Activities for Summer

Activities for Summer

Below is a collection of summer crafts and activities suitable for children’s clubs and Sunday Schools. Craft: CD Weaving What You Need: Old CDs, scrap yarn, scissors, and if you want to make the flexible needles, plastic lids, and a hole punch. To make the needles, cut the rim off the plastic lid. Cut the remaining flat circle of plastic into pie shaped pieces, then round the top edge. Punch a hole in the rounded end to make the eye of the needle. Trim if needed. You can prepare the CD looms in advance if you like. To Warp the CD: The warp yarn is between 4 and 6 feet long. Tie it to the CD by putting one end through the centre hole and knotting it to itself on the back. Turn the CD over to the front, pulling the thread through the centre and wrapping around the CD, creating the spokes. Make sure the warp threads are pretty tight! It’s IMPORTANT to have the warp threads be an UNEVEN number. It’s easy to check this by pushing the spokes together in pairs, making sure your last one is a SINGLE… The total number of warp threads can vary, as long as it’s an uneven number. The fewer spokes, the faster it is to weave, but the looser the weaving will be, especially out near the edge. Knot the last thread on the back of the CD by tying it to the first thread. Then spread out the warp threads evenly on the front. Now you’re ready to weave! Choose your first yarn. It will be the centre...
Ideas: Youth Group Games

Ideas: Youth Group Games

A collection of youth group games suitable for  groups both large and small. Can be used as icebreakers or as stand alone games. Grog You take apart a torch and hide the parts throughout the play area. One kid is the Grog, which is a monster that can freeze you in place by tagging you. Everyone has to work together to find the parts, assemble the torch , and shine it on the Grog to defeat “it.” Sardines  Sardines is hide and seek, backwards. One person hides in a dark place, and then as people find them, they join in hiding, until one person remains. This was my groups favourite game to play on sleepovers at the church. Scatterball Dodge ball with a twist. To start, everyone must have a hand on a nerf ball. Throw the ball up in the air and everyone scatters. Somebody grabs the ball in the air or off the ground. Whoever has the ball can only take two steps. After two steps, the player must throw the ball — dodge ball style — at another player. If the ball hits a player, that player sits down right where they are. BUT, they can still play, they just can’t move from their seated spot.
 If a player is hit by the ball and catches it, then the throwing player sits down. At any time sitting players can snag the ball if it rolls by, and they can throw it at standing players trying to get them out. The game ends when only one player is standing Lifesize Clue The youth group gathers in the evening when the church...
Photography Project Ideas

Photography Project Ideas

If you’re looking for a few ideas to begin involving children and young people in photography more, here are six creative photography projects and ideas to get you started. 1) Photo Collages Turn your photos into a hands-on project! Choose a theme, and photograph items that fall into whatever it is you choose. Some ideas to get you started could be: objects that begin with a certain letter, shapes, or colours. When you’re done, print out the images and glue them onto paper or canvas to create a photographic work of art that can proudly be displayed. 2) Happy Accidents Get out of the mind-set of perfection and practice creative composition with this one. Spend an afternoon snapping photos without using the viewfinder! Close your eyes, frame your shot, point, and click. Everyone will be surprised by how, even without trying, you can still get accidental shots that look great. 3) Time Capsule Treasures Set out to make a time capsule of images with your group. List out together some of the fun things you want to remember about the group eg. Your favourite games to play, places to go, people to see, or achievements made. Once you have your list, snap photos of each of these items. Print the images and place them in a sealed envelope. Five, 10, or 20 years from now, get that envelope of photos and open it up! 4) Gratitude Challenge On the days where everyone is grumpy, turn the mood around by going on a gratitude walk. Think of things that make you all smile and set out to photograph them. It’s...
Sunday School Training Day Ideas and Discussion Starters

Sunday School Training Day Ideas and Discussion Starters

Today I led a training session with some of our Sunday School Volunteers. I thought it might be worth sharing some of the resources we used to stimulate discussion. Session 1 A to Z As a group write down words that you would associate with ‘Sunday School’. Then select the three most important words by circling. Video: History of Sunday School Questions When people were talking about attending Sunday School in the past what were some of the things they enjoyed? Why do you think they enjoyed these parts of Sunday School? What can we learn from the Sunday School that met in the cinema? When Sunday School first started children worked in factories and didn’t know how to read – what challenges do children and young people face today? Words/phrases that come out video: Belonging, Friendship, Fun, Community, Recognition, Dignity, Special Events, Positive experiences Questionnaire: What young people want from church? Over the past few months I visited each of the youth organisations at church to speak with the children and young people and get a sense of what they enjoy about the groups. If you are planning a team day similar to ours I’d strongly encourage you to do a similar questionnaire. It could be helpful to tease out the differences in how children and adults view Sunday School. Some of questions we asked included: What are some of the things you enjoy about the groups you attend? What are some of the things you dislike? What new groups would you be interested in going to? (We gave them a list to choose from including groups like...
Drama Warm Ups and Games

Drama Warm Ups and Games

These are all games which I’ve used with groups in the past. I thought other people might find them useful too. The Wind Blows This is a good game for mixing the group up Put chairs in a circle. Turn one chair to face out. Choose someone to stand in the middle. They (or you) can call: “ The wind blows for……….. everyone wearing a watch everyone who supports Rangers everyone who can swim a length everyone who had breakfast today everyone who likes ice cream etc… If the statement applies to a young person, they must get up and change places. The caller finds a seat. The last pupil left standing, becomes the new caller. No one can change places with the person sitting next to them. Fruit Bowl As above but every one is a fruit e.g. apple, pear, banana. When you call that fruit, the person standing tries to find a seat. Call Fruit Bowl for all to change. Catch a Story Have a ball or (better) a beanbag. Begin a story. Throw it to the person who must continue the story. This is better than dragging around the circle and shy people can get rid of the story after only one word. A variation on this is “fortunately, unfortunately”. Each person must add a sentence, changing the sentence of the main character. E.g. Unfortunately the plane’s engines failed. Fortunately the pilot had a parachute. Unfortunately the parachute would not open. Fortunately their was a haystack underneath. Etc. Storm Young people build up a storm by joining in worker–led sound effects one by one. It builds...