Out of This World Decorating

I know there are a lot of you out there who are getting ready to launch Club VBS: SpaceQuest as your summer VBS experience. While SpaceQuest may not have as many ready-made decorations available as Amazing Wonders Aviation, there are some incredible things you can do to transform your space and give your kids an “out of this world” experience! So if you’re looking for some stellar (or should I say “interstellar”) decorating ideas, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out these cute decorating ideas.

Kids will be ready to blast off when they get to have their picture made in this cute rocket ship!

Here’s a cute shuttle made out of cardboard.

Use metallic fabrics and gift bags to add just a hint of the theme to any Bible-learning activity. Check out the cute star-shaped tree topper!

I love the use of hanging stars and the backlit stars along the ceiling.

Darkening the room with black paper or fabric is a good substitute for turning off the lights in the room to get the feel of the black void of space.

Want more ideas? How about these quick & easy tricks…

  • Drape white, blinking Christmas lights around the doorway or hang them from the ceiling.
  • Line the hallway with rope lights leading to the room. Cut out large numbers from construction paper and arrange them down the hall moving from 10 to 1. Tape them to the wall or place them on the floor, covered with clear contact paper. Kids will enjoy counting down to “lift off” as they come and go from their room.
  • Paint various sizes of Styrofoam balls to resemble planets and hang them from the ceiling using fishing line.
  • Create a focal area on one wall using cardboard. Paint it to look like the inside of a shuttle’s cockpit. Punch Christmas lights through from the backside and attach Slinkys or dryer vent hose to the front for a 3-D “space age” look.

Want even more? Check out our awesome Pinterest board dedicated exclusively to SpaceQuest! For an overview of the Bible content, click here. For answers to commonly asked questions about SpaceQuest, click here.

Foto Friday…More Clip Art?

Do be do be do. . .what to do. . .for the blog today? I know. . .CLIP ART! I have fielded a few requests and heard from other people on the VBS team that the below posted clip art has been requested without the location signs on it. Well, I finally had time to “fix” the artwork (remove the logos) and decided to post it on today’s Foto Friday! Yea!

As usual, I’ll post a PNG and a JPG of the artwork. I hope you all have a blessed day!

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Foto Friday…AWA Planes!

If you are wondering about the profile picture, see the bottom of the post.

Okay, okay, I know that I’ve been MIA. Sorry about that! April is traditionally a very busy month for me as I try to get all the promotional items out the door. But this April has been even crazier as a lot of us are moving offices. . .and I was one of the first one!

My office is not as easy to pack up because. . .well. . .I have a lot of toys! As you can see in one of my earlier posts. But I got it all packed and ready. . .just as the movers came to my door! :O

I’ll post photos of my new office soon! ;)

Back to the blog! As I was thinking about what to blog today, I saw some GREAT AWA plane photos on our Facebook wall that I wanted to share.

I’d like to leave you with one final fun “Keith” note. You might have noted from my “About” page and my other posts, that I’m kind of a comic book/Star Wars geek. Well, today is a fun day for me! Want to know why? heh heh!

It’s May 4th. . .May the Fourth be with You! LOL! (get it?) :P

If you are wondering about my profile picture for today, I decided to play with some of my toys one day at the office. . .I’m 2 out of the 6 Avengers (Thor and Iron Man)! And yes, I’m going to go see the movie today!

Also, don’t forget to check Katie’s blog and let us know what you are working on!

Have a bless day!

Foto Friday…AWA Accessory Photos

Wow! Is it Friday again? This week has flown by! I don’t know if you know this but April kicks off a very busy season for us on the VBS production team! Personally, I have a lot of 2013 promotional products that need to go out the door this month! :O

So today’s blog post will be a short one. The other day, Gordon posted his AWA Accessory blog and he asked for some photos! Here they are!

Our VBS 2012 Key Chains made into earrings! Wow!

Wow! She knitted that hat! See the AWA wings on the front of it? Cool!

Keep the photos coming!

More VBS Decorating Ideas Coming Your Way

With VBS and camps just weeks away, we have some great tips and ideas to share on tomorrow’s Kids Ministry 101 Show.

Ann Oliver, preschool ministry leader from Paris, Tennessee, will share great preschool decorating ideas and fun extras for Amazing Wonders Aviation. Mark Jones, decorator extraordinaire from Oklahoma City, has AWA site ideas for even the most artistically challenged (which includes me).

CentriKid Camp specialists Jeremy Echols and Mary Carlisle will be on hand to help you get yourself and your kids ready for camp.

Also on the show will be Brian Haynes, author of Shift: What it Takes to Finally Reach Families Today, and Scott Kindig who will present three basic strategies parents and the church need to raise radical kids.

Join us tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Central at lifeway.com/kidsministry101show.

We’ll be looking for you.

Foto Friday. . .Northern Lights

Hi all! It’s starting to get busy busy busy here, so I wanted to share a video you with today. When I was young, I lived in Brunswick, Maine, and it was BEAUTIFUL! One night, I remember my parents called me and my brother outside and we saw something INCREDIBLE! The Northern Lights!

So, naturally, I wanted to build the Northern Lights set! Here’s a video that we have in our video section of the LifeWay VBS website.

Enjoy!

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Difficulty With VBS Decorations? Problem Solved!

Decorating for Vacation Bible School can be the most challenging part of teaching VBS. Many years I watched my mom direct a class for VBS at our church. She would agonize over the decorations. She told me on many occasions, that teaching the Bible and explaining God’s plan of salvation to children was her favorite part and consequently the easiest part for her. She was always searching for helpers that liked the decorating because that was the most challenging.

The last VBS she taught (Game Day Central) I was not asked but rather instructed to bring whatever decorations I had and meet at her classroom where she and her teachers would help me set up her room. She said it sweetly but also directly. Of course, I was there at the appointed time and the decorations were hung and smiles light up their faces. That year I remember three children were saved in her class. Later she graduated to serving snacks and now has graduated to Heaven where I am sure she heard Jesus say, “Good and Faithful Servant.”

Maybe you have a mentor like I did. Mom tackled difficult jobs, recruited help and shared the gospel. Yes, she was frustrated at times but never a quitter. She never whined or complained but rather found the help needed and cheered others on to accomplish great things. Today, I want to cheer you on to accomplish great things too. Decorations might be a mountain that doesn’t seem possible to overcome but there are adults and teens in your church that would never consider this a challenge. Maybe they can’t be present at VBS due to work schedules but they can help you create props and decorations if you asked. Don’t be shy. The Lord fits the Body together perfectly and gives us gifts that will assist in the mission. Look around and see who can help make your classroom a success with decorations so you can welcome kids to hear the gospel.

I have created a simple instruction guide for creating the VBS decorations. Please visit my website www.mrmarksclassroom.com for printed instructions, photos and short instructional video clips. Maybe this will give your leaders ideas that are easy and affordable. Remember the task is not only making these decorations but also storing them. Seems like we can often use props and backdrops from previous years if we can store them. Think ahead where the items will be stored so you make it fit the space. Painting on bed sheets and using items like collapsible hampers, foam core board, and PVC pipe will allow you more options for storage. You can forward these ideas to your friends and enlisted helpers making decorations. You can also subscribe to this free site to get regular helps for teaching boys and girls.

Thanks to Mark Jones, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, for today’s post and for being a VBS Decorator Extraordinaire!

Foto Friday. . .Clip Art Central!

I’ve been checking over the number of views on our VBS blog and it’s been fun seeing what you have been viewing and what seems to be the popular subjects. Theme reveal or anything involving 2013′s theme seems to be popular.

The clip art blogs seem to be very popular! So I thought I would create this blog to become a “one-stop” location for the clip art. Below you find links to all the clip art blogs I have created for VBS 2012, Amazing Wonders Aviation. I hope this helps!

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Sneak Peek Week: Decorating

It’s Sneak Peek Week here on the LifeWay VBS Blog! Every day this week we’ll be dropping a few hints about the 2013 theme (to be released June 4th) and giving you a heads-up about things you might want to hang on to after this summer’s VBS.

Up first, it’s a sneak peek at Amazing Wonders Aviation decorations you’ll want to save and recycle into decorations for VBS 2013. Are you ready? Here it goes…

  • Pillow stuffing (used as spray in Victoria Falls)
  • Leftover tokens
  • PVC pipe
  • Christmas tree lights (white or colored)

Hmmm… any ideas? I didn’t give a whole lot of information. Stay tuned for more!

One final thing… I need to give a shout out to my friend, Becky. Last week she sent me a picture of a perfect example of recycling old VBS decorations. Allow me to introduce you to Ace Dingo. He’s a cute little koala (remind anyone of Boomerang Express?) in a vintage flight suit flying an airplane made out of surfboards from Outrigger Island. Nice work, Becky!