This year's theme was born out of inspiration from a program that our youth group, On Fire for Him, did at Easter time.
This included stories of lost and found sheep, coins, and people. We had a lot of fun expanding our time to include rotations between craft and a new activity time this year.
We hope you enjoy and get the chance to make your own Lost and Found VBS!
Then we used parts of Jesus' story to explain how he came to find the lost (us!)
Schedule- 5-6 day VBS
2. Music – 10-15 min
3. Lost and Found Story time-5-10
4. Arts and crafts-10 min
5. Lost and found treasure hunt- 10 min
6. Lesson 10-15 min
7. Memory Verse- 5 min
8. Snack- 5 min (as leaving)
Day 1: Handprint Camels
Supplies: Construction paper, crayons
Day 2: Sheep rolls
Supplies: Sheep cut outs, toilet paper rolls, glue, crayons
Day 3: Coin mobile
Supplies: Cardboard circles of all kinds, glue, glitter, paper plates, string, popsicle sticks
Day 4: Father's Arms
Supplies: Cutout hands and person, glue, crayons, memory verse, googly eyes Day 5: Binoculars
Supplies: 2 toilet paper rolls, string, stickers, crayons, stapler, hole punch
Optional: Good Samaritan
Supplies: Construction paper, people cutouts, googly eyes, felt bandaids, glue, crayons
Theme song: Seek Ye First
Hint: Also a great one to make up signs to.
The kids liked learning it to sing up front and we had them sing with us on sabbath during church.
And if you want to know more about the songs used by On Fire for Him (OFFH): click here
We played games at the other VBS' before just to kill some time. This year we had specific theme games. We found that letting the kids play at the beginning what they chose while we wait for others to come helped get other kids interested in coming. It gets the wiggles out. Then we'd introduce the theme game. This worked well at Bethel because they had outdoor space. It was a little harder to do at Ketchikan, so we modified the games to play indoors.
Day 1: Maze
How to: Create a maze with ropes or chairs and lead kids through blind folded.
Day 2: Ocean Stormy
How to: Kids lines up on a line and a person in the middle calls a color and those with that color run to the other side. Game continues as such.
Day 3: Coin search
How to: Coins are hiding in an area and kids are given a time limit to find as many as they can.
Day 4: Hide and Go Seek
How to: Have the kids hide and then go seek them.
Day 5: Balloon game
How to: Like volleyball but with a balloon
Optional: Bandage the wounded
How to: Have plenty of gauze and a volunteer (usually a VBS team member). Then time kids or teams of kids to see who can wrap the wound the fast. A leg or an arm is the best and easiest thing for kids to wrap up.
Goodies and Snacks
Prize box: Also we had a prize box for those who answer questions at the end of the lesson and also those who memorized the memory verse. These goodies were things that didn't go into the regular bags: think bubbles, bigger balls, small games, etc.
Snacks: Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! We know healthy might be better, but these always go over well and we do mix it up with some fruit.