Friday, October 26, 2012

Crafty Crafters: Samson





So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for the Bible story “Samson”?


Here is a craft I make with my students using grass seed:




Introduce craft: What did Delilah do to Samson to lose his strength? Cut his hair. We are going to help Samson grow back his hair.


spoonfulcom- Plant Pals
Make Samson and grow his hair back.



Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!





Friday, October 19, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 11/25/12- John 18:33b-37








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




John 18:33b-37



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

sermons4kids.com- Christ the King object lesson

sermons4kids.com- Crown Him King object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes

sundayschoollessons.com- Pilate Calls Jesus King lesson

raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com- Christ the King printables

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- Crown Him King!



Crafts

catholicicing.com- Christ the King Craft

sermons4kids.com- Crown Him King group activities (crafts)

daniellesplace.com- Crown craft

craftbits.com- Crown craft

firstpalette.com- King and Queen Crown (six free printable crown templates)

firstpalette.com- Prince and Princess Crown (nine free printable crown templates to color, decorate and make into fun crown crafts)

David’s Crown, Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 24 & 25. (Directions and pattern included).



Games

sermons4kids.com- Crown Him King group activities (games)

ehow.com- Knock Knock
Give kids a chance to play king in a game that teaches thinking skills as well as biblical values.

books.google.com- Only Jesus (Jesus is God’s Son)- Children will review what they know about Jesus and realize that only God’s Son could do the things Jesus did. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 117).


Testify to the Truth

Introduce game- Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to Jesus’ voice. Let’s see how well you can listen.

Need- Paper towel roll (empty)

Directions- Have students sit in a circle on the floor. Using the paper towel roll, the teacher will whisper something that Jesus would say into the student’s ear on her left. That student then must repeat what the teacher said to the next student on his left by whispering into the paper towel roll. This continues around the circle to the last student who must say what Jesus had said.



Pin the Crown on Christ

A game like pin the tail on the donkey, with a large picture of an enthroned Christ.



Puzzles

sermons4kids.com- Dot-to-Dot

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Spiral

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blank





Friday, October 12, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 11/18/12- Mark 13:24-32








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Mark 13:24-32



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

word-sunday.com- Feeling Safe (scroll down to Gospel)

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources for Mark 13:24-32



Coloring

mscperu.org- Clip art for Mark 13:24-32

servicioskoinonia.org- Clip art for Mark 13:24-32



Crafts

To show that we are good Christians:

makingfriends.com- Faith bracelet craft. You can also make this in a simple version by just using one piece of chord and 6 different (black, red, white, blue, green, and yellow) colored beads.

christiancrafters.com- Colors of Christ Cross. Neat tip at the bottom for younger students.

crafts.kaboose.com- Beaded Cross Necklace
A very nice necklace for boys and girls. Be sure to make the string at least 36 inches long to fit over their heads. Craft cord can be used as well.

daniellesplace.com- Cross Crafts (several cross crafts listed)

christiancrafters.com- Mosaic Cross (easy cross necklace/magnet that all kids can make)

crafts.kaboose.com- Stained Glass Window
I make this craft in the shape of a cross by folding one sheet of black construction paper in half and tracing a cross in the center on the top sheet. I then cut the cross out of both sheets of paper for the students. We then follow the rest of the directions given here.


You can make these trees into fig trees:

enchantedlearning.com- Put the student’s names on the leaves and attach to the fig tree.

familycrafts.about.com- Apple Tree Craft (omit the apples part)



Puzzles

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Crossword





Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Crafty Crafters: Jonah and the Whale






So how crafty are you?

What is your favorite religious craft you make for the Bible story “Jonah and the Whale”?



Here is a craft I make with my students using a white paper bag:


Introduce craft: What swallowed Jonah? A whale.


clclutheran.org- Lunch Bag Fish (page 2) for directions




Please comment so I can add the link to your blog to this post. We would love to see what you do!




Friday, October 5, 2012

Gospel for the Mass: 11/11/12- Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44








*Be sure to check out Gospel for the Mass Year B page right below the header for other days that you need Gospel for the Mass activities.


Disclaimer: The posts below contain links to other websites and the content of these sites are evaluated before they are included. These websites can change without warning making links inactive and/or the content altered. We have no control over other websites and we are not responsible for the content that they post.




Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44



Activities

catholicmom.com- Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at catholickidsbulletin.blogspot.com will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass.

sadlierreligion.com- Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities

loyolapress.com- Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families

4catholiceducatiors.com- Resources on the Sunday Readings

mssscrafts.com- The Widow's Mite with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs.

sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Mite object lesson with coloring page

sermons4kids.com- Giving Our All object lesson with group activities, coloring, puzzles, quizzes

calvarycurriculum.com- The Widow’s Mite #225 lesson with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

kirkofkildaire.org- The Widow’s Mite Lesson

sundayschoolsources.com- The Widow's Mite lesson with vocabulary words, lesson, true or false, song, worksheets, etc.

Lesson 15: Our Gifts- The practical aspects of the collection during Mass to help support the Church and others in need is taught. Questions and a craft are included. (Children Discover the Mass by Mary Doerfler Dall, page 54, 67, & 68).

The Catholic Toolbox- The Widow’s Mite Pre K - K lesson which consists of: consist of: Objectives, Word Wall, Bible Story with questions, Songs and/or Finger Plays, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Coloring/Puzzles, Handwriting Sheets, Mini Books, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Celebrating the Mass Lesson- Our Gifts (lesson, questions, crafts, games)

The Catholic Toolbox- Tithing lessons, crafts, and games

textweek.com- Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources



Coloring

sermons4kids.com- The Widow’s Mite

sermons4kids.com- Mark 12:41-44



Crafts

sermons4kids.com- Giving Our All group activities (crafts)

mssscrafts.com- Offering Craft

sundayschoolcrafts.co- Offering Can

catholicicing.com- Church Piggy Bank

library.lds.org- Never Forget One-Tenth for Tithing
Cut out elephant bank to help you remember to put one-tenth of all your earnings inside for tithing.

daniellesplace.com- The Widow’s Offering (bank craft)

kirkofkildaire.org- Create your own coin craft



Games

sermons4kids.com- Giving Our All group activities (games)

Money Hunt- This game will help your kids discover how to give to God as they explore the story of the widow’s offering. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 84).

The Catholic Toolbox- Tithing File Folder Game
A simple game to help reinforce tithing to young children.

The Catholic Toolbox- Christianopoly (file folder game)
The object of the game is to learn the responsibility of good financial stewardship; making the right decisions about the money we have and managing it wisely. This includes being able to pay necessary bills at home, putting aside for the things you want, and taking care of your family. Not only do you have bills to pay, mortgages, insurance, etc. you must pay taxes, make donations and do tithing as well.

The Catholic Toolbox- How Much Do You Tithe? (file folder game)
Players move around the board while figuring out how much they should tithe.



Puzzles

The Widow’s Offering- Use the following code to find out what Jesus said. Match the numbers in the coins, then put the letter on the blank that matches the corner that’s been darkened. (Wa-a-ay Cool Bible Puzzles by Nancy I. Sanders, page 45).

sermons4kids.com- Word Search

joanyedwards.com- Word Search

sermons4kids.com- Word Shape

sermons4kids.com- Word Jumble

sermons4kids.com- Crossword

joanyedwards.com- Crossword

sermons4kids.com- Spiral Puzzle

sermons4kids.com- Alphabet Soup



Quizzes

sermons4kids.com- Multiple Choice

sermons4kids.com- Fill in the Blanks





Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Church Potluck Recipe: Pumpkin Harvest Cake






Here is a fun cake to make for the month of October and great for Church Potluck.





Pumpkin Harvest Cake

Ingredients:

Cake

2 boxes Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot or spice cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes


Frosting and Decorations

2 containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Yellow and red food colors
Pull-apart green licorice twists
Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack rolls (any flavor)
Edible glitter, if desired



Directions:

1. Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 2 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl with baking spray with flour. In large bowl, make 1 box of cake batter as directed on box. Pour batter into ovenproof bowl. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Run knife just around top edge of cake. Remove cake from bowl; place rounded side up on cooling rack. Repeat with remaining box of cake mix to make second cake. Cool cakes completely, about 1 hour.

2. In medium bowl, tint frosting with 9 drops yellow and 6 drops red food color to make orange frosting. Trim bottoms of both cakes to form flat surfaces. Place 1 cake, round side down, on plate. Spread 2/3 cup of the orange frosting over flat side of cake almost to edge. Place second cake, round side up, on frosted cake to make round shape. Frost entire cake with remaining orange frosting.

3. To make stem, cut twist of licorice crosswise into thirds. Gather pieces together and twist. Use toothpick to make hole in top of cake; insert licorice stem. Pull apart licorice to make vines. Cut leaves from fruit snack rolls. Garnish cake with vines and leaves. Sprinkle with glitter. Store loosely covered.



Hints:

• To make a nice shape of a pumpkin use a Bundt cake pan

• To fill the whole in the top of a Bundt cake so you can put on the stem, use a graham cracker and push gently just below cake level.

• To keep the licorice "stem" together, bind the pieces with a rubber band and remove shortly before serving.

• You can also use a green flat-bottom ice cream cone for a stem, placing it upside down after you cover it with the licorice. Gather the licorice pieces at the top of the ice cream cone and twist. You can also cover the ice cream cone with Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack rolls and put ridges in it to make it look more like a pumpkin stem.

• I use cream cheese icing instead of vanilla. It goes very well with spice or carrot cake.





Monday, October 1, 2012

Sequence The Creation Game



Elaine at Commotion From The Ocean of Life came up with a new game to review the days of creation. There is a black and white version and also a color one for you to download. With the black and white version the children can color the game board and the tokens to help re-enforce being able to sequence the days of creation.

Sequence The Creation by Elaine