Hannah Overman Koch

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

VBS Day 5 - Kingdom Rock

Our final day!

Today's Bible Point-
The Bible helps us stand strong!

Today's craft:

Castle Flags

Some examples created by me and my volunteers!

Materials for today's craft include:

card stock, flag pattern, pipe cleaners, masking tape

3 color pipe cleaners and 1 metallic pipe cleaner twisted together with a loop at the top
were created as the flag pipe pole!

The Flag Template

Here's some of the children's wonderfully decorated
Castle Flags...

One child brought her pink prayer bear back to VBS and wanted him in the photo!
So precious!

This is a craft where the children have a space to draw, write or color
their own thoughts from the week.

The flag pipe poles were a great touch!

For the last day, everyone wore their t-shirts from Day Two and
What a sight that was!

The sanctuary was packed with about 260 children and I don't know how many volunteers 
all wearing the t-shirts they colored themselves.
It was surreal and a dream realized.
A wonderful ending for me and all the week's crafts.
Not something I will soon forget...

And better than that was the feeling of sending 168 loved prayer bears and heart pouches
to children living at the Methodist Home for Children.

Our VBS children decorated the heart pouches on Day One
and we packaged them up in 3 bags ready to go!

What a touching week...

finding personal fulfillment by sharing love and creative joy to others on this artist holiday,

Thursday, July 11, 2013

VBS Day 4 - Kingdom Rock

Today's Bible Point-

Trusting God helps us stand strong!

 Today's VBS craft is a great combination between art and craft!

We made badges with aluminum art foil and foam!

First the art foil...

This is a unique product that comes in a few metal colors.
For this craft we decided to go with aluminum art foil.
(It's like really thick aluminum foil!)

A wonderful volunteer who has just the right the right machine cut out over 200 of these 
wonderful shaped circles!

Next was cutting the foam
The foam pieces are about a 1/4 inch larger in diameter than the art foil.
Another big task, but my wonderful volunteers really helped me out again!

After all were cut, time to attach the pin backs.

These are my examples...

We used hot glue to attach the art foil and the pin back.

A flag and part of a castle.

So what did the kids do on this craft?

Emboss of course!!!

I told some of the older children about embossing and some only referred to it as drawing on metal.

It was another craft that really threw them because
I had paint brushes laid out with a brown paper bag.

The bag gave them a surface to push on.

And I instructed the students to use the other end of the paint brush as their embossing tool!

They were stunned yet again...

Here's some student examples.
I tried to take various photos but between the shiny metal (hard not to get a glare) and the time restraint, this was all I could get.

They are pretty cool...

Before the children began, we had a lengthy conversation about what to draw.

I encouraged shapes and patterns.
I asked them not to emboss words because it would be backwards when we attached it to the foam.

I believe students really enjoyed this outside the box craft and getting to wear their very own badge as they called it!

watching so many light bulbs go off was amazing on this artist holiday,

VBS - Day Three Kingdom Rock

Today's Bible Point-

Prayer helps us stand strong!

Already Day 3 and how quickly time has passed in Imagination Station!

Today's craft is:

Stand Strong for God Banner

This was almost the t-shirt design
we decided to use it for this craft!

Way back in the spring...

I pulled out my sketchbook and began thinking about...

design ideas with my pencil.


This design was born and printed on parchment color paper.

It resembles part of a castle while also looking like a 
person standing strong!

Now it was time for the fun!

How did we get it to look so old????

Ball it up!

The kids loved doing this after their shock of it being okay!!

Once the paper was smoothed out,
I shared with the children how to lightly color the 
paper by using the side of the marker and trying to only
hit the ridges.

Either way they were excited to put color to their banners!

Next we needed to tape the banners to dowel rods with twine.

My wonderful volunteers had already tied the twine onto the dowel rods!

Here's some photos of the children's work...

I just love seeing all the various interpretations of color and shade!

And for a little special treat...

Each child received a coin today!


Tearing on the sides can be an activity to add for the older children.

The children loved this craft and how surprised they were to get to ball up the paper!
It was a lot of fun!

seeing more ideas come to life in the hands of children on this artist holiday,