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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like….Easter!

If you’ve been keeping up with When One Teaches, Two Learn for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I like to be creative with bulletin boards and wall displays.  I had all sorts of ideas for Easter bulletin boards and displays, but, when I was surfing on Oriental Trading one day, I found these great posters for Holy Week and Easter Sunday and just couldn’t resist them.  They’re colorful and convey a great message!

I used the “Alleluia” poster on our bulletin board, then added a few palm branches to fill in some of the blank space.

Alleluia Bulletin Board

 

I used this large wall space to show the journey through Holy Week – from Palm Sunday, to the Last Supper, to the cross, and finally the resurrection.  It all centers around John 3:16, though, which I thought was a great poster to include in the set.

Holy Week Journey

 

With the remaining Easter posters, I decided to decorate a few of our doors 🙂

Easter Door Decor

 

What are you doing to decorate for Easter?

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The Greatest Love There Is

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few days! All I remember about Valentine’s Day as a kid is that it was all about having the coolest valentines to pass out at school and getting a little candy out of the deal – nothing much about Jesus attached to the holiday. When I stumbled across this idea a few months ago, though, I knew it was a great way to remind our kids about the greatest love there is: the love of Jesus.

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It’s Snow Secret…We Love Jesus!

Do you remember that rather enormous cardboard Christmas tree that we hung at the top of our stairwell during the Christmas season?  It was fantastic for the holidays, but it also made the wall space it took seem very blank when I took it down!  These snowmen aren’t quite as impressive as the tree, but they’re still fun.  It really is “snow” secret that we love Jesus at Fillmore Kids!

It's Snow Secret We Love Jesus

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New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t That Bad

I used to make new year’s resolutions when I was a kid.  They weren’t always well thought-out, but I still made them.  And, like most people, I rarely kept my resolutions.  As the years passed, I gave up making new year’s resolutions.  I think it was mostly due to the fact that I wanted to make meaningful, attainable resolutions, rather than just making resolutions for the sake of making them.  This year, for the first time in a long while, I came up with a resolution that was worth keeping.  I’ve decided that starting this year I’m going to work in some sort of activity toward the end of each children’s church lesson for the kids to show what they’ve learned.  The activities will take on different forms depending on the lesson and vary to keep the kids’ interest.

For the past two Sundays, we’ve used this activity with sticky notes.  The kids could either write or draw a picture of something that “stuck” with them during the lesson.  I really love this idea, especially because the littlest ones really got into it!  There are quite a few little pictures on those sticky notes!

What Stuck with You?

 

This week we’re going to start a four-week series called Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner based on a set of lessons from Ministry-to-Children.com.  At the end of each lesson, we are going to take a paper plate and cover it with short phrases or pictures that summarize what we learned.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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Deck the Halls! Part 2

Our church’s Deck the Halls party on Sunday evening went famously!  Typically these decorating events are more geared toward the adults, but this year I decided that the children’s wing needed some Christmas cheer too.  I planned a few crafts and it was announced on Sunday morning that there would be something special for the kids to do.  I thought I would be lucky to have two or three kids show up.  To my surprise, we had about thirteen kids show up, many of whom are not regular church attenders!  They really helped to make the place look bright and cheery.  Here’s a look at what we did:

 

Remember that rather “blah” looking Christmas tree I made?  The kids took some time to color ornaments to “hang” on the tree.  They placed their ornaments on the tree and, as hard as it is to have them clumped haphazardly on the tree, I don’t plan on rearranging them.  It’s their Christmas tree, after all!

 

The kids also made red and green paper chains that we hung in the hallway.  The chains made things look festive to begin with, but once we added the coffee-filter snowflakes that they made it looked all the better!

 

The kids didn’t make these candy cane wreaths, but I put them together to hang outside each door.  Nothing over-the-top, but just a little festivity 🙂

 

This is probably my favorite project that the kids created.  Everyone had at least one hand print in this Christmas tree with one of the littlest hands used as the “star” at the top of the tree!

The kids loved that they have taken ownership of decorating their space and I couldn’t be happier with their results.  What kinds of things have you done to decorate your children’s space for the holidays?

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Deck the Halls! Part 1

Alright, for all of you folks out there that are of the no-talk-of-Christmas-till-after-Thanksgiving persuasion, I’m with you, I promise.   But, this upcoming Sunday evening will be our Deck the Halls event at church, so I spent the first part of this week getting ready for it in order to avoid working for the second half of the week.  Typically there hasn’t been much done in the children’s wing for Christmas decorating, but we’re going to change that this year!

At the top of the stairs we have a rather large Christmas tree that I made out of cardboard.  Fingers crossed that it will stay attached to the wall!

 

On Sunday evening, the kids will be able to decorate paper ornaments and “hang” them on our tree! We’ll also be working on red-and-green paper chains and possibly some handprint wreaths or handprint Christmas trees.

And, even though the refrigerator isn’t in the children’s wing, I couldn’t resist trying out this idea I saw on Pinterest:

 

Check back next week for Deck the Halls!  Part 2 with pictures of what the kids make on Sunday!

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Sal the Scarecrow and the Salvation Story

Sal the Scarecrow has a story to tell – the Salvation Story!  This week, the J.A.M. Time kids will be working on Sal the Scarecrow so we can hang him – and a copy of his Salvation Story – in the hallway to celebrate fall in a creative way.  This is what we’ll be starting off with:

I’m not much of an artist, but fortunately Sal wasn’t too  big of a challenge.  He is made of brown paper, various colors of construction paper, and green butcher paper.  Pretty simple!  But, in order to tell his story effectively, Sal needs his special patches…

 

These kids will need to color in the patches and attach them to Sal, because each patch matches with a line in the story.  Here is a copy of Sal the Scarecrow’s Salvation Story:

Now see that person? That was you when sin ruled in your heart.  (Outline of a person)

But Jesus died upon the cross to give you a new start.  (Cross)

He sent his Spirit like a dove to live inside you, see.  (Dove)

He gives you faith and helps it grow, strong as the strongest tree.  (Tree)

The light of Jesus shines in you. Tell everyone you know!  (Candle)

God’s given you eternal life because he loves you so!  (Heart)

I’ll take a picture of our final display and post it on here soon.  I think the kids will do a fabulous job with it!

 

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We’re Ready for J.A.M. Time!

The past few weeks have been spent preparing our children’s wing for J.A.M. Time and all the other fall programs that will be starting this Sunday.  It has been a blast to make the space more colorful and inviting for the kids!  Can you tell I’m excited??

Let’s start off with the stairway.  Our J.A.M. Time curriculum for the fall is divided up into three adventures and the company provided a poster for each, so I hung those in the hallway.  Start the excitement early!

 

At the top of the stairs, I posted a welcome and a color-coded map of the children’s wing to make things a little easier to find.

 

We also have a bulletin board in the stairway.  I found the idea for this bulletin board on Pinterest and LOVED it!  On Sunday we will write the kids’ names on the puzzle pieces.

 

Keeping parents informed is a priority of mine, so I hung this Parent Connect bulletin board in the hallway.  For now, it just has the September edition of the Fillmore Kids Newsletter, but I plan on changing it up throughout the year.

 

I decided to use some of the blank wall space in the hallway to show off what the kids are doing.  This space will be used to post pictures and information about the kids’ service projects.  There’s another display on the opposite wall where I posted pictures of our infants and toddlers at play.  Side note:  This is a 3D border!  I didn’t even know that they existed until I opened up the package and realized that the border was perforated.  I wasn’t sure I would like it, but it looks great once it’s up.

 

One of our church members graciously donated several framed pieces of artwork to our children’s ministry.  This is my favorite of the collection because I feel it is a more accurate representation of Jesus.  He actually looks Middle Eastern!

 

This is a shot of the Blue Group’s room, featuring new curtains and my favorite set of posters ever published!  The blank space on the right wall will be filled with the “All About Me” posters the kids will complete on Sunday.

 

Each classroom has a designated prayer wall.  I’m really excited about this addition to our children’s ministry!  The kids can post their prayer requests on the prayer wall and use it as a reminder each week to continue to pray.  They can take the prayer requests off the prayer wall as the prayers are answered.

 

I was stumped as to how to decorate the Green Group’s room until I remembered that I had these poster board frogs leftover from the F.R.O.G. Festival earlier this summer.  Easy and fun solution!

 

I also added a few updates to our nursery area.  This wall used to be blank and bland, but I scored this barnyard animal set at a teacher store in Dallas and knew it would be perfect for the space.  I couldn’t be happier with it!

 

I also organized the shelves under the changing table.  Ah, the organization makes my heart go pitter-patter!

 

These are just a few of the updates that I’ve made to our space this year, but I hope that it will help the kids to enjoy it all the more!  What do you do to make your space inviting for kids?

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