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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bible Class Supplies Found at DOLLAR TREE!!!!!

Hi all, lets talk BIBLE CLASS supplies! As you all know, I LOVE finding Bible Class Supplies at Dollar Tree!!!  Truth be known, I love finding Bible Class Supplies ANYWHERE!!!  I have had a FEW minutes, here and there, to run in to Dollar Tree....While there, I always look around for BIBLE CLASS supplies. I wanted to share with you a FEW of the things I have spotted recently.  

I PURCHASED this and we already LOVE IT!!   It has a magnet on, you can attach it to a metal surface and it spins so smoothly!!   However, we have been using it on the table. We have used it for Review Questions...the KIDDOS spin it and whoever it ends up POINTING at is the KIDDO who answers the question.   The KIDDOS love spinning this...I have plans to make a REVIEW GAME with this....when I do, I will share it with you.  

When all spotted all this...I immediately thought about us being in the LORD'S ARMY.  These items could be used when teaching on the ARMOR of GOD.    I LOVE that they have HELMETS!!!!!

Keeping with the LORD'S ARMY theme...I saw these ARMY men.  These would be GREAT for a VISUAL...or letting the KIDDOS "earn" their NEXT ARMY man, by Memorizing their Memory Verse.  

Still thinking of the ARMOR of GOD....I spotted these Lacing Cards.  I thought they would be a fun activity for the SHOES of PEACE!  You get 5 Lacing Cards in each package.  

I LOVE this Bulletin Board Border!!   It is the FRUIT of The SPIRIT!!!  I was even thinking, you could cut it all up and use it for an LABELING activity....I may go back and get me some of this.  

While strolling down the TOY aisle, I spotted these....I LOVE using these in various ways.  I have used the Memory Match cards in our "STAR CHART."   I laminated them and turned them into a VISUAL.   Ask the KIDDOS questions about the Person on the card.  GREAT for a quick review game.  

I LOVE these PENNANT BANNERS!!   They have several styles to choose from....I purchased the BRIGHT, PRIMARY Colored ones.  I bought enough packages to get 66 pennants.  I am going to label them with each BOOK of the BIBLE....I think they will look cute hanging in our classroom.  I will take pictures...when I get it done.   (As you can see, I was at the Dollar Tree to buy TORTILLAS.)

I love these little bags...I am thinking they would be great for transporting the KIDDOS Memory Verse Cards, Bible Detective Notebooks and Pencils.  I will probably be going back to grab up some of these.    


I LOVE coloring books.  They are great for inspirations! I look at coloring books when I am attempting to DRAW a picture. I bought these, because sometimes it is hard to find pictures of the Miracles that Jesus, here I have some visual help!!  

Not far from the coloring books, I spotted these cute little books about PRAYER!!  These are great for the LITTLE KIDDOS.  I thought they would be great in our TODDLERS CLASS.  

I LOVE these Alphabet Puzzles.  I have used them as a MEMORY VERSE Tracker.  Every few years, I will have the KIDDOS memorize verses based upon the Alphabet.  They earn each letter by memorizing the verse that begins with that letter.  THEY LOVE DOING THIS!!

I saw these little CLOCKS.  I have used BIG CLOCKS as ATTENDANCE Charts.  I thought these might be cute on a Bulletin Board with the Caption "TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY."   I was also considering the idea of using them as a Memory Verse Tracker...  "MAKE TIME TO MEMORIZE YOUR MEMORY VERSE."    

Not far from those little clocks, I spotted these SPINNERS.   These are great to have on hand for Review Games, Take Home Games, and other Projects.  

FROGS!!!!  You can't teach the TEN PLAGUES without FROGS!!!  These frogs are FUN in that they stretch and feel yucky!!!    Had I been teaching on the PLAGUES, I would have loaded up on these.  

BOATS!!!  We use BOATS for several stories....In the TODDLER class they sing a song about BOATS....So, when I find BOATS, I get so excited!!!

I have purchased several of the QUEEN Bubbles.  We have emptied them and are using them as manipulative for the Toddler Class...when they sing the song about QUEEN ESTHER, they get to hold a QUEEN in their hand.  

However, I have several in a box in my supply, when I teach on ESTHER the KIDDOS will get to have their OWN Queen Esther.

KIDDOS love wind-up toys.    If you ever wanna GRAB their attention, just wind up a toy and let it go!!!  It is an AMAZING thing!!!  I have purchased a MOUTH like this.  I use it when we sing about PROPHETS being a MOUTHPIECE for GOD.  The KIDDOS love seeing this open and close and hop around.   

Back in October, I saw these skeletons.  They would be GREAT when teaching on the VALLEY of DRY BONES!!!!  

Again, back in October, I spotted these CROWS. They are PERFECT for the RAVENS Feeding Elijah story!!!  

More recently, when I ran into the Dollar Tree, I saw these Die Cuts!!  They would be great for a Bulletin Board, Labeled with Each Book of The Bible,  Save the CROSSES for when you teach the Story of Jesus and the Crucifixion, save the Fish for any story that needs a Fish or for Jonah and the Great Fish.    So many possibilities.  

I purchased several packages of these!!!  I am going to be using these as a way to REMIND the KIDDOS of their MEMORY VERSE!!!  I'll let you know how it goes!!!  I think the KIDDOS will enjoy getting a bracelet and the parents will love having the Scripture Reference in an EASY to FIND location.  

Shopping for Bible Class supplies at the Dollar Tree is FUN!!!  Just for clarification, I am not compensated by Dollar Tree for any of my post referencing their store.  They do not pay me, give me "free" items, or reduced prices on any of their items.  I simply want my readers to know that there are resources out there...and you don't have to BREAK YOUR WALLET to find Bible Class Supplies.  

Hope you enjoyed this post.  



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Abraham is Faithful

We recently had a lesson about Abraham being FAITHFUL.  He was so FAITHFUL that when GOD called upon him to give up his only son, he was willing.  WOW, what FAITH.  

Our DO YOU KNOW? wall is FILLED with the FACTS and INFORMATION that I want to make sure the KIDDOS understand.  

We have our GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN timeline CARD ready to add to our TIMELINE wall.  

Visuals for this lesson are very simple.    I drew the picture and colorized it on my computer....It will be used SEVERAL times and in SEVERAL ways for this lesson.    I also, DREW the story on the WHITE BOARD....the KIDDOS are IMPRESSED with my limited artistic skills....STICK FIGURES are WONDERFUL when you are drawing and talking at the same time.  

Oh, the toy RAM came from the Dollar Tree...I bought it a few years ago.  I actually did a HAPPY SQUEAL in the store when I found this!!!  :-)

I thought this would be the PERFECT Memory Verse for this lesson.  I want the KIDDOS to understand HOW we can be a "son" of Abraham.  

The KIDDOS love to sing this song....we use our fists and "build" as we sing....with this lesson we sung VS 4.  

The KIDDOS made a diorama for their TAKE HOME project....HOWEVER, I have to add a disclaimer to this....NOTICE the FIRE on the ALTAR....we actually CUT that FIRE OFF......their was NO FIRE in this story.  I did, however, forget to CUT IT OFF on my demo project...had to do it before class began.  LOL

Our Review Game for this lesson is a FUN one.  The KIDDOS helped BUILD and ALTAR from these Papier Mache Rocks.  (I made these a long time ago and have used them for several different Bible stories.)  

To play the game the KIDDOS answered a question from the lesson and then picked up a rock and placed it on "MORIAH."  (Moriah was just another SPOT on the FLOOR than I named Moriah for the lesson.)   

This is a great GROUP EFFORT GAME....the KIDDOS have to work together to answer the questions and then choose HOW to build their Altar.  :-)

The next week was our REVIEW WEEK. The KIDDOS made these and we added them to our EXPLORER JOURNALS.    They LOVED adding the sticks and rocks.  

The KIDDOS did GREAT with these activities!!!  I am truly BLESSED to teach these KIDDOS.  



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sodom Destroyed

We are still moving forward in our Exploring Bible History.  We are currently EXPLORING the very sad story of Lot and his family and their need to flee Sodom.    

I will be the first to admit, this is not a HAPPY story to teach....but,  it teaches the KIDDOS that GOD means what HE says and EXPECTS us to OBEY!!  

Because of the age group I teach, I don't cover the sexual depravity of Sodom.  I just tell the KIDDOS that the people were very wicked and were not committed to GOD. 

 I focus a LOT of attention on Ezekiel 16:49.     

"Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy."   We talk about how GOD does not want us to be PRIDEFUL, LAZY, and HE wants us to HELP those in NEED.    By using this passage it give me an opportunity to talk about behavior the KIDDOS can relate too.  

This is the card we added to our "GOD'S AWESOME PLAN FOR MAN" Timeline.    

This is the KIDDOS Memory Verse.  We sang it to the tune "Three Blind Mice."  They had it memorized before they left the classroom!!!!!  YAY!!!

We sang this SONG.  I personally, had never heard of a KIDDO friendly song about Sodom.  So, I decided to write one....the KIDDOS favorite part of the song was, "She turned around, it was all her fault. She was turned to a pillar of salt."  

(UGGGH, TYPO found after I printed and put the pages together....well, I am gonna have to fix that!!)

If you would like to hear this song click on the following link....It will open the FB page for handsonbibleteacher.  Sodom Was Destroyed By Fire--copyrighted RLD

This is one of the VISUALS I used...

This one is  the OTHER!!!  It is made from a Mrs. Butterworth syrup bottle.  I coated her with plaster of paris and then spray adhesive and then SALT. LOTS of SALT!!! The KIDDOS LOVED this VISUAL.   They talked about how it was "like" a STATUE.   
I am sure you have seen this idea floating around on has been around for a loooong time. I think it is a very effective visual for my age group.   

The KIDDOS made a POP UP diorama for the TAKE HOME project.   The enjoyed adding the "FIRE BALL" stickers.  We talked about LOT'S WIFE and her disobedience and how SAD it must have been for LOT and his daughters.  

This gave me the opportunity to talk to the KIDDOS about how our disobedience can have an effect on others.

For our REVIEW GAME we played a game I called, FIREBALL.  I used a balloon and drew flames on it....I then would toss it to the KIDDOS and ask a question from the lesson. They had to answer it quickly and toss it back to me....or they might get "burned."   THEY LOVED IT!!!!  The best thing about using a balloon....those struggling with the gross motor skill of BALL CATCHING were able to catch the balloon.

The NEXT week the KIDDOS did this activity to add to their EXPLORER JOURNAL.

They colored the picture...added the fireballs...and SALTED Lot's wife.

All in all, I think this lesson went really well.  The KIDDOS seemed to understand that we are to OBEY GOD.  I had one of my KIDDOS draw the comparison of NOAH and the world being destroyed.  I was so thrilled!!!  I love when they are able to draw on PAST lessons and compare them.