Friday, September 4, 2015

Youth Ministry Invention #33: "EverBlocks" (Youth Room Idea)

" EverBlock Systems offers a modular building system of oversized plastic blocks that facilitates the construction of all types of objects. It's quick and easy to build nearly anything, by stacking and organizing the universal blocks in nearly any shape, pattern, or size.

Anything you've constructed can be taken apart and re-assembled again, and the pieces can be re-used to build other objects, making EverBlock a unique green building method.

We offer rentals and sales of EverBlock™ as well as design and installation services. We can consult with you on large scale or complex projects and provide customized solutions to meet your needs. 


Check out these affordable ($7.00 and under) "lego-like" building blocks that could really be a great way to keep your youth room/area fresh and new through continuing to build and rebuild different things as needed! 

CLICK HERE (to check them out) 

Teaching Clip #43: "God Where Are You?" (Lesson Introduction)

Bonus Teaching Clip (Lesson Wrap Up?)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Game #81: "Puppet Master Charades" (Upfront/Group Game)

- Note Cards
- Egg Timer or Countdown Clock

Quick explanation: Players will be using their partner as a puppet to play charades, to get their team to guess the answer in the time allowed

Before the Game:
- Write down a variety of clues or go and purchase a pre-made charades/charades-like game

Game Play
-Divide the group up into 2 equal teams
-Explain the simple rule…
   *Partners will come to the front. One person will stand behind the other and use them as a puppet
    to act out the assigned charade clue. Their group will have only a certain amount of time (30-60
    seconds?) to correctly guess the clue.
- Switch back and forth between teams.
- Play as many rounds as you like and time allows for


- Usual charades rules apply (
- No speaking
- No acting out letter of numbers

- List of Charades ideas online:
 - Switch around having child puppet parents at some point during the game.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

News U Can Use: "For Steps to Choosing Your Major, Even in Middle School"

".... Two friends were equally lost, so we started on a road trip of self-discovery, seeking out people who had found something they loved and asking them how they’d done it. That trip turned into Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization that produces, among other things, a curriculum for middle and high school students and a long-running public television series about finding meaningful work.

After 15 years of talking to everyone from C.E.O.s to camel ranchers, what we’ve learned is comforting: Most people are unsure when they’re starting out. Where they end up isn’t a direct result of their major; it’s the result of a meandering process. Their major — whether they stuck with it or applied it in new ways — was the start of channeling their interests, values and skills into work that made the struggles and hard work it took to get there worth it. Here are steps to help you do the same.... " READ MORE AT "THE NEW YORK TIMES" 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Top 10: REAL Reasons For Being Late for Pick Up?

There Has Always Been That One Standing Joke and Similarity At Every Youth Ministry No Matter Where I Have Served....  

There is Always One Student That is Waiting at the End of the Night, Event, Activity, Trip, or Lock In Waiting For Their Parents to Pick Them Up.  Often it is a half hour to an hour or sometimes even more! 

Here are 10 Absolutely REAL Reasons I Have Heard from
Parents for Being Late to Pick Up....

10. "Sorry, I Forgot How Many Children I Had?" 

9.  "I Just Remembered Where I Left Them?"  

8. "I Decided to Take a Nap and Overslept" 

7. "I Forgot That it Was Youth Group Night?" (*but you dropped them off?)

6.  "My Wife and I Were On a Date (cough) And Lost Track of Time" (seriously..look me in the eye and cough?)

5.  "I Was Really Into What I Was Watching On TV"

4. "Just Thought Eventually You Would Get Tired of Waiting and Drive Them Home"

3.  "My Husband and I Play the Kid's Video Games When They Are Not Home and I was Winning!" 

2. "They Needed A Little Extra "God Time" with You Tonight, So I Waited" 

1.  "I Thought I Had Already Picked Them Up?"

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Vacation Time! See You Soon!

After a rather busy and long year #1 at my new church, along with some cool opportunities to write and provide resources.  I am shutting down the factory for a week or so, to head out on a family vacation.  Our first "away" vacation in 2 years!! (*yikes!) 

See you soon.

Check back after August 24 for some refresh Bloggy Goodness and Ran-Dumb 5th to 8th Grade Resource Fun!

Blessings- DAN