Whenever we have a communion Sunday, rather than dismissing the kids mid-service for Children’s Church, we keep the kids in the service with the adults. I usually give a children’s sermon during these services to ensure that there is something accessible for them during the message portion of the service. Some of the older children are quite capable of sitting still during the service, but I know that it is a bit of a stretch for some of the littler ones. To make things easier on the parents, I’ve been thinking of putting together “busy bags.” It would be one of those things that I would only pull out on those special Sundays when everyone is all together in the sanctuary during the sermon.
Now I’ve heard of busy bags before, but as soon as I started searching for ideas online I found a plethora of ideas! Here are some of my initial finds:
Itsy Bitsy Learners created these CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) puzzle cards that kids can put together. Many of their images appear to be clip art from Microsoft Word, but still a great idea!
How cute are these alphabet cards? Well done, 1+1+1=1.
Simple, but solid. Thank you, Education.com.
Dandee-Designs suggests creating several of these tiles and playing a matching game.
So many different ways to use this idea from Little Family Fun! I need to dig through our stash of wrapping paper, though…
I love this idea for a pizza factory from Second Story Window! I have plenty of felt in our resource room, so I can see this working out well for us.
Walking by the Way hit on a simple, but effective way to help kids practice their number skills.
This is probably one of my favorite ideas that I have found this far. Imperfect Homemaking – you’re brilliant!
Now, here in lies my issue: I want to make the most of every opportunity to tell the kids about Jesus. In light of that, do I really want to occupy our kids minds with things that they already spend the rest of the week thinking about at school, or is there a way to create busy bag activities that prompt our kids to set their minds on Jesus? Some of the activities I found can be very easily adapted for church, but others not so much. What do you think? Should busy bags at church have a solely Scriptural focus? A mix? Does it really matter?