Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2014
Crafts and Activities Page

 

Jungle Safari VBS

Available in all Bible Translations! - Covers preschool trough Adults


774809: VBS 2014 Jungle Safari VBS--Super Simple VBS KitJungle 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 Elijah and the Raven Craft Kit - Bible Craft for Sunday School from www.daniellesplace.com

Creator - Fish Craft

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.

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

Protector - Paper Plate Lion Craft

Younger children will enjoy making this craft. It will remind them how God protected Daniel and he protects them.

You can find many more Daniel-themed crafts on our Daniel Bible Crafts and Activities for Sunday School Page

Savior - Cross Craft

This 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 Nature of God Posters from www.daniellesplace.com

King - Foil Crown Craft


This 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


This craft is appropriate 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  

 

Shop Craft Supplies at S&S WorldwideYou will find great pre-packaged and ready-to-use crafts from S&S Worldwide.

 

 

 

Weird Animals VBS

Uses NLT - Preschool - 5th Grade

707958: Weird Animals VBS Ultimate Starter KitWeird Animals: Where Jesus' Love is One of a Kind! 2014 Easy VBS from Group.

Weird Animals VBS connects with children when they feel different by introducing them to wonderful animals around the world. When "weird" means special, unique, and one-of-a-kind, kids are reminded of Jesus' special love for them - even when they feel different!

Jesus loves you even when...you're left out, you're different, you don't understand, you do wrong, and when you're afraid.

Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)

Ages: Preschool to Grade 5

Missions: Operation Kid-2-Kid, clean drinking water for children in India.

Weird Animals Bible Points (and Bible Story):


Day 1: Even when you're left out...Jesus loves you! (Jesus heals the lepers: Luke 17:11-19)
Day 2: Even though you're different...Jesus loves you!(Jesus reaches out to a Samaritan Woman: John 4:1-30)
Day 3: Even when you don't understand...Jesus loves you! (Jesus washes the disciples' feet: John 13:1-17)
Day 4: Even though you do wrong...Jesus loves you! (Jesus dies and comes back to life: Luke 22:47-24:12)
Day 5: Even when you're afraid...Jesus loves you! (Ananias bravely helps Saul: Acts 9:1-19)

Craft Ideas From this site:

Silver Duct Tape Cross Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Savior - Cross Craft

This 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.

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

 

SonTreasure Island

NIV Translation - Pre-school - 6th Grade

769285: VBS 2014 SonTreasure Island - Deluxe KitSonTreasure Island, 2014 VBS from Gospel Light, Where Kids Discover God's Love.

Set sail for an island adventure in search of the world's greatest treasure that is worth more than the purest gold! Feel the ocean breeze, hear the island music, taste tropical fruits, play island games and create colorful crafts. But at SonTreasure Island, there is much more than meets the eye because children discover God's love is treasure forever! Every day, kids learn of God's love expressed through Jesus, based on 1 Corinthians 13. Ships Ahoy Maties!


Bible Theme: 1 Corinthians 13

Bible Translation: New International Version (NIV)

Ages: PreKindergarten to Grade 6 (ages 3 -12); PreK & K have a dedicated curriculum leader guide & student activities.

 

SonTreasure Island Bible Points (and Bible Story): See "Scope & Sequence (PDF)" above for more details.


Day 1: God's Love is Giving (God Gives Us Jesus - Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:11-2:20)
Day 2: God's Love is Kind (Jesus Helps a Young Girl & a Sick Woman - Matthew 9: 18-26; Mark 5:21-42; Luke 8:40-56)
Day 3: God's Love is Caring (Jesus Cares for a Samaritan Woman - John 4:1-42)
Day 4: God's Love is Forgiving (Jesus Forgives Zacchaeus - Luke 19:1-10)
Day 5: God's Love is Forever (Jesus Lives Forever - Mark 14:27-16:20; Luke 22:47-24:53; John 21:15-17)

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
Twisted Water Bottle Fish Paper Cup Fish Craft stick Fish
Sock Octopus Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com Bubble Wrap Sea Turtle Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com  
Sock Octopus Craft Bubble Wrap Sea Turtle  
Folding Craft Stick "Floatsam" Craft Paper Treasure Chest Craft for VBS from www.daniellesplace.com

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

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

 

 

 

Wilderness Escape VBS

Family VBS - The whole family can participate in this VBS, but this might not be possible for small churches if you use the recommended ten craft tent stations in the Israelite Camp because you would need a different host for each tent, although you could change it to doing only one craft or activity per day. This VBS uses the New Living Translation of the Bible.

706960: Wilderness Escape VBS Ultimate Starter KitWilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides, the Holy Land Adventure 2014 VBS from Group Publishing.

Children learn to trust God as they join Moses on the incredible journey through the wilderness and discover what it was like to live in the Israelite camp. The Holy Land Adventure includes project ideas and tips for integrating preschool children into each activity, requires only three stations needing decorations (Celebration, Moses' Tent & the Israelite Camp), and runs with three station leaders (Celebration, Moses, and Games) plus tribe leaders.

Bible Translation: New Living Translation

Ages: Preschool to Adult (Multi-age groups of 5 children and adults is recommended, but you can also group children by age.)

Missions: Operation Kid-2-Kid, clean drinking water for children in India.

Wilderness Escape Bible Points (Bible story reference) and Key Verse:
Day 1: God is with us, so...trust God! (Israelites cross the Red Sea. Exodus 14:1-15:21)
God answered, 'I will be with you.' Ex. 3:12
Day 2: God gives us what we need, so...trust God! (God provides manna & quail. Exodus 16)
"For your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!" (Mt. 6:8)
Day 3: God gives us strength, so...trust God! (Israel defeats the Amalekites. Exodus 17:8-16)
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
Day 4: God saves us, so...trust God! (Moses remembers Passover. Exodus 12:1-30)
'For I am with you and will save you,' says the Lord. (Jer. 30:11)
Day 5: God guides us, so...trust God! (God gives the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20)
I will bless the Lord who guides me. Ps. 16:7

Crafts: Centers around what life was like for the Isrealites. Crafts and Activities include: Bread making, butter making, sand art, sandal making (craft foam), weaving, music (cardboard tamborines), and camp cleaning.

Craft Suggestions from this site:
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Make Pottery from Model Magic Clay Turtle Craft Turtle Review Game
Sunday School Bible Craft Moses raises his Arm Craft Sunday School Bible Craft Games and Activities Quail Paper Bag Puppet from www.daniellesplace.com
Moses Stretches his Hand Out Part the Red Sea Balloon Game Quail Paper Bag Puppet
Manna Again Color and Activity Sheet Quail Craft for bible School www.daniellesplace.com Sunday School Bible Craft balloon Quail
Manna Again Color and Activity Sheet Quail Paper Plate Craft Catch the Quail Game
ten commandment folding craft stick craft    
Ten Commandments Folding Craft Stick Crafts    

 

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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 KitAgency 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 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.

2. Place two sticks together, side by side, and tape them together covering both the sticks with the tape.

3. Turn the two sticks over so that they are diaganal to you.

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

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

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

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
Helps Using the Memory Cross

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!

 

memory cross 1 memory cross 2 memory cross 3 memory cross 4

 

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 for kids

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 for kids

Foam Marshmallow
Giraffe Craft

lion craft for kids

Foam Marshmallow
Lion Craft

giraffe craft

Folded Paper
Giraffe Craft

 

     

elephant craft

 

Hippo Craft for kids

 

elephant paper plate craft for kids

Folded Paper African
Elephant Craft
Foam Marshmallow
Hippo Craft
Paper Plate Elephant
Craft for Kids

paper lion craft

giraffe craft

mancala game Craft

Folded Paper Lion Craft Folded Paper
Zebra Craft
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African Safari Crafts
and Activities Page

 

Memory Cross

 

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The Resource Room - Hundreds of Bible Lessons, Bible Crafts, and Bible Games on www.daniellesplace.com

ABC, I Believe Bible Lessons from www.daniellesplace.com

Sunday School Crafts

 
Bible Felt Figures Set for Flannel Board

Small Basic Bible Felt Figures Set

Excellent Resource for
Your Sunday School

Big Book of Bible Skills (Big Books)
Big Book of Bible Skills

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Vacation Bible School
Craft Kits

Design Your Own Sailor Hat for VBS

Design Your Own White
Sailor Hats - Vacation
Bible School & Crafts for Kids

 

Scratch Art Cross Craft for VBS

Scratch Art Craft Kit for
Vacation Bible School

Cross Craft Kit #CE4403
from S&S Worldwide

 

Jumbo Colored Wood Craft Sticks - 500 Pieces

Jumbo Colored Wood Craft
Sticks - 500 Pieces

 

Melissa & Doug Rainbow Mini Scratch Art Notes (Box of 125)

Melissa & Doug Rainbow
Mini Scratch Art Notes
(Box of 125)

 

Crafts for Kids

 

VBS-Wilderness Escape-
Tiny Tapestry Loom Kits

 

VBS-Disc-Wilderness Escape-Celebration Music

VBS-Disc-Wilderness Escape-
Celebration Music

 

VBS-Wilderness Escape-Bible Memory Buddies

VBS-Wilderness Escape-
Bible Memory Buddies

 

Crayola Model Magic Modeling Compound

Crayola Model Magic
Modeling Compound

 

Woodsies Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks

Woodsies Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks

 

Spy Guy Secret Mission Set SPY EYE KIT

Spy Guy Secret Mission Set

 

Brainiac's Secret Agent Activity
Book: Fun Activities for
Spies of All Ages

 

Spy Kit A Childrens Guide to Prayer

The Spy Kit: A Childrens
Guide to Prayer

 

Rear View Spy Sunglasses

Rear View Spy Sunglasses

 

Scratch-Art Photo Frames Group Pack

Scratch-Art Photo Frames Group Pack

 

Free Sunday School Bible Lesson - God Knows Me - Psalm 139

Free
"God Knows Me"
Psalm 139

Free Bible Lesson

 

Free Bible Lesson for Sunday School - Psalm 23

Free
The Lost Sheep
Sunday School Lesson

 

The Ten Lepers Bible Puppet Craft for Sunday School

Free
Don't Forget to
Say Thank
You
The Story of the Ten Lepers

 

Free Elijah and the Ravens Bible Lesson for Sunday School
Free
Elijah and the Ravens
Sunday School Lesson

 

Melissa & Doug Bookmark Scratch Art Party Pack

Melissa & Doug Bookmark
Scratch Art Party Pack

 

Printable Postcards for Sunday School

Printable Postcards for Sunday School

 

Jiffy 10-Count Seed Start Pots, 3-Inch

Jiffy 10-Count Seed
Start Pots, 3-Inch

 

Foam Marshmallows

 

Christian Wallpaper for your computer

Christian Wallpaper
for your Computer Desktop

 

Vacation Bible School
Craft Kits

Scratch Art Cross Craft for VBS

Scratch Art Craft Kit for
Vacation Bible School

Cross Craft Kit #CE4403
from S&S Worldwide