Six Short YouTube Video's


1. The power of words

powerIt is a beautiful day and I can't see it! Change your words - change your world The film is a good starting point for a conversation! It will challenge children to think about what they can do if they see people living on the streets, or begging, whether it be in their home town, or when they are on holiday.

To watch this short video, click on this link.


2. The right way - dealing with the theme of hypocrisy 

dealing with the theme of hypocrisy within your sunday school class or kids ministryA funny short video story about a very strict mother who doesn’t allow her own daughter any fun, but who has a secret room in which she can do all the things that she doesn’t allow her daughter to do. Several Bible stories and Biblical themes came to my mind while watching this video.

To watch this short video, click on this link.


3. Scarlett - it is all about hope

ScarlettThis touching short story is all about hope. It is based on the words of Desmond Tutu who said: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” The Bible also has a lot to say about hope. You can watch this video with children, teenagers and/or adults to talk together about hope. What is hope? Which hope do we have?

To watch this short video, click on this link.


4. Sweet Cocoon - Can we love in vain?

sweet cocoonSweet Cocoon is a funny, but also tragic short story that you can show to your kids at home, in your Sunday school lesson or to the teenagers in the youth group.  It is about two insects who go out of their way to love and care for a caterpillar, but who discover in the end that all their sacrifice has been in vain.

To watch this short video, click on this link.


5. Chicken or Egg?

chickenoreggThis brilliant video is ideal for helping children and teenagers reflect on Biblical themes such as sacrificial love, following Jesus, friendship. Watching this video reminded me of the following Bible stories: Zacchaeus, the calling of the disciples, the calling of Matthew, Bartimaeus, Ruth and Reuben.

To watch this short video, click on this link.


6. Lightheaded

lightheadedA touching short video story about the sharing of love, light and life It made me think of the words of Jesus about walking on the narow way: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." Matthew 7: 13, 14

To watch this short video, click on this link.


Of course these are just some of the short YouTube video's on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all the video's  here on the site.

Eleven Easy To Tell Bible Stories


We at Creative Kidswork want to make storytelling as easy as possible for you. That’s why we provide you with tons of easy to tell Bible stories. Below you find a random selection of eleven stories. You can read each story aloud or tell it in your own way. 

 

1. Look at the bronze snake and you will live!

snakeThe Israelites all grumble. They are angry with God. They go to Moses and they say to God and Moses ; ‘Why did you take us away from Egypt? Do you want us to die here in the desert? We don’t want to eat that horrible manna anymore!’All of a sudden snakes come creeping into the tent camp. That is dangerous. The snakes are poisonous. The people run away from the snakes.

Click on this link to download the script of the story


2. The ministry of John the Baptist

Brooklyn Museum Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees Saint Jean Baptiste et les pharisiens James Tissot overallIf someone wants to give you a message, what's the best way of doing it? Telephone? E-mail? Write a letter? If you didn't have any of those, how would you tell someone the message? Yes - go and tell them yourself! Before Jesus came, there was a special messenger. He was Jesus' cousin!

Click on this link to download the script of the story


3. Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.

zacchaeusAsk the children if they know what a tax collector is. You could play a game in which you pretend to be a tax collector. Give the children some coins (play coins or real coins) and say that you have come to collect the tax that they owe. 

Click on this link to download the script of the story


4. Lydia is thankful for God’s church

Lydia meets Paul the apostleIt’s the Sabbath, the rest day for the Jewish people. There is a group of people standing by the river in Philippi. They are all women. They have come together to pray. They believe in the Lord God and love him a lot. One of the women is called Lydia. She is a very rich woman. She sells beautiful red and purple material that you can use to make wonderful clothes.

Click on this link  to download the script of the story


5. Eutychus falls from a window sill in church

Eutychus falls from window sillGod has brought Eutychus back to life again! On Sunday the people go to the church. It’s not a normal church, but it’s quite a high building. On the third floor, at the top, there’s a large room, and everyone gathers there, because that’s where Paul is going to talk. There are lots of people there. Everyone wants to hear Paul speaking. Eutychus is there too. He’s a boy and he wants to listen to Paul too.

Click on this link  to download the script of the story


6. David fights with Goliath

David And Goliath Strength Fight BibleYou may have a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD. David went down to the stream which separated the two armies. He picked out five small smooth stones, just right. GOLIATH couldn't believe his eyes! He couldn't hope to win! Sending out a little loser like that! How dare they insult him!

Click on this link  to download the script of the story


7. Saul transforms into Paul on the Damascus Road

arabic man“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" Saul was so determined to stamp out this idea, that when he heard there was another group of Jesus' friends spreading the same rumour in Damascus, he set off down the road from Jerusalem to Damascus to deal with it once and for all.

Click on this link to download the script of the story


8. The calling of Peter

a basket of freshly caught fishFollow me and I will make you a fishers of men... "Who likes to go fishing? I wonder if you're the sort of person who comes home and says “Wow, mum, I caught a really big fish that was thiiiis big ... and I put it back”?. You know fishermen are always going on about how big the catch was - even if they're not quite truthful!

Click on this link to download the script of the story


9. Elijah's Bonfire on Mount CarmelElijah's Bonfire on Mount Carmel

bonfire elijah mount carmelShout a bit louder, maybe Baal is asleep! "Elijah let the prophets of Baal have first turn. They built the altar, put on the wood and the meat. All the people were watching. The people didn't know that the prophets of Baal used to use tricks to light their fires when they were back down in the city, but up here on Mount Carmel with everybody watching, they couldn't use any tricks at all.

Click on this link to download the script of the story


10. Jesus restores Peter at a barbecueJesus restores Peter at a barbecue

fisherman restoration Peter"After breakfast, Jesus asked Peter "Do you love me best?" "Yes, Lord, you know I love you" said Peter. "Feed my lambs" said Jesus. Who do you think Jesus meant by his lambs?

Click on this link  to download the script of the story


11. The healing of the lame man at the Beautiful Gate

arab man healing peter john lame manI don't have any silver or gold - I don't have any money - but I do have something I can give to you... Peter leans over and takes the man by his right hand, and says "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!". As the beggar takes hold of Peter's hand he feels an amazing tingling warmth go right through him, down his arm, into his body, through to his legs and feet - and - starts - to - get - up!

Click on this link to download the script of the story


Of course these are just a few of the easy to tell Bible stories on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all our easy to tell Bible stories here on the site.

 

 

 

 

Five Free Gospel Magic Routines For You


As a Dutch professional Christian magician, who works in the Netherlands I am quite happy to share all of my gospel magic routines with you. I have started putting them together on this site, where you can find almost a hundred gospel magic routines, most of them with a demonstration video.

Five Free Gospel routines for you


To cover the costs of the site we ask for a small yearly contribution of 25 dollars, which will give you access to all the routines. In the coming months I will add anothter thirty till fifty gospel magic routines (all with a demonstration video) on the site.

Below you can find a few of the videos that are freely available to give you an idea. I hope you can use them. 

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1. The parable of the Prodigal Son - Dean's box gospel illusion

Deans Box2I use the Dean’s box magic trick to tell several Bible stories. I bought mine very cheaply through Alibaba Express. The only problem was that it didn’t come with any explanation as to how the trick works. If you choose yours through Alibaba Express you can send me an email and I will send you a video in which I explain how the trick works. It looks great and it is very easy to do

Click on this link to watch the demonstration video and read the routine


2. Who is welcome in the stable? - The Magic Umbrella trick 

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This is probably one of my favourite magic tricks. I currently use it as an ending to two of my Christian children's theatre shows. I like it because it is so easy, but it always gives a 'wow' effect.

Take the red umbrella out of the tube. When you open the umbrella you can show that it is a normal one. You close the umbrella and put it back into the tube. Now show eight different coloured silks to the audience. Then put them into a bag, and suddenly the bag changes into the top of the umbrella and all the silks have disappeared. Pick up the tube and pull the umbrella out. Now the top has been disappeared and instead of the top, the eight silks are hanging on the umbrella.

Click on this link to watch the demonstration video and read the routine


3. The three gifts of the Magi – The Incredible Kettle, flash paper, a dove pan and a large sponge cake

kettle4A spectacular act that is so easy to do it will surprise you! The following act is all about the Magi arriving at the stable and giving their presents to Joseph and Mary. It is educational, fun and spectacular with some magic fire at the end of the act. And you know what? You can do this too. It is so easy...

Click on this link to watch the demonstration video and read the routine


4. Joseph and Mary searching for a place to stay in Bethlehem - A beautiful wooden Stratosphere trick

Magic traffic light2Ask a child to come forward as a volunteer and show him/her the Joker Tube / Stratosphere and asks if he knows what order the colours are in a traffic light. Red at the top, yellow in the middle and green at the bottom. The child gives you the coloured balls and you put them in the right order into the tube. Then you start telling the story...

Click on this link to watch the demonstration video and read the routine


5. Rocky Raccoon and the Bible story of the paralysed man - The ZigZag trick 

rockyWe are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky Raccoon, the spring puppet.In the video below we will show you how you use Rocky and the ZigZag trick tol tell the Bible story of Jesus healing the paralysed man who was lowered through a hole in the roof made by his four friends.

Click on this link to watch the demonstration video and read the routine


Of course these are just a few of Gospel Magic routines here on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all routines here on the site. 

 

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Seven Lessons On Jesus' Life And Ministry

 

1. Jesus walks on the waterJesus walks on the water

orangeWhat happens if you take a peeled orange and an unpeeled orange and place them both in a jug of water? Which one will sink to the bottom? Which one will float? Maybe a strange question, but a brilliant way to illustrate the Bible story of Jesus walking on the water.

Click on this link if you want to watch our demonstration video.


2. The transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham

prins kikkerUsing a 'frog turning into a prince' puppet you can tell many different transformation stories in the Bible. Stories such as: the transformation story of the prodigal son. but also the transformation story of Zacchaeus who becomes a son of Abraham.

Click on this link if you want to watch our demonstration video.


3. Jesus healing the centurion's servant

Use the Useless Box for an object lessonHave you ever heard of a useless box? This is a modern gadget that you can buy here or here on the internet and that is seemingly totally useless. But we think it is a great way to tell Bible stories, such as: Jesus healing the centurion's servant

Click on this link if you want to watch our demonstration video.


4. Rainbow of snow: the names of Jesus

snow instantA rainbow as a symbol of the wonderful names of Jesus. In this video we use the rainbow of snow experiment to illustrate the wonderful names of Jesus. This really helps us to realise who He is! The rainbow can be used as a powerful symbol of this.

Click on this link if you want to watch our demonstration video.


5. Jesus tells the parable of the Lost Son

The prodigal sonOnce upon a time there was a young man. He lived with his father and elder brother in one of these. What is it? A house! But it wasn't an ordinary house. It was a farm house.

Click on this link to download the script of the story.


6. A great tool to help you tell the Bible story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish

Dawn Getley and the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing BoardDo you know the Magic Drawing Board by Axtell? It is a great tool to tell Bible stories like for example the healing of Bartimaeus. In the video below OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates how you can tell the story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish using the Magic Drawing Board.

Click on this link if you want to watch our demonstration video.


7. Lesson of the widow's miteLesson of the widow's mite

widow coins in handThe widow's offering was worth a lot more to God than what the rich man gave - We at Creative Kidswork want to make storytelling as easy as possible for you. That’s why we provide you with tons of easy to tell Bible stories. You can read this story aloud or tell it in your own way.

Click on this link to download the script of the story.


Of course these are just some of the ideas on the life and miinistry of Jesus on Creative Kidswork. 
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Eight Ideas And Scripts For Your Puppet Ministry

 

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1. Christian ventriloquist act about what it means to be a Christian

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her cute duck Aqua on being a ChristianOAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Aqua. This ventriloquist act is about it means to be a Christian. It is a fun act with a good message.

If you want to see the video and download the script, click on this link


2. Heaven invites you to a party! - a complete puppet script about the Christmas story.

HandpopWe have played this puppet script in both Dutch and Englsih junior schools and churches. It is about a boy who falls asleep and while dreaming becomes part of the Christmas Story. In his dream he discovers the real meaning of Christmas! You can use it also to explain the gospel to children.

You can download the complete puppet script through this link 


3. Christian ventriloquist act about God looking at our heart

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her puppet HoraceOAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Horace. This ventriloquist act is about us looking at outward appearances, but God looks at our heart

If you want to see the video and download the script, click on this link


4. Rocky the spring puppet and the Bible story of the paralysed man

rocky1We are always looking for new ways to tell Bible stories. One of these ways is through the use of Rocky the spring puppet. Rocky is very easy to bring him to life. Spring animals are puppets that consist of a large spring covered with fur. You hold the spring raccoon in one hand, moving the head with your thumb and first finger. It gives the animal a very realistic effective, and it's not uncommon for people to mistake it for a live animal!

If you want to see the video and download the script, click on this link


5.  Christian ventriloquist act about God's love

Dawn Getley does a ventriloquist act with her cute duck AquaAre you looking for a new short Christian ventriloquist act about God's love? OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video  a Christian ventriloquist act with her famous puppet Aqua. This ventriloquist act is about the talents that God has gives us and His amazing love for us.

If you want to see the video and download the script, click on this link


6. Introducing the Magi

magi 1Any children’s worker can introduce one of the Magi using a hand puppet. You can use one of these beautiful large hand puppets from One Way UK to introduce one of the Magi into your show. Maybe it is fun to have a short conversation in which one of the Magi realises that he needs to buy some presents on the market.

If you want to see the video, click on this link


7. A ventriloquist act about trusting 

Ventriloquest actThe Christmas story is all about trusting in God In the video below I demonstrate a ventriloquist act with my puppet Harry. Normally I always do my ventriloquist acts in Dutch and will have practised a lot to get this right. This is my first attempt at a ventriloquist act in English. 

If you want to see the video, click on this link


8. Introducing the Shepherds as part of the Christmas story

Shepherd2Any children’s worker can tell this story using two hand puppets. Depending how much time you have you can choose to tell the story of the shepherds quickly or elaborately. The one thing you can always do, is to ask two children to come forward to be the shepherds. As demonstrated in the video below you can easily dress them up as shepherds and give them a hand puppet, so you will have four shepherds on stage.

If you want to see the video, click on this link


Of course these are just some of the puppet ideas on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all the pupper ideas here on the site.

 

 

 

Five Beautiful Easter Ideas


Let us introduce you to some of our Easter ideas

We at Creative Kidswork offer you lots of fun, Biblical, easy to do Easter ideas that you can use within your church, at home, in your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry. 

Below you'll find a random selection of five of our Easter ideas. Of course these are just some of the many Easter ideas on Creative Kidswork. 

You can find all the Easter ideas here on the site.

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1. The story of Barabbas and Jesus

BarabbasA great story to tell about the power of Easter "Barabbas was listening hard. The crowd went quiet and he could hear a man's voice speaking. The next thing he heard was a great shout "BARABBAS, BARABBAS, WE WANT BARABBAS!" "Wonderful!" thought Barabbas. "It must be my mates, come to get me out of prison!"

Discover more about this Easter story by clicking on this link.

2. Decorating the cross

crossA big wooden cross is lying on the ground. In small groups the children get a few minutes to decorate part of the cross. Every child can glue beads to the cross, paint on the cross, or find another creative way of expressing what Jesus’ cross means for him or her.

Discover more about this Easter idea by clicking on this link.

3. An interactive story for Good Friday

goodfridaySo many things seem to happen between the arrest of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. How can you help the children to make sense of all that happens?  In this idea we offer you a short script that you can use to 'walk' through all the events of Good Friday with the children.

To download the complete PDf file, click on this link.


4. Praying for the persecuted church - the complete liturgy

kaarsen7A complete liturgy in pdf based on the seven words of Jesus on the cross. You can use these seven creative prayer ideas to help children, teenagers and adults pray for persecuted Christians and the persecuted church all over the world. 

To download the complete PDf file, click on this link.


5. An interactive Resurrection story for children

easter1This is a fun interactive story about the resurrection of Jesus. You can do this in an Easter service, in a school assembly, in the sunday school. Anywhere where you are celebrating the resurrection of Christ with children.

To download the complete PDf file, click on this link.

Of course these are just some of the Easter ideas on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all the Easter ideas here on the site.

Eight Ideas For Creative Prayer


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Stimulating children to communicate with God in prayer is so important! But how do we go beyond teaching children to close their eyes and say a prayer? We believe that using creative ways of prayer can be a great benefit in helping children, teenagers and adults to develop a stronger, dynamic and more vital prayer life! In this ideas you can find a small selection of our many easy to do creative prayer ideas.

 

1. Praying for the persecuted church - the complete liturgy

kaarsen7A complete liturgy in pdf based on the seven words of Jesus on the cross. You can use these seven creative prayer ideas to help children, teenagers and adults pray for persecuted Christians and the persecuted church all over the world. 

To download the complete PDf file, click on this link.


2. How can we teach the power of prayer in our kids ministry?

teaching power of prayer with a grass headIn this idea we will demonstrate how you can use a Grass Head to teach the children in your Sunday school lesson or during a children's moment in the service the power of prayer and the meaning of the word 'amen'.

To learn more about this creative prayer idea, click on this link.


3. Who is God for you?

whoisgodforyouA creative prayer idea that you can use within your kids ministry or youth work to think about who God is for us. God is much more inclusive than anyone thought. In this interactive creative prayer idea we discover who God is for us!

Want to know more about this creative interactive prayer idea, click on this link.


4. He leads me beside still waters

Clean water prayer ideaIn Psalm 23 we read that the shepherd leads us to quiet waters.  A creative prayer idea in which we're going to pray with the children in a practical way for clean water in countries with a lot of poverty. Praying  for clean and quiet water for people in this world

Discover more about this creative  prayer idea by clicking on this link.


5. The heart of ice - a demonstration of God's love 

heart of iceHow can we demonstrate the power of Gods love to our children?  How can we make something so beyond our understanding visual and tactile ? God's love is so amazing. Can we help them to experience a little bit of it? Maybe you can use the melting heart of ice.

Want to know more about this 'cold'creative prayer idea, click on this link.


6. Build your own prayer wall

wall2Recently I visited a church where they had literally built their own prayer wall. It looked like a real wall, but it was made out of cardboard boxes and cleverly chosen wall paper with a stone print. Church members and visitors were encouraged to write their prayers on pieces of paper and put these through ready-made holes in the wall. Very impressive, but also very easy.

Discover more about this creative  prayer idea by clicking on this link.


7. From a cross to a box for a homeless child

From a cross to a box for a homeless childIn our world there are many big cities where children are homeless. They live in sewers, under bridges or in cardboard boxes. For many children there is no shelter at all. A clear illustration and creative prayer idea for children and adults, whereby a cross can be changed into a box for homeless children to sleep in.

Want to know more about this special prayer idea, click on this link.


8. Thy will be done

Thy will be doneWhat does a paper aeroplane have to do with God’s will? How can you use paper aeroplanes to help children to think about this? Discover how easy it is...

To learn more about this creative prayer idea, click on this link.


Of course these are just some of the creative prayer ideas on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all the other ideas here on the site.

 

Twelve Great Christmas Ideas For You


Are you looking for Christmas ideas for this year? Here you'll find just twelve of our many Christmas ideas on the site.

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1. The Christmas show - an explanation of an hour long show that you can do!

kettle3This Christmas show is made up of a few puppet acts, five different object lessons, one quiz and fourteen different magic tricks!  To make it easy for you I have split the show into twenty small different parts with an instruction video for (almost) every part. With these ideas, the right magic tricks and a little bit of practice you can create a Christmas show of over an hour. But of course you can choose just one element or several elements and create a much shorter Christmas programme. The floor is all yours!

To learn more about this Christmas show, click on this link.


2. The Star of Bethlehem - a compass that points to Jesus

Looking at JesusIn Matthew 2 we read about the Magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. Like a giant compass in the night sky it points to Jesus.  In the video in this idea I show an amazing and mind twisting exercise that you can do with children, teenagers and adults. This exercise is all about looking at Jesus and discovering what happens when we really focus on Him.

To learn more about this fun Christmas idea, click on this link.


3. A beautiful story involving the four candles of Peace, Trust, Love and Hope

image00You can use this idea in a Christmas service, in a school assembly or within your children’s ministry. For this story you need four big candles and four candle holders. I had everything in white, both the holders and the candles. Print out four cards with the words PEACE, TRUST, LOVE and HOPE on them. Make sure they are easily readable from a distance. Stick them onto the four candle holders.

If you want to discover more about this powerful Christmas idea, click on this link.


4. The Magi’s (a Christmas story)

magiThis is a great story about the journey of the three Magi from the East, which can either be told or enacted. It starts in Babel, the centre of all wise men. This story is not about any wise men though, it is about three very special wise men that knew a lot about astrology. They could link the placement and run of the starts in the sky with events happening in the world. This was something that the God of the Jews had forbidden. Quite ironic if you think about it…

You can download the complete script through this link 


5. A Christmas tree full of prayers

christmas tree prayerA creative prayer idea to motivate children and adults to pray using a Christmas theme. Usually the Christmas tree plays no role in the Christmas story, but we will use this tree 'to carry' our prayers.

To learn more about this creative prayer idea, click on this link.


6. Heaven invites you to a party! - a complete puppet script about the Christmas story.

HandpopWe have played this puppet script in both Dutch and Englsih junior schools and churches. It is about a boy who falls asleep and while dreaming becomes part of the Christmas Story. In his dream he discovers the real meaning of Christmas! You can use it also to explain the gospel to children.

You can download the complete puppet script through this link 


7. The painting of the son

sonA touching story that can be easily linked to the Christmas story - "Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!"

You can download the story through this link 


8. Joseph’s good example

Skewers Shish Kebab Barbecue Shish Kebab Skewer 60459This is a nice way for children and adults to respond to the good example that Joseph gave us. He was prepared to give up his own plans and to go God’s way. The only thing you need is some wooden skewers.

To learn more about this interactive idea, click on this link.


9. The Puzzle of Christmas - make your Christmas service unforgettable

Christmas Puzzle 5Are you looking for something visual to tell the Christmas story and maybe explain the gospel? Maybe you can use the (giant) Christmas Puzzle... It's made up of four pieces. No, that cann't be right. Now there is a big hole in the puzzle. We finish with the cross. When we place Jesus – the meaning of the Christmas story in the centre of Christmas, the puzzle is complete

To learn more about this powerful Christmas idea, click on this link.


10. You can smell God's love, just put your nose near this box

smellyboxGod's love becomes visible through the smell of the stable. You can tell children about God's love, but is it also possible to let the children smell God's love? We cannot recreate the stable and go there, but if you close your eyes, and open this box, the smell in the box might bring us a bit closer to the stable.

Discover this fun object lesson that you can easily use for Christmas.


11. Tell the Christmas story in a new way using a very easy magic trick

arrow boardWhat is the big story behind Christmas? Why did Jesus come? How do you explain this to children and adults in a Christmas service or in school assembly? You know, you can do this very easily with the Arrow Board magic trick. It is a board with two arrows. It looks spectacular, but is very easy to do. You can make such a board with some paint or some tape

If you want to discover more about this easy to do magic trick, click on this link.


12. Your place in the stable

stableThis is a simple way to take people into the stable where Jesus was born. Using clay, children and adults can place themselves somewhere in the stable. Where are they in relation to Jesus?

To learn more about this interactive idea, click on this link.


Of course these are just a few of wonderful Christmas ideas on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all our Christmas ideas here on the site.

 

 

Six Powerful Object Lessons On the Holy Spirit

 
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As children's workers we want to teach children about the Holy Spirit - who is the Holy Spirit, and why did God send Him? Here you will filnd a selection of six great object lessons that will certainly help you to teach on this amazing subject.

 

1. The torch without batteries - being filled with the Spirit - being filled with the Spirit

torchA clear and fun object lesson to show what it means to let our light shiine. In this object lesson we see that we need the power and filling of the Holy Spirit to truly be that light. You could also combine this object lesson with the story of the wise and foolish virgins.

To learn more about this lesson on the Holy Spirit, click on this link.


2. The upside down cup - being open to the Spirt - being open to the Spirt

upside down cupWhat happens if you try pouring water into an upside down cup? Exactly, it all gets a bit messy! This easy object lesson illustrates our participation in order to be filled with God’s love and/or the Holy Spirit. It addresses the theme of conversion. 

To discover more about this wet object lesson on being open to the Spirit, click on this link.


3. How to make a rainbow using Skittles - the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit

rainbow skittlesLooking at the theme of the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All the fruit and the gifts are different, like the colours in the rainbow, but each one is important. You can also link the Skittles to the Body of Christ. As believers we are the Body of Christ. We are all different. We are colourful and that's good! 

To find out more about this fun experiment, click on this link.


4. Dry worms are filled up again - being restored and refreshed by the Spirit

instantwormsWe are using Instant Worms to illustrate our need to be constantly restored and refreshed by the Spirit. This visual lesson shows children (and adults) how important it is to not only go to church on Sundays, but also to be filled during the week, through praying and reading the Bible. Otherwise we run the risk to start drying up.

Check out this cool experiment by clicking on this link.


5. The Holy Spirit is like the wind - being comforted by the Spirit

holy spirit is like the windAt Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. However, just like the wind, you can’t see the Holy Spirit, which makes it hard. To the disciples, Jesus was like the sun, and His words were like the rain. You could see Him, hear Him and touch Him. Jesus actually said that it was better that He went away, so that the Comforter would come. This comforter is the Holy Spirit. You can’t see or hear Him, but He wants to blow through us with His wind.

To learn more about this lesson on the Holy Spirit, click on this link.


6. Jumping Hydrogel Beads in a hot pan - being on fire by the Spirit

hydrogel balls in hot frying panA cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children that we as Christians can be on fire for God by asking Him to fill us with His Spirit.

Check out this cool experiment by clicking on this link.

 

Of course these are just a few of the ideas about the Holy Spirit on Creative Kidswork.
You can find all the ideas about the Holy Spirit here on the site.

 

Five Fun Crafts Ideas


Looking for craft ideas for your children's ministry?

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Here you can find five of some of the craft ideas that we offer on this site...

1. How to make a marble run

marble run 1This is a craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too. For which Bible stories or themes could you use a marble run?

Think about the story of Jacob who saw a ladder going up to heaven. Or stories that have a building theme. Or what about stories where water plays an important role? Then if you use blue marbles, they can represent the flowing water. You could also use it at Christmas because of the angels who came from heaven, or as a picture of Jesus who came down from heaven. 

 To learn more about how to make a marble run, click on this link.


2. Psalm 150 - Thank you paper chain 

Paper Chain to thank God withIn Psalm 150 the writer calls us to praise God. When we praise God we are also thanking him for who he is and what he does. What are we thankful for? Do we tell God that we are thankful? Let’s make a paper chain of all sorts of things that we are thankful for.

To discover more about this fun prayer and crafts idea, click on this link.


3. Let's make crystals 

Abrams promise Sunday school kids ministry crystal makingTalk about the meaning of a promise. Read the Bible passage together. What does God promise Abram? Often it’s harder to believe in a promise if you can’t imagine how it could come true, or if you have to wait for a long time. Today we’re going to make crystals. This is a promise, but you’ll have to wait before you can see the crystals.

To check out this fun crafts idea, click on this link.


4. Create a night sky

abram1In the activity below we give you four easy craft ideas to (re)create a night sky with the children. You could use these ideas around God's promise to Abram, Advent or Christmas as you are thinking about the star of Bethlehem. Of course you can also use this idea also for the themes of creation and the greatness of God.

To find out more about these fun crafts ideas, click on this link.


5. Shooting at wolves - the Good Shepherd

wolfA shepherd should be able to defend himself against the wolves, that's why we’re going to have an arrow-shooting competition. We are going to the children how they can make their own arrow-shooter, and also how to make paper arrows.  Then we will put up some cardboard wolf heads, and see if the children can shoot their arrows and hit the wolves.

To start working with this fun crafts idea, click on this link.


Of course these are just a few of the fun crafts ideas on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all the crafts ideas  here on the site.

 

 

Five Of Our Best Object Lessons


Let us introduce you to our Top 5 object lessons

Here at Creative Kidswork we offer you literally hundreds of fun, Biblical, easy to do object lessons that you can use within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry. We at Creative Kidswork really believe in the power of the object lesson. Maybe we can get you also excited about them by giving you six reasons why you should use them. 

Object lessons:
- can help you to communicate an (abstract) Biblical truth in a clear and easy way. 
- are fun! 
- are visual! 
- will help children remember the Biblical lessons much longer. 
- can (very often) be reproduced at home, so children can demonstrate what they have learned
- can be of educational value. 

Nr 1 - The Energy Stick - a must have for any children’s worker, youth worker or pastor

energystickInvite a few children to come forward. Ask them to stand in a circle and hold hands. Take the energy stick in your right hand and take the hand of the child on your left. Ask the child on your right to also take hold of the other end (the silver end) of the energy stick. When they do this, something amazing happens. Lights go on and you hear a funny noise.

To learn more about our number 1 object lesson, click on this link.

Nr 2 - The (Holy) Trinity explained with the use of a Matryoska doll

russiandollHow do you explain the Biblical truth of the (Holy) Trinity n a way that they can see it and understand it? Of course you can use the image of an egg or the image of water. But did you know that you can also use a Matryoshka doll / Russian doll to very easily and visually explain the truth of the Trinity to them?

To learn more about our number 2 object lesson, click on this link.


Nr 3 - How to make a stick drawing magically come to life

brind a stick drawing to lifeYou can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life. Ideal for when you do a talk about creation, the raising of Lazarus, Moses floating in the river, being alive in Christ, the raising of the son of the widow of Nain. 

To learn more about our number 3 object lesson, click on this link.


Nr 4 - Probably the best object lesson on the theme of faith

best object lesson on faithYou ask a child, teenager or adult to sit on a chair. You fill the cup with water and you promise them that you will turn the cup over above their heads, but that no water will come out.  Can they trust you? It is hard to trust when everything inside you screams the opposite. This is what faith is!

To learn more about our number 4 object lesson, click on this link.


Nr 5 - Demonstrating Jesus' power with the use of a balancing Soda Can

The only object lesson you can do all over the worldDid you know you can use a balancing Soda Can to tell any Bible story about Jesus healing and restoring people? And the great thing is that you can find a Soda Can all over the world. Wherever you are, you can do this object lesson! 

To learn more about our number 5 object lesson, click on this link.


Of course these are just a few of the hundreds of object lessons on Creative Kidswork. 
You can find all our object lessons here on the site.

Seven Cool Science Experiments

 

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Let us introduce you to seven cool science experiments on our site

We offer you lots of fun, Biblical and easy to do cool science experiments, that you can use within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

We picked these seven ideas to show you which Bible stories and Biblical lessons you can tell and teach with the use of a science experiment.

1. How to use a Useless Box in your kids ministry  

Use the Useless Box for an object lesson

Have you ever heard of a Useless Box? It is a modern gadget that is seemingly totally useless. But we think it is a great way to tell Bible stories! Stories such as: 'God calling Moses near the burning bush', 'Paul's struggle with the flesh in Romans 7' and 'Jesus healing the centurion's servant.'

To learn more about an useless box, click on this link.

2. Believing you are right even when you are not! 

certainThis is fun illustration that you can use for teenagers and adults when you talk about being certain of something. Sometimes we totally believe that we are right even when we're not. When you use the gimmick that I demonstrate in the video below it will open the conversation. Hopefully it will help you talk about the truth of the Bible, what is faith? 

To learn more about this cool science experiment, click on this link.


3. Make a rainbow of snow

snow instantThis is not only a fun and spectacular experiment! We are offering you six powerful Biblical lessons that you can teach about while using a rainbow of snow. Lessons like the promises of God, the story of the Jesus calming the storm, the names of Jesus, the diversity of the church, the fruit of the Spirit and the names of God.

To learn more about how you make a rainbow of slnow,click on this link.


4. Create an altar of thanksgiving with a home-made lava lamp

altarDifferent people in the Bible created an altar as a way to thank God or to worship Him. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could also make an altar. An altar that we can use to thank God for all the good things He has given us. Or maybe use to worship God with. Of course we can't use a fire or an animal, but maybe we can use a lava lamp…

To learn more about you can make your own lava lamp, click on this link..


5. How to tell any Bible story using the Iodine and Thiosulfate Reaction

chemical cross Such a  simple yet spectacular experiment. With the help of iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate you can tell any Bible story. Discover how...

To learn more about tis wonderful science experiment, click on this link.


6. How to create e a rainbow in a bowl of milk

rainbow of milkDid you know that you can create the most beautiful colour effects, even a rainbow, in a bowl of milk? You can combine this experiment with several Bible stories or Christian themes: creation, Noah and the rainbow, the Bethlehem star, light conquering darkness and the cross.  

Want to know how to make a rainbow in milk, click on this link.


7. The Sinking Orange Experiment

Jesus and the Samaritan womanWhat happens when you place a unpeeled orange into a bowl of water? Will it sink or float? And what happens when it is peeled? Which Bible stories can you tell with this experiment? What do you think about:  Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman, Jesus walking on the water, God's protection for His people, the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrew 12.

Want to know more about how you can use the floating orange experiment, click on this link..


Of course these are just a few of the cool science experiments on Creative Kidswork.
You can find all our easy to do experiments here on the site.