Family Summer Bucket List Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Print and share this week's download with the families in your ministry to give them ideas for how to connect with God, their community, and each other this summer![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Family Summer Bucket List here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Summer-Family-Challenge-Bucket-List-Freebie.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_single_image image="13476" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://deeperkidmin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DKM-Summer-Family-Challenge-Bucket-List-Freebie.pdf"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] All of the activities in this Summer Bucket List come from the Summer Family Challenge, so if you really want to equip...

Spreading God’s Goodness: Streamers Object Lesson

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this streamers object lesson with any verse about God's goodness, love, or sharing the good news and show kids how exciting it is to spread God's goodness and celebrate Him! (Adapted from Group's 2019 ROAR VBS curriculum.)[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Printable Version Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Gods-Goodness-Streamers-Object-Lesson.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: streamer throwers, one per small group leader/crew leader (I used these - since they're streamers, not confetti, there's less of a mess but still a great visual!) toilet paper blower (learn how to make your own here) optional: crepe paper streamers instead of toilet paper Lesson:  Everything we do, think, or say has the power to...

VBS 2019 Name Tag Templates

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Are you getting WILD at your VBS this summer? Here are 4 different name tag designs to use with LifeWay's In The Wild or Group's ROAR VBS curriculum. Jen Kline over at The Best VBS designed and created this awesome download. Read more about some of my favorite VBS resources from Jen here.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download VBS 2019 Name Tag Templates Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FVBS-2019-Name-Tag-Templates-Freebie-Final.zip|||"][vc_column_text]This download includes 4 total designs, with at least 2 variations of each design, giving you more than 8 options for your VBS Name Tags! Please note: Because this download is a zipped folder with multiple files, it may not be viewable on mobile...

Pin the Tail on the Whale Jonah Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s a splashy twist on a familiar game for your summer series or lesson on Jonah! This activity can easily fit into any lesson or small group time, although it was originally created for the Journey Through Jonah 8-week series.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Pin the Tail on the Whale Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FPin-the-Tail-on-the-Whale-Printable.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: Pin the Tail on the Whale Printable (with tails cut out), tape, blindfolds Details: This is a simple activity that plays off the classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” party game. Have kids blindfolded, spin them around, and then walk to place the tail on the whale. For an added twist, have them share one fact about Jonah and his...

Hugs & Kisses Mother’s Day Tag Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Print and cut these freebie printable tags, then attach them to a small bag of Hershey's Hugs & Kisses chocolates for a simple and sweet Mother's Day gift for the moms in your ministry.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Mother's Day Printable Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Mothers-Day-Hugs-Kisses-Printable.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="12377" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://deeperkidmin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DKM-Mothers-Day-Hugs-Kisses-Printable.pdf"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Rock Stars Book Review and Giveaway

[vc_row 0=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="12049" img_size="medium" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" link="https://amzn.to/2CSaJ99"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text 0=""] Rock Stars: Inspiring a Team of Unstoppable Volunteers By KidMin Nation (Editor: Tina Houser) My rating: 5/5 stars - It was amazing!     Read: April 2019[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row 0=""][vc_column 0=""][vc_column_text 0=""]This book is for you if... you lead volunteers, you want to encourage and equip your volunteers My thoughts: This book came at the perfect time! We just finished up Admin April 2019, focusing on all things volunteers, so I loved reading this book that gave me new ideas and perspectives on volunteers too. This isn't the first time I've been honored to have a chapter published...

Super Volunteer Appreciation Gift Card Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If we want our volunteers to stick around, we have to celebrate them! Remind your volunteers how SUPER they are with this free volunteer appreciation gift card printable! (Gift card not included in download.)[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Super Volunteer Appreciation Printable Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Super-Volunteer-Appreciation-Gift-Card-Printable-Final.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]All you need is this printable, gift card(s) of your price and choice (my volunteers love Starbucks and Chick-fil-a), and some glue dots! Just print and cut the download, add your gift cards using glue dots or double-sided tape, then hand out to your volunteers as a way of saying...

Top Ten Volunteer Expectations Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Your volunteers are the superheroes of your ministry, but that doesn’t mean they can read your mind! Use this free printable to communicate your expectations of volunteers and remind them what you need from them. Go into the details of each expectation at your annual training, then use this printable to remind volunteers throughout the year, post in your Volunteer Facebook Group, or hang up in your classrooms.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Top Ten Expectations Printable Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Top-Ten-Hero-Expectations-Printable.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="11077" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank"...

Volunteer Covenant

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Part of effective training is teaching your volunteers about your expectations for them. But sometimes it's hard to communicate your expectations with your volunteers. Here's what Julia, one of our Vendors (and the creator of this week's freebie), shared about her experience when she implemented a Volunteer Covenant as part of the application and training process: When I started in my kidmin role nearly 5 years ago, I was struggling with how to keep volunteers accountable and communicate expectations. While many of them were members and had filled out volunteer applications, what I needed from them weekly - both in our children’s ministry and in their lives outside of it - wasn’t being clearly communicated! So, I crafted this volunteer covenant. Each of our volunteers signs this covenant before serving in...

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A volunteer application is an important part of the volunteer screening process in children's ministry. It not only helps you collect important information, but it also helps you see a volunteer's heart for serving and passion for kids.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_btn title="Download Volunteer Application Now" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FVolunteer-Application-Background-Check.doc||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Using a volunteer application helps ensure your volunteers want to serve with your ministry, are capable of serving with your ministry, and are safe to serve with your ministry. This week's free download is a volunteer application created from a variety of options and inspired by Smart Church Management....

Volunteer Recruitment Email Templates

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recruiting volunteers takes more than just an on-stage announcement. You have to build relationships, communicate your vision, and make personal asks. So this week I'm sharing my email templates that invited rookie volunteers to join the team and asked veteran volunteers to recommit. (Note: This download is a zipped folder, which means you won't be able to open it on a mobile device.)[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Templates Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Volunteer-Recruitment-Email-Templates.zip||target:%20_blank|"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="11077" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank"...

Empty Egg Small Group Activity

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this activity in your small groups to invite kids to hunt for the empty egg (like the empty tomb), and complete actions along the way![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download printable version here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Empty-Egg-Small-Group-Game.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] Supplies: 14 empty plastic eggs, Empty Egg Hunt Printable (page 3 of this free download), Easter basket Prep: Print and cut the Empty Egg Hunt Printable, putting one action slip into each plastic egg, or create 13 of your own action slips. Leave the last egg empty. Detailed Instructions: Ask: Why was the tomb empty on Easter morning? (let children respond: because Jesus is alive!) Ask: What would have done if you came to the tomb and...

Rubber Popper Easter Family Activity

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this object lesson as part of your Easter teaching time, or print several copies of the second page to give out poppers to each child and send them home with a fun family Easter activity![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Printable Version Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2019%2F03%2FDKM-Rubber-Popper-Easter-Family-Activity.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] Turn the popper inside out and set it down. Wait for it to POP up! Jesus was buried, but He didn't stay down. He rose UP from the grave, and He lives today! What a reason to celebrate! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] 1) Grab your popper and a Bible. 2) Turn the popper inside out and set it down. Wait for it to POP up! 3) Read...

Spices & Smells: Hands-on Easter Activity for Kids

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Invite kids into the experience of the Easter story through the sense of smell! Use this activity as a way to introduce your Easter lesson and to invite kids to use their imaginations to experience the Easter story.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download a Printable Version of the Activity" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Spices-and-Smells.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: Variety of spices (ex. Cinnamon, cloves, aloe vera gel, olive oil, cardamom, dry mustard, etc.), Small dishes Details: Have a variety of scents and smells available to each small group. These don't necessarily have to be stereotypical 'biblical' scents - simple spices available at a grocery store (cinnamon, cloves, aloe vera gel, olive oil, cardamom, dry...

Dinner Discussions Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We all know the dinner table is an important place for families to connect, build relationships, and grow together spiritually, so use these dinner discussion questions to help families connect with each other at the dinner table.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Dinner Discussions Printable here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Dinner-Discussions-Printable.pdf|||"][vc_column_text]Print and pass out a copy of the download pages for each child, encouraging them to use the questions at home during family dinner. Tip: Use the third page (each topic is worth 10 points) to make it a competition and see who can earn the most points throughout the week! Just remember not to talk with your mouth full....

Give Up, Fill Up Fasting Activity for Kids

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Earlier in the week, we talked about important elements of teaching fasting to kids, so here's an activity to help kids learn that fasting is a way for us to give up something so God can fill us up.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Give Up Fill Up Fasting Activity for Kids!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Give-Up-Fill-Up-Fasting-Activity-for-Kids.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: 2 paper/plastic solo cups per child 1 copy of the Give Up/Fill Up slips per child Scissors Markers (to label the cups) Here’s how it works: Give each kid two plastic cups; one labeled “GIVE UP” and one labeled “FILL UP” and a set of “Give Up, Fill Up” strips. Give them scissors and have them cut their strips...

Kids Prayer Journal Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Give kids the experience of prayer journaling using this free prayer journal printable! This activity can easily fit into any lesson or small group time, although it was created for the Journey Through Jonah 8-week series.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Prayer Printable Now!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Kids-Prayer-Journal-Printable.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: prayer journal printable, writing utensils, (optional: soft worship music in the background) Details: Explain to kids that one of the ways we can pray to God is through using a journal. Give each kid a prayer journal printable. Play quiet worship music in the background and have kids fill out their first prayer journal sheet. Older kids can write in...

Walk in the Light Game

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this on-stage or small group game for any lesson/event with light as a central theme! It's perfect for your Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt, and I used it in my Walk in the Light Easter Event.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Printable Version Here" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Walk-in-the-Light-Game-Freebie.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: flashlight (not a phone flashlight – one with a defined beam) Play: To play, shine a flashlight on the floor in front of the kids, moving it around at random. Kids must try to step on the light while you move it. If playing as a small group, continue to the next step. If playing as a large group, select 4 children from the group to join you. If you’re on a stage,...

The Great Shout Off Game

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kids love to make noise. So why not tap into that loudness and use it to help kids learn the memory verse, the main point, or a simple truth about God? Use this week's download to play a fun and easy game with kids that will have them SHOUTING what they're learning![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Printable Version of the Great Shout Off Game Now!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-The-Great-Shout-Off.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Use this easy game with any memory verse or main point you want kids to learn! Prep: Before class decide on some different voices or characters that children will have to imitate (see the free download for a list of ideas). Print or write out the voices or characters you decide on onto smaller pieces...

Heart Sort Game

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Use this heart sort cut-out game as an extra activity for your Valentine event! [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Heart Sort Cut-Out Game Now! " align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Heart-Sort-Cut-Out-Game.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] Objective: Groups compete against each other to sort the hearts by size and color. Prep: Print and cut out one set of Heart Cut-Outs for each team (pages 2-8) or use page 9 to print on different colored paper. Play: Give each team/small group their own set of mixed up heart cut-outs. One at a time, call out the following categories, and the team who sorts their hearts in that order first wins! Sort by color (same colors together) Sort by size (same sizes together) Sort smallest to...

Lean In Book Review and Giveaway

[vc_row 0=""][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="8992" img_size="medium" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" link="https://amzn.to/2CSaJ99"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text 0=""] Lean In: Leverage Your Influence for Ministry Impact By KidMin Nation (Editor: Tina Houser) My rating: 5/5 stars - It was amazing!     Read: December 2018[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row 0=""][vc_column 0=""][vc_column_text 0=""]This book is for you if... you are a leader, you want to grow as a leader, you don't feel like a leader but want to My thoughts: Third time's a charm! I'm so excited to have had another chance to be included for publication in a KidMin Nation book. While the first book was all about connecting with parents (see more details here) and the second book was all about connecting...

Corral the Sheep Bible Skills Game

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this fun game to help teach Bible skills to kids. Can be used with any set of Books of the Bible cards or check out the Bible Skills Sheep download for printable Books of the Bible Sheep (plus more game ideas!).[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download a Printable Version of the Bible Skills Game Here!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Corral-the-Sheep-Bible-Skills-Game-Freebie.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Prep: Write a book of the Bible on different index cards or individual sheep shapes. Use a different color index card/sheep shape color per team. Play: Divide your kids into teams. Place all cards/sheep in a pile on stage, in a basket, or in a hula hoop. Have each team send one member at a time to retrieve a card/sheep of their...

10 Commandments Hopscotch Printable

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this 10 Commandments hopscotch printable from the Love God, Love People lesson to give kids a kinesthetic way to learn the 10 Commandments! This activity is actually one of several prayer stations kids can visit after the main lesson. (Psst - read more about Prayer Stations here.)[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download the Printable Now!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-10-Commandments-Hopscotch.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: Colored paper & printer Laminator Packing tape Prep & Play: Choose either the numbers alone or the numbers with the 10 Commandments. Print the chosen pages on colored paper. Laminate the pages for durability. Use packing tape to connect the laminated papers in a hopscotch...

Roll A Snowman Dice Game

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Use this week's free download to play a fun, wintery dice game with kids![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download Roll a Snowman Now!" align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Roll-A-Snowman-Printable-Let-It-Snow.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Supplies: Roll-A-Snowman Printable, dice, pencils Play: Print off at least one Roll-A-Snowman Printable per child (make sure to select "fit to page" in your printer settings!). Playing in pairs or small groups, children take turns rolling the die and adding the appropriate feature to their snowman (eyes, hat, arms, etc.). If you roll a number you already have, the turn moves on to the next player. The first person to complete their snowman wins![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="8821" img_size="full"...

The Empty Cup: Object Lesson on Fasting For Kids

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As we head into the new year with resolutions and Lent coming up, use this free object lesson to help kids understand that fasting is something people do that helps them give up so God can fill us up.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title="Download printable version of the Empty Cup Object Lesson here! " align="center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fdeeperkidmin.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F09%2FDKM-Empty-Cup-Object-Lesson.pdf||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text]Set out an empty cup, a bowl, some sand, and a pitcher of water. Each time you talk about something that fills our lives, pour a little sand in the cup. Say: This cup represents us. We fill our lives with things. We might fill our lives with friends or sports. (pour some sand into the cup) We might fill our lives with toys or clothes, music, our...