Vacation Bible School season is coming!
It’s May, and you’ve just been tapped to create an awesome, fun, educational and uplifting Vacation
Bible School program for the children in your church this Summer. You’ve got plenty of volunteers
waiting on you to direct them with your fantastic plan. You’ve got a full list of excited kiddos all signed up and ready for the fun you’re planning. And you have no theme ideas yet!
What do you do???
The folks at Zonderkidz (with additional resources from other great retailers and bloggers) have some fun and affordable theme ideas for your Vacation Bible School program. All of the theme ideas feature some great book and Bible resources from Zonderkidz, Bible stories to feature in your lesson plans for the program, decorating and craft ideas to go along with each theme, and fun activity ideas that you can do with your group. While there are lots of great curriculum kits and VBS programs available in stores and online, these ideas are for those who have a small budget or want to create a program from scratch to fit the needs of their group.
These programs I'll be sharing with you all week are really perfect if your church is on an extremely small VBS budget if you don't have a lot of volunteers, or if you want to get BACK to the real stuff- what made VBS fun, rather than a fancy program that the kids won't remember 6 months from now. Plus because they are so easy, they don't take much planning to get ready! You have to love that is you've volunteered (got volunteered?) to be the VBS leader!
As a great bonus, each day you can enter to win a bible featured in one of the themes, your choice, to get your theme well on its way!
So let's check out the first theme!
Under the Sea Theme
This summer, Finding Dorie, the much anticipated sequel to the beloved Disney movie Finding Nemo will release. Kids everywhere will be excited for everything under-the- sea related-- - which also makes fun theme for Vacation Bible School!
Here are some books and Bible resources for this theme:
The Under the Sea Bible (NIrV) (Giveaway Prize option 1)
Made by God : Sea Creatures (an I Can Read level 2 book) http://www.zondervan.com/sea-
Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene http://www.zondervan.com/jonah-and-
Ocean Adventures by Peter Schreimer http://www.zondervan.com/ocean-adventures
Ocean Adventures DVD series:
o Volume 1 http://www.zondervan.com/ocean-adventures- volume-1
o Volume 2 http://www.zondervan.com/ocean-adventures- volume-2
o Volume 3 http://www.zondervan.com/ocean-adventures- volume-3
Here are some Bible Stories that tie into an Under the Sea Theme:
Jonah in the belly of the big fish
The Loaves and Fishes
Jesus walks on the water
Jesus says “I Will Make You Fishers of Men”
|4 Crazy Kings Cupcake Liner Fish, courtesy of 4 Crazy Kings|
Here are some Under the Sea themed craft kits and décor resources that can be purchased:
3D Tropical Fish Stand Ups from Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/d-tropical-fish-stand- ups-a2- 13732228.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Inflatable Tropical Fish from Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/inflatable-tropical-fish- a2-49_205.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Under the Sea Design a Room Pack from Oriental Trading
Under the Sea Photo Door from Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/under-the-sea-photo- door-banner- a2-13732949.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Under the Sea Name Tag Craft Kit from Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/under-the-sea- name-tag- necklace-craft- kit-a2- 13732319.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Under the Sea Bracelet Craft Kit from Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/under-the-sea- beaded-bracelet- craft-kit- a2-13732313.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Under the Sea Bible Verse Sign Craft Kit from Oriental Trading
http://www.orientaltrading.com/under-the- sea-bible- verse-sign- craft-kit- a2-13736452.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Flower Pot Whale Craft Kit from Oriental Trading http://www.orientaltrading.com/under-the-sea-bible- verse-sign- craft-kit- a2-13736452.fltr?prodCatId=90000+1319+1255
Under the Sea Foam Stickers from Hobby Lobby http://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-
Hobbies/Basic-Crafts/Craft- Foam/Under-the- Sea-Foam- Stickers/p/27239
Here are some fun Under the Sea activities to do using items on hand:
Make Cupcake Liner Fish from 4 Crazy Kings Blog-
Paint Seashells for necklaces, paper weights and photo frames
Make these adorable Scuba Diver costumes for kids or staff using recyclables, from Parenting.com http://www.parenting.com/article/scuba-diver- 21354920
Make Under the Sea stamps by cutting fish shapes from clean sponges and dipping in paints
Create some outdoor church yard fishing games with small wading pools and foam fishies
Visit the local community pool or lake/beach as a camp group for swim time
Visit the local zoo or aquarium as a group. Ask in advance for space if you plan to teach a lesson, do a craft or activity while on site.
Create an Under the Sea wall mural or statue display with recyclables, invite parents to check out your “art gallery” at the end of VBS
Write your own unique VBS songs by swapping Under the Sea terms for lyrics of popular Children’s songs
One BTHM reader will win their choice of bible from the daily (5) VBS presented this week!
It's ONE giveaway for all 5 days, but their are DAILY entries! So keep entering!
You'll have this weekend for 2 extra days of entries too!
Winner will be picked on next Monday!