Preschool

Celebrating Easter | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends! Here is another email that I’ve sent to the parents in our ministry. It is filled with ideas parents can use this week as they celebrate Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. I just wanted to share it with you in case you might find some things that will work in your ministry too. I hope this is a meaningful week of reflection and rejoicing as we move toward Easter Sunday. Your friend, Mr. Mark Dear Parents— With Easter arriving…

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Kids Ministry with No Kids! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This is such a strange time we are living in right now.  I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.  I don’t mind working from home, but I miss seeing my teacher friends and all the children. We have had online services for three weeks now and next week we will miss waving palm branches in the worship services, as well as Easter. It is very strange. I’m sure you are coming up with ways to stay connected to your…

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Let’s Paint! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Large plastic lid (about 6 inch diameter) 7-10 small plastic lids (about 1 inch diameter) Glue gun Craft knife Pool noodle Plastic shoe box Instructions: Use the glue gun to affix the small lids to the larger lid to make an artist’s pallet.  Cut a hole for the thumb. Cut a slice the length of the noodle so that it can fit over the side of the shoe box.  Use the knife to make several smaller slits along the…

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Episode 183: Kidmin Curriculum with Mike Clear – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, Mike Clear shares some of his experiences moving from working within family ministry roles to serving family ministries through Orange and the Rethink Group. He also explains more about the heart and strategy behind some of the world’s leading Kidmin curriculum and how it is being utilized in churches. Mike Clear Connect with Mike on Facebook. Check out our courses and register now at MinistryBoost.org. Notes Thoughts after moving from church leadership roles to volunteering: Getting to…

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Potato Stamp | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies: Potato Cookie cutter Knife Paper Paint Sponge brush Prepare: Slice the top off the potato.  Press the cookie cutter into the potato.  Use a knife to cut away about a ½ inch slice all around the cookie cutter.  Remove the cookie cutter.  Instructions: Use a sponge brush to cover the shape with a thin layer of paint.  Press the potato onto the paper to print. Re-apply between stamping for a more solid image. See Mr. Mark at one of…

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Winter Bird Feeder | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird . . .  Genesis 1:21 Supplies Needed: Paper tubes Peanut butter Birdseed Wide ribbon Plastic knife Pie tin or paper plate Tray Instructions: Use a plastic knife to coat the tube with peanut butter. Pour some bird seed on a paper plate or pie tin and place it on a large tray. Roll the tube in bird seed—pressing down…

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What Is Kinder Church 2.0? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Kinder Church 2.0 is designed from the ground up to effectively teach your preschoolers the Word of God. You get the same depth of teaching, great object lessons and humorous drama skits that are synonymous with the Super Church brand. And Kinder Church 2.0 comes with engaging multimedia videos that will grab the attention of your preschoolers. Your kids will be on the edge of their seats as they watch the Adventures of James & Andi Motion Comic. Kinder Church 2.0…

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Love Bug | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Love one another.” 1 John 4:7 Supplies Needed: Jumbo pom-poms Heart-shaped foam shapes Wiggle Eyes Chenille Stems Glue Scissors Instructions: Have fun creating a unique “love bug” using the above supplies in whatever way makes you smile! Use liquid glue to attach chenille stems to the pom pom. Use heart shapes (or any shape desired) to create the feet. In Parenting is a Choice, Mr. Mark weaves practical tips parents can follow, with humorous stories from his personal experience to…

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Silly Juice Box Fun | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . .” Psalm 139:14 Supplies Needed: Juice box Straw Scrapbook paper—patterns and solids Wiggle eyes Tape Scissors Remove the original juice box straw. Cut scrapbook paper to fit around the juice box. Do not wrap the top and bottom. Embellish the juice box with fun facial features. Attach the straw to the backside of decorated box. Include a Bible verse or other words of encouragement and serve at…

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The Giant Crane | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Now, let’s talk extreme, awesome decorations! This prop is only for the brave! It is very large and will make a huge statement on your stage. The crane is created to fit on three standing wardrobe boxes and three horizontal wardrobe boxes . The adhesive backed panels are about 10 feet long and 48 inches wide. This means it will stand 13 feet high. If it’s on a stage, it will be a show stopper! The large sticker will wrap…

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30 Things Parents Should Say to Their Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Words matter. The words parents use have great power to give life to their kids. Here are 30 life-giving things parents should consider saying to their kids on a regular basis.   In the Book of James we read that the tongue, although quite small, can do great things. We are also warned to control the tongue, because it can just as easily do terrible things (James 3:2-12). When we think of controlling the tongue, we often think of stopping it…

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Why I Wrote Super Church Curriculum – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Write the vision, and make a plan upon tables that he may run that readeth it…” Habakkuk 2:2 When I first began to teach children, I had a difficult time finding material and curriculums. The materials that were available at that time were outdated and did not cover Pentecostal or Charismatic principles. Most curriculum companies leave out things like the gifts of the spirit, praying in tongues etc., because it was considered controversial and it would narrow the “market”. After…

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Cement Truck with Bonus Props – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This large colorful prop is perfect for a construction theme. The cement truck is eight feet long and over four feet tall. Its simple to stick on a construction foam panel and cut out with a sharp blade. The additional portion on the top can be connected with tape along the back seam. Use a chair to prop up the cement truck one piece of tape will secure it in place. This is a great colorful prop without tracing and…

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Feed the Snowman | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Supplies:    Clear plastic container (an empty peanut butter jar would would great!)  Wiggly eyes  One orange pompom for nose, several black or brown pom pom for mouth  Glue gun  Cotton balls   Small tongs (make sure they’re easy to bend so little fingers can use them)    Prepare: Decorate the clear plastic container with eyes, nose and mouth like a snowman, using the eyes, pompoms and glue gun.  You’re done!  Instructions: This is great to help two and three-year-olds with their fine motor skills. Show them how…

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Punched Plate Lacing | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Supplies:  Sturdy paper plates  Christmas die cuts and die cut machine  Hole punch  Yarn/scissors/tape  Small pom poms for ornaments (optional)  Marker (to write bible verse)  Glue  Prepare Use the die-cut machine, being careful to center the die cut on the plate. Using the hole punch, punch holes around the design, leaving enough margin for the edges to remain strong.  Cut yarn in 24” segments and wrap one end with a piece of tape so that it will be easy to push…

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Did You Know? – Super Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Yesterday, I picked up my granddaughter, Andi, from school.  On the ride home she kept talking about “additions,” and how we need to start a new addition at Christmas.  Believe me, I had no idea what she was talking about, and so I started asking her questions to clarify.  Finally, I realized she was saying TRADITIONS.  I began to talk about the traditions we do already.  One tradition that many families participate in is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. A…

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Classroom Management, Part 4 | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Hey friends. Welcome to Mr. Mark’s Classroom. My name is Mark Jones. I am excited to share with you another great tip about classroom management today, because I’ve got several of my own teachers who are really trying to make a great classroom even better. Sometimes we all need a little encouragement with some things to do. The first tip today that I want to tell you is, boys and girls need choices. They need choices. Here’s what happened. This…

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Turkey Napkin Ring | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118 :24 Supplies: Construction Paper (brown, red, green, yellow, orange, purple) Small wiggle eyes Colorful napkins Quick Dry craft glue Prepare It: Cut brown construction paper into 1”x 7” and .75” x 5” strips. Cut orange, green, yellow, red and purple construction paper into 1/2” x 3” strips. Make It: Use glue to create circles with brown strips. Attach the smaller circle to…

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Is Amazon Bringing Back The Holiday Catalog? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Last week, I received in the mail, at my home, a catalog from Amazon.  It included stickers and a special page for kids to write down what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes, Amazon has brought back the “Holiday Catalog.” If there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that receiving gifts is a lot of fun. When Christmas rolls around, usually Mom and Dad will ask their kids what kind of gifts they would like for Christmas.…

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Interview with Jana Magruder and “Nothing Less” – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

        Hey Friends— I recently enjoyed hearing Jana Magruder, Director of LifeWay Kids Ministry, speak about her newest book, “Nothing Less.” LifeWay Research has gone to great lengths to survey and research spiritual health in young adults. We see so many of our kids pass through our ministry, and also through student ministry, then off to college, but then they are not returning to church. I think you will find this internet conference very interesting. I know…

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Crossing the Checkpoints for Life’s Race – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Back in 2013, the highly-respected late Jerry Vogel wrote about a few of the spiritual mile markers to be celebrated in families’ lives (post). As many of us are planning for a new ministry year with kids transitioning to new classes, this seems like a good time to…

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Stars and Stripes Bunting | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  Psalm 33:12 Supplies: Contact paper—18” X 15” Red, white, blue sparkle tissue paper Black cardstock Curling ribbon Scissors Glue stick Clear tape Prepare It: Cut black cardstock into 1/2” X 8 1/2” strips. Cut Red, white and blue tissue paper into 1” strips. Cut 2 1/2” stars out of white tissue paper. Cut a 3’ length of curling ribbon. Make It: Peel backing off of contact paper and on a flat…

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VBS Stage Animals | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

    This 24-foot-wide Large Safari Scene Setter comes with seven panels. The seventh panel is filled with scene add-ons to bring your stage to life. You will find a baby giraffe, a baby elephant, extra toucan bird, rocks with a bright green frog and iguana, and a beautiful four-foot-wide peacock to add to your scene. Simply cut the items out loosely with scissors and attach the pieces to cardboard or display foam board from Hobby Lobby. Mr. Mark used cardboard. Just…

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