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No-cook Applesauce Recipe

Brenna Phillips —  November 3, 2011

This is a great activity and recipe for young children and makes a great snack time treat. It is all-natural applesauce with no preservatives. A healthy snack.

Peel and slice apples and toss in a food processor or appliance to blend and chop them. We used 2 large Granny Smith apples and 4-6 red apples. The students brought apples in to share with the class.

Add 1/2 cup of water

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Preschoolers love play-dough. Here is an easy recipe to make homemade play-dough for them to enjoy and creatively mold ideas from the Bible lessons taught in class.

Play-dough allows preschoolers to exercise their fingers for pre-writing skills and fine motor activities. It is great for creativity and allowing preschoolers to make and see objects from lessons and stories.

* Warning: Be careful of allergies and sensitivities. Some young children have difficulty and are sensitive to flour.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Optional: add a few drops of food coloring and/or scent

Allow the children to help mix the ingredients with the exception of the boiling water. Once the water is poured in and stirred around a bit then it will have cooled off enough for them to mix the entire amount.

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Mission Minded Kids

Tammy Jones —  June 23, 2011

Our world is getting smaller. Staying connected with family and friends far away has become so easy with cell phones, Skype, internet and social networks. We can easily see that many of us enjoy the same things and even face the same trials as people across the globe. On the other hand, our world is bigger than we may think. The world is full of people who think and live differently from us. There are many needs in the world beyond our borders. So our kids and grandkids and those we teach can have a balanced view of their world, we need to teach them to be mission minded. Here are a few suggestions on how to begin.

1. Tie every lesson to some kind of mission focus.
Don’t save missions just for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Search for ways to tie each lesson to some kind of mission focus. Look for needs that could be met or a missionary story that could be shared. Perhaps you could even make contact with a missionary that your class could Skype with on a Sunday morning.

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I love the element of drama in children’s ministry. Though many of us would love to have a great drama team show up each week, and present the lesson live to our classes, often a volunteer children’s leader simply doesn’t have volunteer staff who can devote that much time to learning scripts each week. On a smaller scale, we have had great success bringing different “characters” into our services to help reinforce the lesson of the day. Adding a character is easy because:

Any character can participate in any lesson.

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