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Creation Discovery Vacation Bible Adventure


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Creation Discovery Vacation Bible School

Creation Discovery Vacation Bible Adventure

Creation Discovery VBS

You will find 7 posts that have all the activities for doing your own Creation Vacation Bible School.  If you have questions, just let me know.

First a video our Pastor made:

Here are links to the posts:

sunrise-over-planet-e1354833435179Day 1, Sunday

2nd day firmamentDay 2, Monday

TreesFlowersDay 3, Tuesday

earthSunMoonDay4, Wednesday

birds fishDay 5, Thursday

AdamEveGarden2Day 6, Friday

adameve3Day 7, Saturday Sabbath

Here also some more additional resources you might like:

Name Tags

Crew Flags or Signs

Power Point of Songs for Gathering

Activity Signs

 

I hope you enjoy Creation Discovery Vacation Bible Adventure as much as we did!


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The first holiday! God rested and so can we!

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Enjoy my creation with me

This is the last day for the Creation Discovery VBS.   We have had so much fun!  I hope you have too!  Thank you for joining us.

Scripture for the dayGenesis 2:1-3

Theme:  Just like God, we take time to rest

Verse: “Remember the  Sabbath day to keep it holy…. The seventh day is a Sabbath day unto the Lord you God.”   Exodus 20:8, 10

 

Opening Gathering Time:

All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.  Day 1 the scientist showed us some cool things about light.

Setting:

On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.  Our setting is complete.

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Kids helped create the Setting of the Creation Story

Songs and Creation Review:

Review in a short sentence or two what God created each day and then sing the corresponding song.  Today’s Gathering is a little longer, but the activities go pretty fast, so you may just want to spend 20 minutes at the activities instead of 25.  Keep 5 minutes to move between places.

Power point for Songs for Gathering

  • Creation Song #2
  • Review Day 1 – light, day/night — & theme: Just like light, Jesus shows the way
  • He is the Light
  • Review Day 2—air& sky — & theme: Just like air, God is there
  • This is the Day That the Lord Has Made
  • Review Day 3 – land & trees — & theme: Just like trees, Jesus grows His fruit in me
  • Fruit of The Spirit (with band)
  • Review Day 4 – sun, moon, stars — & theme: Just like the moon, we reflect God’s love
  • Great Big Beautiful World
  • Review Day 5 – birds & sea life — & theme: Just like sparrows, we can trust God’s care
  • God Created — need 8 volunteers – each one thinks of an animal to say into the microphone at blank; 1st 2 name birds, 2nd 2 name sea life, 3rd pair name birds, 4th pair name sea life
  • Review Day 6 part A – animals
  • Lord of Creation
  • Review Day 6 part b – people — & theme: Just like Adam & Eve, we were created by God
  • Woven Together

Interactive Creation Story

What did God do on Sabbath?  Let’s read Genesis 2:1-3. God rested!

Raise your hand if you like to build with Lego.  How about K’nex?  Who likes to make things with food and cook?  How about drawing and painting?  Who likes making things on the computer?  We like to create don’t we!  When you get done making something, do like to enjoy it?  Maybe you play with your Lego or K’nex creation.  Maybe you eat those yummy cookies.  Or maybe you put your drawing on the refrigerator or give it to someone special to enjoy.  When God got done with our world, He took some time to rest and enjoy His creation!  He said come rest and enjoy my creation with me!  Don’t you like showing someone what you made?  I do.  I like others to enjoy my creation, too.  Just like God rested, we can too.  We can rest and enjoy His creation with Him!

God rested and blessed the 7th day.  He made it holy.  This was the first holiday!  How many of you like holidays?  I do too!  Raise your hand and I’ll come with the microphone and you can tell us what your favorite holiday is.  (Let about 5 kids answer.) Most holidays are only once a year.  God wanted us to have a holiday every week!  Holidays are special times to spend with family.  Do you like it when Mom and Dad spend some time with you?  What do you like to do with your parents?  (Let about 5 kids answer)  A lot of times Mom and Dad are busy, busy, busy aren’t they.  God knew we would get busy.  He also knew we need rest and relaxation.  After a busy day, do you like to rest and relax and play a bit.  God gave us a day to rest and relax and spend time with Him.  He wants us to spend time with Him.  He said this is our day, our special day.  Come spend time with me!  Today we are going to have fun exploring some ways to spend time with God.  (Pray)

Theme Song

Science Presentation

Our guest scientist was our Pastor.  He showed a cool science demonstration that showed how resting in God takes away our sins and how being with our church family fills us.  Another option is to have a health professional show some ways rest and relaxation improves our health.

Dismissal to Stations

If it is later than usual.  Reduce the time for each station.

After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

Bible Crew Time:

Supplies: daily point pictures, special thank-you card paper, pencils, markers, and crayons

7th day Bible Crew Time

Raise your hand if you like holidays.   I like holidays, too.  In a minute, I’m going to let you talk to someone next to you, they are your neighbor.  Talk for just a short bit and then take a time to listen to the other person.   We will be talking about our favorite holiday.  Turn to someone next to you.  (Crew leaders, make sure everyone has a partner, please.)  Tell your neighbor which holiday you like the best and why.  (Give a few minutes for kids to share, but don’t wait for them to stop talking before calling them back to order.)  Alright, it’s time to listen.  Who would like to share what your neighbor told you.  (Let a couple share.)

God made the first holiday on the 7th day of creation.  Who would like to read about it?  (Have an older child read Genesis 2:1-3.  “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.  By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.   Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”)  God finished his work of creation and then He rested.  He blessed the seventh day and made it a holy day.   He asks us not to work on that day either.  It is a holiday.

God created a lot of things didn’t He?  Think about something you like to make.  (Don’t tell us yet.)  Maybe you like to build with Legos or K’nex or something else.  Maybe you like to draw, color, or paint.  Maybe you like to help mom bake or cook.  Maybe you like to build models or puzzles.  Think about something you like to make.

I’m going to give you another time to share.  This time turn to a different person.  Look at the person on the other side of you.  We are going to talk about something we like making and what we like to do when we are done.  Be sure to give the other person time to talk and listen to them.  Question #1 is, what do you like to make? (Give time for kids to share.)  Question #2 is, what do you like to do when you are done making it? (Give time for kids to share.)

When God was done creating or making the world, He wanted time to enjoy it.  Raise your hand if you like to enjoy what you have made.  Maybe you sit back and look it over and say something like, “I did it!” or “I like it!”  Maybe you enjoy playing with it.  Maybe it was something yummy, so you get to eat it!  Your work is done and now you get to enjoy what you made.  God said, “It is very good!”  He took a whole day to rest and enjoy His work.  He invites us to rest on the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, and enjoy His creation.   Think about what God made.  Are you thankful He made them?  We are going to draw pictures or write thank you notes to God for what He made.

However, it is not just God’s creation that we celebrate.  We celebrate God, our Creator, too.  We have an awesome God! (Show pictures of each day’s creation and the daily point)

God made light – Just like light, Jesus shows the way.  Praise God that He shows us the way!

God made air – Just like air, Jesus is there.  Praise God that He is always with us!

God made land, plants, trees, and fruit – Just like trees, Jesus grows His fruit in me.  Thank God that He fills us with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and self-control.

God made the sun, moon, and stars – Just like the moon, we reflect God’s love.  God loves us!  Thank you God for shining your light and love through me.

God made birds and all the water creatures – Just like sparrows, we can trust God to care for us.  God is our Provider!  He cares for us!

God made animals and people – Just like Adam and Eve, we were created by God.   God is our Creator!  God cares for us!

God made the Sabbath, a day of rest – Just like God we take time to rest.  God gives us rest!

Crew Time

 You may choose a paper at the table to write or draw a thank you note to God.  We are going to put them on a special board in the hallway.  You can write or draw something that God made and you are thankful for or you can thank God for who He is.  He is our Creator, Healer, Provider, Guide, and Friend.  He loves us!

Have various papers, crayons, markers, and pencils for the children to use to write their Thank you cards.  Give the children time to write the Thank you notes to God.  Thank you God.

Optional:  Have some of the VBS songs softly playing in the background while the kids work.

 

Snack

Leader’s Script:

Did God create anything on Day 7?  What did He do?  He rested!  He made a day for us to enjoy His creation and to spend time with Him.

Today for snack we have a special snack.  It is called Shabboat Challah.  It is a special Sabbath bread.  It is made with three long bread sticks and braided.  These three pieces of bread dough represent God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit — all together as one God.

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Shabbat Challah

braided bread – Shabbat Challah —  you can use this recipe or simply braid 3 bread sticks or thirds of your favorite bread dough

 

 

 

We also have fruit salad to remind of the many good things God created.

 

Science Booths

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.

Booth 1 – Worship God the Creator

Supplies:  cups, rubber bands, Kleenex or tissue boxes, bells, plates, Popsicle sticks, straws, dried beans, paper towel tubes, pipe cleaners, etc.

To make it simpler, choose a couple instruments and the corresponding supplies.

Activity:  Get creative and make an instrument.  Rubber bands around a cup or tissue box makes a guitar.  Bells can be strung on lanyards, paper plates or Popsicle sticks to make tambourines or chimes.  Straws can make wind flutes.  Put dried beans in folded plates, paper tubes, or eggs to make great shakers.  Here are some picture ideas:

When the instruments are done, softly play the VBS music so the kids can play along with it.

 

Booth 4 – Prayer Garden

This booth should be set apart from the others so that it’s quiet and there is less distraction.  You can choose 1 or 2 of the following or other option:

Prayer wall (write prayer on wall);

Prayer in the hat (put request in hat/basket; pull one out to pray for)

Pray for the world (put a sticker on area of world map that you pray for)

ABC prayer – add to list by adding something that starts with a letter

Prayer chain – put a prayer on a link & connect with others

Confession – write a sin/burden you want to get rid on a rock with washable marker, then put the rock in the bucket of water, which shows that sins are washed away and buried in the depths of the sea.  Another variation is to add a praise for something you do well written with crayon on the same rock.  The sin disappears, but the praise remains.  God remembers the good in us, but forgets confessed sin.

for more ideas see Insight

 

Booth 5 – Survey Says

Supplies:   Sabbath interviews to be filled in, markers, clipboards (we made simple ones using cardboard and clips)

Activity:  Children take survey on clipboard and go ask 3 people of their choice the questions then come back and fill in the appropriate squares on the bar graph to show the answers.

The results were very interesting!

 

Booth 6 – Listen to God’s Word

Watch Matthew or John video

 

Recreation

Leader Script:

What did God create on day 7?  Nothing!  He was done.  But He did make a day for us to rest, relax, enjoy His creation and worship Him.  It is called the Sabbath.

 Game 1—Nature Scavenger Hunt

Have a scavenger hunt paper with items representing each day of creation that can be found in the location.  When the players find the item, they check it off.  A variation would be to have 3 items for each day.  Divide the children into 3 teams.  Each team needs to bring back 1 item from each day.  These can be used for the next game.

Suggested Scavenger items:

  1. flashlight – light
  2. pinwheel or balloon – air
  3. flower, fruit, or vegetable
  4. sun, moon, or star
  5. bird, fish or sea creature
  6. animal or doll
  7. Bible or picture of Jesus

Game 2—Creation Relay

Supplies:  Have an object to represent each day of creation for each group playing such as:  flashlight, balloon, fake flower/fruit, moon/sun, fish/bird, stuffed animal (you can use the same objects and teams as in game 1);  A towel to put the objects on, in order they were created, at the beginning of the relay.  A basket for teams to place them on at the end of the relay.  Obstacle course items (optional)  Hoola hoops, jump rope, tunnel or cardboard box, etc.

Play:  Team members take turns carrying the items while running across the field or through an obstacle course.  The items need to be carried in the order of creation.  When all the items are taken over all the team  yells, “God is the Creator!”  then all sit on the towel and say, “Let’s rest!”   First team to have everything in the basket AND be on the towel resting, wins.

Game 3—Take a Rest

Supplies:  5 beach towels, a bell or sound device

Play:  Spread out beach towels.  At the sound of the bell, everyone needs to be on one of the towels.  When they get on a towel, they should say, “I’m resting.”  Once everyone is on the towel, the leader says, “Go for a walk.”  Everyone walks around until the bell rings.  Leader says, “Come take a rest.”  Each time the kids “go for a walk,” the leader takes away a towel.  Everyone needs to be on or touch the remaining towels.

Debrief:  God gives us a full day to rest.  We don’t have to work!

Game 4—Praise March

Supplies:  Instruments

Play:  Give each child an instrument.  Get in a line.  Kids play their instruments and follow the leader.  Let the leader lead for a few minutes then go to the back of the line and the new leader leads for a few minutes until everyone has a chance to lead.    Optional:  While marching, sing a favorite VBS song or other simple song praising God.

 

Craft

We highlighted worship in our craft choice for Sabbath.  All are kits from Oriental Trading.  They included a church, Bible magnets, and creation world praising God.  The church has the 10 commandments which could be replaced with a saying plaque praising God.  The children did these crafts really quick and then were looking for something else to do, so we let them choose a left-over craft also.

10 Commandments For Kids Craft Kit     Bible Magnet Craft Kit     7 Days of Creation Sign Craft Kit

You may choose to choose a different craft, as another option.

Children also enjoyed getting creative in the craft room with building blocks.

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Getting creative and building

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Gift for the day:  We gave inspirational bookmarks.  We had enough for all the staff and parents, too.


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Animals of all sizes and People too were created on Day 6

This is the sixth day for the Creation Discovery VBS.  There are so many possibilities when talking about animals and people.  There’s just not enough time in the day!

Scripture for the day: Genesis 1:24-31

Theme:  Just like Adam and Eve, we were created by God.

Memory Verse:  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”    Psalms 139:14

 

Opening Gathering Time:

All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.

Setting:

On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.  The setting is almost complete.  We have lights, sky, land, plants, trees & flowers, sun, moon & stars, sea creatures, and birds.  Today the children will add animals to complete the setting.

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It does look like kids have helped, doesn’t it!  🙂

Crew Leader supplies:  Have ready as many stuffed animals as you can find.  Thankfully our church had plenty.  We put one under each chair prior to VBS to save on disagreements and time passing them out.

Songs:

PowerPoint for Day 6 Gathering Songs

  • I’m Part of God’s Creation
  • Lord of Creation
  • I’m Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
  • Woven Together
  • Child of God
  • If I Were a Butterfly (if there is time)
  • I Am a Promise & a Possibility (if there is time)

Interactive Creation Story

Who can tell me what God created each day of the week?  (Encourage kids to do so into the microphone)  Right!  Let’s say them together:

  1. Light
  2. Firmament/sky & air
  3. Land, grass, trees, & plants
  4. Sun, moon, & stars
  5. Sea creatures & birds

What is missing?  What do you think God made on day 6?  Let’s see what the Bible tells us.  I’m reading Genesis 1:24-25.

Activity:  So God made animals.  Look under your chair, you have an animal to bring up to our scene.  Think about what kind of animal it is.

Is it a livestock — that’s something you would find on a farm or have as a pet?  If you have a pet or livestock you can bring it up to our scene.  God made livestock to help us.  Pets are fun to have aren’t they!  God wants us to have fun and enjoy taking care of animals.

Think again.  Do you have an animal that moves along the ground like a snake, reptile, or insect?  If so, you can bring it up to our scene.  God made animals that move along the ground.  They have a purpose in His plan.

Does everybody else have a wild animal?  If you haven’t brought your animal up, do it now.  There are so many wild animals in the world!  God is very creative!  Think of the elephant with its funny trunk and the funny monkeys.  God enjoys having fun!  There’s strong animals, fast animals, silly animals, loud animals, and quiet animals.  Some are sneaky and slow.  Some are big.  Some are small.  All were made by our Creator God.

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Garden of Eden

But God wasn’t done yet!  There’s more.  (Read Genesis 1:26-31.)  God made people!  He made Adam and Eve.  God gave them a special job to do.  What was their job?  (To rule over the animals.)  What do good rulers do?  Rulers make good rules to keep order.  They protect us.  They care for us.  That is our job.  We are supposed to protect and take care of the animals.  We can make sure they have good places to live.  God also said that the animals and people should fill the earth.  Let’s praise our awesome God!

Theme Song:

Science Presentation

Our guest scientist for Friday had worked at the zoo and had lots of animal stories.  You might choose to have a pet store keeper or other local animal presenter.  Another idea would be to have someone from the medical field tell about our wonderful bodies.

Dismissal to Stations:

After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

Bible Crew Time:

Supplies:  Bibles, Friday Bible Crew Time Powerpoint

Greet children & when they are settled introduce activity.  You are all handsome and beautiful!  God has made each one of you unique and special.  Let’s see how different and alike we are.  If you have what I mention you can stand up.  We’ll do a quick count and then you can sit down.

If you have dark brown or black hair, stand up.   __# of you have dark hair.  If you have blond or light colored hair, stand up.  #__ of you have light colored hair.  If you have red hair, stand up.  #__ of you have red hair. ….  Continue with color of eyes (blue, brown, green); Taller than kids your age; Shorter than kids your age…

You are all handsome and beautiful!  God has made each one of you unique and special!   There is a verse in the Bible that talks about that.  Who would like to look it up.  (Choose several helpers)  Let’s look up Psalms 139.  There are 4 verses (13, 14, 15, 16).  Divide them among the volunteers.  Psalms 139:13-16.  We learned how God made Adam and Eve.  He formed them out of dirt.  Did you know that God formed you and me, too!  God formed us in our mother’s womb!  God made you the way you are because He has a special plan for you!  He not only decided how you would look, He also planned your personality and what you are really good at.  God made you that way, because you will be able to help Him do something important, something really special for Him and others.

[optional:]   The first part of Psalms 139 tells how God knows us and sees us.  Read Psalms 139:1-4

Adam’s first job was to name the animals.  Later one of Adam and Eve’s jobs was to take care of their garden park-like home.  They took care of the plants and animals.  The Bible tells the special job God had for Isaiah.  Isaiah 49:5 says, “The Lord is the one who made me in my mother’s womb, so that I could be his servant.   He wanted me to lead Jacob and Israel back to him.  The Lord gives me honor.  I get my strength from my God.” (ERV) Jeremiah was to work for the Lord, too.  Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you.  Before you were born, I chose you for a special work.  I chose you to be a prophet to the nations.”  In Exodus we read about some men that God gave special talents in building things.  Exodus 31:1-6 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “I have chosen a man from the tribe of Judah to do some special work for me. His name is Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur. 3 I have filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God—I have given him the skill and knowledge to do all kinds of things. 4 He is a very good designer. And he can make things from gold, silver, and bronze. 5 He can cut and set beautiful jewels. And he can work with wood. He can do all kinds of work. 6 I have also chosen Oholiab to work with him. Oholiab is the son of Ahisamach from the tribe of Dan. And I have given skills to all the other workers so that they can make everything that I have commanded you.”  There are many stories in the Bible of both men, women, boys, and girls that did great things for God with the talents he gave them.

What do you do well?  You will be doing an activity during Crew Time that helps you discover your talents.  Let’s just find out a few right now.  Stand when I say something that you like to do, then sit down.  (Do how many you have time for.) Building things (using Lego’s, Knex, wood, etc) – Puzzles – Running – Math – Drawing – Music – Taking care of Animals – Planting – Writing – Reading – Being a good friend – Leading others – Listening to others – Art/Crafts – Cooking – Cleaning …

 

Crew Time

Supplies:  Fold half sheets of construction paper to make a card;  Stickers with talents represented.  Click on the sticker picture below for a pdf of the hand out.  Print them on Avery 8293 round sticker sheet.

Talent Stickers

Talent Stickers

Everyone has special talents.  You can use your talents to help others and make things better around you.   Write your name on the special paper provided.  Find stickers that show the 5 things that you like the most or do the best at.  Place them on the paper.  Tell your group what you are good at.  How can your talents be used to help others or make our world a better place?

Snack

 Leader’s Script:

 

Science Booths

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.

We had teens leading these booths.  They did an awesome job and enjoyed sharing their passion for science with the VBS participants.

Booth 1 – Petting Zoo

Some of my initial ideas for this booth was to have a petting zoo, guests from a pet store, or guest taxidermist.  We had a couple that brought their donkeys for the kids to see.  We all enjoyed hearing about them and petting them.

Booth 2 – Animal Videos

Have animal videos kids can watch

 

Booth 3 – Animal Tracks

Have items to make animal tracks.  There are lots of options at Nature Watch.  We used their animal track rubbings.

Booth 4 – Made from sand (or clay)

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Teen leader explained the sand-forming activity.

Using clay, wet sand or moon sand, form a person or animal.  Formations must be appropriate.

 

Booth 5 – Animal Habitats

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Making a habitat using construction paper and creativity.

animal habitat

Make a habitat in a Habitat box, tissue paper, etc.  Here is a way to make a box for the habitat with one piece of construction paper.  The plastic animals were the kids gift for the day.  They could choose their animal and then make a habitat for it.

Another option is to, as a group, make habitats in boxes.   The children can add trees, snow, water, grass, etc. to the habitats and then place animals in the correct habitat.   Each box would feature a different habitat such as jungle, forest, polar ice cap, desert, etc.

 Booth 6 — collections

We had a budding scientist with lots of collections, which he enjoyed sharing with the children.

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Insect collection and Animal card matching game

 

Recreation

Leader Script:

What did God create on day 6?  (animals & people)  Today we are going to play some animal games.  Remember, just like Adam and Eve, we are created by God.

Game 1—Run Rabbit Run

Half of the group are called foxes and the other half are named rabbits. Rabbits are standing behind a line at one end of the play area. (home) Foxes are scattered all over the play area.
Captain Rabbit leads his/her brood for a walk.
The leader of the foxes says: “Run Rabbit Run!”
All rabbits run trying to return to their home.
All TAGGED rabbits become foxes. Continue until there are no “rabbits” left.  From Kid Activities

Game 2—Find Your Partner

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Neigh.. Moo.. Grrr

Preparation:  Have pictures of various animals.  Have 2 pictures of each animal.

Play:  Each person (at the same time) makes the noise of their animal.  They try to find their partner, who is making a similar noise.

Game 3—Animal Races

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Slither like a snake

Say an animal – everyone strikes a pose like that animal, then on “Go!”   Race like that animal to the other side.

Variation:  Get a partner.  Make an animal with your partner (take turns being 1 and 2).  Once your animal is formed, race to the other side.  The animal must stay connected.

Two partners:

Elephant:  #1 is the head and trunk; #2 is the legs – put hands on #1’s waist.

Spider:  #1 gets down on all fours; #2 crosses #1 and gets down on all fours to make 8 legs.

Giraffe:  #1 is the long neck and head – stand tall; #2 is the body and legs – put hands on #1’s waist.

Three partners:   Ant:  3 connected to make 6 legs

Four partners:    Octopus:  4 connected to make 8 legs

Full group:    Caterpillar or millipede:  All connected

Game 4—  Animal Charades

1 person in small group acts out animal and the others guess what it is.

 

Craft

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Children were able to choose from two frames.  The first one was a safari animal frame from Oriental Trading which the kids colored.  The second was a DIY craft kids have enjoyed doing for years.  We made frames with Popsicle sticks and added little animals for decoration.   To add the aspect of God created humans and to highlight that God creates us, we took individual pictures of the children ahead of time for them to put in their frames.

Color Your Own Safari Fuzzy Picture Frame Magnets

You may choose to choose a different craft, as another option.

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Gift for the day:  an little animal


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Sea Creatures and Birds Bring joyful sound on Day 5

under sea decor

Walk through creation — day 5– Under the Sea

This is the fifth day for the Creation Discovery VBS.  We did these activities on Thursday, the fifth day of the week.

Scripture for the dayGenesis 1:20-23

Theme:  Just like sparrows, we can trust God’s care!

Verse:   “In God I trust;  I will not be afraid.”   Psalms 56:4

“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”  1 Peter 5:7

Opening Gathering Time:

All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.

Setting:

On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.  So far there is light, water, sky, grass, trees, flowers, stars, sun & moon.

Today the children can add the sea creatures and birds, unless you want to have some already up in the scene.

Songs:

  • Under the Sea – if starting early – for early birds
  • Creation Song #2
  • The Underwater Song
  • This is the Day That the Lord Has Made
  • He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands
  • God Created – need 8 volunteers – each one thinks of an animal to say into the microphone at blank; 1st 2 name birds, 2nd 2 name sea life, 3rd pair name birds, 4th pair name sea life
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

 

Interactive Creation Story

Crew Leader supplies:  birds and fish

Our world looks pretty good.   However, other than the wind and waves, it’s really quiet!  Nothing else is moving around either.  Yesterday we talked about how God filled the light and dark, which he made on day 1, with the sun, moon, and stars, which he made on day 4.  Now it is day 5.  God is going to fill the places He made on day 2.  What did God make on day 2?  (the firmament and air)  So on day 2 there was the ocean and the sky.  What do you think God could make to fill the ocean and sky?  (sea creatures and birds)

Let’s read about it in God’s Holy Word, the Bible.  We are reading from Genesis chapter 1.  (Read Genesis 1:20-23)

Think of all the sea creatures!   Do they all look the same?  (no) Do they do the same things? (no)  God made them all different and many of them help each other.

Think about all the birds!  They are all different, too.  Do birds get hungry?  (yes)  Do they need a place to rest? (yes)  Did God make things for them to eat and a place to rest?  Yes He did.  Just like the sparrow, we can trust God’s care.  God takes care of us, too.

Activity:  I need help bringing up some birds and fish.  Crew Leaders you can pass out the birds and fish (to all or children ages 6-8 or who didn’t get to put up flowers or stars).  While we sing our theme song you can bring up the birds and sea creatures.  Think about where they would be most happy to live and put them there.  God wants us to be happy and takes care of us.

Theme song:

Science Presentation

Have a guest scientist.  Ours loves watching birds as a hobby.  He had lots of fun bird stories and facts to tell.

Dismissal to Stations

After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

Bible Crew Time:

Supplies:  Bibles,   Day 5 Bible Crew Time PowerPoint

How many of you like animals?  Raise your hand if you have pets that you help take care of.  We take care of our pets by giving them food and water.  We take care of their other needs, too and spend time with them.   Do any of you have bird feeders?  Do you like to feed the birds?   God cares for the animals and he cares for you.

I need a couple volunteers to read from the Bible.  Have one volunteer look up Matthew 10:29 and one look up Matthew 6:26    “When birds are sold, two small birds cost only a penny. But not even one of those little birds can die without your Father knowing it.” (Matthew 10:29)  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (Matthew 6:26)  Does God care for the birds?  (Listen to answers.)  Does he care for you?  (yes) How does he care for the birds?  (He cares if they die, feeds them)  How does he care for you? (give us family, food…)

There’s a story in the Bible how God used a lunch of fish and bread to feed 5,000 people.  God knows what we need and He makes sure we are taken care of.

Video 5minutes song & pics – Five Loaves &Two Fish

There’s another Bible story about how God sent birds to bring food to a man.  – show video of Elijah and ravens or read the story.   — 4:10 minutes

God cared for Elijah by making sure he had food and water.  Who brought the food to Elijah? (The ravens) We can trust God.   God is in charge of the birds, the wind, and the rain.   Just like God cares for the birds, God cares for us.   During your crew time today, you have an opportunity to make a mural of ways that God cares for you and provides for your needs.

We all need food and water.  What else do we need?  (Allow children to share various things.  Tell about differences of needs and wants as needed.)

Crew Time

Supplies:  cards with needs; bandages, coats, food boxes, water bottles, shoes, pretend money

Divide the children into 2 groups – group 1 and group 2.  After introducing the activity, give Group 1 each a ‘need card’.  Also have the other items spread out on a table easily accessible for Group 2.

We are going to practice showing God’s love and caring for others by helping them get something that they really need.  I’m going to give half of you a card that has a

Snack

 Leader’s Script:

What did God make on day 5?  Right!  Birds and all the creatures in the sea!

Everyone think of something that lives in the sea.  You can each have a turn to tell us something that lives in the sea.

 

edible seaToday we are going to eat a yummy ocean.

Serve the snacks already prepared and ready to eat.

Directions for preparation the day before:

Click on the above photo for more directions.

NOTE:  Plan ahead for this one!  Make the rocky bottom and jello 2 days before.  We did ours on Monday, day 2, because that was an easy snack.  Cut the jello and insert fish the day before for at least your first 2 groups.  This takes awhile.  If you have enough kitchen help you can do the rest the day you serve them.

  • Now mix up your jello according to the package directions. Pour the jello directly into the container on top of your Lifesaver “pebbles.”
  • Place your jello in the fridge for a few hours to set.
  • Now it’s time to insert the Swedish Fish. using a long, thin knife, pierce a slit into the jello. Make sure the slit goes as far down as you want the fish to sit Poke your Swedish fish into the slit you just created.   Now use your knife to poke the fish as far down as you would like him to go. Repeat with as many fish as you would like

Science Booths

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.  Our teens enjoyed leading these stations.

Booth 1 – Beak Experiment

Supplies :  “beaks” – scissors, tweezers, chopsticks, straw, and pliers.  Printout of different types of bird beaks.  And“bird food” – juice, marshmallows, gummy worms in sand or sugar,  bird seed in rice, bird seed pressed into clay, and pistachios or sunflower seeds.

Preparation:  prepare the bird food and place the following together:

  • small juice boxes with straws, picture of hummingbird and humming bird beak
  • marshmallows, scissors, picture of eagle, and eagle beak
  • gummy worms in sand or sugar, chopsticks, picture of a robin and robin’s beak
  • bird seed in rice, tweezers, picture of chicken and it’s beak
  • bird seed or rice pressed into clay, tweezers, picture of woodpecker and it’s beak

Activity:   Have children “be a bird” and try to “get their food” using the beak tool provided.  They should go around the table trying each bird’s beak and food.  If you wish you can have them try different beak tools on a different bird’s food.

Our Creator Designer designed each bird to live a particular place and eat a particular food.

see more at Blessed Beyond a Doubt

Booth 2 – Feather Lab

Have various feathers to look under a microscope or magnifier.

Explain the difference between contour and down feathers.  Show how the contour feathers have shafts & vanes and are on the bird’s body, wings and tail. Take a close look at the vanes and experiment separating them and petting or preening them together towards the end like a bird does to close the little barbules that hold the barbs together.   Have the kids separate these from the down feathers which are lie close to the bird’s body and are soft and fluffy.  see more from Eva

Drop the feathers and see how they float down.  Do they drop differently?

Use the feathers, pine cones, and wiggly eyes to make birds.

Booth 3 — Wings of Flight

To see how an airfoil works, hold a narrow strip of paper near your mouth and blow across the top. The air moves faster above than below, and the paper will rise. Does this work with a larger piece of paper? Why or why not?  See more at Learner.org

Make various kinds of airplanes and see the different ways they fly.  You might use these at Recreation.  See Tutorial for making paper airplanes.

 

Booth 4 – In Aquarium and Cage

Have a small aquarium of fish for kids to watch the fish and a bird in a cage for kids to watch

Have videos of fish and birds

 

Booth 5 – How fish float,

Demonstrate how control their depth with this science experiment– see how stuff works  — see video

· Fill up bin with water

· tape a balloon onto the end of a straw with the straw inside the balloon.  Use electricians tape

· Put the straw-balloon into an empty plastic water bottle so that the balloon end is inside the balloon and the other end of the straw is sticking out of the water bottle so that you can blow on it or put a water balloon pumper on it (so germs aren’t passed)

· Place the water bottle-straw-balloon in the basin and let them fill with water.  This shows how a fish will sink if they don’t have much air in their  swim bladder.

· Blow air into the balloon.  This shows how a fish floats if it has lots of air in its swim bladder.

To ascend, a fish must reduce its overall density by increasing its volume without significantly increasing its mass. Most fish do this with something called a swim bladder. A swim bladder is just an expandable sac, like a human lung. To reduce its overall density, a fish fills the bladder with oxygen collected from the surrounding water via the gills. When the bladder is filled with this oxygen gas, the fish has a greater volume, but its weight is not greatly increased. When the bladder is expanded, it displaces more water and so experiences a greater force of buoyancy. When the bladder is completely inflated, the fish has maximum volume and is pushed to the surface. When the bladder is completely deflated, the fish has minimum volume and sinks to the ocean floor. To stay at a particular level, a fish fills its bladder to the point at which it displaces a volume of water that weighs what the fish weighs. In this case, the forces of buoyancy and gravity cancel each other out, and the fish stays at that level.  —

 

 Booth 6 – How fish swim,

How fish swim — locomotion in fish

See 3 minute video:     or   See website

THEN Make fish swim by breaking the tension in the water :

Supplies:  What you need:  water in a bin/bowl (long sundae bowls are great), liquid soap, and card stock fish for kids to decorate and cut out

Cut out little fish shapes from the cardboard.

Fill the bowl with water.  Using disposable long sundae bowls works great.  (Reuse bowl for a craft).  Note:  This experiment works only if a new bowl and new water is used.  Once there is soap in the water or on the bowl the tension is already broken and the fish will no longer zoom away from the soap.

Carefully float the cardboard fish on the top of the water.

Add a drop of liquid dish soap behind the fish’s tail.

What happens? The fish swims away!

Notes:  This happens because the dish soap breaks the water’s surface tension, allowing the water to pull the fish away from the soap. How cool is that?

Recreation

Leader Script:

What did God create on day 5?  (birds and animals in the sea)  Today we are going to play some games that have to do with birds and fish.  Remember, Just like sparrows, we can trust God’s care.

Game 1—Wings of Flight

Supplies:  lots of paper or newspaper

Make paper airplanes or flying birds and then fly them.  See who’s goes the farthest.  Who can fly theirs through a hoop which is held up or hung in a tree.

Game 2—Flying Sparrows

from sermon4kids

FLYING SPARROWS: ALL the children can fly around a designated area with arms out until the teacher says… FREEZE? They will stop in exactly the position they were “flying” in until the teacher says to FLY. (This is a good way to get a lot of extra energy out of the children before story time!)

FALLING SPARROWS: (This one can be added to the FLYING SPARROWS as a variation or just done separately)…. All children can fly around the room like sparrows until the teacher shouts out — FALLING SPARROWS! Children will all fall down on floor until teacher shouts out — FLYING SPARROWS and continue as time allows. The final FALL can then be story time as children gather in a circle.

Game 3—Shark & Minnows

One child is the shark and tries to catch the rest of the kids who are the minnows.  Minnows run from one line to the other.  When caught they become a shark, too.   Last minnow becomes the new shark or gets to choose the new shark.

Game 4—Duck, Duck, Goose

Everyone sits in a circle except one child who is the goose.  The goose goes around the outside of the circle touching the head of each child and saying “duck” until they choose to say “goose”.  That chosen child get up and chases the goose trying to catch him before the goose can sit down in the place vacated by the chosen child.  If the chosen child catches him, then the goose is in “the pot” in the middle of the circle until a new person is caught.  The chosen child becomes the new goose.  Variation:  Give the goose a wet sponge and they squeeze it on the chosen child when they say, “goose”

 

Craft

There are so many sea creature and bird crafts available both as kits and as DIY paper crafts using plates, cups, or many easy to get items.  We did a couple of stained glass options.  The children enjoyed painting the bird sun catchers and adding tissue to the fish to create a stained glass effect.

Tropical Bird Suncatchers     Tropical Fish Stained Glass Frames (pack of 24)

You may choose to choose a different craft, as another option.

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Gift for today:  We gave whistle birds


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Day 4 — Sun, Moon, and Stars in the heavens!

earthSunMoonThis is the fourth day of the week, Wednesday.   We continue to discover the wonderful things created by our awesome Creator God!

Scripture for the dayGenesis 1:14-19

Theme:  Just like the moon, we can reflect His love.

Scripture:  Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us.  Ephesians 5:1-2

 

Opening Gathering Time:

All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.  Day 1 the scientist showed us some cool things about light.

stage decor

Walk through Creation — God made the heavens and earth

Songs:

  • Creation Song
  • God’s Night Light
  • I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
  • He is the Light
  • We Are the Light of the World
  • This Little Light of Mine

 

Interactive Creation Story

Setting:  On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.  After day 3 we have lights in and around the canopy, blue tarp for the ocean, blue plastic raised up for the firmament, grass for the land, trees and flowers.

Today we are adding the sun, moon, and stars.  However we had a walk through creation and our Community room where we had the Gathering was Day 4 in the walk-through.  So we already had the moon up on the canopy and the planets.  We were going to have the sun, but it hadn’t come yet.  It actually didn’t arrive until the 4th day — God’s timing is perfect!  For the activity, as mentioned later, the kids added stars to our canopy.

Crew Leader Supplies:  Stars for the children to put up

Leader Script:

Let’s review what God made each day of creation.  What did God make on day 1?  (light)  What did He do on day 2?  (He separated the waters, raising up waters for the firmament.  He filled the huge expanse with air.)  What did He do on day 3?  (He separated the water and made land.  He made grass, trees, flowers, and all other plants.)

God made a place for everything.  He is a God of order and establishes all things.  On day 1 God made light.  He made night and day.  On day 5 He made something for the day and something for the night.  Do you know what He made? …  Let’s read about it in Genesis 1:14-19.

What did God make for the day time?  (The sun)  Yes!  God made the sun to show us time and seasons.  Everyone stand up and face the sun (The sunshine prop.)  Our world revolves or spins around.  Spin around slowly.  When your back is toward the sun it is night time.  When you are facing the sun, it is day time.  When you are just turning towards the sun, that is the sunrise.  When you are turning away from the sun, that is the sunset.  Spin one more time with me… Daytime… Sunset…. Night time… Sunrise… Daytime.   Good.  You may sit down.  The sun tells us the time of the day.  You will learn more about that at recreation.

OK I need a volunteer.   I need you to walk around the sun.  Our world also revolves around the sun.  This shows us the time of year and seasons.  It takes one year for the earth to go around the sun.

The sun shines on the earth and gives warmth.  God shines His love on us.  He loves us so very much!  He made a beautiful world for us.  He made the sun.  He takes care of us.  He brings healing, love, and joy.  When we care for others we are sharing God’s love.  We are sharing God’s joy, goodness, and kindness.  Just like the moon, we reflect God’s love.

I need another volunteer.  I need you to walk around our first volunteer who is the earth, just like the moon goes around the earth.  The moon tells us the time of month.  It takes about 1 month for the moon to go around the earth.  You will learn more about that at the science booths.  Thank you volunteers!  You may return to your seats.

Activity:  God also made the beautiful stars.  You will learn more about those at the science booths, too.   We need some stars for our Creation scene.  Your crew leaders will pass out some stars (to the older kids, if you are choosing just some of the kids).  You can bring them up to our scene while we sing our theme song.  Attach them to the sides of the canopy and backdrop.

Theme Song

Science Presentation:  Our guest scientist loves looking in space and has brought our local astronomy club to the kids club Adventurer Meetings or taken kids to our local observatory.  She had lots of interactive demonstrations about the sun, moon, and stars.

Just a side note.  Check out Louie Giglio’s presentation, “How Great is Our God”  for inspiration about the vastness of the universe.  Our God is truly awesome, amazing, greater than the great!

Dismissal for Stations:  After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

Bible Crew Time:

Supplies:  bright light, mirror, mud, Windex, cloths, Today’s Bible Crew Time Presentation

Crew Time Supplies:  Quilt squares and fabric markers (draw directly on fabric) or fabric crayons (draw on paper and transfer to fabric with iron)  

How many of you enjoy sunny days?  … (Encourage kids to answer by raising their hands.)   What do you enjoy doing in the sun?  (Let kids share what they like to do. Include staff and share what you like to do.)  The sun feels so good especially on cool days.  The sun gives our body’s vitamin D to help strengthen our bones.  It gives heat and energy and helps the leaves make food for plants thru photosynthesis. It is what our world rotates around.  The sun is very important as it lights up each day.

 What lights up the night? (The stars and moon)  The stars are far, far away suns.  They are bright and provide because they burning balls of gas.  The moon doesn’t provide its own light.  It reflects the sun’s light.

 Just like the sun warms the earth, God warms us with His love.   God is bright and provides His own light because He is Holy.  God is glorious! God is love.  God loves me.  God loves you.  He loves each one of us and everyone everywhere!

 God’s Word, the Bible, says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  God wants us to be with Him.  After Creation, Adam and Eve sinned.  Sin separates us from God.  God said the consequence of sin is death.  We all sin.  We disobey God’s law Jesus took our consequence. But God wants us to be near Him.  He made a way we can be forgiven.  He took our punishment.  He did not sin, but He died for our sins (Show picture).  When we believe this and accept God’s gift we receive eternal life,

 Jesus is God’s Son and came down to this earth to show us God’s love.  How did He show us God’s love?

Jesus Gave it All – by Liberty University – 3.33 minutes

 God is glorious, full of light and love.  (Have a bright glorious light)

We were made to be near God and share His love, (show mirror, reflecting light)

However, we sinned (put mud on mirror)

God sent Jesus to clean us up (clean off mud and shine with some Windex)

Now we can reflect God’s love to others.  We reflect God’s love, when we are kind and show love to others.  Just like the moon, we reflect God’s love.

 Be like Jesus – Grow Up Like Jesus music video – 3:25 min. —

 What are some ways we can be like Jesus and show His love to others?  (Encourage kids to tell ways they can be kind and love others.)

Crew Time

Supplies:  Quilt squares and fabric markers (draw directly on fabric) or fabric crayons (draw on paper and transfer to fabric with iron)  

Make a (fabric or paper) quilt of (drawn) Love    Just like the sun, God warms us with His love.  Like the moon reflects the light of the sun, we reflect God’s love by loving others.  If possible have someone sew the kid’s pictures into a quilt to be given to someone in need.   Kids can decorate their quilt square in 1 of several ways:

Have kids draw pictures of ways we can be kind and love others, write verses that tell how much God loves us or how we should love others, or decorate hearts.

Snack

 Leader’s Script:

On day 4 God made the sun.  Do you think we can cook with the sun?  The sun is pretty hot!      Is it hot outside today?   When you are at the Science Booths you will have a chance to use a solar oven.

Note:  We made the mini pizza and s’mores in the kitchen ovens.

smore

Let’s see what could we bake in our ovens?  I have chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows.  What would that make?  Right!  Let make S’mores!

 

mini pizza

Over here I have English muffins, pizza sauce, and cheese.  What could we make with those ingredients?  Let’s make pizza!

Science Booths

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

The heavens tell about the glory of God.  The skies show that his hands created them.  Day after day they speak about it.”  Psalms 19

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.

Booth 1 – Reflection and Refraction

Connection:  The moon reflects the sun’s light

Supplies:  flashlights, mirrors, globe, objects

Activity A:  Children explore shining light on the mirrors and bouncing light off them and onto different objects.  Have a pegboard and mirrors on dowels so that they will stand up and be able to turn various ways.  Have small objects for the light to shine on.

Activity B: One child shines the light on one side of the globe, a second child holds a mirror and tries to catch the light and reflect it onto the other side of the globe.

Booth 2 – Place in Space

Have globe, large light (sun), and a shiny ball (moon) [or various types of balls to represent moon].  Kids demonstrate how the earth rotates around the sun and revolves to make day and night.  Also demonstrate how the moon rotates around the earth.  Try to position the globe and moon in such a way to show the phases of the moon (light on the moon)

Booth 3 — Moon phases

Supplies:  moon phases turn dial activityp2, moon phase demo, markers,

Activity:  Children look at the moon phases and make their own moon phase dial according to given directions.

moon phases

Moon Phase Demo Option 1:  Demonstrate moon phases — see picture  — earth moves in arc; flashlight shines thru plastic sun disc; moon is on left Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Moon Phase Demo Option 2:  Moon phase viewer.

Supplies:  large piece of cardboard, 8 golf balls, black permanent marker.

Preparation:  Color each golf ball 1/2 black and leave 1/2 white.  Cut a large circle in the middle of the cardboard so that a child can stick their head up through the hole and easily turn around.  Glue the golf balls around the circle several inches from the edge so that all the black sides are facing the same edge of the cardboard and they are equally spaced around the circle.

Activity: A child puts their head through the hole in the cardboard and by slowly turning around sees all the phases of the moon.

For a variation of this option and more options check out Angela’s post.

 Booth 4 – Sun-prints

Suppliessun-print paper, natural objects, pan of water, sunshine

This booth needs to be stationed by a back door. Children and staff will be going in and out.

Activity:  Each child chooses some natural objects to put on their sun-print paper and take them and a sun-print paper outside.  Place the objects on the paper and wait as directed.  When the time is up, finish the print by placing it in a pan of water, as directed on the packet.

Nature Print® Sun-Sensitive Paper

Booth 5 – Star Bright

Star Constellations – Draw (copy) a constellation by drawing stars (or put on star stickers) onto dark paper; Poke holes in a paper to be placed on the end of a paper towel tube; Have Oat containers with constellations poked on the bottom & hold up to the light to see the constellation (Have the sides decorated with the constellation picture and name.

You can get a copy of constellations to use here:  Constellations circle cards.  You may want to enlarge or reduce the size depending on whether you want them to just cover a flashlight, towel tube, or oat container.

Place card stock with holes for stars in constellations over a flashlight and shine into a dark box. — see Full of Great Ideas blog

Twinkling Stars – Show why stars twinkle –  put aluminum foil stars on cardboard; place a glass bowl of water on top the cardboard & stars; turn off lights & shine a flashlight through water; tap glass to make water  move & see twinkle

Booth 6 — Solar Oven

Have several solar ovens done so the kids can see them work.  Get a some s’mores and pizza from the kitchen staff and demonstrate how the solar oven works.  We had the teen leaders eat these samples because the kids already had theirs at snack time.

You may also want to have the supplies for additional ovens which the children can work on together or make their own.

picture of a solar oven

Directions:

Make sure the cardboard pizza box is folded into its box shape and closed.

Place the piece of notebook paper in the center of the lid of the box and trace its outline on the lid. Put the piece of paper aside.

Carefully cut the two long edges and one of the short edges of the rectangle that you just traced on the lid of the box, forming a flap of cardboard.

Gently fold the flap back along the uncut edge to form a crease.

Wrap the underside (inside) face of this flap with aluminum foil. Tape it on the other side so that the foil is held firmly. Try to keep the tape from showing on the foil side of the flap. The foil will help to reflect the sunlight into the box.

Open the box and place a piece of black construction paper in so it fits the bottom of the box. This will help to absorb the sun’s heat.

Close the box, roll up some newspaper, and fit it around the inside edges of the box. This is the insulation that helps hold in the sun’s heat. It should be about 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Use tape to hold the newspaper in place, but only tape it to the bottom of the box, not the lid.

Cut two pieces of plastic wrap an inch larger than the flap opening on the box top. Open the box again and tape one piece of plastic wrap to the underside of the flap opening. After taping one side, BE SURE TO PULL THE PLASTIC WRAP TIGHT, and tape down all four sides so the plastic is sealed against the cardboard. Then close the box and tape the other piece of plastic wrap to the top of the flap opening. Again, be sure the plastic wrap is tight and tape down all four edges to form a seal. This creates a layer of air as insulation that helps keep the sun’s heat in the box.

Details written directions & pointers:

Recreation

Leader Script:

Today we are studying about the 4th day of creation.  What did God make?  (sun, moon, stars).  Just like the moon reflects the sun’s light.  We reflect God’s love.

 Ongoing Activity —Sun Dial

Make a sun dial and mark where the shadow lies each half hour when a new group comes.

Supplies:  a paper plate, a new, tall sharpened pencil, and a short stubby sharpened pencil

Preparation: Make a hole in the center of the plate.  Push the tall pencil through this hole and into the ground.  This pencil will cast the shadow that will determine the time.   Make a hole in the side of the plate.  Place the short pencil in this hole.  This pencil is just to hold the plate in one place.  It should be pushed down so it’s shadow is very small or not existent and does not interfere with the other shadow.  Mark where the shadow is when VBS starts and write the time at the end of the line near the edge of the plate.

Activity:  When each group comes have one representative draw a  line right where the shadow is at that time and write the time at the end of the line near the edge of the plate.  At the end of the day you should have 5 lines and 5 times.  Tomorrow you can look at the sundial and know when it is time to go to the next activity.  For more description see Rookie Parenting

 Game 1— Rotation

Supplies:  different size ball, 1 large ball to be the sun

Have a large ball to be the sun in the center.  Everyone makes a circle around the sun.  Choose 1 player to be the beginning of the circle.  Give them a ball to pass to the next player.  Players pass the ball around the circle.  Level 2:  When the ball gets part way around the 2nd time, introduce another ball to be passed around.     Level 3:  Keep introducing more balls of various sized to be passed around the circle.  Players must quickly pass a ball to the next player and turn around to be ready for the next ball to be passed to them.

Debrief:  How was this game like our solar system?  … Our earth and the planets go around the sun.

Game 2 – Is it a Reflection?

Each child has a partner or 2.  Take turns being the leader.  The leader does a crazy move.   The other child(ren) reflect or copy what the other person does.

Debrief:  John 5:19 says “But Jesus answered, “I assure you that the Son can do nothing alone. He does only what he sees his Father doing. The Son does the same things that the Father does.”  Jesus followed God’s example.  He did what God does.  We should follow Jesus’ example.  We act like He acts.  Jesus loved and cared for others.  We should, too.

Game 3—Musical Orbit

Supplies:  chairs in a circle, a CD player, a music CD (you could use Christy Semsen’s Creation Sensation CD)

Played like musical chairs, a Moon or planet is placed on the back of each chair, music is played, and the child that is without a chair is out.  For younger children, I like to make a second circle with the chairs taken out so those who get out may continue to play.  Another option is to have the one who lands on the moon, stand in the center and say the theme, “Just like the moon, we reflect God’s love”.

For more instructions see Bright Hub Education

Game 4—Star Catchers

Mark two lines 30 feet apart. Select two or three children to be the star catchers. All other children are the stars and must line up on either line. The star catchers will stand in between the two lines. To start the game one of the star catchers must say “Star light, Star bright, How many stars are out tonight?” All the stars must take off running from the line they are on to the other line. If a star catcher tags a player, he is out of the game. The last player tagged by a star catcher wins the game and gets to pick the star catchers for the next game.  This game is from ehow.com

Craft

There are so many options having to do with space, but we wanted to focus on the sun and the moon.  There are many do it yourself paper crafts that can be done, but I happen to like craft kits from Oriental Trading.  The kids enjoyed choosing whether they made the moon and star headband (which is long enough to fit even the older children) or the cute sun magnet.

Moon Headband Craft Kit

You may choose to choose a different craft, as another option.

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Today’s gift:  A reflective mirror paper with glow in the dark moon and stars attached along with the verse and theme for the day.

Just like the moon, we reflect God’s love


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Day 3 — Land, Trees and Plants Are Created

This is the third day, Tuesday, for the Creation Discovery VBS.  I hope you are enjoying the activities.  We sure did!

Scripture for the dayGenesis 1:9-13

Theme:  Just like trees, Jesus grows His fruit in me!

Verse:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,      patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  Galatians 5:22, 23

 

Opening Gathering Time:

All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.  Day 1 the scientist showed us some cool things about light.

Songs:

  • Creation Song #1 or Creation Song #2
  • God’s Care
  • Fruit of the Spirit – not a coconut… practice motions first
  • Fruit of the Spirit – by band
  • Love, Love, Love

Interactive Creation Story

Setting:  On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.

Today, prior to VBS, add green material or fake grass and trees.  The children will add flowers to complete the scene.

Crew Leader Supplies:  flowers to add to scene

Leader Script:

What did God make on day 1?  …  Light!  You’re right!

What did God do on day 2?  …   He separated the water to make a huge space.  He filled it with air!

Now what does our earth need?  …  The fish and birds have a place to live, but what about us and the animals?  What do we need? ….   We need land!

Let’s read what God did and what He made.  What book will we look in?  …  The book of Genesis in the Bible.  (Read Genesis 1:9-13)  God moved the water and there was land!  Did He leave it just dirt, rocks, and mud?  No!  He made a beautiful world with lots of trees and flowers and fruits and vegetables.  Now there is a place for animals and people!  Now there’s food for animals and people to eat!

I need your help to make our creation scene beautiful!  Crew leaders please pass out the flowers in your basket to the children can bring them up.  (Choose a crew or an age group to come up at a time and bring their flowers.)

Interactive Activity:  Crew leaders give some (or all) of the children flowers to add to the canopy creation scene.

Theme Song:

Science Presentation:  Our guest scientist talked about trees.  Choose someone who knows a lot about plants or trees or someone who loves geology.  God displayed the land, too.

Dismissal to Stations:  After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

The 5 stations are as follows.

Bible Crew Time > Snack > Science Booths > Recreation > Craft

Bible Crew Time:

Supplies:  Bibles, Bible Crew Time PowerPoint Presentation for Day 3

Crew Time Supplies:  Fruit with the Fruit of the Spirit, lollipops

On the third day, God made lots of beautiful plants and trees.  Trees are so nice to have.  Think about what you like to do around a tree.   Stand up if you would rather climb a tree.  Sit down if you’d rather sit in its shade.  … (Repeat directions.  Count how many kids like to climb a tree and how many would rather sit in its shade.)   Stand up if you would rather pick some fruit fresh from a tree.  Sit down if you’d rather play in a tree house.  … (Repeat directions.  Count how many kids like to pick fruit and how many would rather play in a tree house.)   Think about what your favorite fruit is. God made so many different kinds of fruit for us to enjoy!  There are pears, peaches, apples, cherries, plums, apricots, pineapple, bananas, mangoes, and so many more.  Tell your neighbor what your favorite fruit is.

 The Bible tells us about another kind of fruit, too.  It’s not something you eat.  It’s something that God grows in us.  Who would like to look up and read Galatians 5:22 & 23? (Encourage an older child to read the verse and then discuss it.)  When we love and follow God, His spirit lives in us and helps us to be nice people.  He helps us to have peace, joy, and self-control.  We become loving, faithful, gentle, and good.

Fruit of the Spirit Song video:   4 minutes

 Abraham loved God with all of his heart.  He faithfully followed God’s directions even when God asked him to take his wife and move far, far away.  God promised that Abraham would have a son, but he had to patiently wait until he was 100 years old before he had the promised son.  During that time of waiting, God reminded him again and again of his promise.  Our story today happened when Abraham was 99.  You will see how kind Abraham was to 3 strangers and how God filled his and Sarah’s life with joy.

 Video of Abraham being gracious to 3 visitors:

funny animation —

Crew Time

Supplies:  Fruit of the Spirit written on fruit, lollipops

Fruit of the Spirit Charades:

Galatians 5:22 Fruit of the Spirit

Each student will get a turn to come pick a fruit off the tree. On the back of each fruit is one of the Fruits of the Spirit that we discussed a few minutes ago. Don’t tell anyone what it says. Your job will be to act out (without words!) what the “fruit” is. Your friends will guess what you are acting out! Whoever gets the answer right gets a lollipop! However, you cannot eat your lollipop until I tell you that you can. (When the game is over, make sure everyone has a lollipop, then use the lollipops to explain the fruits of the Spirit again): 

You practiced SELF-CONTROL when you did not eat the lollipop during the game.

Explain that they need to wait until the lesson is over before having the lollipop.

This is PATIENCE

Ask; Does everyone like the flavor lollipop they chose?

Tell everyone to raise their right hand so they will know which is left and right.

Have them give their lollipop to the person on their right.

God commands us to LOVE one another. If we love someone we want them to have the best.

It’s also KINDNESS to give someone something that we really want for ourselves.

Ask: Now, if we didn’t like the lollipop we had, and gave it away so that we could get a better one, would that be an act of kindness or love? The answer is No, that would be selfishness.

 Now let’s give our lollipop to the person on our left. (remind the kids which side is left.)

This is GOODNESS. (Everyone should have the lollipop they chose.) We gave back the lollipops so that everyone would have their favorite.

Ask. Is everyone happy? Do we feel good inside knowing that we have our favorite flavor lollipop back?

This is JOY. Let’s see some big smiles.

 We should give thanks to God for everything. Lets be Faithful.

Before we have our lollipops lets give thanks to the Lord. Would anyone like to say a prayer before we eat? This is faithfulness.

 Now let’s pretend our lollipops are eggs. We have to unwrap them very gently or they will break. Be very gentle. This is gentleness

 Now you can taste the lollipop.

While all are eating their pops and the room is quiet, explain that this is what peace feels like. (maybe just for the teacher)

 Now we have an idea of what Love Joy Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control feel like.

The above activity was taken from Rotation.org

 

Snack

 Leader’s Script:

On day 3, God made all the plants.  He made yummy fruits and vegetables for us that make us strong and healthy!  What are your favorite fruits and vegetables?

salad bar

salad bar

 

I have lots of vegetables here.  They come from various parts of the plant.

What roots do you see? What roots do we eat? (carrots, radish…)

What leaves do you see? What leaves do we eat?  (lettuce, spinach…)

What stems do you see? What stems do we eat?  (celery, ….)

What flowers do you see? What flowers do you eat?  (broccoli, cauliflower, …)

What fruits do you see? What flowers do you eat?  (cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, ….)

What seeds do you see? What seeds do we eat?  (kidney beans, garbanzos, sunflower seeds, ….)

 

Today you can make your own salad.

Salad bar –make a salad bar from each portion of the plant

Root – carrot, radish, turnip

Leaves – lettuce, cabbage, & spinach;

Stem – celery

Flower – cauliflower &broccoli

Fruit — cucumbers, peppers, raisins, cranberries, pears, & apples

Seeds — peas, pinto beans

Science Booths

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.

Booth 1 – Soil, Plant & Flower Observation

Magnify it – Have soil samples and a microscope – Kids put samples under microscope or use magnifier glass and observe the soils

Close look – Have leaves, half blossoms, filaments, etc. and magnify glasses and microscope to observe.  Also have diagrams of flower parts

Identification – match real leaves and flowers to their name cards that have a little picture and name of the item.

Booth 2 – Leaves

Observation – look at and feel leaves

Leaf rubbings – put leaves under paper and rub using unwrapped horizontal crayons

Booth 3 – Seeds

Observation – look at and feel leaves; open soaked big lima bean seeds and find the plant embryo

Exploration – Find the seeds in various fruits and flowers

Booth 4 – Plant a seed

planting sunflowers

Plant a seedling.  One of the craft options is to decorate a flower pot.  If you use the kind of pot that separates, found at Oriental Trading, you can have the kids plant directly in this pot.  Alternatively,  you can get other pots.  The cardboard kind work nice for replanting.  Dixie cups are another inexpensive option. Have several flower seeds for the children to choose from.

 Booth 5 — Lemonade

This booth is great because it teaches about PH, has the fizz factor, and the kids get to drink it!

Supplies:  water, lemon juice, sugar, sugar cube, red cabbage, baking soda

boil red cabbage

Preparation:  Place water in the refrigerator to get cold for the lemonade.  Then prepare your PH indicator:  You will use half the red cabbage.  Cut the half red cabbage into four chunks and place in a kettle of water.  Boil the red cabbage until it is soft.  The water the cabbage is boiling in will turn purple and this is what you are actually going to use.  You can either discard the cabbage or use it in a different recipe.  Pour the water into a container and place it in the refrigerator to get cold.  This is a PH indicator.  When a base or alkaline is placed in it the color remains the same purple, however an acid turns it more pink.

Leader Script:

God made many wonderful fruits and vegetables.  Today we are going to use two of them — the lemon and red cabbage.  We aren’t actually going to eat the red cabbage.  We are going to use red cabbage juice as a PH indicator.  We are going to use lemon juice to make lemonade.  You can also turn it to soda pop!  So let’s see some reactions!

Pour the following into a cup to make a lemonade mixture:

1/2 cup of water

1 Tbsp sugar

2 Tbsp. lemon juice  (You can squeeze your own juice or use purchased lemon juice)

redCabbageLemon

Using a clean, dry spoon take a spoonful of the PH indicator (red cabbage juice).  Place a cube of sugar on the spoon so that it is in the PH indicator.  Notice the color of the cube.  What color is it?  This shows that it is a base.  If it turns pink, it is an acid.   Now carefully lower the spoon, indicator, and cube a little bit into your lemonade mixture.  Did the indicator change color?  Is the lemonade an acid?  (It should be pink.  Lemon is an acid.)

Lemon juice

Now you can mix it all together.  You have lemonade!  Do you want to make soda pop?  What do you think we can use to make pop?  We use soda!  What happens when soda hits an acid like lemon or vinegar?  Watch for the fizz!  Put in 1/8 tsp. soda.  Did you see the fizz?   You can put in another 1/8 tsp. for another fizz if you wish.  Now you have lemonade!  Drink and Enjoy!

Booth 6 – Plant Pigment  (optional)

Make paint using ground up spices, water (or glycerin or egg white) , and powdered clay — see:   http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-paint-for-kids/

Leaf Chromatography:  from Education.com

Materials

Soft green leaves (if no leaves are available, fresh spinach works fine, too)

Scissors

Mortar and pestle or food processor

Glass or ceramic cup

Isopropyl alcohol (or acetone in nail polish remover, but be careful—acetone creates more fumes)

Flat coffee filters

Tape

pencil or straw

Procedure

Use the scissors to cut up enough leaves to make a ¼ cup of pieces.

Use the food processor or mortar and pestle to grind the leaves into a fine pulp.

Pour the pulpy leaves into the cup. What color do you see?

Pour enough isopropyl alcohol over the leaves to cover them. Stir. Why can’t you use water as solvent?

Cut out strip of coffee filter paper about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide.

Attach the strip to the pencil with a piece of tape. Make sure the bottom of the strip hangs straight.

Adjust the length of the filter paper strip so that the bottom just touches the green liquid in the cup.

Checking every couple minutes, wait for the band of solvent to migrate to the top of the filter paper. Different colored bands should become evident along the strip.

Study your strip, and try to identify the pigments.

Results

Your results will vary depending on the types of leaves that you chose and how careful your leaf chromatography technique was. You might not see all the pigments. An orange-colored band is likely to be near the top. Below that, you should see a yellowish band, a blue-green band, and a greenish-yellowish band, respectively.

Recreation

Leader Script:

Game 1—Water the Garden

Preparation:  Have 3 buckets of water and 3 cups (and more in case those get crushed).  Also have quick access to water (a hose on with a sprayer).

Just like trees, Jesus grows his fruit in me.  It takes trees a full season to grow fruit.  What do plants need to grow?  (water and sunshine)  Today we are going to pretend to water the garden.

Each team has a bucket of water.  Team members take turns relay racing a cup of water down to the garden and pour the water on the plants

Debrief:  Did you faithfully carry your cup of water to the plants?  Did you show self-control in carrying it carefully?  Were you gentle when you watered the plants?

Game 2 —Fruit Salad

Preparation:  Cut colored 3×5 cards in thirds (or fourths).  Write a fruit on each third of that color.  (ex:  “apple” on each third of the pink 3×5 card)  The different colors will help you quickly sort the fruits so that you can make sure that no matter what size of the group that everyone gets a fruit that someone else has.   There should be 3 players with each fruit.  For small groups, don’t use as many fruits.

Play:   Everyone sits in chairs in a circle and is given a name of a fruit.  There should be 3 kids with each fruit.  One child stands in the center and says the name of a fruit (which some players have).  All the players with that fruit must get up and go to a different chair while the person in the middle tries to sit in one of their chairs.  The person left standing says the next fruit and play continues.

Debrief:  In what ways did you feel love and kindness?  In what ways did you not feel loved or cared for?  How can we show love and kindness to others?

Variation:  Practice love and kindness – when your fruit is called, go to the center person and invite them to take your chair.  If 2 people invite, they have to be extra convincing and nice.

Debrief:  In what ways did you feel love and kindness?  In what ways did you not feel loved or cared for?  How can we show love and kindness to others?

Game 3—Banana Relay

Prep:  Have enough bananas for every team in every group in VBS. (Probably 5×3=15)  If you are worried about banana allergies, you could use another soft fruit like peaches or tomato, but don’t have the kids eat it unless you can remove the skin and thus the germs from so many touches.

Intro:  Your team needs to work together and faithfully do your job.  During this relay you will have to be gentle with this banana, yet be quick.  That shows self-control.

Play:  Have a running relay race.  The baton to be passed from runner to runner in each team is a banana.  Will the banana survive?   Extra fun:  The last runner has to eat the banana after they cross the finish line

Debrief:  Was your team gentle with the banana?  Was it bruised?  Was the skin still in one piece?  Was it mushy?  We need to be gentle with one another.

Game 4—Banana Pass

Prep:  2 Bananas per group; a small pool or buckets for clean-up

Play:  This messy, fast-paced game is ideal for older kids. Kids will need to be barefoot for this game.  Divide your kids into two equal groups. The kids should lie on the grass or floor head to toe in two lines. When the whistle blows, the first person in the line puts the banana between his feet. Next, he passes the banana over his head to the next person’s feet. This continues until the first person in the line has the banana. He stands and says “We won!”  The first team to get their banana to their leader is the winner. If a team member drops a banana, they have to start over. This game can become messy so have paper towels for clean up. This one of our favorite 3 active games for children’s church. — from the ministry to children website

 

Craft

Our day 3 crafts included the following options from Oriental Trading.  The children really enjoyed paining the wood flowers recipe card holders.   At one of the science booths, the children were able to plant seeds in a pot.  These were great additions to the flower pot crafts.

Color Your Own “Growing in God’s Grace” Flowerpots       DIY Wood Flower Recipe Card Holders

You may choose to choose a different craft, as another option.

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Today’s gift:  Is a plant.  Or you could do a packet of seeds

 


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Our Creator made Air on Day 2

This is the second day for the Creation Discovery VBS which I compiled. Thanks to the wealth of information available on the internet and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture for the dayGenesis 1:6-8

Theme:  Just like air,  Jesus is there!

Opening Gathering Time:

DSC00935All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.

Songs:

  • The Creation Song #1
  • He is the Light
  • This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made
  • Praise Him
  • Jesus is My Best Friend
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Interactive Creation Story

Setting:  On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.

Today add a blue tarp on the ground to represent water.  Also have second light blue plastic  (We used a couple of blue table cloths taped together).  Attach a zip-tie to the middle of the canopy.  Tie a long string to the middle of the lighter blue plastic.   Thread the string through the upper zip-tie and attach it to one of the legs ready to be pulled.  One person will pull the string while four others are holding on to each of the four corners of the plastic, all working together to raise the “firmament” making a huge space called sky.  Once it is raised the four corner people should tie or tape their corner to the canopy’s corresponding leg and the person pulling the string should tie it to a leg so the plastic stays suspended up.

Crew Leader supplies:  2 blue cloths or towels  — We cut a plastic tablecloth in half for each crew.

Leader Script:

What did God make on the first day?  (light)  You are right!  Remember in the beginning it was all dark, there were no computers, no cars, no phones, no people, no animals, no plants or trees, no air… just dark and water!  God was there.  He saw the dark.  He said, “Let there be light!”  (turn on canopy lights)  There was evening and morning, night and day, day 1.

Now what would God make?  Let’s look in the Bible in the first book, Genesis.  (Read Genesis 1:6-10.)  What did God separate?  He separated the water!   Have you seen water boil and the steam going up?  Where does the water go?  The clouds hold water and float high in the sky.  God made a layer of water to be like a roof over our heads.  He separated the water and made the firmament.  In the huge expanse between the water, what did God create?  He made air!

I’m going to read what the Bible says again and our helpers are going to make the firmament and air in our canopy up front.

Now you can have a turn to make the ocean, firmament, and air.  (Explain and lead out in the following activity.)

Activity:  Give each Crew a place to do the activity.  Each Crew Leader chooses 2-4 people hold each cloth/towel.  Tall people lift their towel up and the shorter people keep their towel down and move it like waves when the leader says “God divided the waters and made sky”

Theme Song:  Sing the theme song

Science Presentation:  Have someone in your area who knows about air do a short science demonstration about air.  We had a pilot come who also loves do model rocketry.  He knew a lot about the forces of air and showed how air temperature can collapse a pop-can.

Dismissal to Stations:  After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

Bible Crew Time > Snack > Science Booths > Recreation > Craft

Bible Crew Time:

 Supplies:  balloon, pinwheel, Day 2 Bible Crew Time PowerPoint Presentation

Crew Time supplies: 2 fans and 6 balloons (blown up) of each color (Each of the 6 blue/red/yellow/ (or other color) balloons should have a word of the day’s theme “Just like air, God is there.”).

Just like air, Jesus is there (even though you can’t see Him, He is omnipresent)

Help me say yesterday’s slogan.  Just like light, Jesus shows the way.  We learned how God showed the Israelite people the way by leading them with a cloud of light.  He was always with them.  Today we can’t see God or His cloud of light, but we can know that He is always with us, because He promised us that He is.

Can you see air?  How do you know it is there?  __________  (encourage various answers)

Can you see wind?  How do you know it is windy? ______ (encourage various answers)

Can you feel the wind?  Can you see its effects? (blow a pinwheel; blow up a balloon)

What did the air do?  (It made the pinwheel go and filled up the balloon)

Does air have power?  (Let balloon go and zoom through the air)  It really went fast!  Air has power!

Can you see God?  How do you know He is there? _______ (encourage various answers)

Do you see things that God has done?  What do you see?   (Encourage various answers) God has all power!

 God sent Jesus, His Son, to show what He is like.  Jesus showed He loves everyone including children very much.  God loves you and me!

    (3 minutes)  Jesus loved little children, healed them

 Jesus is no longer here, but we are not alone.  Who is with us?  Who would like to read John 14:15-18(Have a child read the verse)   Let’s also read John 14:26-27(Have a child read the verse and then discuss it together.)

Who does Jesus have stay with us?  _____  The Holy Spirit is with us.  He lives in us.  He reminds us of the good things we have learned.  He gives us peace.

In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, “… surely I am with you always, to the very end of the world.”

Just like air, God is there!

During Crew Time you get to play 2 games with balloons.  Listen closely to directions.

 Crew Time

Supplies:  2 fans and 6 balloons (blown up) of each color (Each of the 6 blue/red/yellow/ (or other color) balloons should have a word of the day’s theme “Just like air, God is there.”

In the room across the hall, you will find a fan on either side of the room, a dividing line and some balloons.  Your group will be divided into 2 teams.  Each team will try to get all the balloons on the other team’s side of the room.  There is a line around the fan.  You may not go inside the line.  However, you may put the balloons in front of the fans outside the line (choose an older child or a crew leader assistant for each team to insure that kids don’t get too close to the fans.) and use them to your advantage.  Just like air, God is there to help you succeed!

 After 8 minutes you may start the 2nd game.  Each team needs to gather all the balloons of one color and put the words together IN THE CORRECT ORDER to make the message for today.  Just like air, God is there!  The first team to complete the challenge wins.

 

Snack

Snack doesn’t take long, so we added a lot of activity options in the snack room.  When they were done with their snack, children could choose to work on their Creation Journal, help out with the mission project, or get creative with Lego building blocks.

The Creation Journal came from Oriental Trading.  We put them together beforehand and let the kids put on the front decorating stickers and color the pages for the day each day.  Most days there were more than one page to color.

Color Your Own Book About the 7 Days of Creation Craft Kit

Our mission project for Vacation Bible School grew out of one of our church’s ongoing mission projects.  We discovered many children in our neighborhood received free meals at the school, but they didn’t get the free meals on the weekend and often were hungry.  So our church provides a small bag of food for the weekend.  Making these bags was our VBS project.  The children enjoyed stuffing the bags with provided food and bringing more food so that they could keep the project going.  We stuffed 400 bags!

Building with Lego is always a favorite.  The children enjoyed using their creativity!

 Leader’s Script:

Today our snack food is puffed up and full of air.  Can you see the air in there?  No, but you can see the space that the air made.  Jesus made air so that we can breathe.  He made the space called atmosphere for birds to fly in.

Have the following which kids can take a bit of each and make a snack mix :  popcorn, puffed cereal trail mix – puffed wheat, corn, rice, and puffed veggie sticks

 

Note:  This is an easy snack.  The kitchen crew should spend time preparing for tomorrow’s salad bar and the jello sea in a cup for Day 5.

Science Booths

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.  Teens really enjoyed leading out in these stations!

Booth 1 – Power of Air

Is air powerful?  How much weight can you lift with your air?

Air Lift

  • Put a straw (1 for each child) in a ziplock and zip it as closed as possible with the straw sticking out of the bag.
  • Set books on the empty bag.
  • Blow into the straw and fill the bag, lifting the books.
  • How many books can you lift?

Booth 2 – Is there air?

We can’t see air, but is it there?

 Air takes up space    see how at learnnc.org

  • Put water in tub.
  • Crush a piece of newspaper or wad up a Kleenex/tissue and push it to the bottom of the clear plastic cup.
  • Turn cup upside down and push it straight down to the bottom of the tub.
  • Pull cup straight up and pull out the newspaper.
  • Observe whether paper is wet or dry.

Conclusion: The paper stayed dry because air took up space and did not let water enter the cup.

 

Air Pressure Hold   see how at OSU

  • Fill a glass 1/3 full of water
  • Place an index card on top so that it completely covers the glass
  • Hold the card in place and flip over the glass (and hold over a basin)
  • Let go of the card while the glass is upside down .

The index card should stay in place due to air-pressure, keeping the water in the glass.

Booth 3 – Does air take up space

Does air take up space?

Tough Blow    from Education.com

  • Place a balloon in an empty water bottle and over it’s neck as shown.
  • Blow (or try to blow) up the balloon.
  • NEXT do the same thing, except put a hole in the bottom of the water bottle to let out the air and relieve the pressure.  Is it possible now?

 Water fountain powered by balloon

This would make a great demonstration, but may be too complicated for the kids.

See online directions. at Learn With Play at Home

 

Booth 4 – Up in the Air

Try to keep a ping pong ball up with air.    see how with Steve Spangler Science

  1. Near the top of a 1-liter bottle, approximately where the bottle stops curving and begins to straighten out, wrap a piece of tape. Try to wrap the tape as straight as possible.
  2. Using the tape as a guide, cut the top of the bottle off with the box cutters. Again, try to make your cut as straight as possible.
  3. *When performing this next step, make sure to find a work bench or similar surface.*
  4. Place the bottle cap, open side down, onto the work bench.
  5. Center a large nail on the top of the bottle cap and use a hammer to punch a hole in the cap.
  6. Pull the nail out of the bottle cap and you should have a nice, round hole.
  7. Test the bottle cap to see if a bendy straw will fit in the hole you’ve created. If it does, you’re good to go. If the hole is too small, find a larger nail and widen the hole. If the hole is too large, you’ll need to find another cap and use a smaller nail.
  8. Once you have the perfect bottle cap and hole, screw the cap onto the top of the bottle and place the short end of the bendy straw through the hole.
  9. You’re ready to give the Floating Ping Pong Ball a try! Start blowing into the the straw (the end opposite the bottle) and place the ping pong ball over the stream of air.

Much to the surprise of anyone watching (and probably you), the ping pong ball hovers in midair over the bottle. Wow!

Booth 5 — Balloon rocket

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Balloon power!

The balloon rocket will travel on a straw that is on a string from one chair to another.  A good distance is about 10 feet.

Cut a string about 15 feet long.  Tie one end to the back of a chair.  Thread the string through a straw.  If the straw is a bendy straw, cut off the top bendy part and discard.  Once the straw is on the string, tie the end of the string to the another chair that is about 10 feet away from the first one.

rocket balloon

The kids can blow up their balloon (don’t tie it) and the helpers tape a side of the balloon to the straw.   When they let the balloon go the air coming out will rocket the balloon down the string.

rocket balloon

See how at Science Bob

Recreation

Leader Script:

What did God create on day 2?  (air)  All of our games today use air in some way.    Can you see air?  How do you know that there is air?  (we can feel it, breathe it, and see it’s effects, but we can’t see it)  We can’t see God, but we know He is there because we can feel His love and see the effects of His power.  Just like air, God is there.

 Game 1—Bubble Fun

Supplies:  bubble solution (see below) or buy some, bubble wands, string, containers

Bubbles – blow bubbles – Have various sizes and kinds of wands including giant ones with bubble mix in a bucket.  Try making giant bubbles with a string (tie string in a loop)  work together, with wet hands, to put whole string in the container of bubble solution then carefully stretch it out as a group while lifting it up out of the container.

Blow bubbles with bubble gum.

Game 2—Balloon Mania

Supplies:  balloons, balloon pumps

Balloon Blow up – each team has a balloon pump and a set of balloons.  Work together to pump up the balloons.  OR  Take turns pumping up a balloon and letting it go and whiz all over.  One person may need to hold the balloon on the pump and the other pump it.

Balloon Races – Run with a balloon: (1) under your arm; (2) between your legs; (3) between you and your partner’s hips; (4) between you and your partner’s backs – stand back to back and run sideways

Keep it up – In pairs or small groups, keep your balloon up in the air by taking turns hitting it up:  (1) while standing still- 2 people;  (2)  while moving across the field from line A to line B

Balloon volleyball (use a small court)

Game 3—Air Hold

 Have paper.  — Hold paper on tummy, as soon as you start moving let go and keep the paper on your tummy only by moving quickly – the air keep it there.

Game 4—Hide and Seek

Supplies:  an object.  Hide an object or hide as a family or individual;  Play “hot or cold” to find it – Just like air, God is there – You can find Him if you seek Him with all of your heart

Game 5—Get Air

Rent a Bounce House – Limit the number of kids in the bounce house and have time for specific ages to bounce:  Preschool (4-5 year olds); Grades 1-2; Grades 3-4; Helpers.   While a group is bouncing, the others can do one of the above games.

Craft

Each activity highlights an aspect of air.  The children enjoyed decorating their own boomerang, beach ball, or flying disk from Oriental Trading.  We had permanent and washable markers available so that they could color and personalize their chosen craft using their creativity.

DIY Boomerangs   DIY Mini Beach Balls    DIY Clear Flying Disks

 

Of course, you can choose different crafts.

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Gift for the day:  bubbles!

Let there be Light

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Walk thru Creation Day 1 and 2

This is the first post of a series that are all part of a Creation Vacation Bible School I compiled from the wealth of information on the internet and my creativity.  I hope you find the array of activities posted here beneficial as you work with children.

Scripture for the dayGenesis 1:1-5

Theme:  Just like light, Jesus shows the way

Verse:  “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”  John 8:12

Opening Gathering Time:

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Stage area Decor

All the children meet together for singing and an introduction to today’s theme and scripture.  During this time, we also had a guest scientist who had an interactive science demonstration that focused on something that God created on that day.  Day 1 the scientist showed us some cool things about light.

Setting:

On the stage we had a pop-up canopy with 2 sides up.  It was here that we added the items that God created each day.  For day 1 the sides were black plastic because in the beginning it was dark.  We had lights strung up and a spotlight.

Supplies:

On stage:  lights and a spotlight

For Crew Leaders to give to the kids:  Small flashlights, which will also be their gift for the day.

Songs:

  • Creation Song
  • He is the Light
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Praise Him

Interactive Creation Story

(Have lights off)  (Show power point presentation)

Our story begins a very, very long time ago.  Before there was Xbox, i-phones, computers… Before I was born or you were born.  Before there were airplanes or cars.  Before there were people or animals.  Before there were trees or air or even light.   There was nothing!  It was dark!  Very dark!  Close your eyes.   It was really dark and there was nothing except our watery earth.  But God was there!

When it is dark, really dark, can you see anything?  Maybe you will run into something and get hurt.  Is it kind of scary, especially if you can’t see what’s out there?  What would you like when it is really dark?  Would you like some light?

Our story is found in the first chapter of the Bible.  It starts   “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Read Genesis 1:1-3.)

What did God make on the first day of creation?  What did God say?  He said, “Let there be light!”  (Then we turned the lights on.)

Activity:   I need your help.  Crew Leaders go ahead and pass out the flashlights.  Don’t worry about the color, they can choose the color later at our closing gathering.  When I say “Let there be light!”  You can turn your flashlights on.

Remember, It was all dark. (Turn off all the lights.)  God’s Spirit hovered over the waters of our world.  God was ready to create a wonderful world for us to live in.  On the first day, He said, … help me say it..  He said, “Let there be light!”  (Turn on lights and kids shine flashlights.)  And there was light!  It was good.  The evening and the morning were the first day.

Today you will get to do a lot of activities with light.  Light is amazing!

God provides light.  In fact the Bible tells us that Jesus is the light of the world.  He shows us the path and where the dangers are and where it is safe.  Just like light, Jesus shows the way!

Sing:  Jesus is the light and then theme song

Dismissal to Station Activities:

After the Opening Gathering, the children, with their Crew Leaders move to their designated activity station.   Each of the 5 Groups go to one of the 5 Activity Stations.  There are about 15 children in each Crew with an adult Leader and an assistant or junior leader.  How many crews there are in each group depends on how many children there are.  We usually have 2 crews in each group so that we have 2 adults in each group.

Bible Crew Time > Snack > Science Booths > Recreation > Craft

Bible Crew Time:

Supplies:  Bibles, flashlight, picture of pillar of cloud leading the Israelite, treasure hunt clues,  1Sun Bible Crew Time

Preparation:  Put out signs for the treasure hunt.  Children will answer the question on the sign by either going right or left.  Put out wrong way and dead end signs in the appropriate places.   Have a treasure in the snack room.  The snack & treasure is a special cupcake.

Leader’s Script:

On the first day of creation, God said, “Let there be light.”  And there was light!  

When do you like some light?  ____________ (listen to & respond to various answers)

What kind of lights do you like? ___________ (listen to & respond to various answers)

 The Israelites were running away from the Egyptians who had held them as slaves and mistreated them.  They had a special kind of light so that they could travel at night.  Who would like to read Exodus 13:21(Have child or children read the verse while you show a picture then discuss it a bit to make sure they understood it.) By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. What was the light?

How many of you like a light when you are walking around in the dark? (shine a flashlight as you walk from one side of the room to the other.)

 Sometimes when we don’t know what to do in a situation, it’s like walking in the dark, we need another kind of light.  Who would like to read Psalms 119:105? (Have child or children read the verse then discuss it a bit to make sure they understood it.) Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. What kind of light does God give us when we don’t know what to do? (His Word, the Bible helps us know good choices)

 God wanted the Israelite people to know what He expected and how they should behave.  We’re going to watch it on video.  It’s found in the book of Exodus chapter 19 and 20.

Or Beginners Bible God leads the Israelite people go to 21:56 play until 25:03

Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  We follow Jesus by loving God and loving others.

 Today during your crew time you will be going on a treasure hunt.  You will come to a crossroads and will have to choose which way to go by answering the question correctly.  You can find the correct answers in Exodus 20.  Break up into your crews.  You must stay with the adult (older than 17) VBS leader who is in charge of your crew.  If you come to a WRONG WAY GO BACK, go back to the previous question and answer it correctly.  The first question is on our classroom door.  You may take a copy of Exodus 20 with you.  Commandment Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunt can end up at the snack room.  The treasure is the black light experience and special cupcakes.

Snack

 Leader’s Script:

What did God make on our earth’s first day?  Light!

With the light on, our snack looks pretty ordinary, but take a look when we turn out all the lights except for this special (black) light.  On day 1 God made light!

Have these special Glow in the dark cupcakes  from Glow in the Dark Party Ideas made ahead of time.  This process takes some time. 

Glow in the dark (under blacklight) frosted cupcakes – To make a tantalizing treat for the taste buds that will glow, begin with a box brand of cupcakes or a favorite family recipe. The main difference is going to be in the frosting. Your frosting should begin with a white base. You can buy one or use a recipe that is based on confectioner’s sugar. The trick is in using neon food coloring and gelatin. Get orange or green gelatin for the right effect. Put your frosting in a bowl and add neon food coloring that complements your gelatin. Frost your cupcakes and freeze them. You’ll prepare your gelatin by adding a cup of boiling water, topped off by three tablespoons of chilled tonic water. After your cupcakes have been in the freezer for an hour, dip the tops in the gelatin and freeze them for several minutes. You won’t believe how they’ll glow under a black light!

 Another option from Glow In The Dark Party Ideas is Glow in the dark Jello

Glowing Jello made with tonic water — Kids love to have jello that has been cut out with cookie cutters and you can find all kinds of creative shapes to go with your party theme. Make this treat glow and everyone will be over the top. Follow the recipe on the box for the boiling water. When you add the cold water, make half of it tonic water and you’ll have a glowing concoction!

Finally a third healthier option is to serve yellow fruit.

Light is bright.  When I think of light I think of the color yellow.  So we also have some yellow fruit to eat.

Science Booths

The Science booth is one station area of 5 different station areas in the Creation VBS.  At this station children can visit any or each of the 5 booths for as long as they want so long as everyone gets a turn that wants one.

Booth 1 – Colored Lights

Have 3 desk lamps, each with a different colored light (red, green, blue), shine on a white paper/screen not too far away.  Explore  the mixing of lights and the colors it makes and the making shadows while have various lights on or off.

See print out or the following website:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/colored_shadows/index.html

Booth 2 – Colored paddles

Have 2 flashlights and colored paddles (colors of rainbow).  Have a box turned on its side to provide a shaded dark area; with a white paper on the inside bottom to be a screen.  Place some small animals or other objects just in the box to cast shadows on the back screen of the box.  Explore putting various paddles in front of one or two of the flashlights and making shadows on the white sheet at the end of the box.

How many shadows do you see if you have more than 1 light?

Kaleidoscope – Have various kaleidoscopes for the kids to look through

 Booth 3 – Rainbows

Prism Rainbows – Have a prism near a window where the sun shines in so that the light will make rainbows.  Also have a light to shine thru the prism to make rainbows in case of no sun.

Booth 4 – Spinning Colors

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Make a top of colors

Spinning Colors– make a color wheel disc

  1. make 2 holes in the center and thread a string through the holes and attach the ends so that the disc can be spun
  2. make it like a top by putting a stick thru the middle – when it spins, what color do you see?  An easy way is to buy the plastic tops you can get at the dollar store and then just make 2.5″ discs that kids can color and put on the top.  Encourage the kids to try different colors and patterns and discover the effects.  Even black and white patterns show color.

Booth 5 – Light in Water

Water Sphere Lens – Have a fishbowl (water spherical lens), candle or other light, and a white card.  Place the light source (the lightbulb or the candle) more than 1 foot (30 cm) from the water sphere lens. Hold the white card against the side of the lens opposite the light source. Move the card away from the sphere until you see an image of the filament (or flame) on the card. Notice that the image is inverted.

Move the light source up and notice that its image moves down.

Recreation

Supplies: 

  • 6 small hula hoops to leap from one to another set 3 in a set on the ground
  • jump rope to walk on like a tight wire
  • card board box or tube to go through as a tunnel
  • cones to go around
  • hoses to outline a winding path
  • 4 buckets (2 one color and 2 another color)
  • cups to carry water from one end of the course to the other

Preparation:  make an obstacle course with 2 paths.  Kids can choose either path to go on.  Level 2 version, have 2 buckets (1 of each color) at the beginning of the course for kids to dip water out of and 2 buckets (1 of each color) at the end of the course for kids to dump water into.

Leader Script:

Game 1:  Obstacle Course

We have decisions to make every day.  God’s Word helps us know what good choices look like.  In our obstacle course you can choose which way to go.  We can be thankful for the light God gives us to help us know which way to go.

Level 1:  kids go through course, choosing which way to go

 Before the first day, our world was covered in water.  On the first day God made light.  For an extra challenge you can carry a cup of water while you go through the course again.

Level 2:  kids carry water through the course

 Remember before God created light, it was very dark.  Can you go through this obstacle course blindfolded, so you can’t see?  Who was to take this challenge?  You may choose a guide who is not blindfolded.

Level 3:  blind fold kids before they go through course (optional:  they can choose a guide who is not blindfolded

 Game 2— Shadow Tag

In the next 2 games, we are going to be looking at shadows.  On day 1, God made light.      Because we have light, we have shadows.

When the ‘it’ person steps on a person’s shadow, they are ‘frozen’ or “it”

 Game 3—Shadow Charades

Strike a pose to make an object with your shadow – others guess what it is.

Variation:  Do this on a sidewalk and draw around the kids shadow with sidewalk chalk

Craft

This year we offered at least 2 craft choices for the kids to choose from.  The Creation theme covers many other themes for which we had left-over crafts, so this gave us a chance to use some left-over crafts.  Many of the other crafts come from Oriental Trading or S&S Worldwide.

Option 1 — a stained glass tea light holder

Supplies:  battery operated tea-lights, either glass jars or clear plastic cups, and squares of tissue paper (about 1″ square)

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tissue tealight

Directions:  Children will paint on modge podge glue or liquid starch on the outside of their jar or cup, then place tissue paper squares all over the jar so that they overlap a bit then paint on another layer of modge podge or starch.  Add a tea light

Option 2 — Jesus Lights the Way

This craft box comes as a kit from Oriental Trading.

You may choose to choose a different craft, as another option.

Closing Session

During this time we reviewed the songs and theme we did at the opening session.  We also handed out the items that the children did that day, a newsletter about what we did that day, and a gift to help them remember the theme.

Gift for today:  A small flashlight that says, Jesus Lights the Way

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