Friday, March 23, 2018

Saul Sees the Light

This post includes a drama for acting out the events of Acts 9 and an activity for helping children to understand how God's word acts like a "light" to help us see the path we should walk on. The two can be used separately, I just happened to use the lesson for Operation Arctic which paired Psalm 119:105 with the story.

Disclaimer: KidFrugal primarily helps the small church. The activities in this post will work best with less than 20 children. You can pull it off with as few as 3 or 4 children if you use adults.

As always, tell the story first. I made 11x17 flashcards to tell the story. Since my printer can only print 9 x 11 paper, you will notice that there are two flashcards for each picture. After you print them, you will have to tape them together to make the 11 x 17 flashcard (approximate size). I used pictures from two different story sets on Free Bible Images in order to get all of the pictures I needed. The picture set I made fits with the drama script below. Here are the flashcards.

If you want to store these flashcards instructions are in this post.

Then we acted out the drama that I wrote.

Click here for the drama script
If you chose to use Psalm 119:105 with this story, I designed an activity to help children understand how God's word is like a flashlight to help us see things that could otherwise cause us to stumble and sin.

Instructions for the flashlight walk are here.

Below is a short video to demonstrate how we did this activity.

Psalm 119:105 from Joan Eppehimer on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We're In!

I am not sure that many adults grasp how momentous the events of Acts 10 are, let alone children. This chapter marks the entrance of the Gentiles (which would probably be most of you reading this) into the kingdom of God.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


To tell the story of Stephen in Acts 7, I used 3-D visuals. I printed out Bible people that I downloaded through this site. Then I glued them onto empty toilet paper rolls so they could stand up.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rejection at Nazareth!

Jesus rejected in Nazareth, his home town from Luke 4:14-30 is a very easy story to re-enact. It requires little props, the only prep work was to make a scroll. I used old packing paper I had saved from Amazon boxes and taped it together to make a long scroll.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pancakes and Missions

Kid's Mission's Breakfast from Joan Eppehimer on Vimeo.

They say that kids learn best when they are having fun. The first half of this event including "catching" your breakfast. Our cook flipped the pancakes and the kids caught them on their plates. The kids had a blast, but they also learned about the importance of Bible translation and smuggling and heard from a missionary. Parents were invited too, creating a family event at the same time.

Instructions for the Pin the Bible on the World game can be found in this post from November.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Explaining the Second Birth to Kids

A friend gave me an old teacher's book that had a great illustration for explaining the second birth to children. I made the illustration out of doubled sided poster board. I experimented until I found 2 different plate sizes to trace the concentric circles. I used a yardstick to draw the lines to divide the 2 circles into thirds.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Chalk Board Tables

Chalk Board Table from Joan Eppehimer on Vimeo.

We had some old tables hanging around the church. For about $10 you can get a quart of paint and convert many surfaces into a chalkboard. We bought our paint at Sherman Williams (with coupons of course.) Amazon and Target also carry it.

The surface is quite gritty, but I read you can sand it with 150 grit sandpaper. Since I already primed the table you see in this, I can't sand it...BUT I can try the one that is under the blue tablecloth.

In our case, this project was kind of a dud. The kids enjoyed painting the tables, but so far, no one enjoys coloring on them as a pre-class activity. I will have to think of some creative ways to incorporate these into class. The surface does not look as nice and black as I thought it would either. A little disappointing.