Discovery Land Blog

Survey Says...

Discovery Land - Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Jump start your Sunday's "Do Right" point by creating a quick, kid-friendly survey that students can respond to as they enter your Discovery Land. All you need are pit balls and two containers for students to vote their opinion. In the second picture, you can see that the question is actually hung from the ceiling.

Sorry for the blurry pictures...Discovery Land is a busy place on Sunday mornings and they were taken on the run!

Sample questions:
Do you believe in Miracles?
Was Jesus really perfect his whole life?
Is the Bible 100% true?
Do all people believe in Jesus?



Roll Paper River

Discovery Land - Tuesday, July 07, 2015
A quick and easy idea to bring the Bible to life for your kids: a roll of blue paper transformed into a river! This can be used to illustrate the Jordan River, the Red Sea, etc. Your students will be intrigued by a river in their classroom or leading up to the door of their classroom!


Calling All Superheroes! (Volunteer Recruiting Tip)

Discovery Land - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

While recruiting volunteers should be an all-year-round activity, there are usually heavier recruit seasons -- times when you're forming a new team and need to let your needs be known to your congregation. Having something with some *POW* and *SHAZAM* can help open up conversations to share your vision and your needs.

​​Discovery Land's summer curriculum is superhero themed, and we designed a recruiting theme to match : ​Calling All Superheroes! ​ ​​​Each black outline ​​represented​​​​ a needed​ volunteer​. Once a volunteer commit​ted​ to serving​,​ they g​ot​ to pick an ​a​vatar​, ​write their name​ on it,​ and ​fill in ​a black outline.

The c​​lear box ​says​,​ "Will you ​answer the call​?​" ​and has​​​ a batman​-inspired​ red phone​ on it​.​ It ​was ​used ​to collect volunteer flyers.













We h​ope that ​​gives you some inspiration! 

Are You the Missing Piece?

Discovery Land - Monday, May 04, 2015

We all know that "THE ASK" is almost always the most effective way to invite volunteers into your ministry, but an attention-getting theme is a great way to prime the pump. A recruit theme that helps people feel part of the bigger picture, highlights that they are truly needed, and shows there are gaps without them can be especially helpful.  

For a recent recruit season at DL-Appleton, we ordered large puzzle pieces from: http://www.thecommunitypuzzle.com to create a giant puzzle.  When a volunteer signed up to serve, they wrote their name on a piece and added it to the giant puzzle. They saw that if we all work together, it's a beautiful, complete picture. Giant, colorful puzzle pieces made out of styrofoam or cardboard were also used for the "pop" and fun factor .

We've got a new superhero recruit theme coming up....description and pictures coming soon!!

Keeping Score

Discovery Land - Monday, July 07, 2014
It’s no secret that kids most kids love a healthy competition! This simple tube and bucket contraption can be made and used to keep score during game time, review games, etc. The balls in the buckets give a clear visual that keeps kids engaged and excited.