Mission Friends Teachers Summer Camp - Day 5

Friday Means Fun!

Friday is Fun Day at camp! There are so many fun things to do at camp — swimming, nature hikes, crafts, games, races, skits, canoeing, cookouts, and canteen visits. Campers are kept engaged with hands-on activities. While doing these activities with other campers and camp counselors, campers build relationships and learn about working together.


Learning Through Play

Mission Friends is also fun for preschoolers as they learn in hands-on ways. Play really is the way preschoolers learn. In Mission Friends, we want them to learn about missions through their play. When we include activities and props to play with, preschoolers learn about the missionaries, missions areas, and people in those places who need to hear about God’s love.

How can you insure your preschoolers learn in the best ways?

  • Use activities in which preschoolers use their 5 senses. The more of the senses used in an activity, the more they will learn.
  • Provide visuals for them to see. Use pictures and items from the Mission Friends Resource Kit and Pictures for visuals of the missions areas.
  • Choose activities in which movement is involved. Preschoolers learn as they move their bodies in active game or movement songs. They are also moving when they move pieces of a matching game or paint at the easel.
  • Have different textures in your classroom for preschoolers to touch. They learn as they touch rough bark and smooth rocks, play with play dough, or match fabric squares.
  • Use ways of learning through hearing. Say and sing Bible thoughts, and use different voices for people in the mission stories.


Free Play Dough Mats for Fall

For the final day of Mission Friends Summer Camp, we have 3 fun downloads for you to use in Mission Friends throughout the fall quarter. These play dough mats go along with the missions areas in Mission Friends for September, October, and November.

Print the play dough mats and color them in with bright markers, or use without color. Laminate each page or cover with clear self-adhesive plastic. Preschoolers can use the mats with play dough to make flowers or trees in the Appalachian mountains, decorations on the Romanian eggs, or facial features on the faces of children from Clarkston, Georgia.


It's Been Fun!

Thank you for coming to Summer Camp for Mission Friends Teachers this week! We hope you’ve had fun! The WMU preschool team is praying for you as you begin a new church year in Mission Friends in your church. You make such a difference in the lives of the preschoolers in Mission Friends and their families, and we are grateful for you. If we can help you in any way, send a message through the Mission Friends Facebook page or email Joye Smith, preschool consultant, at jsmith@wmu.org


Let's close our Summer Camp with Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile” (1 Cor. 15:58 CEV1)

1. Scripture quotations marked (CEV) are from the Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.


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