Potential for Virtual Vacation Bible School to Do at Home or Elsewhere

I was trying to be prayerful about how kids might be able to do Vacation Bible School this year during Social Distancing recommendations. I felt led to adapt the free VBS curriculum I developed, so that youth directors can send this free VBS Curriculum to the youth of the church to do at home. They could even have a Zoom time each day or at the end of the program to share their projects or ideas. Additionally, parents or others can access this free curriculum at any time, to do these at home with children. 

If you need to be able to access the curriculum without all the links below, email me at seiling.debra@gmail.com and state an email address and the specific lessons you want me to forward to you such as Year 3, days: 1,2,3,4, and 5. Although, I have four years worth of VBS curriculum available, it doesn't have to be done in a particular order. I would suggest you email me in plenty of time prior to needing the curriculum, because I'm inconsistent about getting on my email. Thank you for continuing to be a blessing in the lives of children! Debbie



Free 2 Share VBS-Year 1
Day 1
Love Neighbors As Yourself
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: “love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31 NIV®
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Memory Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”. Mark 12:30 NIV®
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Discussion Example:
After reading the lesson, ask the children, “Who is your neighbor? Is it only people that have the same color skin as you do, wear clothes similar to yours, only go to Christian churches, only drive expensive cars? What about those who don’t fit this description? From this passage, don’t you think that God wants us to love everyone, whether they believe the same things, look the same or not? We are supposed to be kind and respectful to others the same way that we would want them to be kind and respectful to us. ”

Ask, “What are ways you can show love to your neighbors?” (Examples might be: Mowing the yard for an older neighbor, being nice to the new person in school, etc.)

After discussing all their suggestions, ask them, “What are ways you can show love to yourself?” (Examples might be: Not taking drugs, not hanging around people who make poor choices, etc.)
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Arts and Crafts Example:
(Get straight salad macaroni and color it with food coloring and let it dry prior to VBS.) Explain they will make a Bracelet of Many Colors to represent God creating people of many colors, and despite any differences we may have, God considers them all our neighbors.”
 They will assemble their bracelet (not a necklace, which is a choking hazard) by threading the macaroni onto a 6-8 inch piece of string or yarn along with two pieces of tape.  One piece of tape goes around the end of the string or yarn to make it easier to string the macaroni. The other piece of tape is to tape to the opposite end of the very first piece of macaroni, so all the other pieces don’t slide off. (Test your tape to see if it holds the macaroni. If not, you may want to use masking tape.) Tell them that they don’t want to fill up the whole string, because they need the ends to tie together to make the Bracelet of Many Colors. Depending on their age and ability levels, you may need to assist them in tying the two ends together when they are finished stringing their macaroni.  When finished, ask the kids to restate what the Bracelet of Many Colors represents. The Bracelet of Many Colors is to represent God’s creating people of many colors, and despite any differences that we may have, God considers them all our neighbors.”
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Science Example:
You or each group puts a ruler on a table so the end extends off the table. Put a piece of paper on top of the ruler, so that the paper is only on the ruler and table and does not extend off the table like the ruler does. When all groups have done this, ask them to give you their Hypothesis about what will happen when someone hits the ruler. After listening to all their Hypotheses, have the class count down from 10 and then someone from each group is going to hit the ruler. Have them explain why they thought this happened.
After listening to them, explain: “The weight of the air pressure on the paper holds the paper down and won’t allow the paper to be pushed up.” Make the connection that, “Christians that stay focused on what Jesus wants of us, stay put like the paper, instead of allowing ourselves to be hit or tossed about by the negative things others might say or do.
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Game Example:

Have a blown balloon or ball. Have the kids work together to keep it in the air.

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