Teen Volunteer Fundraising Purchases

IMG_4825Here’s a topic that will come up if you do children’s ministry for any length of time.  Teen helpers will at some point ask if you want to buy something to help them fundraise for “XYZ.”  It may be to help them raise money for band, a field trip, a missions trip, or something else.  So how will you respond?  If you are from a large church, you may have to say no, if only to be fair to all the teens.  We attend a small church, so we can say yes.  There are two teens that selflessly help us out almost every week.  Buying something from them when they are fundraising is a small way to say thank you for all they do.

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Thankfulness Leaves

IMG_4748Our young kids made these thankfulness leaves for our lesson last week.  We talked about what we did on Thanksgiving and some of the things we are thankful for.  Then the kids colored in a couple of leaves.  They told us what they were thankful for, and we wrote it on the leaf for them.  We just happen to have some trees painted on our walls, so we put our leaves in one of the trees.  You could make your own tree out of butcher paper, though.  For the leaves, I found a free printable leaf coloring page online and copied it several times, then bubble-cut around the leaves.

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Turkey Cup Craft

IMG_4745Here’s an alternative activity that uses the typical kids’ handprint turkey.  It’s very easy to make and you can fill it with a snack when you’re done!  Thank you to Sunday School Center for the pattern!

Materials:

  • construction paper/colored card stock (orange, yellow, green, red)
  • stapler
  • orange paper cups
  • scissors
  • crayon/marker/pencil

Directions:

1.Print turkey head on colored card stock or construction paper.  Cut out.  (Go here to download the Thanksgiving Lesson for CHILDREN, which contains the turkey head pattern.)

2. Trace around child’s hand on the construction paper.  Draw a line across the bottom of the wrist.  Cut out.

3. Staple turkey head to front of cup and hand “feathers” to the back.

4. Now you can fill it with treats!

Turkey Cookies Snack

IMG_4682We didn’t actually make these for kid’s church, but I thought they would be a great in-class activity.  Once the cookies are made, it’s easy for the kids to assemble the decorations on top.  I can’t believe it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas!

Ingredients:

  • sugar cookie roll
  • candy corn
  • decorating gel/icing (orange, black, yellow)
  • mini M&Ms

Directions:

Make cookies according to package directions.  Allow to cool.  Apply an arch of frosting across the top of the cookie where the feathers will be.  Cover this arch with candy corn pieces to resemble feathers.  Use icing to make small dots to attach eyes.  Place mini M&M eyes on small dots of icing.  Put small dot of black icing in center of each mini M&M to make pupil.  Use orange icing to make beak and legs.

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KEEP OUT Sign

IMG_4601There is a supply closet in one of our rooms that the kids like to raid.  It has all of our art supplies, games, etc.  It’s no wonder they want to go in there!  However, it really is not set up to be accessed by kids, nor is it safe for the little ones.  I wanted to put up some kind of Keep Out sign, but keep it lighthearted at the same time.  The sign I came up with says “KEEP OUT, Unless you are old & boring.”  It’s to the point, but kids will appreciate the humor.  Just an idea, in case you need something like this in your kid’s area.

No Snacks or Toys Sign

IMG_4504 crWe have issues in children’s church with kids bringing in toys that are distracting, or a cup full of snacks from the snack counter.  In the past it has been a disruption to the class.  To help curb that behavior, we’ve now put up a sign on the door that tells kids to put their snacks and toys on the counter at the back of the room.  They can claim them when class is over.  Even if the kids don’t remember the rule when they come in, it’s easy for teachers to point to the sign and remind them.  Kids tend not to argue with a written sign.