What to Save for Crafts in 2015

carol_editedIt’s that time of year again, you’ve finished VBS 2014 and may be wondering why think about VBS 2015. Because it’s never too early to start saving supplies and get a head start. With that in mind I am going to give you a top ten list of items to start saving:

 

 

 

  1. Burlap
  2. Dowel rods
  3. Old crayons (ones that the paper can be peeled from)
  4. Smooth river rocks
  5. Small candy tins with lids
  6. 5×7 frame mats
  7. Pencil cap erasers
  8. Ribbon, twine, or raffia
  9. Dried flowers or leaves
  10. Wooden beads

VBS C.R.A.F.T.S – More Than What You Think

VanCleave - new (1)Is crafts rotation one of your favorite parts about VBS? It is for lots of people. I’m one of those people and I get excited about picking which crafts I’d like to do at my VBS. However, it’s easy to get too focused on the end product and forget what we are really creating in the VBS Craft Lab – great experiences for kids.

Here’s a little reminder for those of us on the crafts team.

 

C – Conversation: As kids work on the their crafts, leaders have a great opportunity to get to know kids, learn about their families, and reinforce truths learned in Bible study. Keep those “Connecting the Evidence” bullet points from the first page of each day’s craft options handy!

R – Relationships: The conversations you have with kids will help build those important relationships. Listening to kids tells them they are important to you and that you care about them.

A – Art: The activities during crafts rotation hit the primary learning style of many kids. For kids who process visually or while using their hands, this may be the moment when the Bible truth really begins to sink in.

F – Feelings: Many kids are rarely made to feel valued or loved. How can they believe that a God they cannot see could love them if people they can see don’t express that love. Even if the end product a child makes looks like truck hit it, you have created something of value when the child leaves with a smile on his face and a heart that has felt love and acceptance.

T – Teachable Moments: Some of the best teaching times happen when you least expect it. Prayerfully approach each day asking God to help you spot those moments when you can help a child learn something important.

S – Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit: This is important to all of the things already mentioned. The Holy Spirit was sent to be our Helper, to help us remember the things we need to, and to remind us of things we have learned. Trust Him to guide you as you talk with kids and love even those kids who are sometimes a challenge to love.

Approach your day with an expectation of fun and let crafts rotation be a great experience for you and all the kids God brings to you this VBS!

 

Foto Friday…What is It? Revealed!

tyrrellAfternoon Agents! It’s been a slow week on the comments. I’m thinking I might have actually stumped you!

Here’s a reminder of what the image was.

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Any ideas? Did I hear someone say duct tape? Yes, you are correct!

It’s our “Outlet Safe” craft from VBX!

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Foto Friday…What is It?

tyrrellHello Agents! It’s time for this week’s “What is It?“! I gave you a break last week. Actually I gave myself a break to find something really good. . .because you are TOO smart and keep guessing what it is! LOL!

Here we go. What is it?

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What do you think? Can you DISCOVER what it is? Can you DECIDE if it’s a VBS craft or snack? Will you DEFEND your choice?

Give me your best, craziest, funniest responses!

 

Foto Friday…What is It?

tyrrellHello Agents!  Are you ready for this week’s “What is It?”? This week is actually VBS related. lol! I guess I have given you all a few curveballs lately but, I promise, this week is either a VBS craft or snack.

Okay, are you ready? Here it is!

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What do you think? Can you DISCOVER what it is? Can you DECIDE if it’s a VBS craft or snack? Will you DEFEND your choice?

Remember, give me your funniest, craziest comments.

Foto Friday. . .What is It?

tyrrellAhh! I bet you thought I forgot our next assignment? Nope, I’m trying to keep you on  your toes! Here’s your next Foto Friday assignment.

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What do you think? Can you DISCOVER what it is? Can you DECIDE if it’s a VBS item or am I trying to throw you a curveball? Will you DEFEND your choice?

Give me your best, craziest, funniest responses!

Foto Friday…What is It? Revealed!

tyrrell“Ugly Tie”! That guess cracked me up! I think I’ve had ties that looked like that before.  Thank you Dawn, Debbie, Marsha and Krystal for your guesses! Last week’s Foto Friday…What is It? is a craft from our VBS Student Guide. It is our “Special Agent Desk Caddy”…it’s a plastic tray that has been decorated with different things-colorful duct tape, magazine pages, etc.

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Be sure to stay tuned for this week’s “Foto Friday…What is It?” and Discover, Decide, and Defend what it is. 

 

Foto Friday. . . What is it?

tyrrellOkay Agents, here’s your next Foto Friday assignment, “What is It?”. Here’s this week’s close-up. What do you think? Can you DISCOVER what it is? Can you DECIDE if it’s a snack or a craft or something else? Will you DEFEND your choice?

Give me your best, craziest, funniest responses!

 

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Foto Friday. . .What is It? Revealed!

tyrrellIn last week’s Foto Friday, I gave you two images to Discover, Decide and Defend. One was for real and the other one was “something” else. . .I’m testing you and can I say, you are GOOD! I can’t seem to pull one over on you! Great guesses from Marsha, Trici, Jeni, Susen, and Debbie. Some of your guesses are almost right on. . .do we have a mole? Is my office bugged? Are you using some kind of cool gadget to figure out what I’m up to? Say…… something like this?

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Agent Locator. . .clip art?. . .maybe. . .wink wink!

Enough of sneakily giving you a piece of clip art, here’s this week’s “What is It? Revealed!”.

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This is a VBS craft called the Critical Information File Cabinet.

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Now this one was the image that I was trying to “get” you with. Yes, Trici and Debbie. . .it is Superman! Superman Socks that is! With a cape!

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photo-26No, this is not me. This is Henry. . .and I love his socks!

Stay tuned for your next assignment!

Foto Friday. . .What is It?

tyrrellOkay Agents, here’s your next Foto Friday assignment, “What is It?”. Here’s this week’s close-up. It’s 2 images! Muh ha ha ha! ! ! Can you DISCOVER what it is? Can you DECIDE if it’s a snack or a craft or Hulk hands or something else? Will you DEFEND your choice?

Give me your best, craziest, funniest responses!

 

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