Decorating Recreation at the Grand Canyon!

Recreation is more fun with the Grand Canyon as your playground. Even if you utilize an outdoor area for your recreation time, you can apply these decorating ideas to hallways and entrances in your church.

If you want to make something that looks like this . . .

. . . complete instructions are found in the Decorating Made Easy book.

Tip #1: Two-inch Styrofoam® makes a great canyon. It’s affordable. It’s easy to work with, and it’s easy to paint. Be sure to use wall paint rather than spray paint. You’ll want to put a base coat of paint on the foam because it does tend to absorb the paint.

Tip #2: Get a jigsaw. We use a lot of two-inch thick foam to create cool things for VBS. While a jigsaw is not necessary, it does make cutting the foam much easier.

Tip #3: Use the diagrams provided in the Decorating Made Easy book. Melita has already gone through the trial and error of sketching the canyon art onto the large foam sheets. She’s made the diagrams to scale so it will be easy for you.

Tip #4: Leave the plastic sheathing on the foam for drawing your outlines and cutting. Remove it for painting—or your paint won’t dry!

Tip #5: Keep it fun and keep it simple! Hang a few VBS 2012 Inflatable Airplanes through the hallway on the way to your recreation area. The VBS 2012 Quick Scene™ Amazing Wonders Super Duper Sized Backdrop is also an affordable and easy option to add some fun to your recreation areas.

Watch the “Amazing Decorating Tips with Melita” clip for even more details on how to make your own Grand Canyon!

Coordinates for the Grand Canyon— 36˚ 03’19″N 112˚07’19″W

New and Improved Idea Banks

We heard you! The VBS Idea Banks are back, and they are better than ever. This is the place where you can “deposit” your ideas and “withdraw” other people’s ideas on all aspects of Vacation Bible School 2011. The Idea Banks are different than the VBS Forums—the forums are a place for discussions and conversations.

Our Idea Banks provide a place for you to upload your own photos, videos, and text about any VBS topic—crafts, snacks, decorations, Bible study, missions, Worship Rally, recreation, scheduling, follow-up ideas, teacher appreciation, success stories, and more. Get out your camera and share your success with others. Anyone have some “VBS blogger” appreciation ideas?