I am working on a series of How To videos to help get some practice in front of the camera and in the editing process. I still have a long way to go before I am smooth enough to be considered good, but I do think that this video has some neat ideas if nothing else. There are two versions of the video. The first one had examples for each category, but when I got to the end of the video it was over 20 minutes long. So I went back and edited a much shorter version that clocks in at just over 10 minutes. If even that is too much for you, just skip to the last minute to get a quick recap of the whole thing.
I have been working on expanding the Faithcraft Bible Study into a 6 week study. Honestly it is a bit of a stretch at 6 weeks. The overall idea that we are having fun playing Minecraft and talking about it at church gets a little stale after 4, but with this new run of the lessons I have been able to come up with some new ideas that I think make this a really fun Bible study to to teach and hopefully a meaningful one for the kids.
As always I have plans to make this a more formal study, but until we get there, here is the outline for a study that studies Jeremiah 29:11-13
Faithcraft Seeking God (The lesson outline in PDF)
This is the activity we did during the second week of Faithcraft (our new Minecraft Bible Study). You can find out more information about that here.
Searching for Treasure Archeology Dig
The Main Idea:
You will be creating a plaster and sand brick that contains gemstones for children to find.
What You Will Need:
- Plaster of Paris
- Gemstones (I got these on Amazon)
- Safety Glasses
- Hammers (I picked these up at Dollar Tree)
- Wire brushes (I picked these up at Dollar Tree)
- Loaf pans or other small containers that will hold the mixture
Before Your Lesson:
- Go to http://longlivelearning.com/2012/11/homemade-geology-dig-kit/ and follow the direction you find there on how to make your bricks.
- If I were doing this again I would make the mix in smaller containers so that each kid can have their own small brick to break.
- Since I wanted it to be easy to break apart I added lots of sand to my bricks. Some of them worked better than others.
- If you can give this a good 48 hours to set up it would be better. Some of my bricks were a little damp still on the inside.
How it Works
- Since we only had 4 hammers we took turns looking for stones. If you have enough hammers and stones you can just let kids go at it.
- It will be VERY MESSY, so I would suggest putting a blanket down or doing this activity outside.
- Give kids instructions on how to break open the bricks and then let them have at it.
- Give them the brushes to clean their stones. Some cups of water might help the polishing process too.
- Jeremiah 29:11-13 says that we will find God when we search for Him with all of our heart.
- In this activity you were searching for what was valuable
- The same is true when it comes to God. We must be willing to search for Him even when things are hard.