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Vacation Bible School is one of the greatest opportunities your church has to reach out to the children in the congregation, and even those who do not attend church.  Having a Vacation Bible School theme that grabs and holds kids’ attention for the whole week is the key to making the program a success.  An engaging, fun Vacation Bible School theme that incorporates the word of God into every lesson while letting the children enjoy themselves can have a greater impact on a child’s religious life than a year’s worth of Sunday school.
Many Vacation Bible School programs are geared towards neighborhood children who would not normally attend church.  The VBS program may be the first time they’ve been introduced to the teachings of Jesus, and in order to grab their attention, those lessons need to be presented in a fun way.  By incorporating religious teachings into kid-friendly themes and daily activities, youth groups and church leaders can reach out to kids in the community and spread the word of God. 
With so many fun Vacation Bible School supplies to choose from, the hardest part of planning your church’s Vacation Bible School might be choosing just one!  Whether you go with a western theme, a beach theme, a safari adventure theme, the VBS sky theme, or the outer space theme, choosing accessories, decorations, and activities to keep the kids interested will ensure a successful program!
A key part of VBS program is crafts and activities.  Aside from stocking up on the basic craft supplies like packs of crayons, popsicle sticks, watercolor paints, and sidewalk chalk, you’ll need to plan at least one structured craft and activity for each day of your program.   There are many fun craft ideas that kids of all ages will enjoy!

  • Have the kids glue rocks to plaster bases with the words “VBS Rocks!” painted on them.  Use glitter, paint, sticky eyes, stickers, and other supplies to decorate their pet rocks.
  • Create plaster hand molds for each child to take home.
  • Take each child’s picture on the first day of the program and have them printed at a local photo shop.  Make picture frames out of popsicle sticks and glue and decorate them. 
  • Use our Design-A-Mug kits and have each child create their own mugs to drink out of at snack time each day. 
  • Have a high-energy activity planned for mid-morning and after lunch if you are hosting an all day program.  This gives children an opportunity to get the extra energy out and lessens the chance they will act out during other activities.  Games like kickball, tag, softball, and volleyball are always a big hit.
  • On a rainy day, get a rowdy limbo game going and see just how low those kids can go!
  • Set up a checkerboard rug game for kids who would prefer to have a quieter game.
  • Younger kids always enjoy playing with a canopy fun set! Even the older kids will enjoy jumping under the parachute! 

There are dozens of other craft and activity ideas that you can use for Vacation Bible School.  You can adapt the ideas for the ages of the children involved and tailor them to fit any theme.  Be sure you have plenty of Vacation Bible School prizes on hand to use as incentives, rewards, and party favors.
Getting the word out for your Vacation Bible School is easy.  Your biggest draw will be from children in the neighborhood, the children in your congregation, and their friends.  Personalize a Vacation Bible School banner with all the details about your program and hang it in front of your church.  Be sure the phone number and website is highly visible so that parents can easily see where they can find more information.  You can even choose a Vacation Bible School banner that matches your program’s theme.  Or, use a basic banner advertising your program that you can reuse year after year. 
With a little preplanning and creativity, you can put on a successful Vacation Bible School program that the local kids will want to return to year after year for fun and fellowship! 

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