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It’s no secret that 2020 was the rockiest year many of us have experienced in our lifetime. The fast spread of COVID-19 cancelled VBS all across the globe and forced many church doors to close all together. Leaders were left scrambling trying to find a way to safely rework VBS into a virtual or paper format to get the gospel out to children in their communities, and unfortunately so many of us were unable to have VBS at all. I have to say, I never thought I’d see a day when VBS at my own church didn’t happen, and though these times we’re living in are full of turmoil and frustrations, I am so glad that we serve a mighty God who is bigger than all of this that we are experiencing here on Earth.
While I don’t believe that VBS 2021 will look “normal” compared to other years, I am hopeful that we will be able to safely congregate with our church families and children in the community to help kids really “dig” into the truths of Jesus as they discover and unearth artifacts that point the world to the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Check out Lifeway’s teaser video below to catch a glimpse at what the theme will entail!
You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all of your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Seek Truth! Find Jesus!
Scoping out Destination Dig VBS Craft Ideas was a bit trickier than other VBS themes in the past. Destination Dig centers around archaeological excavation sites in present day Israel. Through this theme, kids will be digging up truths about Jesus that prove Biblical events are not just stories, but are true and factual events that happened here on Earth. When you do a quick search for this type of theme on Amazon, it becomes pretty evident that archaeological-themed birthday parties and events aren’t something that happens very often, so finding supplies to match the theme this year may require a little imagination and elbow grease.
When mapping out your craft ideas, channel your inner Indiana Jones and brainstorm scenes with ancient ruins, broken pottery, wooden crates and barrels, sandy excavation sites, canteens, burlap, tents and more! Here’s a few finds that sparked the most inspiration for me. As the months go on, I’ll be adding more ideas as I discover them to help you prepare for a wonderful VBS in 2021!
DIY Playdoh Petroglyphs – Left Brain Craft Brain
DIY Papyrus Paper – Primary Topic Shop
DIY Excavation Kits – Pepper and Pine Youtube Channel
DIY Coffee Ground Fossils – Crafts by Amanda
DIY Potsherds for an Archaeological Dig – Tikkido
Prehistoric Rock Art – Pink Stripey Socks
DIY Excavation Kits – Make Life Lovely (Instead of using dinosaurs, use these gold coins or Jesus rocks!)
DIY Treasure Stones – Make Life Lovely
12 pc Unfinished Treasure Chests – Amazon
Binoculars Craft Kit – Oriental Trading
DIY Scroll Craft Kit (Makes 12) – Oriental Trading
VBS Verse Craft Kit (Makes 12) – Oriental Trading
VBS Photo Frame Craft Kit (Makes 12) – Oriental Trading
VBS Sign Craft (Make 12) – Oriental Trading
VBS Verse-a-Day Craft (Makes 12) – Oriental Trading
Dig Prayer Journals (Makes 12) – Oriental Trading
Color Your Own Take Home Bags (Makes 12) – Oriental Trading
PLEASE PASS ON THE VBS LOVE:
After your VBS has come to an end, please reach out to a fellow church in your area to see if they could use any of your leftover VBS supplies. Many churches (often small congregations) elect to not have a VBS each year because funding is too tight. Just think about all of the additional children that could be presented with the gospel because donated items made VBS at a church possible!
Will your church or your children be participating in Lifeway’s Destination Dig? Do you have other fun Destination Dig VBS Craft Ideas ideas you’d like to share with us, or perhaps some great ideas on how to make VBS a reality this year in a time that seems so uncertain? Leave a comment below and share the VBS love!