At VBC Kids we believe children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3a), and spending time with them is amazing! ...Ok, let’s be honest. If you chuckled a little when I said amazing, here are some Activity Ideas, Conversation Starters, and Adventure Ideas to help your time together be awesome! (or at least intentional and memorable!)
Psalm 78:4, “We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done."
Make memories by doing something out of the ordinary tonight. Be sure to take pictures and watch for God!
- Game Time - Play a Card Game, do a puzzle together, or dig an old board game out of the closet.
- Picnic Party - Have an indoor picnic on the floor and thank God for the food He’s provided. Pray for those around the world who don’t have any today. Read John 6:35 & Matthew 6:25-34
- TV Time - Watch a TV show together, and have someone read a Bible verse each commercial break. Try to find a question each segment that brings up God or points to Jesus? (i.e. Did you see the sky in that shot? God makes beautiful sunsets! Or What do you think about how he treated his parents? What does God say about that? –Ephesians 6:1-2)
- Kid Chefs - Let the kids make dinner or dessert. Find verses about food and thank God for it! (Psalm 145:15-16)
- Family Movie Night! – Pop some popcorn and enjoy a movie together. But before you do, try a popcorn prayer and let each person go around and in one sentence thank God for something, tell Him I love you because…, and then ask Him for something that’s on your heart. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Hide and Seek – Hide Bible verse references all over the house. As kids find them, seek them out in the Bible, have kids write down their favorites, and put them up in their room or the bathroom…somewhere that will encourage them this week. (You know your kids, so find verses you think will encourage them)
- Dance Party!!! Put on songs you can dance to together! Here's some of the music we sing at Kids Church. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIlweo9SxziGxoi16kE4HEQ
Onward, the newest Pixar film, comes out in theaters today. If you choose to see it with your kids, here are some Conversation Starters and Adventure Ideas!
Disclaimer: For any movie, as parents, grandparents, or guardians who come in all relations, you are the ones who are ultimately responsible for the kids God has put in your care. Do your research. Check out pluggedin.com that has many articles to help educate yourself. Go see it ahead of time without your kids. Pray about it, hunt in God's Word to see what He has to say about it, and absolutely do what you feel is right before the Lord. Whatever movies you choose to watch with your kids, watch them with your kids, and ask questions after. Any conversation that points to Jesus is a great one!
You can have great conversations with your kids anytime, and movies are fantastic reasons to start those. Pick your favorites to talk about, or go on an adventure of your own with your kids! (Ideas below)
- There were some super cool characters in the movie. What was your favorite? Why? What’s the coolest thing you think God made in our world? Do you know God made you?
Genesis 1:27 "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Colossians 1:16 "For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him."
Psalm 139:13 "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb."
I think you’re the coolest thing God made!
- What color were their faces? (Blue) What color is your face? Do you want a blue face? No…God made your face just the color that it is, and it’s beautiful!
Psalm 139:13 For You [God] formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.
VBC Kids Conversation Starters (Spoiler alert! You may want to read this after the movie)
You can have great conversations with your kids anytime, and movies are fantastic reasons to start those.
Pick your favorites to talk about or go on an adventure of your own with your kids! (Ideas below)
- Ian Lightfoot was super shy at the beginning of the movie and quite adventurous at the end. What is one thing you wish you were brave enough to do?
- Mushroomton was very diverse. That means there were all kinds of people who lived in Mushroomton. Can you name a few? (Cyclops, elves, trolls, dragons, unicorns, manticore, sprites, mermaids, etc.)
How did they treat each other?
Ian and the Trolls – the trolls outside school wanted to go to his birthday party and they ended up being friends.
Barley and the Sprites - Even though the sprites were mean, they didn’t treat Barley different. Barley tried to help the sprites fulfill their full potential
Officer Colt Bronco and Laurel Lightfoot – They were dating even though they were clearly different
How do you treat people who are different than you?
How did Jesus treat people who were different than Him? (He healed them, ate with them, spoke to them, etc.) Matthew 9:36, Matthew 9:10-13, Matthew 19:14, etc.
What verses can you find about how God wants you to treat other people? (Hint: Ephesians 4:32, Luke 6:31, John 15:12, I John 4:20-21 1 Peter 3:8-12)
- Ian didn’t grow up with his dad. Who did he find that took the place of his dad? Who is someone in your life that you look up to? Why do you think that person is a good role model or not?
- Ian wasn’t sure who he was or what he was made to do, but by the end of the story he was figuring that out! God made you with something very special and very specific in mind. What do you think God made you to do?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39
- While on their quest Ian couldn’t do a spell to make the rocks fall. What did Barley do? (He gave up something he loved for the benefit of someone he loved) How is that like or unlike Jesus? What did Jesus do for you? (He gave up His life for us)
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." - John 15:13
"So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." - Hebrews 9:28
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." - Mark 10:45
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." – Romans 5:6-8
"For God so lovedthe world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." – John 3:16
- Ian also gave up something for Barley. What was that? (He gave up the opportunity to meet his dad…)
Have you ever given up something for someone? Was it hard? Was it worth it in the end?
How do you think Jesus felt when He gave up His life for us?
Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."
Mark 14:36 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” He said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. “Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for You. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.”
Was it worth it in the end?
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Beach Outing - Find a beach with cliffs like the ones by the fountain at the end of the movie. https://www.dailycal.org/2019/06/14/when-the-sea-calls-it-calls-6-beaches-to-visit-near-berkeley/
- Road Quest - Ian and Barley Lightfoot drove through all different types of terrain on their quest. Drive to Point Reyes or another area that has several different landscapes along the way.
- Scavenger Hunt/A Walk in the Park - The brothers had to walk from Raven’s Point to each point. Set up a scavenger hunt for your kids or find a great local park to take a walk in together. https://www.ebparks.org/
- Dance Party!!! Put on songs you can dance to together! Can you copy any of their dad's dance moves? Dance silly and laugh 'til your cheeks hurt! Here's some of the music we sing at Kids Church. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIlweo9SxziGxoi16kE4HEQ
- Cheetos Race - Go to a gas station and get some Cheetos puffs. (seriously) Find a stream or any moving water (even if it’s in your front yard) and have each person pick a Cheetos puff to race. Set them in the water and see who’s wins! If you don’t like the competition, have a Cheetos puff and put it at the top of your driveway or walkway. Turn on the garden hose and see if you can get the Cheetos puff to go all the way down to the street! (Please make sure you pick up the Cheetos puff and throw it away when you’re done. We don’t want to litter!)
- Read a Story - Find any good place to read (beach, park, picnic in the front room, dining room table tent, bedtime) Pick one of these stories, read it, and talk about it together.
Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, Joseph & His Brothers, The Prodigal Son
How were the brothers in these stories similar to or different from the Lightfoot brothers?
How do you think God wants us to act? (Read Ephesians 4:32, Luke 6:31, Mark 12:30-31)