One of our favorite things about summertime is VBS! Every year I have a blast decorating my classroom. The theme for this year(2011) was Lifeway’s Big Apple Adventure. I have never been to New York City, so this was a challenging theme for me, but here are some of the things I did to go along with the Bible Study at Battery Park theme.
The main area of the Bible study centers around the Lifeway pack item with the VBS motto and has a “park” feel to it. I decided to do a scaled down version of Battery Park. I found this small bench at Kroger. I had my eye on it for a while for my boys, when I found out I needed one for my VBS room, I broke down and bought it for $25. It is a cute and sturdy little bench. The “grass” is cheap indoor/outdoor carpet. You can get it at Home Depot or Lowe’s for around 50 cents per square foot. The “fence” is garden edging from Home Depot, about $25 for each piece. I made the light post in the corner out of a solar walkway style light, dowel rod, oatmeal container, black construction paper and electrical tape. I also used pebbles in the base to keep it from falling over. The Battery park sign is modeled after the real actual Battery Park signs. I just used black poster board and white chalk.
This is the skyline I drew. It is about 6 feet long and 3 feet tall. I just used white kraft paper and pencils with erasers(lots of erasers) 🙂 This is not the NYC skyline, but one that I made up as I went. I tried out many different shading techniques and had fun drawing it. I have never drawn anything quite like this, but I like how it turned out. The “sky” is a light blue tablecloth and the ‘water” is a blue tablecloth, both from the dollar store.
The door is covered in white kraft paper. I used green poster board and made street signs with various NYC street names. The red apples and yellow taxis add color to the door.
Just outside the door I used a lifeway promotional poster ($1.50), then used die-cut block letters to welcome the kids to the correct class.
This is the “sidewalk” I made to go along with one of the activities. I used paper I found at Hobby Lobby. It has a grey textured look that resembles a sidewalk. I used duct tape to look like the “cracks”