Ever watched kids making a craft that you thought was fun, but they secretly thought was lame? I have. Ever find that same craft left on the floor or in the parking lot? Me too. I’ve always thought crafts were awesome! I start each craft with great intentions, but the outcome is usually different. If you’re like me, here’s what you’ve expected:
CRAFTS HELP ENTERTAIN
What you expect: Kids will be entertained for hours!
What happens: They move on to something else, and you spend hours scraping glow-in-the-dark glitter glue off your table.
CRAFTS HELP TEACH
What you expect: Kids will see a strong connection between the craft and a biblical truth.
What happens: When you ask later, they can’t even remember the craft, let alone the connection.
CRAFTS ARE VALUED
What you expect: Kids will go home, frame their masterpiece and hang it on the wall.
What happens: Again, the floor and parking lot thing.
CRAFTS ARE SHARED
What you expect: Kids will be eager to show their crafts to friends and share what they’ve learned.
What happens: The craft may make it to the car—maybe even the kitchen table—but that’s about it. Very short shelf life.
So, after years of disappointment, Group VBS changed direction and came up with Sciency-Fun Gizmos™ (gizmos are kid-approved, reusable and connect to the day’s Bible Point). Kids get to experiment and play with the gizmos at VBS during Imagination Station. Then they get to take the fun home each day! These gizmos are so intriguing to kids that they can’t wait to explain how they work and connect to the Bible. Problem solved.
Can you relate to any of my craft fails? Let me know in the comments below!