Welcome to Water Wonders: A Virtual Family Vacation Bible School! Whether you are in need of a VBS because you couldn’t make it to one, you just want to add a little fun to your family devotions, or you want to make memories before the summer is over….you are in the right place. Welcome to Water Wonders!Welcome to Water Wonders: A Virtual Family Vacation Bible School! Click To Tweet
Over the next four days, we will be hosting a virtual VBS. You can come here to find daily stories, music, crafts, snacks, and activities. My friend Kristi at Creating a Great Day will also be hosting the VBS, so you can go to her blog for VBS activities as well. The Water Wonders theme will cover some of the greatest water Bible stories: Creation, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Big Fish, and Jesus Walking on Water. Come join our tidal wave of fun!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 ESV
The Big Idea Behind Creation: God created the world and everything in it, including you and me. He gave us water to sustain life, but it is also beautiful and powerful. It is here for us to enjoy too!
The Creation Story
Today’s story comes from Genesis 1&2. Depending on the age and attention span of your children, you may choose to read the story straight from the Bible, from your favorite children’s Bible, or watch a video clip depicting the Creation. I love the Jesus Storybook Bible version as well as the Beginners Bible version.
Name the different things that God made together. Write them down or draw pictures. See if you can put them in order. Write them down or draw pictures. Then sing The Creation Song and check your work.
Talk about different bodies of water and describe them. God was even creative in the variety of ways He gives us water. Sing Peace Like a River.
Creation Craft/Service Opportunity: Create water bottle labels. You may create your own or print these out and glue around water bottles that have had the label removed. Your little artists might want to decorate them with stickers too. If you plan to put the bottles in a cooler, you can cover the labels with tape to prevent smudging.
If you want to take your experience a step farther, hand out your water bottles to others who might want or need a drink.
Creation Snack: Check out this Creation Snack Mix. Children of all ages still love to eat! You can use this as a review of the Creation Story as well.
Creation Activity: Celebrate God’s creation by planting a plant and watering it. If your children love art, you could paint a clay pot with a water or creation theme.
Science Experiment Option: Place one end of a cotton string into a water bottle or cup of water. Make sure the cup of water is slightly elevated above the plant. Place the other end of the cotton string about one inch deep into your plant. Secure the dirt around the string. Capillary action will move the water from the water bottle into the plant. That is truly a water wonder! God thinks of everything! (A note of caution: The string may drip, so don’t set it on good furniture or near electronics!)
That concludes Day 1 of Water Wonders! Don’t forget to pray and thank God for His creation–especially water!
Join us for the other days of Water Wonders…
Remember–You never know when an activity will help you point your children to God!
What is your favorite water activity?