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Monday, April 29, 2013

Baby Toy Turned Bible Time Period Review!!! Early Arriver Activity

I was SO excited when I found this little GEM at the Dollar General Store!!!!   I have seen different STACKING toys...but this one was PERFECT!!!  It is PERFECT because it came with 10 Stacking Cups!!!!!  You see,  I needed exactly 10 cups for what I wanted to "TURN IT IN TO."  

I wanted this to be a QUICK and FUN way for the KIDDOS to PRACTICE putting the  "GOD'S PLAN for MAN" in order.  It will be a GREAT way to REVIEW with all the KIDDOS....OR a great independent, Early Arriver Activity.  (EAA)

Before Time Began...GOD had a plan!
 I used PRINTABLE sticker paper to make this activity.  As, you can see I did add a STICKER in the CENTER of each of these CUPS.  That allows for discussion of this time period and an easy way for KIDDOS to remember the events surrounding the 'TIME Period.'

Patriarchal Time Period
Mosaical Time Period
Each of these STACK up on each other!!  So simple and yet, so useful. 
The Kings/United and Divided
I am thinking we may even play a game with these...I will pass out the CUPS and then we will see if the KIDDOS can figure out WHO has then next TIME period to STACK UP.  

Back Home in Judah
It will be a GREAT WAY to REVIEW/TEST the KIDDOS memory.  I will also ask the KIDDOS to tell me WHO is holding the "TIME PERIOD" we are currently studying from?   

The Early Church

 So MANY possibilities!!!  Something so inexpensive ($4) has become something that we will find very VALUABLE!  

The Early Church
We Work Today

I love that this activity is "Self Checking."  The KIDDOS will quickly be able to tell if they are STACKING the incorrect one...because, it wont fit! 

I LOVE the BRIGHT COLORS!!!!  (I just may have to go back and get another one of these STACKING TOYS...I am thinking I may want to make a Tower of Babel Review Game.)    I'll let you know if I do....LOL

I LOVE the CONVENIENT way of STORING this!!!!  Just STACK it all together and store it away until the NEXT time!!  :-)

My encouragement to you....Always be thinking..."Can I use this in Bible Class?" Bible Class resources do not always start out as Bible Class resources...Just, keep an opened mind.  



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Joash Repairs The Temple

This week we have a NEW lesson for the KIDDOS.  We are going to be learning about Joash wants to repair the Temple of GOD.      

We have new Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Cards.  

We have a NEW card to add to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" wall. 

The KIDDOS will have a NEW Memory Verse for this week...We will sing it to the tune:  "For He's A Jolly Good Fellow."

We have a NEW word for our WORD WALL!  I figure some of my KIDDOS will know this word..But, just in case, I decided to add it to our WORD WALL. 

This week I will be using these FUN VISUALS for telling the story.  I have purchased the CD from     I would suggest buying the allows you to COLOR them yourself or print them out in black and white and let the KIDDOS color them!!!   (I am in NO way affiliated with the cool clip art company.  I do not receive any PERKS, COMPENSATION or RECOGNITION by mentioning this clip art company...I only post a link so that my readers might be able to find the items I use.)

I did MANIPULATE these a bit....The GIRLS are supposed to be holding an Oil Lamp...I just covered the LAMPS up with MONEY.    I printed the money from PRINTMASTER, laminated and cut them out.  I then attached the money over the "OIL LAMP" gluing them on with GLUE DOTS.  (I love the 3D effect!!!)

I did the same thing to the hands on the men.  I printed out SMALL money and attached it to their hands!  To give the MONEY more interest, I folded and bent areas, so that the MONEY would look 3D.  

I made the CHEST out of a RANDOM box that we had in the church RESOURCE ROOM.  That is why I save UNIQUE BOXES.  :-)   I added some play money to the top of the, that it looks to be falling into the chest. 

These visuals will be very handy when I tell the KIDDOS the story.  

We have a NEW Song to learn!!!  This song is sung to the TRADITIONAL Reuben, Reuben nursery rhyme song.

Since Joash had a special CHEST built and it is such and important part of this Bible Story...I could not think of a  better  "TAKE HOME" activity...So, we will make a CHEST. 

I purchased these little wooded CHESTS at the DOLLAR TREE.  They are made from extremely light wood...and my WONDERFUL HUBBY cut the SLOTS in the tops!!! 

I WROTE the WORDS, "BE A CHEERFUL GIVER. 1 Corinthians 9:7" on each CHEST.  I used SHARPIE MARKER. 

I was pleased that the marker did not "bleed" when coloring over the words with a different color marker.  (I did allow the Marker to Fully Dry...before coloring over it.)   The KIDDOS will be COLORING their CHEST during class time.   This means the KIDDOS will get to use, I will be giving my Proper Use of Markers SPEECH.  :-)

I drew a BIBLE on the top of MY Chest...However, I am going to let the KIDDOS decorate their Chests any way they chose.    

I am using a Bingo Marker to show the idea of putting money into the chest....Can you believe I did NOT have any change with me the day I took these pics.  :-)   I am hoping that the KIDDOS will use these to COLLECT their GIVING MONEY in...and then they can bring their CONTRIBUTION with them on Sundays.  


Our REVIEW GAME for this LESSON is based upon the idea of REPAIRING the Temple. 

This is how the KIDDOS will play this game.  

First:  The KIDDOS will answer a question from the LESSON.

Second:  By answering the question correctly they get a "COIN."

Third:  They will "GIVE" the coin to the "REPAIRING The Temple fund."  (Place the COIN into the Collection Chest on the Board.)

Fourth:  They get to PICK a piece of the Temple to Place on the board.  (There is velcro dots on the that the pieces will STICK in place.)

Next week we will REVIEW this lesson and the KIDDOS will make their EXPLORER JOURNAL Activity.  For this ACTIVITY the KIDDOS will REPAIR the TEMPLE. 

 Look at this CRUMBLING TEMPLE.  The KIDDOS will color this first...then they will get the PIECES to REPAIR the TEMPLE.  Again, we are using VELCRO dots to attach the REPAIRS.  (BTW, when I use velcro dots for projects like this---I ALWAYS cut them in half.  A half a dot works perfectly FINE for this!!!  And it helps keep COSTS down,)

Now the TEMPLE is REPAIRED!!!  (The KIDDOS will be able to pull the REPAIRS off and put them back on---SO, when they tell their family the story they will have a wonderful VISUAL in their EXPLORER JOURNAL.


Hope you enjoyed peeking into what the KIDDOS will be learning about the next two weeks. 



Friday, April 12, 2013

Joash The Boy King

This week the KIDDOS will be learning about King Joash being hidden in the Temple. We are continue our "EXPLORATION" of the Kings of Judah.   It is so nice to be able to teach about GODLY kings.  

 We have a NEW CARD up on our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" wall!! 

We have a "NEW" word for our WORD WALL.  The word is "TREASON."  Since this is not a word OFTEN used in and around 4-7 year olds...I think it is important for the KIDDOS to understand the meaning of this word.  

 We have a NEW song for this lesson!!  I am excited about teaching this song to the KIDDOS.  

I felt this would be a WONDERFUL memory verse for this lesson.  We will sing it to the tune, "If you're happy and you know it..."  Knowing my KIDDOS, they will have it memorized before they leave the classroom.  I want to focus on the fact that even though the KIDDOS are young...they can do GOOD things and serve GOD.  Just like Joash!!

The KIDDOS "TAKE HOME" project is very simple.  I had some of those CROWN DOOR hangers leftover....SO, I decided that they would be GREAT for this LESSON.  The KIDDOS will decorate the DOOR hanger with GEMS and then color and STICK on the "homemade" verse sticker.

i Wanted to share the Visual Aide I will be using this week!  

I made the TEMPLE out of blocks!  I am so excited to finally get to use it while telling a story to the KIDDOS.    I have had it on "display" in the classroom...BUT, now we get to get our "HANDS ON" experience with the Temple.  YAY!!!   

All of the little people recently arrived via mail.  You see, my sister sent them to me.   (I love it when family cleans out and blesses me with their Hand-Me-Downs.)   The "people" originally came from Oriental Trading Company.  

I decided to use these as Joash, Jehoiada and Jehosheba.    The PINK and BLACK little doll is   Athaliah.    I will use these to tell the story.....I love that I am able to "HIDE" Joash in the Temple with Jehoiada.  

The KIDDOS are going to be so excited about getting to TOUCH and "PLAY" with this visual.  

Our REVIEW Game this week is basically a WHO did it? WHO said it? WHO is it? type of game.  All of the questions can be answered correctly by picking up the correct "PUPPET." 

I have a black "?" Bag.  (I just got this came from Walmart and it was filled with a set of Black Bed Sheets.  I recently bought a new set of sheets for our guest room and I became very excited about this BAG.  I knew, RIGHT AWAY, that I would be using it in Bible Class.)  

  The KIDDOS will pick a question out of the bag (they are hidden in the bag---like JOASH was hidden in the Temple.)  then they all have to answer the question by picking up the correct puppet!! 

 Next week the KIDDOS  will make their  "EXPLORER JOURNAL" Activity.  The KIDDOS  will color the picture and get to GLITTER Joah's crown.  Then they will get to add the scroll (TESTIMONY) to Joash's hands.    

 BTW, the scroll is made out of these auto cloths.  I purchased these at the Dollar Tree.  They are very moist when you open them...I just let them dry out and become stiff.  Then I just, randomly, tore the scroll pieces.  Then I rolled the ends around dowels.  Super easy and very cheap.  I still have a LOT of this yellow cloth leftover. 

I am excited about this lesson.....Hope things are going well for you and your KIDDOS too.