Vacation Bible School (VBS) should not only be a fun event for children, but also a meaningful time of learning. VBS is usually hosted by a church and is open to the community. A central theme generally dictates the decorations, activities and craft projects. VBS is often held during the summer, a time when many families go on road trips. Through educational crafts you can combine the two and bring VBS to the road and the road to camp.
Road Trip Signs
Help students create road sign decorations for a "Road Trip" themed VBS. Use poster boards and markers to make signs to decorate the walls of the fellowship hall or wherever you are holding your VBS. "One Way" signs, with an arrowing pointing upward to heaven is one appropriate sign, or make street signs utilizing the name of the church. You can direct students to create signs such as "Wrong Way," to discuss sin and hell, and "No Parking" signs, to open a discussion about not being lazy in your faith, but rather to get moving in sharing the faith.
Road trips require maps, and a VBS with a "Road Trip" theme is no different. A VBS map craft can involve students making a map of the Apostle Paul's missionary journeys or maps that follow Christ's journeys. Alternately, students can create invitations to their church, which include a map showing how to get to the church, and hand them out to family and friends. Or, have students create a map that shows the steps to salvation, or "A Map to Heaven," along with directions on how to find Christ. For instance, draw a road image on paper and let the first stop state that believing in Christ is the first "stop" on the journey to heaven. Use Scriptures to reinforce the images.
Raod Trip Activity Books and Kits
Help students compile a Christian-based activity book to take along with them on family road trips. Have hand-outs that include coloring pages, short stories, word finds and mazes. Let students select the pages they want to include in their books and help them bind the books with staples. Be sure to add a colorful cover to the front, as well as some reminders of Scripture verses that were taught during VBS and key points to stories and lessons. Additionally, guide students in decorating a shoe box to contain road trip necessities. Give the children small packs of tissue, color crayons, stickers, small toys, and a travel size Bible to include in their travel kits.
Road Trip Mission Kit
Help VBS students realize that they are missionaries in their own communities or in the communities they visit. Create a "Mission Kit" to help students learn how to tell others about their beliefs. The kit could include items such as witness bracelets that feature beads in black that represent sin, red for Christ's blood and white for purity. "Tracks" are small pamphlets that explain how to have a relationship with Christ and would be a nice item to include in a "Mission Kit." Additionally, coloring pages with key spiritual teachings and images will be an inviting way for the child to share his faith with a friend.
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