Cut photos of Youth Group to make a collage on large box with fitted top taped shut. After securing, in a solid fashion, pictures on all sides and perhaps large numbers for the year, put clear contact paper over the pics. They make wonderful decorations, are good conversation pieces and can be thrown around for fun. You can even put dried beans or fun rattles inside. Make smaller boxes with leftover photos that make cute storage when stacked.
Since there are so many references to the fact that God knows us by name in the Bible, making name bracelets is a great way to convey that message and help kids remember it! Get stretchy string so that they can be removed easily, a variety of beads to accessorize and the little square beads that have a letter on each. Let the kids pick out the letters of their name and the decoration beads and create a bracelet (or necklace) with their name on it. This way when they look at it they can remember that God isn’t just a huge and distant God, but a close one who loves us and knows us by name.
Used this when we were talking about the Jews wandering for 40 years in the desert.
– Large sheets of cardboard (I used 24 pack soda crates)
Have the kids take off their shoes and place them on the cardboard. Then have them trace their shoe’s soles on the cardboard. Cut out the cardboard, so you have the sole of a sandal.
Have the kids place their feet on the sandals. Next take a pen and mark 8 holes in the following places: one hole on both sides of the big toe, one hole on both sides of the widest part of the foot, one hole on both sides of the foot just forward of the ankle, and one hole on both sides of the foot just a little forward of the heel.
Cut two 36-inch pieces of twine for each child. To lace the sandals, start at the big toe; insert one end of twine on one side of big toe, and the other end on the other side of the big toe. Next bring the twine back up through the sandal next to the widest part of the foot, and cross the twine across the top of the foot. Insert the ends of the twine back through the sole and cross under the heel. Finally bring the twine back up through the holes on either side of the heels and wrap twice around the students ankles. Tie in a bow.
These sandals won’t hold up very well outside, but they are fun to wear around the classroom.
Hope these instructions were easy to understand. If not, I can make a jpeg of each step, please use my email address above to let me know if you need me to take this extra “step.”
I used this as my first project for Sunday school with the Jr/Sr highers this fall. So they could have somewhere to write their prayers, and throughout the year we will keep each other updated on how God has answered our prayers.
scraps of leather, glue, heavy duty construction paper (for covers), leather string (other kinds of string can be used), hole puncher, leather tools/rubber mallet, scissors, paper.
Take your heavy construction paper and use 2 pieces for your front and back cover. Punch 2 or 3 holes on the left side of the paper, make sure the holes line up on both papers. Cut regular paper to just a bit smaller than the covers as this will be your pages. Punch holes in the paper also to line up with the other holes. Use the leather tools and mallet to stamp designs into your leather then take your scraps of leather and fit it around the left edge of your papers so it serves as a binding. Punch holes in the leather where it covers the already punched holes in the paper. Use your leather string to weave through the punched holes and tie the leather to the paper. Finally, glue the extra loose leather to the front and back covers.
Since Leather is expensive I called around to some local taxedermists and got some scraps donated, since it was for a good cause. Be creative and have lots of fun with it. I just gave a basic idea to get you started!
You can collect the driftwood yourself or you can arrange a nice walk along a river or somewhere “earthy”. I basically got this idea walking along the river with my dog and he kept bringing me sticks. Collect a lot (as straight as possible but maybe with some’quirks’to them)
– 4 sticks of driftwood (whatever length depending on your picture size. I like the frame to overlap a bit on the edges)
– 1 piece of cardboard
– 1 photo
– glue gun
– ball of hemp or even leather cord
I glue the picture to the cardboard (with a glue stick…I dont know if the hot glue would destroy it not), and line the frame with the driftwood. Then I just tie the corners together and after making sure its the right size for the picture, I glue it ontop of the photo. If some edges stick out from it I just snip them off. Then you just glue on a loop of string onto the back to hang it and voila! You have a cheap frame that looks fun. You could even get really artsy and add bits off moss or go for a “seaside” theme.
Quick to make too. About 15 minutes once you get the knack of it.
I got this recipe off of the internet and then adapted it to the youth group. This shows how you can take two harmless simple ingredients and make something really cool. Just like allowing God into your life, you can achieve some really cool results.
Bowl number one: 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of elmers white school glue and 1-2 drops of food coloring. (If the color is really dark it will temporarily stain the users hands.)
Bowl number two: 1/2 water and 1 tablespoon of borax (20 mule team borax laundry booster, found in the laundry aisle at wal-mart)
Pour the borax/water mixture into the glue and water. Instantly you will see a coagulation occur. Lift the blob out of the bowl and start working it in your hands. (When God starts working with you it takes a little work to get you started)
There will be a watery substance left over in the bottom of the bowl.
The more you work with the substance, the better it gets. (God is constantly working on you)
You can shape, bounce, stretch and pull the silly putty all you want but when you lay it on the table, it immediately begins to melt back into a puddle on the table. (If you don’t allow God to keep working on you, you will start to “melt back into a shapeless blob”)
Store in an airtight container.
Choose a favorite cookie recipe. In a mason jar, measure out and layer each of the dry ingredients. Begin with the sugar (white then brown for color contrast)then the flour, baking soda, salt,etc. Top with the chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Cut out circles of fabric, about 2 inches larger than the diameter of the jar. Place the vaccumm seal on the jar, the cloth, and then tighten the ring on the jar. Attach a card that lists the “wet” ingredients that will need to be added in order to make the cookies. Include cooking temps and time.
Instead of putting the hand prints directly on the wall, you could get a couple big sheets of butcher’s paper and attach it to the wall. Then put the hand prints onto it.
Then the kids could sign and maybe write a favorite passage next to their hands.
The world’s largest Christmas Card is a great way for your Youth Group to show the rest of the congregation how much they appreciate them.
Take two pieces of dry wall and then duct tape them together. Use ideas from old Christmas Cards to paint, decoupage or decorate however the teens desire. Write a Christmas message inside and have all the teens sign it. Then as a surprise to the congregation a week or two before Christmas put the “Card” in the back of the church or in the lobby.
Go to the nearest Sycamore tree. Several grow around my house, so this was easy. Collect the amount of leaves you need. Take a single leaf, and put it in between two squares of wax paper. Take an Iron, on a numer 1 or 2 setting, and a very small amount of steam. Press the leaf in between the wax paper. After you steam it just a little bit, then take the steam off, and use the iron dry to finish pressing it. The wax paper seals itself around the leaf. When you are finished, and the paper has cooled, you can write the child’s name on the outside of the wax paper. You need to leave it in a square (not cut around the leaf). If you cut around the edge of the leaf, then you will have nothing to seal the wax paper together, therefore, deafeating the purpose of pressing it. this craft relates to the Story of Zaccheus and Sycamore tree. Luke 19