Explorers 2022-2023

Current Year

Year 4 ~ Overview in pictures!

Highlights of what we’ve been up too!


Getting to Know Everyone
(October 17, 2022)

Getting to Know You

    • Activity Sheet – Two Stars and a Wish (things/activities/ideas they’d like to do)
    • My Name is Game/Favorite Food/Placed I’d like to visit, etc.
    • Gummy Bears – Get To Know You Game
    • Crazy Chairs Game
    • Craft – Explorers Emblem Shrinky Dink (for their Hat)
    • Red Bucket Hat – everyone received a Rd Bucket Hat (unless they had one from previous years), to this we attach small craft/memory items to it throughout the year.
    • Camp Song Sing-along

Pumpkin Patch Parable
(October 24, 2022)

Read the book “Pumpkin Parable Patch” – girl’s worked on a related activity sheet and then created a tiny paper pumpkin patch (for their hats), as we talked about the story — “Big or Small God picked us all.”

Yummy treat for the night was the girl’s decorated Spider Cupcakes.

 


October 31, 2022 – No meeting (Halloween).

 


Hike – Enniskillen Conservation Area Trails
(November 7, 2022)

Everyone met at Kim’s and then we headed north on our night walk (lucky us – the rain held off and we even got to look at the stars).

Using an App on Kim’s phone we tried to figure out what the bright star was, we think in was Jupiter. Tonight there was also going to be a lunar eclipse so the moon was pretty bright and before we left it was surrounded by a bluish colourful sky, pretty cool.

Below is a photo of what was in the sky over Toronto that same night. Jupiter can be seen up on the right, second in. The moon is near the bottom left.

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Armour of God
(November 14, 2022)Armour of God Book

Read the book “The Armour of God Ephesians 6:10-18 by Agnes and Salem DeBezenac and did an activity sheet and received an Armour of God Bookmark.

Game #1 – Armour of God Invisible Battle (Life Size Battleship-Like Game)
One team would pick a square of the other team’s and then the girl standing on that square was asked a question about the Armour of God, if they got it wrong it was a hit.

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Game #2 – Obstacle Course
Girl’s had to go through an obstacle course to collect laminated armour pieces for their hats.

 


Armour of God, cont’d
(November 21, 2022)

Hat Craft – put Armour Stickers on picture of a girl, they were later laminated and given to the girls the following meeting.

Activity – Girl’s traced each other onto paper, then we played a game where they tossed an “Armour of God Dice”, to see which piece of armour to add to their drawing. A race to see who might be the first person to roll the dice to get all the pieces of armour.

 


What’s In The Bible?
(November 28, 2022)

Flashlight Bible Book Scavenger Hunt

Girl’s took a flashlight, picked a “book of the bible” card from a glass bowl, then headed upstairs into the DARK sanctuary to search for the matching card somewhere in the pews. Once they found their matching card they headed downstairs to the Books of the Bible display to place their card on the correct book. The spare card was then dropped in a magnetic box on the board and off they went to pick another card and back upstairs.

Movie – What’s in the Bible? DVD #1 — Episode 1 (Intro to the Bible)

Begins with an overview of the importance of the Bible in history and in people’s lives. ● Describes the “One Big Story” of God and what he’s done for us. ● Introduces the Books of the Bible ● What’s a Testament? ● Who wrote it? etc.


Black Light Night: Jesus Is Our Light
(December 4, 2022)

IMG_1450Girl’s received: a glow in the dark necklace, a UV Reactive Bead Necklace, a Purple Glow in Dark Name Tag and to later pin on their hats: a Glow-in-the-dark Flower (or Happy Face) Pin and a green “Jesus is Our Light 2022” Glow Badge.

Glow in the Dark Golf Putting CupsGolf Tee Glow in the Dark Paw PrintBlack Light Games

NEW this year was a 3-hole mini putt course!
Pictures taken after set-up so you can see the layout before the lights went out.

Plus, previous games we do every year under Black Lights: Plinko, Bowling, Hole-in-One Golf.

Hoover Soccer BallWe finished the night with a Hoover Soccer Ball Tournament, the girl’s played so hard they busted both soccer balls!! LOL

Craft: Advent Wreath

Everyone made an Advent Wreath and finished it off with flameless tea lights.
The Advent Candles are: Hope – Peace – Joy – Love – Jesus is our Light center (white).

Advent Wreath

They also received an “Advent Booklet” that contained:

    • the prophets foretelling Jesus’ birth and the story of Jesus’ birth,
    • the history of the advent wreath,
    • advent readings for each Sunday, and five activity pages.

Twelve Gifts Game
(December 12, 2022)

The “Twelve Gifts” Game

For this game each girl was given a boxed gift, they were then asked if they had the gift of _________ (example “a house to live in that was warm”), if there answer was yes, they raised their hand, then traded their wrapped gift with another person who had raised their hand. With each of the 12 Gifts we talked about those who don’t have the luxury of having that gift, which we take for granted. Once we had gone through all of the 12 Gifts the girls swapped their box one more time with someone else, then they all opened their box they had now in their hands.

12 Gifts 3-D Ornament

Inside each box were the pieces needed to make a 3-D Paper Star Ornament (each was different–Kim had cut all these shapes with a Cricut machine). Kim showed us how to put the pieces on top of each other, in the correct order, with a sticky foam piece placed between each layer. They were beautiful when done, as you can see in the above photo!!

The ornaments were not to keep, but to be given away, so we each wrote on the back of our ornament who the gift was for and who it was from, to be delivered by each girl later.

Christmas Story ~ Snack Stations

In groups of 2-3 girls proceeded through the Christmas Story Stations. At each station was a “Story Card” they had read it out-loud, then they collected the matching snack ingredient from a bowl into their sandwich bag (example: Shepherds – Pretzel (Staff), Sheep – Mini-Marshmellows). [We adapted this snack idea found here.]


Christmas Party
(December 19, 2022)

Nativity Escape Room Game

Included six nativity escape room stations each with an Activity Sheet Puzzle to solve, before moving to the next room (station). 

Below is Room 1 (Station): A puzzle to solve with a decoder.

Nativity Escape Room Station 1

Hat Decoration

Hat Craft Nativity Escape Room

Decorating Christmas Cookies

Angel Ornaments

Girl’s made several angel ornament each, a small one to keep, and larger ones for the next Christmas Craft Bazaar. Made with wooden peg dolls and wooden a heart (thanks to one of the Dads who cut out all the wooden hearts for us!), felt wings, a tinsel halo, and ribbon for hanging.


No meetings on Dec. 26/2022
or Jan. 2 or 9, 2023


Dance Party
(January 16, 2023)

Bible Book Scavenger Hunt

Girl’s had to dig into their bibles and look up answers to several questions, using the Table of Contents, Book-Chapter-Verse, or Concordance.

Dance Party with the VeggieTales

Luanne set-up her “VeggieTales Dance Dance Dance” Game where the girls in teams of two tested out their skill at following the arrows as they fell on the screen and stepping on the correct arrow on the dance pad, at the right moment.

Great fun had by all, as well as those watching and singing along to the onscreen lyrics!

I forgot to take a photo of the new set-up in the computer lab, but here is a photo of another time they played this same game with a video projector set-up. They want to do this again!!

 

 

 

Dance Pads (3)


Salvation
(January 23, 2023)

Slim, “The String Story” and 4GIVEN key chain

The girl’s made slim that revolved around a object lesson on sin.

“The String Story” (Cat’s in the Cradle String Idea) comes from the book by Karen Henley titled “Salvation: The Foundation of Living with God Book”. Her “String Story” is an interactive way to talk about Sin, Salvation and how Jesus set us free that they can learn, then share with family and friends. Everyone also put together a 4GIVEN key chain for their hat or backpack.

Here’s are some photos from tonight.