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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Maddy and the Magic Scarf

Birmingham Children's Theater presents a cardboard theater puppet show right in your living room! They have also included some ideas for follow-up activities with your children. And, we all know how much fun can be had by creating your own puppets with small paper bags and those lone socks. Pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Maddy and the Magic Safari
Maddy is drawing one of her favorite magical creatures and she wants to get the stripes just right, but she’s never met a Zebracorn! What’s an adventurer to do? With her faithful and fearful companion, Puffball, Maddy goes on a fantastical field trip and finds Magical Creatures around every corner!
"Maddy and the Magic Safari" | BCT Cardboard Puppet Theatre
 Maddy and Puffball meet many magical creatures on their journey. Some of these creatures are combinations of animals that really exist (examples: a turtle and rhinoceros, a flamingo and a gopher).
What animals or plants can you combine to make a new creature? Draw and describe your new creation.

Where does your magical creature live? Is their habitat a combination too? Draw and describe a habitat for each creature you created. Be sure to tell what makes this habitat perfect for your creature.

Write a story about your creature(s) and its (their) habitat.
"Maddy and the Magic Safari"
Written and Directed by Alex Ungerman
Performed by Becca Yeager
Additional Puppetry by Jessie Kisor, Justin Kirkpatrick & Charity Sellers
Puppet Creation by Charity Sellers
Stage and Scenic by Justin Kirkpatrick
Edited by Brooke Dunn
The Making of Turtle Takes Her Time:
The Making of "Turtle Takes Her Time"
BCT also offers Behind the Scenesvideos showing how we make each story so that you can learn to make your own stories at home! Looking for more BCT Cardboard Puppet Theatre productions? Just click the button below!
Want to support more work like this? You can Donate today and help BCT continue to educate, enrich, and entertain into the next season and beyond!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

National Scavenger Hunt Day

I know we have all been on all sorts of scavenger hunts and remember the excitement in finding items on the list! We need to thank a women who decades ago apparently created a scavenger hunt for a social soiree activity, and it really caught on. So much so, that today we celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started, but lists and places can continue to change and offer continued fun.


Now that the weather is so beautiful outside, scavenger hunts are a good way to get the family outdoors. This particular hunt idea uses an egg carton for the collection vessel and items that I know can be found in my neighborhood. The goal is to collect each item drawn on the picture and place it in the corresponding cup. The egg carton can be closed up while walking to keep things in place. If you don't have an empty egg carton, you can use a bag or shoebox with the list of items taped to or drawn on the bag. This is not an exact science, so just make it work for your family and your surroundings. For example, if you are at the beach, switch out some items for sand and shells. Mostly, have a wonderful time watching your children explore the world around them!

Another quick and easy way to do a scavenger hunt is to put a piece of masking tape or blue painters' tape on your child's wrist, sticky side out. Create a short list of items to find that will be light enough to stick to the tape as you hunt. Kids love this! It is also a fun way just to take a walk and allow children to pick up just what sticks to and fits on the tape.

If you haven't checked out the scavenger hunt I created for the Jemison Trail, you can find that list on my blog from March 20. It is a little more challenging, but with Shades Creek and all the things growing and living there, it provides an interesting walk along the trail.

As always, we invite you to join us on Sundays for a variety of classes and services. We have livestream worship at 11:00 a.m. We also have an adult Sunday school class, a youth Sunday school class, and a children's class taught usually from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Though we hate not being in fellowship with one another during services or classes, some of the positives about having the YouTube channel is you can watch when it is good for your family, pause to talk about anything that comes up with your children and you can go back and watch any classes you missed. Awesome!

CLICK HERE FOR CRAFT for Sunday school.

Click HERE  for IPC's You Tube livestream channel for worship service and Sunday school classes.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Professor Paige and Miss Betsy

This is our first official day of summer break, but, of course, we have been apart so long it doesn't feel much different. But here is a treat for you! Professor Paige and Miss Betsy wanted to say hi to all our school friends. Maybe this video will help you think of all the lessons they taught you about Science and God's Great Big World during the past year. It is so good to see their faces and hear their voices. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Join us Sunday!

We invite you to join us on Sundays for a variety of classes and services. We have livestream worship at 11:00 a.m. and a Vespers service May 17th at 5:00. We also have an adult Sunday school class, a youth Sunday school class, and a children's class taught usually from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Though we hate not being in fellowship with one another during services or classes, some of the positives about having the YouTube channel is you can watch when it is good for your family, pause to talk about anything that comes up with your children and you can go back and watch any classes you missed. Awesome!

Check them out at IPC YouTube Channel.

CLICK HERE for last Sunday's children's craft.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Homemade Cool Treats for the Last Day of School

On our calendars it says THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Who could have imagined that our last day was actually Friday, March 13th? Boy, I miss you all! Celebrate anyway with lots of play and maybe some kitchen activities like creating homemade popsicles.

Making your own popsicles at home allows you to control the ingredients, get creative and mix flavors you know your children will like, and save you money. You can pick up inexpensive popsicle molds at the store or order them inexpensively. These recipes are also easy enough that your children can get in the kitchen with you and measure and pour and you can chat about the science of mixing and freezing.
Here are some popsicle recipes that any kid should love.

Banana Popsicles
4 bananas
4 ounces avocado
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder (can omit if child doesn't like or cannot eat chocolate)
4 Tbsp. Peanut or other nut butter or Sun Butter
1 cup milk, can be non-dairy

Place all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze at least 8 hours.

Root Beer Float Popsicles
1 15 oz. can root beer
1 cup vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt or coconut milk ice cream, slightly softened

Fill each of 10 molds ½ to ½ full of ice cream
Fill rest of mold with root beer. You will have to let foam settle down and pour again to completely fill.
Freeze overnight.

Pineapple Orange Popsicles
2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
3 ripe bananas
1 cup 100% orange juice

Mix all ingredients in a blender and pour into 10 popsicle molds. Freeze about 4 hours.

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup lemonade
2 Tbsp. honey (optional)

Blend the strawberries and lemonade first, then drizzle in honey if using. Pour into 8 popsicle molds and freeze about 4 hours.

Frozen Fruit Crush
This recipe is fun because you can mix the fruits to match your tastes. Get creative!
4 cups of your favorite juicy fruit, (i.e. mangoes, oranges, berries, kiwis)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (preferably fresh, but bottled works!)
3 Tbsp. sugar

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until the fruit mixture is thick and smooth.
Here you have 2 options:
1. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze OR
2. Pour the mixture into ice cub trays. Freeze until hard. Then throw the fruit cubes back into the       blender on medium speed until crushed. Serve in bowls.

Gummy Worm Lemonade Ice Popsicles - This recipe is from a previous post, but is worth repeating because of its fun factor. Of course, you don't have to add the gummy worms and you will have simple Lemonade Popsicles.

1 & 1/2 C favorite lemonade
1 & ½ C or 8 Oz gummy worms (Trader Joe's has healthier, naturally colored gummy worms)

Pour the lemonade, pour into a container with a spout.

Stuff about 3 gummy worms in each of 10 3-ounce popsicle molds. Adjust if your molds are different sizes. Fill the molds with the lemonade, just enough to cover the worms. Freeze for at least 10 hours.

Homemade popsicle recipes have been around a long time and continue to pop up on many sites and in many recipe books. You can actually use these recipes as guides for mixing your own favorite flavors!

And don't forget about the old reliable milkshakes and floats that are a cinch to make at home and quite a treat on a hot Birmingham day!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Activities for the Would Have Been Graduation Day: Bring the Outside In

This would have been graduation day for our 4's and 5's classes. It is always such a special service in the sanctuary with the children raising their voices in the call to worship, songs, and prayer. How bittersweet it is to think about being apart from our friends on what should be a huge day of celebration. We will definitely share hugs at a later date, but, in the meantime, will you please give your precious children a big hug from Miss Kathy?!

Bringing the Outside In, by Sandra Duncan and Jody Martin, is a great book and has lots of ideas for using what is found in nature to spark imagination and learning.

Here is a simple idea about pine cones (that in many places could be found on a walk around the block):

“Conduct a scavenger pine cone hunt to see who can collect the most in a short period of time. Once found, there are many experiences you can have with children, such as categorizing, classifying and matching…The authors explain that “it is also great fun to paint pine cones because of all their nooks, crannies, bumps and crevices.”

And here’s one more painting idea the authors share:

 “Nature provides so much variety that sometimes it is surprising what can be created from leftover kitchen scraps. The next time lunch is prepared for children, see what kitchen scraps can be salvaged for their next adventure in painting. Dip the kitchen leftovers into paint and watch the excitement begin.” The authors give these examples of scraps that would work well to dip in paint: banana peels, carrot tops, celery stalk bottoms, potato peelings, citrus fruit rings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

Bubbles and soapy water are magnets for children. Running out of bubble solution can prove to be quite a disappointment, so I wanted to share a simple, 3 ingredient recipe for making a homemade bubble solution. Children can definitely help with the measuring and pouring and stirring. And, remember the kitchen can be your science lab so talk about what happens when you mix this up.

5 cups water
2 cups dish soap, like Dawn or Joy
¾ cup corn syrup
Container with a lid for mixing and storing (a pitcher with a lid works great)
Smaller containers for individual bubble solution
Bubble wands - these can easily be saved from store bought bubbles

How To:
1. Pour the corn syrup into the 5 cups of water.
2. Stir really well.
3. Measure the dish soap and add to the corn syrup/water mixture.
4. Stir well again. Don't shake it up or you will be overwhelmed with foaming bubbles.
5. Pour bubble solution into smaller containers for each child.

BLOW BUBBLES AND HAVE FUN! This solution makes big, strong bubbles.Your kids will have fun for hours!

I know we are getting into good hand washing routines, but sometimes it does seem boring and we may be tired of singing Happy Birthday. This website will liven up your next hand washing for sure.
This is a funny link a teacher shared with me after her teenage daughters discovered it. Type in your child’s  favorite song, print it out and it will show you how to wash your hands properly phrase by phrase. Tape it (or certainly multiples so everyone doesn't have to agree on one song) over the sink for easy reference.  And when you are tired of a song, there are plenty more to choose.

The Wheels on the Bus is especially cute!! 

SINKS AND WADING POOLS! And, what could be more fun than playing in a sink full of bubbles? Or a wading pool filled up with suds now that it is getting warm? Get your child safely in front of the sink or next to a pool (or in it if it is warm enough - can double as a really fun bath!) and stay close! Fill up your sink or pool with soapy water and give them plastic measuring cups, bowls, sieves, hand beaters, and utensils and let them enjoy. 

They could also have a car wash or give a baby doll a bath. There is endless fun when you pair kids with water!