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Children’s Ministry Magazine May/June
• From Age-Level Insights 0-2: “Bible Figure Clip
Download these clip-art figures for the Peek-a-Boo
Bible Friends craft.
• From Age-Level Insights 10-12: “Puzzle
this puzzle piece template to use with the Personalized Puzzle
• From Reaching Out: “Flower Cutout
Download these flower cutout templates to use with
the Mother’s Day Bouquet.
• From Special Needs: “More Wheelchair Etiquette
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
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
• 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
• From “From Goo-Goo to Google”: More insight on embracing
social media in your ministry.
“Teaching Digital Natives”
“Wired Beyond Belief”
• From “Bored No More”: Downloadable Instructions and
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
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
|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|
|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|
|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
God spoke, and it was there! Can your kids think of creation that
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
• How do you think God created the world so
Kids will practice seeing how everyone is different, but we’re all
loved by God.
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?
It looks like a simple game, but kids will have to figure out your
You’ll Need: sidewalk chalk, paper, pen
Before kids arrive, use sidewalk chalk to make a 5×5 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?