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This is the place to find things written or submitted by the creator of Kidology.org, Karl Bastian.

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All Access Jolly Rancher Toss Review Game

Just a simple fun review game that is YUMMY too!

Candy Review Game
All Access Live Comic Teaching

Kids Love Comics! Skip the videos and PowerPoints, just DRAW the Bible Story and your kids will be glued to the story!

Creative Teaching
All Access Fear Not Video

This is a fun intro video on the topic of fear that gives the technical names of funny (but real) fears that people have.

Types of Fears
All Access Fun Spiral Video

Just a fun looping spiral video for while asking kids to use their imaginations.

GO! ZOOM Video
All Access Which is Better?

Teaching on Forgiveness and the transition from animal sacrifices to Jesus, the lamb of God, these are some ideas you can use!

Forgiveness
All Access Spell LEVITICUS!

The Old Testament Book Names can be doozies! Here is a simple fun way to introduce a book, using Leviticus as a sample.  

Old Testament
All Access ZOOMING IN Video 3 - Fidget Spinner

Another video Karl made for introducing a lesson in the ZOOM Series from GO! Curriculum at his church. Used for talking about Zooming in and out over the Bible - the different between topical overview and digging in close to the details. This one zooms in on the most popular toy in America right now - the fidget spinner!

GO! ZOOM Video
All Access Security Tag Signs

Signs for both the Check-in area and classrooms stating the importance and requirement to use the security tags for pick up.

Child Security
All Access Safe and Secure Training Video

A Child Security Training Video for use in Your Ministry.

Child Security
All Access Sample CM Ministry Org Chart

Do you have an org chart for your kidmin? You Should! Here is a sample from Pastor Karl.

Kidmin Organization
All Access Sample Ministry Brochure

This is a sample of a kids ministry brochure from Karl's church. Please dont copy in full - but you are welcome to use it for ideas and inspiration.

Marketing
All Access Confession List... For Others?!

As a lesson intro on Confessing Sin, a puppet (or actor) has a list of sins to confess... only they are OTHER people's sins!

Confession
All Access 40 Seconds in the Wilderness

This is just a fun way to help kids related to the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for forty years by having them wander the room for 40 seconds.

Israelites Wandering Experience
All Access ZOOMING IN Video 2 - Lego Batmobile

Another video Karl made for introducing a lesson in the ZOOM Series from GO! Curriculum at his church. Used for talking about Zooming in and out over the Bible - the different between topical overview and digging in close to the details.

GO! ZOOM Video
All Access ZOOMING IN Video 1 - Church Building

A video Karl made for introducing the ZOOM Series from GO! Curriculum at his church. Used for talking about Zooming in and out over the Bible - the different between topical overview and digging in close to the details.

GO! ZOOM Video
Starter Karl's YES! Recruiting Flyer

As shared on Kidmin Talk #99, this is the recruiting flyer I made for my church. And, YES! You can use it too!

Recruiting Flyer
All Access Listening to God

This is an Object Talk Video created by Karl Bastian that teaches and illustrates the importance of listening carefully to God. Features the Bop-It electronic game.

Listening to God
All Access Freedom from Sin

This is an Object Talk Video created by Karl Bastian that teaches and illustrates what it means to be Free from the bondage of sin.

Freedom from Sin
All Access Magnify the Lord

This is an Object Talk Video created by Karl Bastian to teach about what it means to Magnify the Lord. Features several fun magnifying tools.  

Praising God
All Access Teen Training Session

Here is everything you need to hold a Teen Training Volunteer Session to inspire, instruct and instill confidence in your youth volunteers.

Teen Volunteer Training
All Access Clean Teeth

A fun game that takes an ordinary daily chore (brushing your teeth) and provide a spiritual application on obeying God's Word.

Games, Teamwork, Obeying God's Word
All Access Barnyard Scramble

Help children understand how, in a church, everyone needs to find out what their spiritual gift is and use it together with others in the Body of Christ.

Games, Spiritual Gifts
All Access Vote with Your Feet

This opening lesson activity helps to illustrate that while we have many things that make us different... there are some things we can all agree on.  

Fun Lesson Intro
All Access Is Your Kidmin in Survival or Creative Mode?

I love Minecraft. I play it with my son and other kids. It also teaches me things about children's ministry.

Leadership
All Access No more Sinner's Prayer in Kidmin?

While we may have valid concerns to many of the practices associated with inviting children to receive Jesus into their hearts, Jesus' imperative to bring kids to him must be a priority for children's ministry.

Evangelism, Spiritual Formation
All Access How to be an AWESOME Small Group Leader

Many churches today use a Large Group / Small Group format. For small group leaders, here are FIVE TIPS to make your time as effective as possible.

Small Group Training
All Access BIBLE-O-RAMA Bible Game Day

For a 5th Sunday after a series on the Bible, we did a Bible-O-Rama day with several fun games to help kids review the Books of the Bible.

Fun Bible Games w/ Needed Materials
All Access Follow Up Letters for Kids

A bunch of kids accept Christ on Sunday - how do you follow up with them? In this post Karl shares the letters he sends out to both kids and parents. You are welcome to edit and adapt.

Follow Up
All Access Teaching Faithfulness in the Little Things

Webster's Dictionary defines memorizing as "committing (something) to memory," or "learning (something) by heart." Use this simple game to introduce a time of Scripture memory or show children the importance of memorizing Scripture.

Object Lesson
All Access Who's Missing?

Webster's Dictionary defines memorizing as "committing (something) to memory," or "learning (something)by heart." Use this simple game to introduce a time of Scripture memory or show children the importance of memorizing Scripture.

Scripture memory
All Access The Gifts of the Puzzle

Kids will learn how spiritual gifts by themselves are incomplete and missing something. They are designed to  fit together within the church and the Kingdom of God around the world.

Spiritual gifts, The church
All Access Bible Formulas

A fun way to spark interest in the Bible or review Bible books.

Bible books, Games, Science VBS
All Access Playing on God's Team Unit Overview

This is an overview of the GOD'S TEAM series with links to all the lessons.  

Spiritual Disciplines
Starter Thanksgiving Jokes

Some Thanksgiving themed jokes to help with your teaching, skits or puppet routines.

Thanksgiving Jokes
All Access Karl's Thanksgiving Lesson

A complete summary of Karl's lastest Thanksgiving lesson with a bonus PowerPoint game.  

Thanksgiving - Gratitude
All Access Bible Story Mad Lib Idea

This is a super fun idea to teach on how amazing the Bible is by using a very fun introduction of creating a "mad libs" Bible story. It is funny, but has a teaching point on how God's Word came to be and what it means to be "inspired" by God.

The Good Samaritan / Inspiration of Scripture
Starter My Awesome Adventure: Lesson 1

This is a sample lesson from the Awesome Adventure Children's Discipleship Series. If you have 3D glasses, you can view the awesome background! This lesson introduces children to the character of God and the trinity.

How to Know What God is Like
All Access Dealing with Personal Criticism

Originally published in Children's Ministry Magazine Professional Edition, Karl Bastian shares insights on how to deal with criticism in leadership.  

Critism in Leadership
All Access Foretold Easter Single Lesson

Easter lesson by Karl Bastian & Stanley Mearse exploring the fulfilled prophesies that prove Jesus IS the Messiah.

Easter
All Access Gospel Rubix Cube

A Rubix Cube that explains the Gospel message!  

Gospel
All Access Feeding 5000 with Big Macs!

Karl reveals one of his favorite methods of telling this popular story, but pulling TONS of Big Macs and Apple Pies out of a single bag!  

Jesus Will Provide
All Access How to be Filled with the Holy Spirit (4 Videos)

Using balloon sculting as an illustration, Karl presents four steps to being filled with the Holy Spirit: Thristing, Repenting, Trusting and Obeying.  

Holy Spirit
All Access Hold on to Jesus' Teaching

Two gloves are out for some spiritual climbing, but it seems only one is a true disciple who is holding on to the Truth! Based on John 8:31-32      

True Disciples
All Access Video Professor on the Trinity

The Trinity is one of the most difficult to understand concepts of the Christian Faith. Professor Lufrednow Lrak reviews some of the traditional illustrations for understanding the Trinity as well as why all such illustrations fall short. Using props, magic and even a humidifier the Professor helps kids understand what the Trinity is and is not!  

The Trinity
All Access NoDuh the Wise One on Light vs. Darkness

NoDuh the Wise One is back, this time with some insight on what it means to walk in the Light and why we should never choose the Darkness.  

Light vs. Darkness
Starter YOU are a Bible Character

Did you know that YOU are a "Bible Character?"

Encouragement
Starter Scope and Seekwhat?

Educators have long called it a Scope and Sequence. Every thoughtful Bible curriculum has one. If it doesn’t, you might want to re-evaluate the quality of the material or the intentionality of its creators. If there is no scope and sequence, then it is a haphazard approach to education, and that is dangerous.

Curricululm Writing
All Access Beyond the Classroom

If you minister to kids you have a powerful opportunity to impact lives in dramatic ways, and the small amount of effort it takes may surprise you.

Relational Ministry
All Access Resolute in the New Year

I think because New Year’s Resolutions often don’t last or are forgotten after several months, some people give up even making them. Others even encourage people not to for this very reason. I disagree. I think they are fantastic!

New Year's Resolutions
All Access Galactic Christmas Carol Downloads

Download Karl's Galactic Christmas Carol Muppet Parody, available only to Premium Members.

Christmas ToyBox Tale Downloads
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