Marvelous Craft Ideas for Vacation Bible School
As a VBS teacher, one needs to keep a few points in mind before going ahead with the Bible school craft preparation. An important point to consider is the budget availability. One needs to have a fair idea about the amount of money available for the VBS craft sessions. Vacation Bible school materials are available at several stores. This is very important, as this factor will determine the complexity of the craft ideas. If one is working with preschoolers, then the number of activities will be limited. The older children will be able to handle more complex crafts. Moreover, if it’s a mixed group, then again the type of activities will vary.Time LimitThe activities planned should be completed within the allotted time frame. Activities involving detailed painting should not be planned for a 30 minute slot. Moreover, the vacation Bible school crafts planned should be linked to various vacation Bible school lessons. One must remember that the idea of introducing crafts is to teach children about the Bible in a fun and interesting manner. There are various ideas for vacation Bible school that one can implement.It’s an activity that unites craft fun with a Bible quiz. Before heading into the activity part, one can narrate the story of Jonah and how he was swallowed by the fish. For this activity, one needs a fishing rod, fake id fish cutouts and lots of Bible quiz questions ready.For the fishing rod, a slender arm length stick will do. To one end of the stick, tie a piece of string and attach a magnet to the end.Once the fishing rod is ready, one needs to prepare the fish cutouts. For the fish cutouts, one needs to draw fish of different sizes and shapes on a piece of cardboard. Draw funny cartoon fish which have cute, wavy tails and fins. Children love attractive shapes.Once the fish are done, use a cutter to cut off the fins and tails, thereby separating these parts from the body.The fins, tails and bodies will be placed on a tray, fake id from which the children can choose the parts they like and assemble their very own unique fish. Children thoroughly enjoy this assembling activity. Have the children seated at their respective tables and provide glitter, paints, crayons, etc. to decorate their little fish.Ask the children to come up one by one to the tray and pick one body, tail and fin of their choice and go back to their seat.Give the children time to decorate their little fish parts. Once they are done with it, use tape to join the parts of the fish.Next, attach one Bible question chit to the rear end of the fish by means of a paper clip. These paper clips have a dual function: they hold the quiz chit in place and get attracted to the magnet on the fishing rod, thereby assisting in the fishing process.Place all the fish in the cardboard box, which serves as the fish pond.Part 2:Part two can be carried out in another session on the same day or on the next day. For the quiz, fake id one will need a whiteboard and marker to keep score. If there are a large number of children, then one can sort them into teams, or else they can play individually. The children are asked to walk up to the fish pond and pick up one fish using the fishing rod. He or she is to then answer the question on the chit, and will be awarded points for the right answer. Once the activity is done, the children can keep their fish with them.My favorite craft activity is the collage. It involves use of simple materials to make something outstanding. Moreover, at the end of the day, the children have learned the creation story and have also unleashed their creativity to dole out something fantastic.Requirements: Newspapers, magazines, large construction paper and glue for paper collage. It would be great if you could manage to get some National Geographic magazines.