This post is for Day 2 of our Parables of Jesus VBS and The Prodigal Son is found in Luke 15:11-32. We are making everything ourselves. I will try to post as many of the ideas as I can. This post just has my classroom.
This shows the wood pigs sitting in front of the Prodigal Son wall. It adds a cute pop!
I printed the pigs onto pink cardstock, cut them out and painted the feet. Then, I let my grandkids paint the mud on them! That was fun! I asked Wendy if I could have some hay (whatever) for this wall. She gave several reasons not to use the real stuff, and suggested this: Raffia! So, I found the raffia skirts at Dollar Tree. I pushed all the raffia to the center of the string, stapled the center to the board, and just haphazardly stapled the rest to look like the pigs had been in it.
For the trees, I used the overhead projector to draw the top part onto a piece of poster board. I used brown bulletin board paper for the tree trunks. I painted the top of the tree and I used a Sharpie for the outlines and borders when the paint dried.
For the Prodigal Son sign, I drew it using the overhead projector, and painted the letters. I outlined the letters with a Sharpie once the paint dried. After I cut it out, I used my scrapbook stamp pads to add the edging.
We have 20 minutes to teach and review our lesson. The kids rotate to 4 different activities for 20 minutes each. They have the Bible lesson, Paul's Theater where they watch the lesson as a play, they have a craft time, and their food time. The Elders say there's no excuse not to come because you can even get a meal! When the kids are done eating, they see a puppet reenactment. The kids practice puppets for Lads To Leaders (L2L), so why not use those skills for our kids? Click on the picture above to print the lesson I used for grades 1 & 2.
Click to print the lesson for grades 3 & 4 that Lindsey used and is letting me share with you here,
I teach the lesson, and today Ramona handed out these money bags when I began. I use these for a LOT of lessons, and the kids LOVE them! I buy the bags on EBay from Hong Kong, so I keep them in my stash of goodies for class! The paper money is found at Dollar General, and the coins are from www.OrientalTrading.com and Party City. At the end of the lesson, Ramona handed out the plastic smiley rings from www.OrientalTrading.com
Jesus Standup at Oriental Trading. I am moving Him each night to be by the Parable that we are discussing. I want the kids to remember that Jesus is the One telling the Parables.
Click to find the PHOTO visuals that I used.