the Bible to help us learn what is true. They'll learn to put on their "Bible glasses" so they can know right from wrong!

    Day 3 at IncrediWorld is Gospel Day. Your kids will take a thrill ride through the Bible as the begin with the bad news of Genesis 3 (we're all sinners in need of a Savior) and end with the good news of the New Testament-that Jesus came to die on the cross in our place and make a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with the Creator! They'll be challenged to think about how their "ride" will end and will learn how they can receive the gift of eternal life so that they can go to heaven!

    Day 4 is Design Day. They'll explore God's incredible world of wonders and learn how He amazingly designed the animals. As they look for the evidence of God's handiwork, they'll be encouraged to praise the Creator for His wonderful works. They'll learn that "it couldn't just happen-God made them that way!"

    For many, Day 5 will be the most exciting day of all! It's Dinosaur Day! Dinosaurs are some of God's most amazing and BIG creatures! And kids love 'em! They'll learn all about how God created dinosaurs in the beginning and why they're not around any more. Any mystery surrounding those monstrous beasts will be cleared up in a snap! The Bible gives us the truth about dinosaurs!

    IncrediWorld Amazement Park VBS Super Starter Kit 

    Price: $159.99

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Standard Publishing 2012 VBS: Adventures on Promise Island

    Each day on Promise Island, kids will see God at work in the lives of Old and New Testament Bible people and realize that God’s promises are for us, too!

    Kick off your sandals, sit back in the sand and explore the resources below. God’s promises never change, but your life definitely will!

    The Power Pak includes:
    • Ultimate Decorating Pack & Guide
    • Publicity & Recruiting CD
    • God’s Promises Poster Pack
    • Lifeguard Lagoon Bible Story Poster Pack
    • Super Fun Activity Tablecloth
    • Activity Pad
    • Coconut CafĂ© Apron
    • Art & Decorating CD
    • Kid Views DVD
    PLUS everything in the Starter Kit:
    • Director’s Guide
    • Preschool Director’s Guide
    • Planning DVD
    • Get Started Instructions
    • Samples Pack
    • All five site leader’s guides
    • Seaside Celebration Dual CD Set (Music & More)
    • Teacher guides for four age levels
    • Student books for four age levels
    • Exclusive Director’s Bible Pin Pal

    Power Pak $199.99
    Starter Kit $69.99

    Take a look at the overview:

    Click on the image above for a larger view.

    Monday, October 17, 2011

    Abingdon Press 2012 VBS: No Friend Like Jesus

    From the African talking drum to the smart-phone, people like to stay connected with friends and family. With this new VBS program from Abingdon Press, No Friend Like Jesus: Get Connected, participants will connect with God and community in a Bible-based, social networking progression from image to profile to update to friends, ultimately sending a message about faith in Jesus Christ. 

    Through Scripture, music, tech-speech, movement, crafts, app daps, video, skits, and games, kids will:
    • Grow in positive self-image and self-worth through Jesus Christ!
    • Experience Christian community face-to-face and with technology!
    • Discover a Black Tech connection!
    • Be encouraged to believe that Jesus is their BFF (best friend forever)!
    “Become friends with God, [God] is already a friend with you.” (2 Corinthians 5:20b, The Message)

    No Friend Like Jesus VBS: Starter Kit $74.99

    Check back for VBS updates and sneak previews each week. Then visit Shop VBS to compare VBS programs, view details, and order your starter kits.

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Group's Babylon VBS

    New for 2012, Group's Babylon VBS is the Bible in motion! Your kids will experience the ultimate VBS Bible-times adventure. They will learn that Daniel was way more than the guy who survived a den of hungry lions. At Babylon VBS, kids and adults will find that they're not much different from Daniel and his friends, who kept their faith in a faithless culture.

    The Babylon Ultimate Starter Kit comes complete with step-by-step instructions for planning your event, recruiting and equipping volunteers, setting a daily program schedule, and turning your church into a Bible-times adventure.

    Babylon VBS Ultimate Starter Kit: $112.50 (Reg. Price $124.99)

    Take a look at the
    Babylon VBS course overview below.
    Check back for VBS updates each week. Visit Shop VBS to see all of the 2012 VBS programs and descriptions.

    Day 1 Babylon VBS Bible Point
    Bible Point: When things change, God is with you.
    Key Verse:  "For God has said, 'I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.' " (Hebrews 13:5)
    Day 2 OxDay 2 Babylon VBS Bible Point
    Bible Point: When you need help, God is with you.
    Key Verse: "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." (Psalm 46:1)
    Day 3 OstrichDay 3 Babylon VBS Bible Point
    Bible Point: When you're afraid, God is with you.
    Key Verse: "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10)

    Day 4 LionDay 4 Babylon VBS Bible Point
    Bible Point: When you're lonely, God is with you.
    Key Verse: "I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)

    Day 5 GazelleDay 5 Babylon VBS Bible Point
    Bible Point: When you're thankful, God is with you.
    Key Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." (1 Chronicles 16:34)

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Group's Sky VBS

    Imagine kids trusting God forever... the sky's the limit!

    New for 2012, Group's Sky VBS transforms your church into the boundless blue sky! Your kids will discover that by trusting God, everything is possible:
    • No matter who you are...
    • No matter how you feel...
    • No matter what people do...
    • No matter what happens...
    • No matter where you are...

    Trust God!

    Sky VBS Ultimate Starter Kit comes complete with step-by-step instructions for planning your event, recruiting and equipping volunteers, setting a daily program schedule, and turning your church into an awesome, high-flying adventure. 

    Sky VBS Ultimate Starter Kit: $157.99

    Take a look at the 
    Sky VBS course overview below. 
    Check back for VBS updates each week. Check back here at Diapers to Disciples for VBS updates and more VBS sneak previews. We're adding more every week. Then visit Shop VBS to compare VBS programs, view details, and order your starter kits.

    Sky VBS Bible Points 
    You'll reinforce Bible learning in a big way because the daily Bible Point is carefully integrated into each activity. That's why each day is so important to the overall learning experience.
    Pat Buddy
    Day 1
    Bible Point: No matter who you are…trust God!
    Bible Verse: "People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 7)
    Bible Story: A Roman officer has faith in Jesus. (Matthew 8:5-13)

    Orville Buddy
    Day 2
    Bible Point: No matter how you feel…trust God!
    Bible Verse: "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God..." (John 14:1)
    Bible Story: Jesus brings Lazarus back to life.
    (John 11)

    Scout Buddy
    Day 3
    Bible Point: No matter what people do…trust God!
    Bible Verse: "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles." (Isaiah 40:31).
    Bible Story: Jesus is arrested and put on trial. (Matthew 26:36-27:31)

    Apollo Buddy
    Day 4
    Bible Point: No matter what happens…trust God!
    Bible Verse: "And I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love." (Romans 8:38)
    Bible Story: Jesus dies and comes back to life.
    (Matthew 27:32-28:20)

    Rockette Buddy
    Day 5
    Bible Point: No matter where you are…trust God!
    Bible Verse: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
    Bible Story: Jesus makes a beachside breakfast for his friends. (John 21:1-14)

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Gospel Light's VBS Sneak Preview: SonRise National Park

    Next summer, get ready for exciting wilderness thrills as you take your kids to beautiful SonRise National Park VBS. Kids will be awestruck by snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls, flowering meadows, soaring eagles, and herds of caribou.

    As kids explore SonRise National Park, they'll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love, and true hope!

    Best of all, as kids journey through the park, they will learn to trust Jesus as their all-powerful guide and Savior.

    SonRise Super Starter Kit ($300 value): $199.99 
    SonRise VBS Starter Kit ($150 value): $79.99

    Take a look at the SonRise VBS course overview. Click on the image below for a larger version. Check back here at Diapers to Disciples for VBS updates and more sneak previews each week. Then visit Shop VBS to compare VBS programs, view details, and order your starter kits. Most kits ship in December.

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Preparing for Harvest

    Use harvest season decorations to give your church a new, inviting look for fall. Add borders such as this Autumn in Clay Border around doorways and windows as well for traditional bulletin board trims.

    Choose creative church members to select ideas from the following suggestions. They also may have some creative ideas of their own, using items available in your community. The helpers can do the decorations themselves or form a decorating committee. Have your Sunday school classes, Bible clubs, mom's groups and others meeting at your church make harvest decorations to spruce up your church.

    Cut leaf shapes in various colors and sizes to use as wall decorations and name tags for your harvest events. (Or, if you prefer not to have to cut out leaves yourself, pick up a few Falling Leaves Designer Cutouts instead. They come in a package of 36.)

    Make pumpkin garlands from orange construction paper. Use the garlands along with orange, green, and brown crepe paper around doorways, windows, hung from the ceiling, and as runners across table tops. Decorate your bulletin boards with Pumpkin Borders (35 feet of trim).

    Ask families to bring in harvest items from home to decorate hallways, windowsills, shelves, and table tops: pumpkins, gourds, miniature bales of hay, colorful leaves, nuts, apples, squash, dried corn husks, scarecrows, baskets, bushel barrels, cornucopias, colorful rocks, pussy willows, fall flowers, etc. Make a large banner for one or more walls that reads, "The Harvest Is the Lord's." Post a similar banner at the children's eye level for your young students to decorate with crayons or markers.

    Have children draw pictures of people for whom they are thankful. Hang the pictures on the walls after they are signed by their artists. Hang Harvest Attendance Charts in your classrooms. These come with 1400 matching stickers.

    Draw harvest fruits and vegetables onto construction paper. Cut them out and hang them from drinking straws or dowel rods to make mobiles. Hang extra shapes from ceilings, windows, and in doorways.

    Collect canned food to give to a local homeless shelter or food pantry. Let your students decorate large collection boxes to place around your church campus. Have bundles of dried corn stalks standing nearby. Arrange pumpkins, squash, and dried gourds around the base. Use these as collection spots for your food drive.
    For more harvest decorating and outreach ideas, take a look at A Church Family Harvest Celebration program book with CD-ROM from Christian Ed Warehouse.

    If your church holds a harvest festival or other fall event, invite your community to join your congregation. Then invite the visitors to return for worship, Sunday school, and Bible clubs!

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Choosing Teams Creatively

    Here are a few creative ways to let your students choose teams or partners so nobody is left out or chosen last.

    1. Use a deck of children's playing cards such as GO FISH or OLD MAID. Hand out a card to each student and have them pair up with the person who has a matching card.
    2. Cut several cereal box fronts into four or five large puzzle pieces. Hand one piece to each child. The children with the interlocking pieces are on the same team. Have a race to see which team can complete its puzzle first.
    3. Group students according to birth months. If you have a smaller group of students, have January through June form one team and July through December form the other.
    4. Ask students to hold one hand behind their backs with 1-4 fingers pointing out. Group students in odd or even groups or group by numbers if you need four groups.
    5. Line up students alphabetically and split the line into equal groups. Vary lining up by first, last, and middle names.
    6. Give each child a piece of hard candy (red, purples, yellow, green, etc.) to eat. Have the children stick out their tongues to form groups of similar colors.

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    Main Street VBS: Prodigal Son Craft

    Let your students make a story wheel to help them remember the story of the Prodigal Son from Day 4 of Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street VBS. Bring a dinner-size paper plate and a paper fastener for each child and copy the pattern page below. Provide scissors, crayons or markers, and glue. Talk about the story of the Prodigal Son to help the children review the story events.

    Have the children cut out the word strips, the arrow and the story circle. Let them glue the story circle in the middle of the paper plate and glue the corresponding word strip next to each picture. Let older children help younger ones read the word strips and match them to the pictures. Punch a hole in the arrow as indicated. Poke a hole in the middle of the paper plate. Help each child add the arrow to the plate with the paper fastener.

    Talk about the events in the Bible story as the children move their arrows to the appropriate picture. Then say the memory verse together a few times.

    Click on the image below to download the craft pattern for just $3.99. Then make as many copies as you need for your students.

    Click on the image above to download the craft.