Staycation VBS – Week of June 7th

Week of June 7th – God is With Us
Moses and the People Enter the Wilderness
Exodus Chapter 12: 33-39; Exodus 16: 1-8; Exodus 17: 1-7

Arts and Crafts

NAME ROCKS: 

NAME ROCKS:   Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness learned that God was with them and could provide (water, quail, manna).  God knows us and loves us, and even knows our names!   You will have stones to paint with acrylic paints and in your design we are asking you to include your FIRST NAME on the top of the stone. 

SUPPLIES: River rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes.  Protect your clothes from acrylic paint and wash your brushes when finished.  You will also need paint brushes for week 4 watercolor project. 

We would love for you to bring your finished painted rock to the church, 6306 Roe, Prairie Village, Ks. and place it on the ramp railing at the church entrance.  We will have a vinyl sign on the railing that says “God Is With Us,” and all the name stones will be gathered together because we cannot come together in person at this time.  Regardless, God is with us! 

Drama

Re-enact the story. Film it in parts and make your own movie.  Most ipads and iphones have imovie.  Can also download Clips which allows you to put them together.

Questions
  1. The wilderness for the Israelites was the desert and barren lands of the Sinai Peninsula, however, wilderness can mean any place that feels empty and we feel lost.  Have you ever felt like you were in the wilderness?
  2. If you have ever felt lost in the wilderness, what ways has God provided for you?  In what ways have you felt God present with you? 
  3. The wilderness for the Israelites was the desert and barren lands of the Sinai Peninsula, however, wilderness can mean any place that feels empty and we feel lost.  Have you ever felt like you were in the wilderness?
  4. If you have ever felt lost in the wilderness, what ways has God provided for you?  In what ways have you felt God present with you? 
Recreation

Wandering in the wilderness would have meant a lot of obstacles. Can you make an obstacle course with boxes, chairs, blankets and other items around the house or yard?

As we journey through the wilderness, we remember Moses and the Israelites wandering for 40 years.  We also know from other wilderness stories that in the wilderness, the people learned to trust God and to keep going.

Do you think the people were worried as they followed Moses?  Trusting God for manna, quail and water.  The widow was worried about not having enough flour and oil.  Hannah trusted God in prayer and transformation happened for all those in our stories.

 In the wilderness, we can experience stress and anxiety.  It can be hard to not know what will happen.  One way we can help our bodies is to move.  Moving can help us relax.  God gave us bodies to move.

Sidewalk Chalk obstacle course – You can create an obstacle course in chalk – can you jump, balance and spin?  How creative can you get?  The links have some ideas to use.

youtube.com/watch?v=C6tbQYho0C8           

youtube.com/watch?v=PfKDX_eUUdI

Cosmic Yoga – These are great even for younger kids!!

Dealing with stress and anxiety – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVfIu70T4ns

Mindfulness exercises – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsy2L9VvX90

Go Noodle

Camp classic – Boom Chicka Boom      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b6axyuaKcY 

Melting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTzXFPh6CPI

Feeling Victorious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC0m_-HQcRU

Trust Walk – leaning together

Science

The Leak-Proof Bag

Background: Plastic bags are made out of long chains of individual monomers, which together form polymers.  When you puncture a plastic bag with a sharp object, you are causing the chains to separate but not break.  These long chains squeeze tight around the surface of the object and prevent any leaks.  God knows that things in life are not always easy and life can be hard to handle.  God gives us the strength to hold together and the hope to keep going!

Supplies: 

  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Water
  • Several sharpened pencils
  • Large bowl or pan

Instructions:

  1. Fill a resealable plastic bag between ½ and ¾ full of water.
  2. Hold a sharpened pencil in one hand and the top of the bag in your other hand.  Slowly push the pencil through one side of the bag.
  3. Push the pencil through until the point comes out the other side of the bag.  Nothing happens.
  4. Continue to pierce the bag with more pencils.
  5. When you have finished, hold the bag over the bowl or pan and remove the pencils.  The water will spill out.

Questions:

How does it work? How did the water stay in the bag?

How as God helped you to “hold it together” during quarantine? 

Bubble in a Bubble

Background: Bubbles form because layers of soap attach to water’s hydrogen bonds.  This creates the oily film you can see shimmer in the light when you look at a bubble.  Sugar added to soap helps to make an extra strong bubble.  When you dip your fingers into a soap/sugar solution and rub it on a countertop or table, you can feel that the solution is thick and sticky.  Great for making strong bubbles!

Supplies: 

  • Granulated sugar
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Tablespoon
  • Scissors
  • Plastic pipette (provided in your bucket) or non-flexible straw
  • Cup

Instructions:

  1. Fill a cup with 9 oz. of water. 
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar to the water.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of dish soap into the sugar water and stir it up.
  4. Use scissors to cut off the very end of the pipette bulb.  If you do not have a pipette, use a non-flexible straw.
  5. Use your hand to wipe down a small section of countertop or table with the solution you have made. 
  6. Dip the large end of the pipette into the soapy, sugar water solution and blow a bubble on the table.
  7. Dip the large end of the pipette back into the solution and stick the pipette into the first bubble. Blow a second bubble.
  8. See how many bubbles you can blow inside of the others. 

Questions:

How does the bond between the sugar and soapy water work to create an even stronger bubble?

Has your bond with your family grown during this challenging time?  How could you add some sugar to make your bond with your family even stronger?

Has your bond with God grown during this challenging time?  How could you add some sugar to make your bond with God even stronger?

Service

Harvesters distributes food to food insecure seniors each month.   Let’s create an upbeat and positive notecard to include with their food items.  Cheer them up by your artwork plus some words (i.e. Sending Happy Thoughts, Happy Hugs for You! Be Strong and Safe, Take Care, God Bless You).  Use the blank notecards but DO NOT SEAL THE ENVELOPE as messages are reviewed by Harvesters staff before sending. 

Please bring the completed cards to Southminster Presbyterian, 6306 Roe Blvd., Prairie Village, Ks. and place them in the basket provided in the front entry.

Supplies – Blank notecards with envelopes.  You can select your own colored pencils, markers, or crayons for decorating or use stickers. 

Snacks

Make a favorite wilderness snack – s’mores! 

Take two graham cracker halves, one-half of a plain Hershey bar, and either miniature marshmallows or a large one, place on a microwave-safe plate and  microwave to melt the marshmallow a bit and squeeze together.  Or if you have a fire pit, roast the marshmallows over a campfire! Give God thanks for this special treat!

Trail Mix – get a supply of favorites like: Cheerios, Pretzels, Nuts, M&Ms, Raisins – mix in a big bowl and enjoy!

Video and Movie

Kids version of Exodus story:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogfVBP35U-U

Looking for chariots in the Red Sea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOIRLsCk-™

Movie – Prince of Egypt (1998) can be rented on Amazon Prime