Posts Tagged ‘VBS 2010’
I’ve added some videos on our youtube channel (http://youtube.com/lifewayvbs) that were taken at the VBS Preview Event at Ridgecrest, North Carolina that show the creators of the sets featured in our VBS catalog talking about how they created the sets.
Bible Study Bunkhouse:
Blazing Star Stables:
Big Sky Grill:
Thanks to Lynn Jordan (our wonderful craft tester – she tests all of our craft suggestions with kids) for sharing these tips that should help as you plan your crafts rotation for 2010!
Time: 9-11 minutes
♦ Use aluminum cookie sheets.
♦ Use 3 layers of heavy foil in a frame.
♦ Remind the kids to use large, simple designs for their brands.
♦ Make sure self-adhesive magnetic strip is not placed over any holes.
♦ Canning or juice lids may be used with a hammer and nail.
Kids say: “I liked it a lot”, “Hard, but fun”
Wrangler Door Hanger
Time: 9-12 minutes
♦ You might consider a pre-cut foam or wooden door hanger as an option. Pictures could be attached to the front with rope glued around to frame.
Kids say: “Love it”, “Easy”, “Fun”, “This just wasn’t fun to me” (5th grader)
Leather ID Band – Favorite for Day 1
Time: 12-17 minutes
Kids say: “Fun” “Too hard” (1st grader), “It was a cool craft.”
Bible Saddle Bag
Time: 15-20 minutes
♦ Faux leather appointment book covers or wallpaper samples could be less expensive options.
Kids say:” I’ll put this on my Bible.”
Campfire Memo Pad
Time: 19-22 minutes
♦ Red, orange and yellow tissue paper can be used to make the flame on the fire. You can cut out multiple shapes at a time or just let kids use a 3- by 3-inch square and shape into a flame before gluing.
♦ We also tried real sticks instead of the paper cut outs. They needed tacky glue. Children can paint over their campfire with the Mod Podge® glue to give it the decoupage look.
Kids say: “Very easy.” “I liked it a lot.” “Cool.”
Buckaroo Bandanna – Favorite for Day 2
Time: 11-18 minutes
♦ When you glue the bubble wrap around the tube leave a little of the tube at each end to provide handles.
♦ Cut squares from inexpensive cloth.
Kids say: “I loved it!” “Very, very fun.”
Hobby Horse Pencil Topper
Time: 9-11 minutes
♦ Be sure the glue is dry before you put the topper on a pencil.
♦ Remind the kids to hold the end of the twine while they pull the needle through.
♦ Use wooly yarn for younger kids.
Kids say: “I love it!” “My Grandmother is the only one in our family who knows how to knit.” “Tell the teachers to use soft needles.”
Time: 15-20 minutes
♦ Use die-cut circles, adjusting the size if necessary.
♦ Remind kids that the holes are top and bottom, not left and right.
NOTE: This test identified a problem with our craft instructions (incorrect twine length) that was updated in the curriculum – These comments were made about the craft before the twine length was corrected:
Kids say: “This was the worst craft in the history of the world!!” “I didn’t like this craft at all.”
Starry Switch Cover – Favorite for Day 3
Time: 13-17 minutes
♦ Colored letters are easier to see to peel them off.
♦ Don’t press letters too firmly.
♦ Black switch plates can be ordered if you want to skip the spray paint step. Local electricians can order them wholesale for about 25 cents each.
Kids say: “Really fun.” “I enjoyed it a lot.”, “Awesome!” “Very, very, very…fun!”
Ranch Hand Reminder – Kid’s favorite for Day 4
Time: 7-10 minutes
♦ It was very difficult for the children to make the coils of wire.
♦ Star-shaped paper clips would be another option.
Kids say: “Easy.” “OK.”
Belt Buckle Mouse Pad
Time: 14-23 minutes
♦ Each buckle needs a whole sheet of foam.
♦ Foam markers don’t work on the glittered foam.
♦ Remind the children not to pull the cord too tight.
Kids say: “I liked this a lot.”
Cowboy Confetti Bible Marker
Time: 7-9 minutes
♦ Use clear packing tape instead of contact plastic.
♦ Let the kids put the confetti on the adhesive, then place the bookmark on top.
♦ Trim edges instead of turning excess to the back.
Kids say: “Awesome!”
Cricket Caller - Kid’s favorite for Day 5
Time: 6-11 minutes
♦ Wooden beads were pretty irregular, and some skewers are thicker than others. Some beads wouldn’t fit over the skewer.
♦ Pony beads also worked.
Kids said: “Very, very easy.” “I liked it.” “Easy and I liked it a lot.”
Saddle Ridge Memory Book
Time: 12-15 minutes
♦ The star-shaped brad didn’t work well.
♦ Bind the memory book using a stick and elastic band.
Kids said: “Not the best, but fun.” “Dumb.” (2nd grade boy) “Easy, but not fun.”
Tin Punch Lanterns
Time: 8-10 minutes
♦ Cut before painting. The pliers and snips scrape the paint off.
♦ Water bottles were really hard for the children to punch & have a bump in the bottom that won’t allow the tea light to sit flat.
♦ We couldn’t get anyone to confirm if the spray paint was flammable or not.
Kids said: “I liked it.” “I love it!” “Way too hard.” (1st grader) “Hard, but fun.”
For the VBS preview events in January, we were able to borrow a wooden milking cow that we used in the VBS Expo.
Our cow was cut from plywood – there were four pieces that were slotted to fit together.
On the inside of the cow, a square wooden brace was screwed to two sides of the calf. Four holes were drilled in the bottom of a pink plastic bucket and 4 calf-feeder teats were rubber cemented into the holes. (Make sure that your rubber cement will glue plastic to rubber!) We filled the bucket with a solution of water and powdered milk, placed the bucket in the brace, and had ourselves a milking cow!
Emilie on our LifeWay VBS facebook page found these directions for making a wooden milking cow.
Sorry we don’t have a pattern or more pictures – mine were lost in a hard drive crash! But many of you got great pictures of the cow – in fact, if you have some pics of how it was put together, could you send them to me at email@example.com? Of if anyone has already made a pattern of the cow that they would like to share with everyone, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 25 UPDATE:
Thanks to Allie for sending some pictures of the cow for me to post. I still don’t have a pattern, so if anyone has one to share, send it on!
APRIL 26 UPDATE:
Here’s a little video I found that might help a bit with making the cow – it was taken at our VBS preview event in January at Ridgecrest!
Here’s a PDF so you can see what the fonts look like:
And here are links to where you can purchase the fonts:
Corn Dog* – http://www.fonthead.com/fonts/CornDog
Hawksmoor – http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=DET0000275#specimen
Holiday Ranch – http://www.fontdiner.com/menu_vegas.html
Mesquite – http://www.fonts.com/FindFonts/detail.htm?pid=201745
Playbill – http://www.veer.com/products/typedetail.aspx?image=EFT0000328
Zebrawood Fill – http://www.fonts.com/FindFonts/detail.htm?pid=414747
Zebrawood Regular – http://www.fonts.com/FindFonts/detail.htm?pid=202700
*Additional Note – Thanks to Ethan Dunham of Fonthead Design for offering a 50% coupon for our blog readers on the Corn Dog font! Just type “lifewayvbs” into the coupon box on the shopping cart page.
Well, it’s not really messed up – we just added a new feature and it works differently now!!
We added a split-track feature to the Saddle Ridge Ranch Worship Rally DVD this year because of customer requests. The split-track feature allows you to turn down the voices on the DVD so you can have the instruments playing and Jeff Slaughter doing the motions, but not hear the kids voices on the DVD. Unfortunately, this has also caused some issues with playback if your TV/DVD player is not set up just right. Hopefully the tips below will help get your DVD playing like it should!
- If your DVD plays just fine, but you can only hear either the instruments or the vocals (but not both) in the performance segments, your speakers are set to output mono instead of stereo sound OR your DVD player is not properly connected. Those performance segments have split track audio, which means the instruments are in the left stereo channel, and the vocals are in the right.
- FIRST, if your DVD player is connected with composite cables (Red, White, Yellow), make sure you have BOTH the red and yellow cables connected properly. If your player is connected with component cables (other colors), make sure your audio cables (they will be separate) are properly connected for stereo output.
- If this is happening on a TV with built-in speakers, just hit the menu button on your remote and set your audio output to “stereo”.
- If you have external speakers or are using a soundboard, make sure your balance is set to the middle (not toward the left or the right).