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Children's Ministry Magazine Web Extras May/June 2011

In each issue of Children's Ministry Magazine we offer exclusive extra content, ideas, and downloadables found only at childrensministry.com as a benefit to our readers. Use these Web Extras to help you as you minister to children and their families.

Children's Ministry Magazine Web Extras

Cover0511Children's Ministry Magazine May/June 2011 Issue


• From Age-Level Insights 0-2: "Bible Figure Clip Art"
Download these clip-art figures for the Peek-a-Boo Bible Friends craft.

• From Age-Level Insights 10-12: "Puzzle Template"
Download this puzzle piece template to use with the Personalized Puzzle craft.

• From Reaching Out: "Flower Cutout Templates"
Download these flower cutout templates to use with the Mother's Day Bouquet.

• From Special Needs: "More Wheelchair Etiquette Tips"

Wheelchair Etiquette Tips

Want to help kids understand wheelchair etiquette? Use these activities when you've got extra time.

• Etiquette tip: Always ask a friend before pushing a wheelchair, because it's part of his personal space and should be respected.
Help kids understand this by having kids form pairs. One child in each pair will try to walk across the room while his partner holds his ankles and tries to guide his steps. Talk about what it felt like to have someone trying to help you do something you can easily do on your own. Discuss why pushing someone's wheelchair without asking could be disrespectful.

• Etiquette tip: When a friend in a wheelchair enters the room, remove a chair at the table or the end of the row so he can feel included in the group.
Help kids understand this by playing a game of musical chairs around your craft table. The child who can't find a seat must sit on the floor. Talk about what it felt like not to have a place at your table, and how they can make sure to include everyone in your church.

• Etiquette tip: Be careful to avoid leaning on someone's wheelchair for safety reasons and to protect equipment that may be attached to the chair.
Help kids understand this by setting up several books like dominos. Have kids take turns leaning on the first book and watching all the others fall. Talk about what harmful could happen if you lean on someone's wheelchair.


• From "From Goo-Goo to Google": More insight on embracing social media in your ministry.

"Teaching Digital Natives"
Childrensministry.com/articles/teaching-digital-natives

"Wired Beyond Belief"
Childrensministry.com/articles/wired-beyond-belief

• From "Bored No More": Downloadable Instructions and Supply Lists
Download and print these instructions to pack inside your Plan in a Can kit.

• From "Camp Can-Do": A sample schedule and extra games for your camp


Sample Schedules
To make it even easier, you can use this schedule for your mini-camp during the day. Or, choose a camp experience for one evening and then have kids stay at your church for a fun overnight experience!

Creation Camp

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Worship
9:20-9:40 Game 1: Water Split
9:40-10:00 Devotion: Creative Creation
10:00-10:20 Snack: Mini Apple Pies
10:20-10:40 Game 2: Big Bowling Bash
10:40-11:00 Craft: Bug Barn


Heart Camp

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Worship
9:20-9:40 Game 1: Water Balloon Relay
9:40-10:00 Devotion: Big Hearted
10:00-10:20 Snack: Fruit Kabob
10:20-10:40 Game 2: Ultimate Keep Away
10:40-11:00 Craft: Painted Rocks


God's Planarama

9:00-9:20 Welcome/Worship
9:20-9:40 Game 1: Step-by-Step Relay
9:40-10:00 Devotion: Joseph's Journey
10:00-10:20 Snack: Ice Cream in a Can
10:20-10:40 Game 2: Dribble, Dribble, Splatter
10:40-11:00 Craft: God's Plan Box


Want to add some extra games? Here's an extra game for each camp!

Creation Camp
God spoke, and it was there! Can your kids think of creation that quickly?
Creation Concentration
You'll Need: ball
Have kids stand in a circle. Toss the ball around. When kids catch the ball, they have 2 seconds to shout out the name of something God created, such as a zebra or an oak tree. Then the child will pass the ball to someone else.
If a child can't think of a creation in time, or if they repeat something that's been said, he or she must sit down. But they can get right back in the game by jumping up if someone else gets stuck and shouting out an answer.
Ask: • What was it like to think of things God created so quickly?
• How do you think God created the world so quickly?

Heart Camp
Kids will practice seeing how everyone is different, but we're all loved by God.
Guess Who?
Have kids stand in a circle. Choose one child to start the game. That child will secretly think of someone else in the circle and name one thing they have in common with that person, and one thing that's different about them. For instance, "We're both girls, but I'm wearing sneakers and she's wearing flip flops." The other kids will try to guess who the person is thinking of.
Ask: • Why is it important to understand how people are different from you?
• How can you find things to love about someone who seems very different from you?

God's Planarama
It looks like a simple game, but kids will have to figure out your plan!
You'll Need: sidewalk chalk, paper, pen
Before kids arrive, use sidewalk chalk to make a 5x5 grid of squares. (If you're inside, use masking tape instead.) Decide a route kids have to go in order to get from one side of the grid to the other, and map that out on your paper. For example, they may need to start with the 3rd square in the bottom row, then step right, then forward, then left, and so on.
Have kids take turns attempting to get through the grid. With each step, tell them whether or not they are correct. If they made an incorrect step, it's the next person's turn. Kids will need to watch others take a turn so they can learn the correct path and try to add to it. Once one person determines your plan, let everyone have a turn walking through the grid correctly.
Ask: • How was this game like or unlike trying to figure out God's plan?

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