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It may be nearly a year away, but there’s just something about Vacation Bible School that gets me SO excited! I love taking a look at all of the options that are going to be available to choose from for the upcoming year. I really believe 2017 is going to be an AMAZING year! Lots of different themes are really challenging children to get creative, use their God given talents, dig deep into HIS word and have fun while doing it!
You may have seen my previous posts about LifeWay’s VBS themes for 2016 and 2017 (Submerged and Galactic Starveyors), but I thought I’d share another really fun option that’ll really get your gears turning! Maker Fun Factory is organized by Group Children’s Ministry, and through this VBS package children will be taking on the role as inventors as they discover that we were fearfully and wonderfully made by God the creator!
Be sure to visit their website to get a sneak peak at all of the resources that are already put together for Maker Fun Factory! (You can even listen to the music tracks, which I am totally loving!)
Click HERE to view lots of Maker Fun Factory decor ideas (and find out where to buy it, too!)
One of my favorite areas to help out with during VBS is crafts. I haven’t gotten my hands on one of the Maker Fun Factory craft kits yet, so I’m really not sure what crafts they’re recommending. However, I decided it would be fun to go ahead and start brainstorming some craft ideas that encourage children to become little engineers and turn simple, ordinary items into something really extraordinary! I’ve collected 13 different craft ideas, so take a look around! If your church decided to go with this theme and use any of these craft ideas, I’d love for you to leave a comment below! Happy crafting! 😉
Magnetic Alien Robot – Aren’t these little wacky robots adorable? I really love these because they materials are really inexpensive to put together, and the bright and vibrant colors make it extra fun! This craft comes to us from Real Purdy – a great little blog with tons of fun and interesting craft ideas!
Craft Stick Catapults – This is another craft that costs just pennies on the dollar to make, but it’ll leave little inventors entertained and having fun! You can find a step by step tutorial on how to put this craft stick catapult together over at There’s Just One Mommy! Watch out for flying objects, though! 😉
Moving Noodle Robots – Kids will be mesmerized by the fact that they’re able to easily build a robot that MOVES, and with only a few tools needed! Get the scoop on how to assemble this little guy over at Teach Preschool right now!
Paper Plate Marble Maze – This is one for the younger little engineers in the group. I really love this one because it keeps kids entertained and focused trying to get the marble to pass through a certain color. Buggy and Buddy has the skinny on how to easily assemble this marble maze as well as some fun challenge and game ideas to go with it!
DIY Robot Puppets – These little DIY robots use craft string and brads to move around and dance in all sorts of funky ways! Kids will have fun decorating their robots however they like while learning how they move! Visit Bloesem to find out how to put these little cuties together and to spark some other fun and creative ideas!
Rubber Band Car – What kid wouldn’t want to make one of these super cool little cars? I mean, I want to make one right this very second for myself! This is another fun craft project that little engineers are really going to fall in love with. Visit Crafts by Amanda to get the full scoop on how to make them!
Balloon Hovercraft – Mum in the Mad House is seriously on top of their came when it comes to cool and inventive crafts! Kids will be launching their own balloon hover crafts into outer space in mere minutes when they build this super cool little flying machine! Visit their website to learn more!
DIY Marble Maze -I really love this craft idea because kids can really get creative and make their mazes as easy or as difficult as they want to! This craft uses really simple and inexpensive materials that you can likely find around the house. Visit Kids Activities Blog to learn more and to find even more super cool craft ideas!
Building Towers with Straws Craft – Talk about a craft that uses some serious ingenuity! See how high, wide or unique kids can make their towers using straws and washi tape! Lemon Lime Adventures is sharing all about this little creative project here, so head on over and check it out!
Floating Ball Craft/Activity – This is a really simple craft that would be appropriate for any age at VBS! The craft itself won’t take long for kids to complete, but you can create all sorts of games that the kids can play with this. See who can hover the ball the longest, the highest, etc. Lots of fun possibilities with this one! Read more about it at All for the Boys!
Air-powered Car – Now this one is SUPER cool! It’s more appropriate for older kids to make this one, but younger children could make this with some adult assistance. This air powered car will really make kids feel like true inventors! Find a list of needed items and assembly instructions at Planet Smarty.
Straw Rockets – See how high your little inventor can launch their rocket creation into the sky with these adorable straw rockets! You can find step by step instructions plus a free printable rocket template over at Buggy and Buddy!
And perhaps if you’re looking for something a little bit more suited for a younger audience, OR if you prefer a craft that is quick, easy and requires minimal preparation, you might like a few of these cute little craft kids I found over at Oriental Trading!