Home made no-cook play dough

Playdough from Ministry-to-Children.com

There are plenty of recipes for play dough to make at home, but many involve cooking.

This great one from Ministry-to-Children.com not only looks good but smells nice too!

It involves Kool-Aid , which for us in the UK is difficult and expensive to get. But for those of you who can get hold of it, Kool-Aid seems to be the secret ingredient!

>>There are full instructions and a video demo here.

Using Toy Story 3 to explore spiritual issues

A great resource has been made available by the excellent Damaris Trust. This organization comments on cultural  and media matters from a Christian perspective. In the CultureWatch section of their web site you will find a free discussion guide for Toy Story 3.

This movie has been widely watched by adults and children. The discussion questions are aimed at children and you may find them  useful in an informal conversation, or as part of a club or class meeting.

Check out the Toy Story 3 discussion guide from Damaris Culture Watch.

You may also like the related post, Just a Piece of Plastic

Group games tips and ideas – part 2

Sometimes it is the simplest games that surprise us with the enthusiasm and delight of the kids. Even teens can get a kick out of some of them.

GrowingKidsMinistry.com have several blog posts about games for groups. Why not hop over to their blog?
There are even videos of two of the games being played (by teens!) and a link to a PDF Activity guide which details many more games. With a little thought, you can select ones suitable for your age group and have a whale of a time!

The first part of Minute to Win it for Church groups

The second part of  Minute to Win it for Church groups

Games for large groups

In a previous post we spoke about the dangers and advantages of group games.

Now for some great ideas for group games. You will find them at the Ministry-to-children.com forum. If you are looking for some tried-and-tested games ideas, check it out the big list here.

Or how about this one involving bowls of M&Ms and a scooter!!

Are there any large group games you have found to work with minimum danger (!) and maximum fun? If you have, feel free to comment below.

 

Octopus group game

A great source of tried and tested ideas is the ChildrensMinistry.com online magazine.  You can sign up for their email newsletter and get loads of helpful and relevant information.

This week they flagged up a group  game for 6-12 year olds. Octopus is fun to play, especially as when a child is “out” he is also “in”.

Here’s how it works:

What to do: Create two home bases on either end of a large play area. Choose someone to be the Octopus. Have all the other children start on one home base. Once kids leave home base, they have to get to the other base before getting tagged by the Octopus. When kids are tagged, they join hands with the Octopus. The Octopus works together to catch other kids.

Once an Octopus has six people, it breaks in two. Play until all children have been tagged.

For this and other great ideas, visit ChildrensMinistry.com

Have you discovered a helpful site with resources and ideas for children’s ministry. Why not let us know by adding a comment below?

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