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SIZZLIN’ HOT PROJECTS

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BACKPACKS

Give your kids an opportunity to serve their peers in need with
this inspiring — and practical — idea.

Get This: You’ll need donated backpacks, pencils
and pencil sharpeners, crayons, glue sticks, notebooks, scissors,
and erasers.

Do This: Have your kids stuff the backpacks with
one of each supply and a Supply List. The list includes the
following:

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School Supplies

This backpack was packed just for you by the kids at (name of
children’s ministry). We pray that you have a great school year and
hope you’ll come visit our children’s ministry at (address).

Pencils and pencil sharpener: Stay sharp this
year through good friends and good choices.

Erasers: Your mistakes are forgiven-and
erased!-by God when you ask for his forgiveness.

Crayons: God wants to color your life with his
blessings!

Glue Stick: Stick with hard work no matter what
comes your way!

Scissors: Cut out anything that hurts
others!

Notebook: Take note of all the good things you
can be thankful for!

Pray with your kids for the backpack recipients. Then deliver the
packs to shelters or other locations that assist at-risk kids in
your area.

Gretta Meeker Pensacola, Florida

LIVE AT THE IMPROV

Your kids will love to document their experiences in your class,
starting on their very first day.

Get This: You’ll need a home video recorder, a
variety of costumes, props, and a stage area where kids can act out
various biblical events and conduct peer interviews on camera. Your
stage area can be as simple as a plain wall in your class.

Do This: This ongoing activity with your group is
a great way to break the ice, keep kids engaged, and even to sum up
your year together. Begin on your first day by challenging kids to
work together to act out one event from your lesson…in five minutes
or less. You can serve as the cameraperson and you can pick the
scene, but have kids work together as fast as they can to get in
costume and act out parts.

This is a great technique for days when you have extra time, and
it’s a wonderful way to get your kids more connected through peer
interviews and candid, time-restricted acting challenges.
Eventually, kids may take over the camera and choosing their
scenes. Save the scenes throughout the year, compile a video, and
you’ll have a great memory-maker to give to your kids.

Cynthia Swicegood Lexington,
North Carolina

SIZZLIN’ HOT SNACKS

RED HOT HAPPY HEARTS

This take-home, delicious snack reminds kids that each one of them
is the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8).

Get This: You’ll need a red apple per child,
cinnamon, brown sugar, resealable bags, and a preprinted
instruction card. (Download ours here.) Before kids arrive, measure ¼ teaspoon
cinnamon and 2 tablespoons brown sugar into a bag for each
child.

Do This: As you close your festivities, remind
kids that they’re very special to God and they make him happy. Then
give kids an apple, ingredient baggie, and instruction card. Ask
them to make the apple with an adult’s help and use the questions
on the card to interview someone they share the apple with. They’ll
report back on what they learned the following week.

RED HOT HAPPY HEART APPLE INSTRUCTIONS:

Make your apple with an adult’s help.

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

2. Remove the core of the apple, but leave the
apple intact.

3. Place the apple in a baking dish. Pour the
cinnamon and brown sugar inside the apple. Add a teaspoon of butter
on top if you’d like.

4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool and then
enjoy with someone you love!

5. Take your apple and share it with a friend or
family member. Interview the person using these questions.

• What’s one way you know you’re special to God?

• How has God blessed you?

• What are you most grateful for?

• What’s one way you show God you’re thankful to him and love
him?

6. Come back next week and share what you learned
about that person.

HANDPRINT COOKIES

These deliciously fun treats remind kids that God created them-and
their new friends.

Get This: You’ll need premade sugar cookie dough,
a rolling pin, wax paper, pens, dinner knives, cookie sheets,
icing, sprinkles, a work surface, scissors, and access to an oven.
You’ll also need a Bible.

Do This: Remind kids that each one of them is
special, unique, and a gift from God. Then have some fun!

Follow the cookie dough directions to preheat the oven. Then give
kids each a piece of wax paper to trace their hands on, with their
fingers spread wide. Have them cut out and place their wax paper
handprints on the dough. Then using a dinner knife, cut out the
dough handprints. Place the handprints on the cookie sheet and bake
according to directions. While the cookies bake and then cool, read
aloud Psalm 139:12-14. Have kids sit in a circle and
discuss these questions.

What do you think it means to be “fearfully and
wonderfully made”?

What’s wonderful about you?

Name one thing that’s wonderful about the person on your
left.

Let kids decorate both their handprints. Encourage them to enjoy
one cookie, but to give the other to a special person who’s also a
gift from God.

FROG Festival for Preschoolers

Celebrate fall kickoff with your preschoolers with a hoppin’ happy
FROG (Fully Rely On God) festival! As you play the games and eat
the snacks, remind kids to fully rely on God this year!

FROG Flippers-Purchase foam visors (available
at orientaltrading.com
) and let kids go crazy decorating them to look like frogs.
All you need is glue, large googly eyes, green pom poms, and red
ribbons.

Lily Pad Cookies-Let kids decorate round or
oblong cookies with green icing and gumdrop frogs.

Pond Scum Punch-This ooey gooey green punch will
delight your preschoolers. All you need is two liters of ginger
ale, one large container of frozen lemonade, one large can of
pineapple juice, and one quart of lime sherbet. Stir everything
together, and serve on ice.

FROG Rocks-Let kids go outside to gather rocks
that they’ll transform into frogs. Just supply the paint, glue,
googly eyes, and red yarn or ribbon for tongues.

Stick the Tongue on the Frog-This version of Pin
the Tail on the Donkey is great for preschoolers. Just draw or
create a paper frog to stick on the wall, then blindfold kids and
let them try to place paper tongues on the frog. For even more fun,
use Sticky Hands vinyl toys (available at discount stores
and orientaltrading.com
) for the tongues.

Flick the Frog on the Lily Pad-This hilarious
game is just right for preschoolers. Fill a plastic swimming pool
with water and place green foam “lily pads” on the water. (Simply
cut large lily pad shapes out of 8 ½ x 11 pieces of craft foam.)
The challenge is for kids to toss plastic frogs onto the lily pads.
Requires adult supervision.

FROG Cake-Cap your froggy event with a frog cake.
Just use regular cake mix, but bake it in a large oven-proof bowl.
Once the rounded cake is cooled, decorate it with green icing. Use
large marshmallows to create the eyes, green gumdrops for warts,
and red licorice strips for the tongue.

Beth Stradling Armburst,
Pennsylvania

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