Most children do not want to think about school during the summer months. However, that changes when the idea is Vacation Bible School (VBS). Most churches hold weeklong VBS sessions during the summer that provide recreational activities for children, along with lessons designed to teach them about God. An island theme helps children think of getting away to the beach so they are more eager to learn and participate.
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Surf the Island Waters
Ocean waters surround islands, so surfing is a natural activity on an island. Let each child make his own surfboard. Cardboard--usually available at any warehouse or shipping and receiving business--makes great surfboards. Collect pieces of cardboard that are long enough to cut out a surfboard for each VBS student. Let the children paint the surfboards with water-based paint so they can get into the island theme of the class. Let the children take the surfboards home with them as a keepsake on the last day of VBS.
Tiki poles are a natural decoration for a tropical island Vacation Bible School class. A Tiki decoration that will be a hit with VBS children is a pinata. A Tiki pinata adds to the tropical island theme of a VBS class, but it also provides active enjoyment for kids. Stuff the Tiki pinata with Christian novelty items that are available online, at Christian book retail outlets or at party supply retailers. These items can be plastic rings, plastic puzzles, rubber bracelets and bands and compact discs. Wait until the end of the day during one of the VBS sessions and let the children take turns trying to break open the Tiki pinata.
Palm Tree Cooler
Palm trees are always found on tropical islands. Put a palm tree in your VBS classroom with an inflatable palm tree cooler. The palm tree cooler adds to the tropical island theme of VBS and it also serves as a way to keep bottled water or juice boxes cold for the VBS students. The inflatable palm tree cooler is available online or at party supply retailers. For less than £13, the palm tree cooler will be a focal point of a VBS classroom. The cooler is portable enough to move outside to provide refreshments for outdoor games.
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