I'm sure people around here wonder why I'm not more involved with kid-type stuff at church, considering that I'm the main contributor of kids to these functions. Well, I don't like kids. Ha!
But whether I like them or not, Dad is trying to recruit for VBS again and I'm in the habit of bailing him out. Last year I did the music, which I found somewhat less unappealing than teaching (I'm also not all that musically gifted, but that's life in a small town).
We use stuff from Pax Domini, which is economical, theologically reliable, and free of garish colors and patronizing lessons and activities designed around the premise that kids are stupid, which makes the week less painful for me. It's a bare-bones curriculum that gives suggestions rather than prescriptions for crafts and music. Last year we did "The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want" (easy to put actions to for the little guys), "All Who Believe and Are Baptized" (I had some visual aid type things for this one), and "I Am Trusting Thee Lord Jesus" (the older kids learned more of the verses). I may use one of these again, but I thought I'd ask if anybody stopping by had some recommendations for particularly kid-friendly hymns, possibly with actions or other extras to help non-readers learn the words over the course of the week (and maybe even remember them after that?). Please feel free to leave ideas in the comments of later posts after this one cycles out if you think of something two months from now, as I will doubtless still be putting it off at that time (I think I have until July).