The best VBS leaders are learners, and the best learners enjoy sharing with others what they have learned through trial and error. Today's advice comes from Lynn Jordan, Children’s Ministry Coordinator for Capital Baptist Association, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
There is no shortage of craft ideas for Journey Off the Map. The Children’s Crafts Rotation Leader Guide has three suggestions for each day, plus a three-to-five-day project. Additional craft ideas can be found in the Adult, Preteen and Student materials. Multiple Journey Off the Map Pinterest boards have already been created. With so many choices, we need to keep these guidelines in mind when choosing the crafts to use in Vacation Bible School:
C- Is the craft something the child will value?
If we want the child to take the craft home to display, show friends or continue to use, we need to choose crafts that the child will value. Help the children think about how they will continue to use the craft after VBS.
R- Does the craft reinforce the Bible study?
The craft may reference something from the Bible study, help the child learn and remember the Bible verse, or be something used in applying what was learned.
A- Is the craft affordable?
Be creative with this. If a craft is too expensive consider changing the materials or asking an adult Sunday School class to help furnish supplies. You may want to do one more expensive craft that will become a keepsake and do less expensive crafts for the other days.
F- Is the craft fun?
The fun factor really comes from the leaders attitude when the craft is presented. If you are positive and up-beat, the kids will catch your enthusiasm.
T- Can the craft be completed in the time allotted?
If a craft takes too long, you may want to let the leaders do one or two more steps during preparation. If the craft is finished too quickly, you may want to find a way to add details. Remember that kids may enjoy having a little time to play with a craft before moving on to the next rotation.
S- Are the supplies available?
Almost anything is available if you start looking early enough. Make a list of things you want people to save for you and publicize it as early as possible. Be sure that you coordinate with other leaders about the use of supplies in the resource room. You may all be planning to use the same 50 clothespins!
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