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Outback Rock VBS 2015 Starter Kit By Group Publishing

724565: Outback Rock VBS 2015 Starter Kit

Outback Rock: Where Kids Venture Into Solid Faith, the 2015 Weekend VBS from Group Publishing. Theme: God is always with us Key Verse: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT) Ages: Preschool - Grade 6 (K- 6th in multi-age groups; preschoolers have a separate curriculum.)

On this down-under Aussie adventure, kids explore God's monumental love and discover what it means to have an unshakable faith. Group's Weekend VBS is perfect for churches that are new to VBS or are not able to use the longer 5-day VBS format in your congregation. You will plan two sessions of 2.5 hours plus a Sunday morning celebration with the full church, for a total of 6 hours. Children in Kindergarten - 6th Grade are in mixed age groups; preschool children join the large group for the opening and closing and have their own Bible learning time. Group's Weekend VBS is easy for leaders (20 minutes of preparation), easy to remember (a single Bible point is reinforced at every station), and easy for making friends (small, multi-age groups).

Bible Stories: Day 1: God is with Joseph. (Genesis 37:1-45:15) Day 2: Jesus dies and comes back to life, then appears to his followers. (Matthew 26:26-28:20)

Outback Rock VBS Starter Kit contents:


Suggested Crafts

Kangaroo Planter Craft from www.daniellesplace.comKangaroo Craft from www.daniellesplace.com


Have children make Kangaroo Planters, and plant flowers to give to the sick.

Have children make Kangaroos with a pockets.



Great Crafts for Any VBS


Silver Duct Tape Cross Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Foil Cross Craft

Foil Tape Cross Crafts are appropriate for all ages and very cheap to make. A roll of foil tape will make hundreds of crosses. Even very young children can use untensil such as straws and the tips of pens to decorate their crowns.

Children can write their names on the cross to remind them that Jesus died for them.

Note - Children will want to make more than one of these so make lots of extras.

Make up lots of samples and so children picrture of different design they may want to incorporate into thier own design.



Folding Craft Stick Books of the Bible Memory Game www.daniellesplace.com

Folding Craft Sticks Canvas

These folding craft stick canvases can be used for many different purposes. The stick canvas folds up into a compact pile of sticks and unfolds again to reveal the art work.

Children of all ages will enjoy working with these.

Younger children can use markers to draw pictures of what they are learning about. They can make gifts with special messages to give to their neighbors and friends.

Older children can write Bible verses and decorate the canvases with permanent markers. These would make great gifts for prison ministry or shut-ins.

The craft stick canvases are very cheap and easy to make, but do take some preparation. I would suggest that they are taped together by adults before class. Children will have difficulty taping them correctly and lining up the sticks so they are straight.

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Jungle Safari VBS - 2013


Available in all Bible Translations! - Covers preschool trough Adults

774809: VBS 2014 Jungle Safari VBS--Super Simple VBS Kit

Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God! 2014 VBS by Standard Publishing

Theme: Kids will know what's so great about God, Explore the nature of God, and Serve God in practical ways.

Bible Theme Memory: Psalm 86: 9-12

Bible Translation: Standard VBS materials are compatible with all Bible translations, so you may use your church's preferred version.

Ages: Preschool to Teens, Adult Bible study also available.

Teach children five essential characteristics of God as they explore His Nature and the wonders of the natural jungle He created. Standard Publishing's Jungle Safari VBS features 8 new songs by Yancy and new kid-friendly mission videos with Beth Guckenberger and Back2Back Ministries, where you meet Ben and Joseph, orphans in Ethiopia. There is also a new Serve & Missions site (Slug-a-Bug S.W.A.M.P.), focused on outreach and special service projects just for kids. Program adaptations for special needs learners is also included.

Jungle Safari Bible Points (and Bible Story): Day 1: God is Creator (God creates an amazing world. - Genesis 1) Day 2: God is Provider (God provides for Elijah. - 1 Kings 17) Day 3: God is Protector (God protects Daniel. - Daniel 6) Day 4: God is Savior (God saves us through Jesus. - John 3, 19, & 20) Day 5: God is King (God rules forever in heaven. - John 14; Revelation 1, 2, 21, & 22)

Crafts: Children make musical instrument crafts and use them during praise.

Pinterest Crafts and Decorating Ideas Board


Craft Suggestions from this site:


Craft Stick Fish Craft for VBS from www.daniellesplace.com

Creator - Fish Craft

This Craft Stick Fish Craft is great for Vacation Bible School. It costs only pennies to make and allow room for creativity.

These fish were made with jumbo craft sticks, but you can use regular-sized craft sticks instead. You can use the "Jesus" pattern or let your children design their own center.



Elijah and the Raven Craft Kit - Bible Craft for Sunday School from www.daniellesplace.com

Provider - Raven Craft

This cute little bird can be made from craft foam or construction paper.

A small sign is attached to its beak to remind children of the story, and that God will provide for them like he did Elijah in the wilderness.




lion paper plate craf from www.daniellesplace.com


Protector - Paper Plate Lion Craft

Younger children will enjoy making this lion paper plate craft.

It will remind them how God protected Daniel and he protects them.




Silver Tape Duct Tape Cross Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Savior - Cross Craft

This cross craft is appropriate for all ages and very cheap to make. A roll of foil tape will make hundreds of crowns. Even very young children can use untensil such as straws and the tips of pens to decorate their crowns.

Every cross will be unique. Make extras because children love to make more than one of these.




King of Kings Crown Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

King - Foil Crown Craft

This Foil Crown Craft is appropriate for all ages and very cheap to make.

A roll of foil tape will make hundreds of crowns. Even very young children can use untensil such as straws and the tips of pens to decorate their crowns.

Every crown will be unique. Make extras because children love to make more than one of these.



Nature of God Posters from www.daniellesplace.com

Nature of God Posters

Posters are great creative crafts for all ages and everyone is one of a kind. Cut out words and letter shapes for: Creator, Provider, Protector, Savoir, and King from different colors of paper (Left over scrapbooking paper would work great or cut letters from advertisments.) Stick them all in the center of the table with stickers and Christian-themed pictures and have your children search through them and pick the ones they want to use to create a unigue poster.


Jungle Decorations and Games


Paper Snake Craft

Craft and Bean Bag Toss Game


Ocean and Water Craft Ideas from this Site:


Twisted Water Bottle Fish Craft from www.daniellesplace.com Rainbow fish puppet craft made from paper cups www.daniellesplace.com Craft stick Tissue Paper Fish Sock Octopus Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com Bubble Wrap Sea Turtle Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com


Folding Craft Stick "Floatsam" Craft

Love is . . . "Floatsam" Folding Craft Stick Craft or Plaque Craft

This craft is great for any age child. Older children can tape the crafts stick together so that they fan fold up into a pile, and younger children can glue the sticks to other sticks to make a plaque.

Have your children write words and draw pictures on the craft sticks that describe what love is.



Paper Treasure Chest Craft for VBS from www.daniellesplace.com

Paper Treasure Chest Craft

This is a great craft for any age. Children will love storing their treasures in the box.

Print out the pattern onto brown paper and have your children add details with colored pencils.







Love Is . . . Paper Plate Craft, Game, and Learning Activity  from www.daniellesplace.com

Love Is . . . Paper Plate Craft, Game,
and Learning Activity




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Agency D3 VBS


Grades - First - 6th, Uses HCSB Translation - Includes a take-home CD to minister to families - Seems like it is designed more for older children

362687: Agency D3--VBS Grades 1-6 Starter Kit

Agency D3: Discover Decide Defend, the 2014 VBS from Lifeway.

Bible Theme: But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15)

Bible Translation: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Ages: Grade 1 to Grade 6 (ages 6-12);

Agency D3 is an organization comprised of highly skilled operatives - the best of the best - dedicated to discovering, deciding and defending the truth of Jesus. Cadets are trained to answer the most important question, "Who is Jesus?" They'll use evidence kits to follow eyewitness reports, physical proof, and biblical accounts to collect and log evidence about Jesus. Prepare your agents for adventure and intrigue with gadgets, maps, activity training grounds, communications, and snacks while investigating 1 Peter 3:15.

Bible Content (Evidence / Scripture Verses):

Day 1: Is Jesus Really God's Son? (An Eyewitness Report - Matthew 3:13-17; John 1:29-36)Day 2: Was Jesus More Than Just a Good Man? (Background Check - Mark 6:1-6, 30-56)Day 3: Was Jesus' Death Real? (Death Confirmed -Mark 14:22-28; 15:22-47)Day 4: Is Jesus Alive? (Physical Proof - Luke 24:1-48)Day 5: What Do I Do with the Evidence About Jesus? (Summing Up the Evidence - Acts 2:14-42; 1 Peter 3:15)


Craft Ideas from this site:

Secret Message Folding Craft Stick
Game and Craft

Unfolded the words on this craft look like just a bunch of words, but if you fold up the craft stick and look from the side a secret message is revealed.





Craft Ideas for Any VBS

Folding Craft Sticks Bible Verse Review Game www.daniellesplace.com

Folding Craft Sticks Bible Verse Memory Game

The craft sticks are taped together so that when the craft sticks are pushed together from the top and bottom of the stack they fan fold up into a compact stack of sticks for storage. This craft is great to use as a memorization tool. Children can test themselves by unfolding one section at a time to reveal the next part of the verse.

What you will need:

WoodsiesWoodsies Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks -4.5" 50/Pkg - Use good quality craft sticks that lay flat. The 5/8" work perfect with the one-inch tape. *You can use the Woodsies Jumbo Craft Sticks with the 1.5 Inch - 3M Scotch Masking Tape for a bigger Canvas.

3M Scotch Masking Tape, 1-Inch - Other brands will work, but this tape works great! It is the exact color of the craft sticks. (Staple's Tape works better with the washable markers, but it is lighter than the stick and more transparent and doesn't cover the stick as well.)

Permanent Markers, crayons, or colored pencils - (The washable markers don't work well because the smear.)


How to Make the Folding Craft Stick Canvas:

1. Cut the one-inch masking into 4-inch pieces.

3. Turn the2. Place two sticks together, side by side, and tape them together covering both the sticks with the tape. two sticks over so that they are diaganal to you.

Folding Craft Stick Bible Lesson Review Craft www.daniellesplace.com

4. Place another craft stick next to and below the two sticks that you taped together. Use another piece of tape to tape the bottom two sticks together.

5. Turn all three sticks over diagonally and place another stick at the bottom of the row and tape the last two sticks together. Keep going until you have a whole row of sticks.

Children can use permanment markers, pens, or colored pencils to write the Bible verse on the sticks and then decorate them. They can also draw a picture on the back of the sticks that represents the Bible verse or the Bible story.

If a child messes up while working on his canvas, you can pull off the tape where he messed up and replace it with new tape.

These folding craft stick canvases can also be used for other purposes. You can also be used to make greeting cards for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Birthdays.

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The sticks can be reused by just pulling off the tape and placing new tape over the sticks.



Craft Stick Fish Craft

Craft Stick Fish Craft from www.daniellesplace.com www.daniellesplace.com


Craft Stick Fish

This craft is great for Vacation Bible School. It costs only pennies to make and allow room for creativity.

These fish were made with jumbo craft sticks, but you can use regular-sized craft sticks instead. You can use the "Jesus" pattern or let your children design their own center.

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Handling Craft Projects

Hand out a brown paper bag and small paper plate for each project. The children should put their names on both before they start their craft. The paper plate keeps you from having to clean paint off the table and off your hands when the children are done with their projects. You just pick up the paper plate with their projects on them and move them to a table to dry without having to touch the wet project. When the project dries stick them in the paper bag to store.  (We kept all the projects until the last day)  They were then taken to the children's rooms. After our closing program the children took their parents to meet their teachers and pick up their projects. This was a good incentive to get the children and parents to come back.

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Memory Cross-Bible Verse Craft and Memorization

Here is a great way for your students to memorize Bible verses. This origami cross can be folded over and over changing shapes and showing a different part of the Bible verse each time. Your children will find that it is hard to stop using them once they start. Memory Cross offers Bible verses that go along with many of the most popular Vacation Bible School programs. They have one for the plan of salvation which would be a great witnessing tool for your VBS. They also have many other Bible verse packages you can pick from. If they don't have what you want, you can custom order them. Or you can order blank ones and have your children make their own. (See the pictures below.) Go to Memory Cross to order yours today!    


Memory cross


Great Craft for any VBS Program!

This origami craft is fun to play with and educational at the same time. It is designed so that each time it is folded it shows another picture or part of a Bible verse and then keeps repeating over and over. The Memory Cross will help your children remember their Bible verses as they play. They can be used with any VBS program. Children of all ages will enjoy designing their own Memory Crosses. The small Memory Crosses cost 40 cents each and the 7" x 7" cost 50 cents each. Go to Memory Cross web site to order yours today!

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VBS Crafts and Activity Ideas


Western Theme VBS

Horse Planter Craft

Peat Pot Horse Craft

horse craft- Foam Marshmallow

Horse Peat Pot Planter

Peat Pot Horse

Foam Marshmallow Horse Craft


Paper Bag Stick Horse or Donkey Craft www.daniellesplace.com

Sock Horse Craft

horse plant stake Craft

Paper Bag Stick Horse

Sock Horse Made with Gift Wrap Tubes

Horse Plant Stake


Egypt Theme

Egyptian Collar Bible Craft

Egyptian Straw Bracelet Craft for Kids

Egyptian Bracelet Craft for kids

Egyptian Collar (Wesekh)

Egyptian Bracelets

Egyptian Straw Bracelet


Hippo Craft

Egyptian Headband Craft

camel in the Sand Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Foam Marshmallow Hippo Craft for Kids

Egyptian Headband Craft for Kids

Camel in the Sand Picture


Egyptian Falcon Amulet Craft


Dung Beetle Craft

Egyptian Falcon Amulet Craft for Kids

Beetle Craft


Safari Theme

Giraffe Craft

Marshmallow Lion Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Giraffe Paper Craft

Foam Marshmallow Giraffe Craft

Foam Marshmallow Lion Craft

Folded Paper Giraffe Craft

Elephant Craft Hippo Craft Elephant Paper Plate Craft

Folded Paper African Elephant Craft

Foam Marshmallow Hippo Craft

Paper Plate Elephant Craft for Kids


lion paper craft

Paper Zebra Craft

mancala game Craft

Folded Paper Lion Craft

Folded Paper Zebra Craft

Also See the African Safari Crafts and Activities Page


Memory Cross