For many adults, some of their fondest memories as a child came during their church’s Vacation Bible School. VBS, if organized and carried out properly, can present multiple outreach opportunities for your church, create fun memories for everyone, and allow children the opportunity to respond to the gospel. For these reasons, it is crucial that you find the best VBS curriculum to fit your needs.

I was recently able to take a look at the Basic Elements Science VBS material from Kidmin Science. Here are my observations:

OVERVIEW

Description:

Step into the lab of Science VBS and discover amazing truths from God’s Word. This science-inspired, Christ-focused Vacation Bible School is like no other 5 day program you have ever seen. Kids do real science as real scientists including Rockets, Catapults, Chemical Reactions and more. This VBS is high on Biblical Truth and filled with fun and engagement.

Kids learn the B.A.S.I.C Elements of the faith. Leaders are raving about Science VBS! Science VBS is strong on Biblical content, organized for easy implementation, regardless of church size, and reaches the highest levels of kid-engagement using amazing and real science content.

What’s Included:

This is a brief overview of most of the material included. For a full list, visit their website.

  • Small Group Leader Guide + “Spiritual Lab Manual” packed with Scripture
  • Game Leader Guide (includes 5 science-themed games!)
  • Science Project Leader Guide
  • Skit and Drama Leader Guide (includes 15 skits + training guide!)
  • Snack Leader Guide
  • Science Devotional Leader Guide
  • Large Group Worship Coordinator Guide
  • Decoration and Set Design Leader Guide (includes 10 hi-res poster files!)
  • Technological Leader Guide
  • Science-themed Videos
  • Set Design Ideas
  • Faith and Family Take-home Cards
  • Scripture Songs featuring Lantern Music

Cost:

$329 for digital download of all material. Additional costs for hard copies of videos and other needed/optional supplies.

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THE GOOD

– A nice blending of Scripture and science.

In a world where it is rare to see science and Scripture coupled together, Science VBS not only explains Scripture with fun, science object lessons, but it does so in a way that will help children remember what they have learned for years to come.

– It features high-quality videos and graphics.

The first thing I noticed about Kidmin Science is that all of their production is top-notch, when it comes to videos and graphics. Put the flannel graph away. Kids and adults alike will enjoy these attractive, high-energy videos and the full-color photos and graphics that encompass all aspects of the VBS material.

– The Science Projects are awesome.

Who doesn’t love a fun, science experiment? In Science VBS, kids will get to participate in science projects, every day of the week! Some of these projects include building rockets, making slime, playing with catapults, and more! Plus, the curriculum includes preschool options for all projects.

– It’s digital.

Because this VBS is entirely digital, you can have an unlimited number of leader guides, song track files, etc. Have more than 1 classroom per grade? No problem! Simply print more leader guides. With other curricula, you often have additional costs to purchase hard-copy material for all of your classes and teachers.

– One purchase and you get all VBS material for all ages.

Unlike VBS sampler packs, where you will need to purchase various books and resources for all of your classroom leaders and different classroom age levels, Science VBS includes all of the leader and VBS material you will need for all classes and ages! No hidden costs or additional products to buy to resource your leaders. Simply purchase the download and you’re set to go with everything, except classroom and snack supplies.

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THE NOT-SO GOOD

– The website was difficult to navigate.

While the website looks amazing, I had a few difficulties with it. The only way I could find to log in was through the link I was sent in the email, after purchasing. Once I logged in, I had to look through multiple pages and download numerous files to have everything I paid for on my hard drive. I was left with the feeling that I may have overlooked something or that I didn’t find everything I paid for.

– There is no option to purchase needed supplies from one location.

With other VBS material, you have the option to purchase classroom supplies, crafts, and decorations from the curriculum provider. With Science VBS, you are left to purchase and prepare all products yourself. For example, in one of the Science activities, “Ready, Set, Rockets,” you are asked to purchase and cut PVC pipes to an 18″ length for the number of children in your rotation. While the material tells you multiple, specific places where you can purchase supplies, if you had the option to purchase pre-made activity supplies from the company it would be much more convenient.

– It may be more expensive than other options, if you have a small church.

Because you get all leader material you will need for a VBS of any size, if you have a smaller church and/or have no need for more than one or two leader books for each grade level, it may end up being more expensive than other VBS options. Typical VBS sampler kits range from $100-200, but usually only come with 1 of each leader guide needed.

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THE TAKEAWAY

Overall, Science VBS from Kidmin Science is an exceptional product that will provide guaranteed fun and learning for kids of all ages. With high-quality graphics and videos, science projects, hands-on fun, and solid, biblical learning, you cannot go wrong with this curriculum.

Kids will feel like real scientists while they learn all about God’s love for them. Josh Denhart has discovered the secret formula for an unforgettable Vacation Bible School and shares it with you in Science VBS. You will not be disappointed!

 

If you would like to check out the Science VBS curriculum for yourself, visit their website, where they have a free virtual tour of the material, discounts, and more!

Visit the Science VBS Website

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

1 COMMENT

  1. We used B.A.S.I.C. Elements VBS last year and are planning to use Science VBS 2.0 (Elements of T.R.U.S.T.) this summer. While I had expected the science angle to be a hit with the children, their favorite part of the VBS, by far, was the Scripture songs from Lantern Music. The songs were catchy, memorable and fun, not to mention, biblical and absolutely kid-friendly.

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