Zip for Kids™: I Am. . . has launched and just like the first volume God Is. . . this volume contains some awesome tracks to engage kids of all ages. Sure you’ll still see some of your favorites like Kitchen Concoctions with new recipes and debriefs to each sessions’ biblical content, but check out these awesome new additions:
Play It—Volleyball and Baseball
Perform It—Praise Band and Ballet
Live It—new activities and service projects
Of course we still have templates to create your own tracks for each category.
Check out Zip for Kids and start planning an awesome summer event for all your kids!
Tired of seeing the same themes over and over again when you go to pick out summer curriculum? You know there’s going to be at least one beach theme on the shelf… and probably some kind of wilderness adventure, too. Not a problem. When it comes to themes and decorations, Zip for Kids is a blank slate. That means you can theme it up anyway you want. Always wanted a dinosaur theme? Go for it. How about time traveling back to Bible times? Do it! Zip is intentionally theme-less so that you can make it THE unique event in your community.
Here are some quick ways to add a theme to your Zip event:
- Decorate the Large Group area and Small Group rooms according to your theme.
- Incorporate your theme into the Bible story skits… dress the stage and the actors to match your theme. For example, for a beach theme, Zipster and Zoie can be dressed in Hawaiian shirts, shorts, flip flops, and sunglasses and the setting can take place outside a surf shop or ice cream hut.
- Add your own theme graphics to the media elements provided in the Zip Media pack to make your projected lyrics match the theme.
- Choose track times (from Zip Tracks or create your own using the provided templates) that complement your theme. For example, for a beach theme you may want to offer Outdoor Games, Messy Games (includes water play)—which are both provided in the Zip Tracks pack—and create your own Sandcastle Sculpting track.
- Supplement the music provided in the Zip Media pack with a suitable theme song or your own favorite music to match your theme.
Did you know that the Zip line of curriculum includes a preschool component? Do you have preschoolers that need to be engaged during the Summer, on Wednesday night, or just about any other time? Check out Zip for Preschool. It just might be the answer to all life’s problems! (well, maybe not, but it will definitely be a start)
Here are a few tips to get you started on the right foot. For more details be sure to check out Zip Preschool.
- Determine your Target Group—how many kids will you have at Zip? What ages will you plan for?
- Set your Schedule—determine the length of your event. Break down the schedule according to your kids’ interests, leaders’ abilities, and available resources.
- Plan your Tracks—look around your church at the gifts and talents of your adults. Enlist adults or even older teens to lead tracks. Be sure to enlist assistant teachers.
- Plan your Bible Study—decide if you will use the Old Testament stories, New Testament stories, or both. Determine if you will teach the opening and closing portions of each session.
- Gather your supplies—post lists of needed items. Plan to purchase items that cannot be donated or borrowed from church members or the community.
Are you ready to engage the preschoolers in your zip code? We would love to hear how you plan to use Zip for Preschool, share your comments and ideas with us here.