Splash into summer with these sizzling new games, crafts, and ideas that’ll make kids come back for more.
School’s out for summer! You can almost hear the kids kicking off their shoes, splashing into pools, and crying that ever-familiar lament, “I’m bored!”
Not with these great ideas for a hot, sizzling summer! Use these activities with your kids, and we guarantee that instead of hearing “I’m bored!” this summer, you’ll hear kids screaming, “I want more!”
SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL
To solve summer staff recruiting problems, we created the “20-20-20” program.
Our kids, ages 3 through sixth grade begin with 20 minutes of singing and worship each Sunday. Then we form two groups (you could have more if needed). Our little guys go to their classroom for 20 minutes for their lesson on the day’s Scripture, while the older kids come to the children’s library for a craft or activity related to the day’s theme. After 20 minutes, the younger kids come in for their activity time and the older ones move to their classroom for their lesson.
The teachers love this because they only have to prepare what they enjoy doing. They also only have to prepare 20 minutes worth of material each week. The teachers are happy, the children love it because they’re moving and more active during church school, and I’m able to be more involved in the entire program.
Many churches put a lot of time and effort into vacation Bible school and then lose the children for the remainder of the summer. Our church begins the summer with a vacation Bible school program. Then for the next eight Tuesdays, we offer a morning camp program from 9 to noon. Our Kids Kamp is an outreach event that brings in children from the community for summer fun and learning.
We recruit church members who have a special skill or hobby to teach. Junior and senior high students volunteer as junior counselors.
Weekly topics include puppets, cooking, creepy creatures, French, bike rodeo, and art. Each morning focuses on one topic. We charge a small registration fee for each week to cover the cost of supplies. Children in first- through fifth-grade attend and are placed in small groups according to age.
Kids Kamp has been a wonderful opportunity for our church to build bridges to the community. Many of our families’ first experience with the church came through their children attending Kids Kamp.