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SSTN # 12 - January 29, 2003

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--> The Armor of God Playing Cube

1) David crafts?
2) Jesus Lessons?
3) Positive advise for taming unruly children
4) ZONK...The fun way to review kids in Sunday School

--> Egg-shaped Easter Story Cards

5) Musical bells
6) Children's Activity Sheets
7) The Whole Armor Of God Lessons?
8) Esther Ideas

--> Ten Commandments Series

9) Ways to congratulate our youth?
10) Fruit of the spirit lessons   
11) Palms Sunday?
12) Fruits of the Spirit Websites

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The Armor of God Playing Cube

Kids can make it and take it home. A great memory tool!
Only $3.00 to print out as many as you need! Go to the following
webpage to get the free lesson and to learn more: 


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1) David crafts?

Hi! I am looking for a craft to do about the stories of David with my 2's.
Any help would be great!!! Three words- simple, easy,quick!( attention
spans are short)

Thanks so much.
Amy M
Douglassville, PA

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2) Jesus Lessons?

Dear Sarah and the SSTN readers,

I'm looking at doing a 1 term, 2 term or even possibly year study on Jesus
for my class this year. Has anyone used or know of any good material
(tried and true / or new) that's out there? I've been really convicted not
to let Jesus be portrayed as a fairy tale character, but as a real boy,
teen, and finally a man, who is truly real. I
not only want my kids to ask "What would Jesus do?" but to know the answer
as well. Any responses would be deeply appreciated  <><
Love in Christ,

Esther Bennett
Birkdale Bible Chapel
New Zealand

--from SSTN: I am almost ready to release a lesson series on Jesus
entitled, "His Name Shall Be Called..." It is a study of the names
(character) of Jesus. (ie. King of Kings, The WAY, The Vine, Lamb of God,
Alpha and Omega, Lion of Judah, etc.) Hopefully it won't be too much
longer. ;o))  ysic, Sarah Keith <><

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3) Positive advise for taming unruly children

I hope this really does help some of the teachers who are pulling their
hair out because of unruly children.

Positive teachers make positive children! Jesus proves this.
I have a little simple system that I always use and it has not failed me
yet. On a piece of poster board, I make a grid of numbers from 1 to 100.
Then I make little slips of paper with the words "Positive points" or
"Christian Bucks" or whatever little positive wording you choose, usually
20 to a sheet of construction paper and cut them apart as little coupons.
Whenever I see a child doing positive things, like listening during the
class, remembering the memory verse, helping
a younger child accomplish a task, working well in a group, answering a
question, sitting quietly while I speak, the list goes on and on as you
look for any positive behavior to reward. I have my students earn 5 point
coupons, and then I add a sticker to the 1-100 chart I made. When they
reach our goal of 100 (500 positive things) we do something special, like
have popcorn and sodas, pizza, etc... You have to pattern the program to
fit your kids, and the rewards what suits the group, and it really will
work. It has calmed kids in my class that seemed uncontrollable. NEVER LET
only makes things worse when you do individual awards. Just don't let it
take over your class, keep a few coupons handy to give out as needed,
collect them at the end of class, and tally them up.

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4) ZONK...The fun way to review kids in Sunday School

Need a fun way to review the kids to see if you have taught the lesson
well? A friend of mine gave me this idea and it is wonderful.
On a piece of poster board, write ZONK across the top 1/4 of the page,
then glue as many little envelopes (like you put in library books) as will fit
on the remaining board. Index cards will fit into the pockets, on them write
only on the lower part so the words don't show, on three write ZONK on the
others put a smiley face. Make up a list of review questions, line the
kids up in one row, or into two teams. The children take turns drawing a
card. If they get a smiley face, and can answer the question, they get a
point, I give little pom pons from the craft section, if they get it
wrong, no point. If they draw a zonk card they have to give the points
they have accumulated ( individual or the whole group) to the person up
next to play or the opposing team. The students can also "pass" if they
want to skip their turn, place their points in the "safe Zone" and they
cannot be taken even if the child draws a zonk later in the game. This
helps them save some points if they are willing to miss a
turn. When a zonk is drawn I have them turn around, and I move it to
another spot so they don't know where it will be for the rest of the game.
The winner is the team or player with the most points at the end of the
questions. Usually we get 25 questions done in about 30 minutes. I do 3 or
4 lessons, then we have zonk day. I also give them a list of questions
after each lesson to study. I find it really makes them listen and review.
They are always asking when we get to play zonk. My game is all black
light reflective, and we play under black lights to add to the special

If this doesn't make sense to you, email me at rhondajl24@hotmail.com and
I will try to explain in detail or send you a picture of ours.
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Egg-shaped Easter Story Cards

Ten Egg-shaped cards that tell the Easter Story - When the cards
are cut, colored and assembled, players can play Easter Egg Scramble and
learn the Easter Story! Reproducible so your whole class can make a set!

In the Curriculum section: 

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5)  Musical bells

One way street and Puppet productions sells these.

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6) Children's Activity Sheets

I have been making children's activity sheets for my local church, based
on the scriptures for the Revised Common Lectionary.  Each week there are
two or three sheets of activities.  Bass Mitchell, author of several
Christian books, has agreed to make them available for FREE at his
website.  The files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  You need to have the
free Acrobat Reader in order to use them.
You can get the reader at
The activity sheets are online at

Dorothy A. DeBisschop

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7) The Whole Armor Of God Lessons?

I'm trying to do a series of lessons on the whole armor of God.  Does
anyone have some already prepared or know of any good websites? I also
need craft or a object lesson.

Thanks for your help.
Precious Johnson

--from SSTN: check out the Sermons page and the Games page at:
Also, check out the Games and Skits page in the Bookstore:

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8)  Esther Ideas

>>I'm looking for ideas to teach the story of Esther. Thank you. Eva

When I taught the story of Esther to my Sunday School class we had a
celebration on the last day we studied Esther.   We had the little girls
wear veils of tulle..just braid the tulle to encircle the head, Use twist
ties to gather it in the back, and leave the rest to hang loosely in the
back.  (A friend and I hot glued colorful beads and strands of costume
pearls to them to really make them festive before hand).  For the boys we
made little shepherd "hats".  We used about a yard of cloth and used a
long piece to tie it around their heads.  We then ate little debbie cakes
and drank kool aid.  We invited another class to join in the celebration
with us.  We gave a brief summary of the story of Esther for them and
every one had a great time.

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Ten Commandments Series

"God's Top Ten - Understanding God's Love In The Ten Commandments".
This series covers 10 two hour sessions, or 20 one hour sessions.
Get the first lesson free! Learn more on the following webpage:


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9) Ways to congratulate our youth?

Hello To All.........
I am looking for ideas and ways to congratulate our youth and teens who
are active in Sunday School.  I know we can give them certificates but I
would like some other suggestions such special events to recognize them.
Does anyone have any suggstions?  any ideas on gifts?? We have given them
Bibles already
Thank you
Dea. Eric P. Jackson

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10) Fruit of the spirit lessons   

There is a book published by Group called "Kids Travel Guide to the
Fruit of the Spirit" - in our church in the summer, we do a one room
Sunday school for kids K-6th grade, and this is the book I'm using this
summer.  It's got lessons already planned out.
Emily in Ohio

--from SSTN: this book may be found in the bookstore by typing the title
into the search box: http://www.christiancrafters.com/bookstore.html 

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11) Palms Sunday?

I am looking for ideas on palms Sunday for my group of kids what I would
to do is something like a skit or play or readings starting from palms Sunday
and all that week up until Easter .

Elaine Nicely
QA Supervisor

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12) Fruits of the Spirit Websites   

Fruits of the spirit Some good websites are as follows:

this should give you a good start.  good luck

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