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SSTN - Number 195
May 25, 2001

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1) Frame Craft
2) Fundraiser?
3) Mini-blind crafts/plastic scoops?
4) Esther ideas for SSTN
5) Popsicle Frame
6) Frame/Wall Building
7) Summer Sunday School
9) Esther 'banquet'
10) Project for remodeling/rebuilding
12) Frame Craft

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1) Frame Craft

>I was wondering if you have any SIMPLE frame crafts for 3 & 4 year olds?
>Have the children use the precut colored craft foam shapes
>(stars, butterflies, hearts, geometrics, etc.) and glue to a painted

We got this idea from an Easter party we attended, and the kids loved it.
Cut squares from foam; cut a small slit in each corner so that the corner
of a photograph can be fit into the "frame." Let the children decorate by
gluing foam shapes around the outside of the frame. Using an instamatic
camera (hopefully you know someone who has one!) take instant pictures of
each child. By the time the pictures are ready, so are the picture
frames. The sheets of foam and the small foam shapes (flowers, stars,
etc.) can be found at any craft store. Not only do the kids like making
the frames, but watching the picture develop is pretty fascinating too.

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resources to choose from for VBS-2001. Also, don't forget to use the free
patterns in the site to accompany your VBS programs!

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2) Fundraiser?

I am a teacher for our Jr. Girls 10-12. We do Skate Night for
fundraisers, we rent the entire rink, have standard races and give away
"goodie bag" door prizes mostly made of candy. I need to know some fresh
ideas to liven it up a little. I would like to get rid of the races and
have some other type of group activities. Thanks in advance for all the
support that SSTN gives. Cyndi - New Life, Centerville, GA

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3) Mini-blind crafts/plastic scoops?

What crafts can I make with mini-blinds? (Perhaps by taking apart the
slats...) Also, what can I make with window shades? (I've been using
them to let the kids make banners, but I have extras.) While we're at
it: What can I make with those plastic scoops from iced tea mixes?
Thanks for your help! (As you can see, I do a lot of low-budget recycled
crafts.) Dana Gagnon-St. Clair Shores, MI

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4) Esther ideas for SSTN

I recently taught my class of Missionettes girls a badge that included a
lesson on Esther, and I learned a lot! Esther (and the other candidates
for queen) got 12 months of beauty treatments (Esther 2:12) before she was
presented to King Ahasuerus. We had a great discussion after reading
that: first--we know that while man sees our outside, God is interested
in how clean and "pretty" our heart is. Second--why, then, should we care
what we look like? (Answers ran along the lines of: our body is God's
temple, we are ambassadors for Christ in this world, when we are
well-groomed folks are more likely to stick around us long enough for us
to witness to them...) In this story, Esther's care for herself (not
worship of herself, of course) allowed her to get into a position to save
her people. (Then it was her courage and trust in God, not her beauty,
that helped her.)

We had a licensed hairdresser who goes to our church come in and talk
about hair care (and since my class was all girls, we did hair styles
too). Another week, we did manicures (boys can do this too). (You may
want to leave nail color at home, though. Some girls are not allowed to
wear it yet.)

Are your kids too old to watch VeggieTales? They have a half-hour
cartoon video called: Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen. (The main
characters are all played by computer-animated vegetables--my daughter
and I love them...)

Bulletin board idea: Have each kid write or illustrate what THEY would
do if God made them queen (or king, or president...).
Other activity idea: Have a Purim party--research the Jewish festival
that celebrates the story of Esther. (There's a holiday Jesus could have
celebrated growing up..) Dana Gagnon-St. Clair Shores, MI

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5) Popsicle Frame

Another inexpensive frame idea is to use popsicle sticks. Arrange the 4
sticks in a square,attaching them together at the corners. These could be
painted and decorated before they are glued or you could decorate with
markers or crayons after they were put together. A small magnet on the
back of one stick makes a great picture frame. Especially if you were
wanting to hang them.

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flip cards to watch their mini-movie. Includes 27 reproducible flip
cards. (Only $8.25 AND includes U.S. shipping!)In the Curriculum section
at: ChristianCrafters.Com

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6) Frame/Wall Building

For the frames, you could use puzzles pieces to glue around the frame.
try painting them all one color ahead of time too.
For the building of a wall - you could use sugar cubes with frosting.

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7) Summer Sunday School

-- One summer our church handed out a notebook to all the children with
Bible facts to take home and study. You can include easy to hard. Lots
of them. Every week have a game where you ask questions from the
notebook. IE: Who was Abraham's wife? How many books in the Bible? If
they answer it right they get a token. Ask younger children easier
questions. Keep it moving quickly. Make the tokens worth points that they
can redeem for prizes of varying sizes depending on number of points
earned at the end of the summer. Younger ones may need to be able to
"shop" more often. Over the weeks the questions will be repeated so they
will eventually learn them all. Or have a different kind of game each
week using the same questions. Sherry, Indiana

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> I was wondering if you have any SIMPLE frame crafts for 3 & 4 year olds?

--At Christmas I used background paper for scrapbooks. I cut the size
square I wanted for the picture we were using. Cut a piece of poster
board the same size. Use a circle cutter to cut a hole in the printed
paper. Have them choose the color of paper they want, glue it down over
the posterboard with the picture in between, then let them add a few
stickers. Use paint pens to write their names on the frame. Add a magnet
to the back or cut a piece of posterboard and glue on for a t-stand. They
turned out very cute and were easy to put together if all the cutting is
done ahead of time. Consider the size of the background paper when
determining the size of the frame to get the most of every sheet.
Sherry, Indiana

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9) Esther 'banquet'

This isn't a bulletin board, but for the story of Esther I have had the
children act out Esther's banquet while telling the story. Have a
tablecloth on the table. Get some of the plastic gold platters from the
party store. Maybe some gold candlesticks. Have grapes, cheese squares,
etc. for them to nibble on. Get plastic clear goblets and serve them 7-up,
cream soda or ginger ale. Have crowns for the king and queen. The kids
loved it. Sherry, Indiana

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10) Project for remodeling/rebuilding

If this is going to go on for a period of time, cut blocks out of
construction paper. Use these for attendance, bringing Bible to class,
bring a friend, bringing a donation. Let the child sign a block for each
week for each thing, and have them stick them to a wall of the classroom
starting from the bottom and over the weeks they will be building a wall.
Sherry, Indiana

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It's easy and very inexpensive. Take CD covers (you can buy then at the
Goodwill or even Salvation Army for cheap, or you can buy then for packs
of ten at your nearest department store) Have the children glue anything
(plastic craft jewels, colored macaroni, old puzzle pieces painted...etc.)
around the edge. Cut construction paper to fit inside the front of the CD
case, then glue the picture to the center of paper. Place the paper
inside the case, face up. You can also print a scripture and glue it to
another piece of construction paper for the back cover of the case.
Thanks for all the great ideas!! Jill, Honolulu Hawaii

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12) Frame Craft

We used the acrylic frames that stand up and glued puzzle pieces around
the edge--two layers, staggered. We had purchased the puzzles at a yard sale
(very cheap). I guess you could also just glue the picture to a heavy
piece of cardboard, then glue the puzzle pieces around that.

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