Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Make Some Vacation Bible School Crafts With Me

Having taught 3-year-olds in Sunday school, I discovered there is not a whole lot out there for this age group.

VBS crafts, Christian crafts, crafts for Sunday school, castle craft, shield craft, Bible verse crafts, paper lantern directions, praying hands crafts, crafts for preschool, star wand crafts, VBS crafts, vacation Bible school craftsCrafts, that came with pre-packaged programs, were way beyond their skill level, attention span and time available.

Vacation Bible School programs were not really much different.  They had wonderful activities for older kiddo's, but again materials and crafts for this age group were lacking.

The director of our Children's ministry, asked me if I could design 5 quickie crafts with Bible verses for the 3,4, and 5 year-old age group for this year's VBS.

They group them together, as it's never that big of a group, despite having anywhere from 100-200 kids.

VBS crafts, Christian crafts, crafts for Sunday school, castle craft, shield craft, Bible verse crafts, paper lantern directions, praying hands crafts, crafts for preschool, star wand crafts, VBS crafts, vacation Bible school craftsI love designing crafts and helping out, so this was a no brainer "Sure!"

Since I've had several requests for Christian teaching materials, I thought I'd post these, as they turned out really cute.

Their theme this year was Stand Strong in the Kingdom, so I made castles, crowns, and knight shields, however these crafts are general enough that they could work for just about anything.

VBS crafts, Christian crafts, crafts for Sunday school, castle craft, shield craft, Bible verse crafts, paper lantern directions, praying hands crafts, crafts for preschool, star wand crafts, VBS crafts, vacation Bible school craftsSo people wouldn't have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff, I designed the crafts trying to use materials I knew were readily available.

To make all of the projects pictured, you'll need: construction paper, card stock (for the shields), aluminum foil, scissors, glue sticks, crayons, rhinestones, glitter, curling ribbon, foam, a stapler, hole punch, brass brads, pipe cleaners, tooth picks, Elmer's glue, sticky notes, scrap paper (to use as work mats, newspaper works wonderful) and gold glitter.

VBS crafts, Christian crafts, crafts for Sunday school, castle craft, shield craft, Bible verse crafts, paper lantern directions, praying hands crafts, crafts for preschool, star wand crafts, VBS crafts, vacation Bible school craftsI find it best with this age group to skip giving directions. Simply hold up your sample and say, "I'm so excited! We're going to make a castle today!"

Whatever craftivity you are doing with little ones, do NOT pass out all of the materials at once.

This is not only overwhelming for them, they also won't sit still long enough for you to say, do this first, only using these materials. ie for the castle:

1. Pass out castle. Have them cut out.  Have them pre-cut for 3's.
2. Pass out pre-cut triangles. Have them glue the triangles to the castle.
3. Have them cut the door.  Remind them not to cut this completely out, but STOP so there's a hinge.  Show sample at each step.
4. Pass out the door verse and have them glue it behind the castle door.
5. Pass out turrets. Have them roll the turrets. Staple to the castle.
6. Pass out brown crayons to color the door and write their name on their castle.
7. Read the verse together and explain why they did the project, so they can share that info with their parents.

I thought it would be cute to add a toothpick flag. These can be pre-made; ask the child where they want their flag.  

VBS crafts, Christian crafts, crafts for Sunday school, castle craft, shield craft, Bible verse crafts, paper lantern directions, praying hands crafts, crafts for preschool, star wand crafts, VBS crafts, vacation Bible school craftsScotch tape it to the back. Do not let 3's hold the toothpicks.

I made the flag with a sticky note.  No glueing necessary and it wraps right around the toothpick!

Children who finish early can work with a helper learning their verse.

Preparation for these projects is simple.  Run off the templates on construction paper, and pre-cut the smaller pieces to expedite things.

I traced a child's "praying" hand once on a folded sheet of paper and then cut once to make 2.

For the "lamp unto my feet" you need to fold the yellow lanterns in half horizontally for easier cutting. I traced a child's foot with their shoe on.

VBS crafts, Christian crafts, crafts for Sunday school, castle craft, shield craft, Bible verse crafts, paper lantern directions, praying hands crafts, crafts for preschool, star wand crafts, VBS crafts, vacation Bible school craftsClick on the link to view/download the Kingdom Crafts.

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1-2-3 Study Community Helpers and Shapes With Me!

Whenever I'm working on a theme, I try to design things that cover a variety of standards. 

2D shapes, hexagon activities, shape activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape lessons, shape booklet, easy reader booklet shapes, common core shapes, pentagon activities, octagon activities, Daily 5Making a booklet featuring community helpers that would incorporate the 8 2D flat shapes, that students need to recognize, was a lot of fun. 

I could have listed a lot of community helpers who work with a rectangle shape, but thought a teacher using their blackboard, was the most appropriate.

2D shapes, hexagon activities, shape activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape lessons, shape booklet, easy reader booklet shapes, common core shapes, pentagon activities, octagon activities, Daily 5This activity will help with the Common Core State Standard:K.G.1 as well as a variety of reading standards.

Students read the sentences; trace and write the shape word, trace and draw the shape, and then cut & glue the appropriate picture to the box.

The booklet makes a nice Daily 5 activity.

Click on the link to view/download the Community Helpers Take Shape easy reader.

2D shapes, hexagon activities, shape activities, 2D shape activities, 2D shape lessons, shape booklet, easy reader booklet shapes, common core shapes, pentagon activities, octagon activities, Daily 5After I completed the 2D shape booklet, I thought it would be fun to design a community helper easy reader featuring 3D shapes.

Click on the link to view/download Community Helpers Shape Up.

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1-2-3 Come Make a "Berry" Special Card With Me!

Are you looking for a quick and easy "craftivity" card to say thank you to special volunteers, room helpers, secretaries or perhaps a student teacher?

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Run off the cover and inside of the card on red construction paper.

If you are making more than one card for a number of people, have students sign the master first and then run it off.

Include a group photograph to make it even more special.

Choose a student, perhaps the child of your room helper, and trace their hand on a folded sheet of green construction paper.

Cut once and add the 2 "leaf" sprays to the top of the cover.

So that the card flips up, hinge the two strawberries together with a staple.

If this is a gift, you may want to include it with a basket of strawberries that are in season and rather inexpensive at this time.

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A fun activity to do with your students, is to melt chocolate in a mini crockpot or microwave and have children make chocolate covered strawberries for mom, dad, or those special volunteers.

Click on the link for an easy recipe. Chocolate covered strawberries.

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1-2-3 Come Do More Community Helper Activities With Me!

Since the other community helper activities have been such a huge hit, I decided to design a few more. If you missed the other 2 community helpers articles, simply scroll down. They come after the strawberry and sailboat blogs.

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community helpers, community helpers activities, community helpers lessons, community helpers writing prompts, common core community helpers, list of community helpers, alphabetical list of community helpers, community helpers alphabet booklet, community helpers interview, community helpers daily 5, community helpers class books, I've included a clipboard template, with an interview form for students to follow and fill in.  Completed pages also make a nice class book.

Click on the link to view/download the Community Helper Interview writing prompt.

community helpers, community helpers activities, community helpers lessons, community helpers writing prompts, common core community helpers, list of community helpers, alphabetical list of community helpers, community helpers alphabet booklet, community helpers interview, community helpers daily 5, community helpers class books, Finally, I made a Community Helpers Alphabet Booklet

Students color, trace and write the upper and lowercase letters and then write down a community helper that begins with that letter.

If you need help thinking of community helpers and their occupations, I've compiled a list of over 300 and put them in alphabetical order from astronaut to zookeeper.

Click on the link to view/download the alphabetical list of community helpers.

community helpers, community helpers activities, community helpers lessons, community helpers writing prompts, common core community helpers, list of community helpers, alphabetical list of community helpers, community helpers alphabet booklet, community helpers interview, community helpers daily 5, community helpers class books, Click on the link for the Community Helpers Alphabet booklet that your students make. For those of you who don't study community helpers, but would like to make a generic alphabet booklet, I've included a different cover for you.

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1-2-3 Come Do More Community Helper Activities With Me!

Scroll down if you missed yesterday's Community Helpers article. 

As promised, here are a few more community helper activities to round out your studies.

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I have so enjoyed designing community helper - themed items.

An interesting and fun way to study community helpers is to compare and contrast them. 

An easy way to do this, is by using a Venn diagram.

I've made 11 different Venns comparing 22 community helpers, and included a blank template if students want to choose 2 others that are not provided.

To explain and demonstrate the lesson, put one up on your white board and do as a whole group.

Afterwards, children partner up and choose a Venn diagram that they will fill in together. 

Each child does their "different" half of the diagram, and then they take turns writing the similarities in the "same" section of the Venn diagram.

Children share their diagrams with the class.  Display them in the hall, on a bulletin board, or collate them into a class booklet.

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I've also designed a picture and word card sorting activity entitled "Tools of the Trade." 

Children place the appropriate "tools of the trade" picture cards that are associated with a community helper, on a sorting mat. 

There are 85 picture cards to choose from, 10 sorting mats + community helper word cards.

Click on the link to view/download Community Helpers' Tools of the Trade activity packet.

community helpers, community helpers activities, community helpers bibliography, list of community helpers, alphabetical list of community helpers, community helpers writing prompts, community helpers picture cards, community helpers pictures, community helpers games, community helpers booklet, community helpers lessons, common core community helpersAnother fun game is "Name That Community Helper."  The teacher or students read 19 clue cards. The first child with the correct answer, writes it on the card.

There are also more than enough pictures of community helpers, to make a class-set of "Popsicle-stick puppets."  (Teachers laminate, cut out and glue a community helper to a Popsicle stick.)

Before the game begins, teachers pass the community helper "Popsicle puppets" to their students.

Children hold up their community helper puppet when the appropriate clue card is read.

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