Let’s Party!

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Throw one of these fun-filled parties to fire up your children’s
ministry this winter

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Wintertime is here again, bringing those familiar and comforting
seasonal changes. And though most of us enjoy that first cup of
steaming cocoa, our winter enthusiasm can pale slightly as the days
grow colder. Even the rosy-cheeked, tireless children may resort to
huddling in their homes and waiting for the first sign of spring.
Where have all the children gone, you may wonder.

Not to fear!

Warm up your volunteers and children with one of these exciting
winter parties. A fun-filled event will jump-start everyone’s
attention and excitement.

So break out the streamers, inflate the balloons, turn up the
music, and open the doors! It’s party time!

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VEGGIETALES FIESTA!

VeggieTales videos are the #1 Christian videos for families. If
you start a silly song with Larry in any classroom, kids will
happily sing along. So why not throw a party featuring those silly
characters we all love and adore?

At our VeggieTales fiesta, children and adults came dressed as
their favorite VeggieTales characters. We had veggies and dips as
snacks; and tomato-, cucumber-, and carrot-shaped cookies that
guests decorated to look like Bob, Larry, and Laura.

Here are veggie-rific games to play.
l Bean the Philistine-Paint a giant cucumber on a refrigerator box
and cut out a large mouth. Have kids stand behind a line several
feet away and try to throw three bean bags into the mouth.

• Sink the Grapes of Wrath-Put three glass dishes in the bottom of
a fish tank, and fill the fish tank with water. Kids drop grapes in
the tank and try to land them in the dishes.

• Pea Pickin’ Game-Kids love ooey-gooey stuff, so play this
ooey-gooey game. Drop clear marbles in a wading pool of Yuk! Then
have kids race against the clock to grab the marbles with their
toes.

Yuk! is better than gelatin or mud because it’s a nontoxic,
no-mess goo. It’s kind of like a sticky cottage cheese after you
add water and let it sit for 24 hours. Two ounces of Yuk! makes up
to 71/2 gallons of slime and costs $6.99. To order Yuk! call,
800-447-1070.

• Carrot Cake Walk-Cut out large carrot shapes from orange poster
board. Write a different number from one to 15 on each carrot and
tape them in a circle on the floor. Put slips of paper numbered one
to 15 in a hat. Play VeggieTales music as people walk from carrot
to carrot. When you stop the music, players stop walking. Then draw
a number out of the hat. The person standing on the carrot with
that number gets a carrot cake or cupcake.

Purchase VeggieTales music at your local Christian bookstore or
Big Idea Production’s Web site at www.bigidea.com.

Linda Johnson
Umatilla, Florida

VEGGIETALES FIESTA BONUS

• Invitations-You can purchase 100 VeggieTales “You’re Invited”
postcards for $11.52 or eight VeggieTales card invitations for
$3.36 from The Mustard Seed at (740) 894-7777 or www.themustardseed.com.

• Decorations- Get VeggieTales party decorations and a la carte
items by calling 800-424-7843 or go to www.celebrateexpress.com.

• Favors-Purchase assorted 8-pack sets of VeggieTales stickers.
Each pack features a different VeggieTales character, so you may
want to cut apart the stickers and mix and match characters for
each child. Each pack contains nine to 12 stickers. Sticker pack
sets are available at Harvest Field Christian Lifestyle Store for
$8. Call 800-772-4730; or go to www.harvestfield.com.

VEGGIETALE CRAFTS

More great crafts and activities for a VeggieTales Fiesta:

• VeggieTales Bracelets-Give kids enough time to each create a
VeggieTales bead bracelet. On “go,” play music and have kids trade
bracelets as many times as possible before the music stops.

You’ll get all the bracelet-making materials you need in an Alpha
Beads Bracelets Activity Box. It contains more than 175 alphabet,
character, and decorative beads; bracelet thread; jewelry spring
clasps; and instructions. (You can buy additional jewelry clasps at
hobby and craft stores.) Available from Harvest Field Christian
Lifestyle Store for $14.99; call 800-772-4730; or go to www.harvestfield.com.

• VeggieTales Stamp Art-Have kids create their own VeggieTales
wrapping paper or gift cards using a Stamp-A-Face Rubber Stamp Set.
This set comes complete with 30 rubber stamps, ink pad, stencils,
paper, envelopes, cards, and instructions. Even 3-year-olds can
stamp out random patterns that turn out quite nice. Let the little
ones stamp to their hearts’ content! Cost is $14.49. Available from
Harvest Field Christian Lifestyle Store, 800-772-4730; or go to
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• Junior Asparagus Hats-Cut out 2-inch strips of yellow poster
board, long enough to make a circle that’ll fit around a child’s
head. Out of yellow poster board, cut a baseball cap shape with the
bill facing to either the left or right side of the cap (see photo
above). Paint the bill orange, and draw orange seams down from the
top center of the crown. Staple the cap to the poster-board
strip.

• VeggieTales Cookies-Set up a table where kids decorate Bob and
Larry cookies. Prepare as many sugar cookies as you think you’ll
need for each child to have one of each. Use a circular cookie
cutter for Bob and an oblong one for Larry. Children can decorate
their cookies with green and red frosting and sprinkles.

Ann Heilborn
Pleasant Lake, Michigan

F.R.O.G. FESTIVAL!

To celebrate Leap Year, we held a F.R.O.G. Festival, but this is a
great event for any time. The acronym F.R.O.G. has come to mean
Fully Rely On God, and we thought this would be a perfect theme for
a children’s ministry event.

Kids will enjoy these froggy ideas.

• Frog Hats-Cut out strips of green poster board, long enough to
create a circle that’ll fit around a person’s head. Cut frog head
shapes out of green poster board. Allow children to decorate them
with nostrils, eyes, and a wide mouth (see photo below). To make a
tongue, have children take a 6×1-inch strip of pink paper and fold
it back and forth lengthwise-fan style. Glue one end to the mouth
of the frog so that it looks as if it’s extending from the mouth.
Attach each child’s frog head to a poster-board strip with glue or
staples and then attach the ends of the strip to create a crown to
fit the child’s head.

• Lily Pad Cookies-Have children make lily pad cookies by
decorating round cookies with green frosting and sprinkles.

• Frog Feet Relay-Form two teams. Have the teams line up at one
end of the room. Give the first person in each line a pair of swim
fins. On “go,” the first person must put on the fins, run to other
end of the room and back, remove the fins, and pass them to the
next teammate who’ll do the same thing. Continue until all the
children have gone. (Hint: Children will have to run backward, as
it’s too easy to trip walking forward in swim fins.)

Ann Heilborn
Pleasant Lake, Michigan

     

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