New Year’s Extravaganza

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We’ve had a variety of events on New Year’s Day. Use our ideas
to ring in the new year at your church.

Have a Bigger and Better scavenger hunt. Form groups of six
children and one adult. Give each child a penny. Send each group
out in its adult’s car. For two hours, group members must each go
to a different house, knock on the door, tell what church they’re
from and explain the Bigger and Better scavenger hunt. Kids might
say, “I have a penny here. Can you give me something bigger and
better than a penny?” Kids have to exchange eight times at
different houses.

While kids are gone, adult volunteers wash and attach 50 feet of
plastic PVC rain gutters from the hardware store. Then adults lay
the pipe on a long row of tables for a great banana split
boat.

When kids return, an independent panel of judges chooses the
winning Bigger and Better item. Then kids use tons of ice cream,
bananas and toppings to make a 50-foot banana split. (You may want
to make this smaller or bigger, depending on the number of kids in
your group. On an average, 6 inches per child is enough.) While
they eat, kids tell their stories and laugh about all that
happened.

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Kids won’t have to resolve to remember this New Year’s
extravaganza.

Rodney Bertholet
Glendora, California

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