VBS Fair – Perennial Pick – Peaceable Kingdom
VBS Fair – Perennial Pick – Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom cover

Editor’s Note: Every spring, the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary reviews Vacation Bible School (VBS) curricula from publishers we trust. For the next week, we’ll be featuring some of our favorites here on Key Resources. Or you can download them all as a PDF (also El Rey Que Viene, en Español).

Peaceable Kingdom

Publisher: Leader Resources

Cost: $69.95

Phone number: 1-800-941-2218

Overview

Peaceable Kingdom is the latest curriculum written by the late Trudy Ardizzone.  It explores anti-bullying themes through the use of favorite children’s literature characters such as Horton the elephant, Yertle the turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, Mama and Papa Bear, Old Turtle and Gerald the giraffe.  This curriculum could be used at any time not just Vacation Bible School as the theme is so universal and relevant for our times.

The children spend time together learning how to be nice to everyone and to identify what bullying looks like in their worlds.  The themes for the 5 days include Be Your Best Self, A Place for Everyone, Turn the Other Cheek, Made in God’s Image, and Be Courageous – all done through Bible stories and children’s literature. The curriculum also includes major bullying research results that are incorporated into each day’s presentation.

Age Levels     

X   Elementary (grades K-5)

Includes

X   Downloadable Director’s Manual

Strengths

  • The theme is a timely one and the program could be used at any time, in any venue.
  • Set-up is minimal so those on a tight budget could easily do this program.
  • No set snack ideas so you can do whatever you please AND they do recommend a lunch component to end the time together.
  • Activities such as games and gathering time are based on cooperation instead of competition.
  • Only need 3 major volunteers for reoccurring speaking parts each day.

Weaknesses

  • The activities are geared for an older audience, not sure that it would work easily with children under the age of 5 due to attention span.

Kellee Wattenbarger is Director of Christian Formation at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Springfield, VA, and a former Forma board member. This is her second year leading our VBS review project.

Download the rest of our reviews here (en Español here).

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