Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a weeklong experience for preschool and elementary age children. Most VBS programs take place in Protestant churches. Teachers and helpers use Bible-based lessons, easy-to-learn songs and crafts to reinforce the VBS theme. VBS leaders use trash-to-treasure craft ideas because it involves recycled items that are easy to find.
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Tuna Can Bug House
There are safari and outdoor themed VBS programs that use trash-to-treasure craft projects. The tuna can bug house allows kids to make something they can take home and use outside. Teachers also teach children about the environment while they create the craft. The tuna can bug house calls for basic materials such as tuna cans, wire, glue and mesh screen. The instructions are available at mailjust4me.com.
Egg Carton Ladybug
Ladybirds are a common VBS craft because of the summer theme. VBS volunteers can keep egg cartons throughout the year to use for the ladybug craft. Other supplies include googly eyes, pipe cleaners, markers, crayons and scissors. Teachers working with younger children can colour the ladybug with crayons while older children can use either markers or Tempera paints. Complete instructions are available at EnchantedLearning.com.
Kids enjoy making sand jars with baby food jars because they personalise their own jars. Younger children will need supervision with the sand but are able to choose their colours and layer the sand as they desire. Besides coloured sand and clean baby jars, VBS teachers need to have small funnels available for kids to sift the sand into the jar. Instructions are available at kidactivities.net.
Toilet paper rolls and clean Popsicle sticks are common VBS craft supplies. The pencil holder is appropriate for all VBS ages. Kids colour the sticks in a colour scheme they prefer and can decorate with foam shapes or woodsies. A complete list of supplies and instructions are available at makingfriends.com.
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