Older Boys!

FREE Dare to be a Daniel poster for kids (Daniel in the Lions' Den) with Bible verse from Daniel 1:8; free printable

Older boys… hmmm. Yes, they’re a challenge, aren’t they?! I want to inspire my sponsored boys to live Godly lives. To call them to a ‘courageous manhood following in the footsteps of Jesus’. No easy task. I do not want to waste this wonderful, all-too-soon-it-will-be-over opportunity to build into them for all of eternity. How about you?

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Order of this post:

  • Bible Adventure / Bible Heroes
  • FREE paper gifts with Bible verses
  • Devotionals / Bible Study
  • Apologetics / Archaeology
  • Science / Creation
  • True Stories / Radical Discipleship
  • Godly Character / Purity
  • Made in His image
  • Just for Fun / Sport
  • Books / Magazines
  • Colouring pages for older boys
  • Puzzles
  • Photo Fun
  • Make your own…
  • Stationery

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FREE Bible Poster; beautiful prayer of faith; free printable

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BIBLE ADVENTURE / BIBLE HEROES

Daniel – what a fabulous Godly role model for our boys! Two articles, matching freebies designed exclusively for them, plus free colouring pages, puzzles and more. A life of danger; adventure; faith; integrity; no compromise = Biblical hero. Did you know? The Bible is a brutally honest book about the frailties and short-comings of humanity. However, Daniel is only one of two characters in the Bible (apart from the Lord Jesus) where no bad is recorded against him. Doesn’t mean he was perfect; just that it wasn’t written down, so when we get to Heaven we can’t say to him, “Oh yeah, you’re the guy who…!”  :o

FREE Daniel in the Lions' Den article for kids; free printable Daniel's 3 friends - Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego ~ in the Fiery Furnace article for kids; free printable

Warrior or Wimp ~ aka King David/King Saul; FREE article, matching free printables designed specifically for our boys, plus colouring pages, puzzles and more. King David was not perfect, but a man after God’s own heart.

PGFE Warrior & Wimp Article for kids about King David & King Saul; free printable David & Saul wallet card - Luke 10:27

Moses and God’s Top 10  Free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters and bookmarks; plus see pictures of a real burnt mountain that looks like the prime contender for where it all happened

Gods Top 10 Poster A4 -SAMPLE

Jonah ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, cartoons (this one below comes from Answers in Genesis); plus a true story of a real life 20th Century Jonah AND a 21st Century Jonah!

Jonah - world's first submarine complete with eject system

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Noah and his massive ocean-liner-sized ark  FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, creative ideas and tons of information from scientists who take the Bible seriously. This one is a definite for our older boys!

Ark Encounter_Noah's Ark Kentucky USA Noahs Ark cartoon

© answersingenesis.orgJoshua – man of courage and brave warrior who took over the leadership after Moses; free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas; and a great role model for our boys.

FREE Bible Scripture colouring page doodles for kids

Joseph – a man of integrity, leadership and wisdom; God used him to save a whole nation; the other patriarchs are also in this post – e.g. Abraham (man of faith), Isaac, Jacob.

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Elijah a man of God who confronted the powers of darkness ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters, bookmarks and creative ideas

FREE Elijah Poster with Bible verses from 1 Kings 18:21, 36-39; free printable

Armour of God  FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters, bookmarks and creative ideas

PGFE Armour of God free printables

Bible Treasure Theme  FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, paper gifts and creative ideas

Bible Treasure Award Certificate for kids; free printable

The Secret of the Missing Scrolls a fun time travel adventure specifically tailored for our boys that puts them right in the middle of a mystery treasure hunt to find out if God’s Word can be trusted. They will be sent deep into the desert on a very special and dangerous mission; travelling backwards and forwards through time; boldly helping others to escape from marauding Roman soldiers; witness dangerous and secret meetings; be part of an exciting archaeological expedition; and actually discover the archaeological treasure find of the century… the very famous Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Secret of the Missing Scrolls The Secret of the Missing Scrolls article; fun Bible adventure theme for kids about the Dead Sea Scrolls; free printable

Bible Timeline of History  Do our boys know that the Bible is REAL history? That it is actually THE HISTORY BOOK OF THE UNIVERSE? Regardless of how much sinful, fallible man tries to deny it. The Bible is banned in many, many countries. Why? NO ONE goes to jail for reading fairy tales… think about it! Let’s ground their faith is the solid rock of God’s Word. And let them know where THEY fit into God’s timeline.

FREE Bible Poster; Revelation 22:13; I am Alpha and Omega; The Bible is the history book of the universe; free printable

Heaven (and how to get there) – free colouring pages, puzzles, activities, poster and vital information; make sure our boys don’t leave earth without it!

FREE Bible Poster Romans 10:9; If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved

The ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus  The Lord Jesus made some extraordinary claims. Let’s take a look at them. Plus there is a smorgasbord of FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and activities, and a whole heap of freebies to go with it.

FREE Bible poster; I am the Resurrection and the Life; free printable

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FREE PAPER GIFTS ~ WITH BIBLE VERSES ~ FOR BOYS

FREE Bible Posters – lots to choose from ~ this is just a quick sample; ready to print and go; free printable

Armour of God free printable poster for kids Bible posters from Darrell Creswell (free printable)  FREE Bible Poster; beautiful prayer of faith; free printable FREE Dare to be a Daniel poster for kids (Daniel in the Lions' Den) with Bible verse from Daniel 1:8; free printable FREE Bible poster with tiger photo and Bible verse from Joshua 1:9 on striped orange/black background; free printable

Sunset – Bible poster  (kingjamesBibleonline) with Bible verse from Jeremiah 33:3; Footsteps on the beach – Bible poster with Bible verse from Psalm 37:23; Misty waterfall – Bible poster with Bible verse from Psalm 25:5; great posters suitable for boys; free printable

FREE Bible Verse Cards  |  FREE Bible Bookmarks  |  FREE Bible Wallet Cards

FREE Dare to be a Daniel bookmarks (Daniel in the Lions' Den and Daniel's 3 Friends in the Fiery Furnace) for kids with Bible verses from Daniel 1:8 and Daniel 3:17-18; free printable  Armour of God free printable bookmark for kids FREE Bible bookmarks with tiger photos and Bible verse from Joshua 1:9 on striped orange/black background; free printable God's Top 10 ~ 10 commandments free printable bookmark for kids 4x6 FREE Space / Universe Bible wallet cards for kids showing how big Earth and the planets are compared to the sun, and a rocket ship blasting off into outer space to explore them; with Bible verse from Psalm 8:3-4; giving glory to God as designer; free printableKing David & King Saul wallet cards

I talk to God | God talks to me – mobile phone craft  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a fun and colourful paper toy to write out their sms/texts/prayers to God (I talk to God) and some of their favourite Bible verses (God talks to me). There are ready made designs, transparent templates where you add your child’s photo, as well as extra inserts; simply print, cut, and fold; free printable

Mobile Phone paper toy craft with lion on black background; I talk to God; God talks to me; write out your favourite Bible verses and prayers to God; free printable Mobile Phone paper toy craft with hot air balloon photo on mauve and yellow background; I talk to God; God talks to me; write out your favourite Bible verses and prayers to God; free printableMobile Phone paper toy craft with Beach photo on blue and green background; I talk to God; God talks to me; write out your favourite Bible verses and prayers to God; free printable Mobile Phone paper toy craft on black background; I talk to God; God talks to me; write out your favourite Bible verses and prayers to God; free printable

Share a Joyful Toon or this Castle Glorious cartoon with your child; Bible cartoons ready to download, print and send; free printable

Joyful Toons - Bible cartoons  Castle Victorious cartoon

A ton of Bible verses  choose one verse from this 35-page list to encourage your young man, or send one page at a time – a perfect companion for a Bible treasure theme. Help your child get to know God and His character. Not to mention exploring some more obscure parts of the Bible. Also a great package filler; free printable

A Ton of Bible Verses; free printable list

Here is a sample of Bible verses from this 35-page list:

Genesis 18:14 ~ Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Exodus 14:13 ~ Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground and you will see what the Lord will do to save you… The Lord will fight for you…

Exodus 20:2-3 ~ I am the Lord your God… Worship no God but me.

Exodus 23:2 ~ Do not follow the majority when they do wrong…

Leviticus 20:26 ~ You shall be holy and belong only to me, because I am the Lord and I am holy. I have set you apart… so that you would belong to me alone.

Numbers 23:19 ~ God is not like men, who lie; He is not a human who changes His mind; Whatever He promises, He does; He speaks and it is done.

Deuteronomy 6:5 ~ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 10:12 ~ Worship the Lord and do all that He commands. Love Him, serve Him with all your heart.

Deuteronomy 10: 17 ~ The Lord your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. He is great and mighty and He is to be feared.

Deuteronomy 30:15,19 ~ Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death…. between God’s blessing and God’s curse… choose life.

Deuteronomy 31:8 ~ The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 32:4 ~ The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all His ways; Your God is faithful and true; He does what is right and fair.

Joshua 1:9 ~ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go.

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DEVOTIONALS / BIBLE STUDY

FCA resources.com  Bible studies, devotionals, posters, wallet cards and heaps of other free printable great resources designed by ~ and for ~ Christian athletes about courage, integrity, and perseverance. Fabulous for our older boys.

Khouse.org  Dr Chuck Missler – Bible Study articles; Dr Missler has an incredible knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, science, information technology, prophecy, current events, and history and how it all dovetails together. Your child will get excited (as I did) as they realise that the Bible is an intricate tapestry. God has carefully dictated, designed and authenticated every detail from outside our time domain. Adapt or include snippets of Bible treasure in your letters or print off a whole article. Let them know that God says what He means and means exactly what He says! God can be trusted!

My Utmost for His Highest  (utmost) Oswald Chambers pulls-no-punches in his daily devotional – excellent, challenging, thought provoking for older children and adults. Definitely not for the faint hearted. The most Godly person I know (whose Bible was falling apart) used to read from this devotional every day (now busy partying in Heaven).

Devotionals | Bible Study | Books of the Bible | Prayer / Worship | The Mystery of the Trinity | Beatitudes | Fruit of the Spirit

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APOLOGETICS / ARCHAEOLOGY

More and more, I am introducing apologetics into the things I do for my sponsored children to make their faith REAL. Telling them about the Creator. Creation. Exactly who Jesus is. Why we can trust Him. Why we can trust the Bible… etc etc. That Jesus was fully God and fully man ~ a REAL historical person ~ who came to Earth on a very special mission, lived, died, and rose from the dead (thus proving that He was God! How many other people do you know ~ especially religious leaders ~ who have ever been raised from death?!)

The Secret of the Missing Scrolls  a fun and exciting mystery/adventure theme that I did for my kids describing the ultimate treasure hunt to find, piece together and photograph thousands of fragments of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls – God’s Word. Written 2,000 years ago and first discovered in 1947 at Qumran, on the Dead Sea, this jigsaw puzzle still continues today! High-resolution images of 950 different manuscripts have been made using special hi-tech cameras and technology first developed for NASA, making sections of parchment visible that were previously indecipherable. They prove that God’s Word is absolutely trustworthy!

The Secret of the Missing Scrolls

The Secrets of the New Testament – the sequel to The Secret of the Missing Scrolls, this one is all about why we can trust the New Testament

In the Footsteps of Jesus - Secrets of the New Testament - free apologetics article for kids A4; free printable

How do we know the Bible is true?  (Christiananswers) many people tend to go along with the popular delusion that the Bible is ‘full of mistakes’ and is ‘no longer relevant’ to our modern world. Let’s look at the facts…

adefenceofthebible.com  (adefenceofthebible) reasons why the Bible can be trusted; written by a scientist with a PhD in organic chemistry who takes the Bible seriously; some resources are also available in Portuguese, Chinese, and Indonesian. Include a couple of quick facts in every letter to build your child’s faith.

Mountain of Fire  (video documentary) Ever wished you could stand on top of the mountain where Moses met God face to face? Bob Cornuke, former police crime investigator and often referred to as a modern day ‘Indiana Jones’ (while referring to himself as a sinner saved by grace), shares one of his amazing adventures in search of lost and unknown Biblical artefacts. This search for the real Mt Sinai will make your jaw drop as it discards tradition and confirms the incredible accuracy of God’s Word. Watch this amazing documentary (46 minutes) and then share it with your child. Be in awe, examine the evidence and decide for yourself. Could this be the mountain where Moses met God?

How about a timeline of world history with your child’s name on it, and showing how the Bible fits right in? We’ve got the BIG picture of world history straight from the Creator. Let’s share it with our kids.

CMI timeline project

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Apologetics  more links for our kids

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SCIENCE / CREATION

The world is overflowing with extremely hostile anti-God messages. Our kids will come across them. We need to hit them head on before they become a problem and destroy their faith. Because there are answers to all the doozy questions. And there is much mis-information, suppression of the truth, and downright blatant lies. As we speed into the last days before the return of the Lord Jesus, who knows what persecution they ~ and we ~ may have to suffer? If our faith is not built on solid rock, it will crumble.

FREE Articles for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) giving glory to God as Creator:

Space / Universe | Tiger | Dinosaur | Elephant | Giraffe | He will love this fabulous Exploding Beetle | Frog in a Sleeping Bag | Seahorses and Seadragons | Biomimetics (copying God’s designs for technology) | Panda | Polar BearBig Horse, Little Horse… huh? Zorse? | How about the super cool Chameleon who can change his colour from brown to purple and light blue, then turn his eyelids yellow with green spots when he is looking for a girl! | Colugo | Birds | Woodpecker | Kangaroo | Koala | Snowflakes | Butterfly (Why not? Boys can still appreciate God’s exquisite designs. Not cutesy, but go scientific. I often send the same articles to both boys and girls of all ages, from about 9 or 10+ depending on the child, and just change what I send with it. | Seashells Whether it’s going surfing or going scientific, everyone loves the beach. Some of our kids may never have even seen a beach. And check out the photos of beach sand under the microscope. | More free articles for kids; free printable

zFRENCH Universe article for kids giving glory to God as designer; free printable Comparing Gods Designs to Ours; Biomimetics Article for kids; free printable PGFE Prince of the King FREE Article for kids; free printable

You may even like to discuss how all of our technology designs are just inferior copies of God’s original designs; or choose something specific from the enormous (and fast growing) scientific field of biomimetics (scroll down), where scientists are deliberately copying God’s incredible designs for modern technology, while mostly denying that they are designed, and without any acknowledgement of the true copyright owner.

101 scientific facts  (eternal-productions) written down in the Bible centuries before they were discovered; fabulous; include a snippet in each letter or print off the whole page

creation.com  is a FABULOUS site for ALL those tricky questions about God and science. Written by Ph.D. scientists who take the Bible seriously ~ all who were previously evolutionists and brainwashed with evolutionary atheistic doctrine. This site seeks to restore the authority of scripture and is one of my main information sources when I prepare my articles for kids. Check out the Creation Q&A index for key topics, Parents’ Corner – for homeschool resources, resources in other languages, or print off one of these free scientific tracts. Remeber to tell your child: ‘Evolution is not scienceit is humanism in a lab coat.’

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Answers in Genesis  (answersingenesis.org), The Institute of Creation Research (icr.org), and Creation Research  (creationresearch.net) are also trusted resource sites from scientists who take the Bible seriously. If you are looking for something specific, use this Creation Search Engine that sweeps these main creation web sites to find exactly what you are looking for.

A Defence of the Bible  (adefenceoftheBible) reasons why the Bible can be trusted; written by a scientist with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry who takes the Bible seriously

Answers to sticky questions about God and science  (answersingenesis); and Printable pamphlets  some are free; more free printable answers and activities for kids; or tell them about the fabulous Creation Museum giving glory to God as designer; or the real life sized Noah’s Ark theme park and how they built it, preparing exhibits, etc. There is also plenty of food for thought you may like to discuss with your child from Ken Ham’s blog.

500+ Creation church bulletin inserts  (creationmoments) Help your child (and your church) stand strong against athiestic evolution; more here specifically designed for youth; send one of these one-page faith builders with every letter for your child, and share them around with family and friends; free printable

Cartoon for teens  Confronting what atheism really means – Quella asks an innocent question, “Dad, where did we come from?” and receives a shocking reply; why not download a copy and share it with your child; free printable

Choose one of the many great scientists who believed in God and the Bible and do a theme about their life, scientific achievements, and their deep faith in God. Many of the founding fathers of modern science professed to be Bible-believing Christians, as were many of the less well-known scientists who expanded our scientific knowledge, like these:

ISS Commander took his Bible to space  (icr.org) Bold about his faith, Col. Jeff Williams often quotes Scripture in his social media posts. In a videoconference with ICR, he mentioned he now has a deeper admiration for God’s providence. He sees how God worked throughout his life, eventually preparing him to be where he is now as an astronaut. In addition to being an ISS commander and setting the record for days in space by a NASA astronaut, Col. Williams has taken well over 200,000 pictures from space.

God’s Flawless Design of Water Makes Life Possible  (answersingenesis) water is purposefully designed for making the earth habitable; information from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Carbon: God’s Building Blocks for Life  (answersingenesis) Everyone is familiar with lego, and that a single piece can be used to build a multitude of different structures for different purposes. Well, God has just such a piece that he uses to build the myriad different life forms. It is called carbon; information from scientists who take the Bible seriously

God’s gift of Metals – crafted for life  (answersingenesis) a study of the roles that metals play in life shows that each has been uniquely designed by a wise Creator to carry out specific and complex functions essential for life; information from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Proportionally Perfect for Life: O2, CO2, N2  (answersingenesis) a look at the gaseous components of our atmosphere: oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. Nitrogen constitutes the major component (approximately 78%) with oxygen following at about 21%, and carbon dioxide at 0.04%. Though carbon dioxide constitutes a minor part of the atmosphere, life, as we know it, could not exist without it; information from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Periodic elements table  (homeschooling-ideas) in colour for science students to help them learn it. There is also a blank one for students to complete. Add these photos of 10 raw minerals in order of hardness  (scroll down to ‘Scale of Mineral Hardness’) from talc to diamond. Tell them about the 4 brand new chemicals added to the periodic table (January 2016). Look at the periodic elements from a Biblical perspective, with information from scientists who take the Bible seriously. Maybe you may like to use this information as a basis for a fun science DIY activity book for older children from a Biblical perspective.

The Creation Research Society  (creationresearch) browse the archive from an international team of highly acclaimed professional scientists, who are firmly committed to the Biblical history and 6 day creation. Share a snippet, or a whole journal booklet with your child. Journals from 1996 and up to 2018 are free printable.

Brave scientists question the ‘official narrative’  If your child is a serious budding scientist, or thinking about studying in the realms of science, you may like to discuss this open letter to the scientific community, signed by hundreds of brave scientists and independent researchers, willing to risk their careers for the truth.

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TRUE STORIES / RADICAL DISCIPLESHIP

Arthur Blessitt, American evangelist, has carried a huge cross for over 53 years through 324 countries and walking over 43,340 miles, making it into the Guinness Book of records for the longest walk ever. You may like to discuss with your child some of his interesting stories, facts, photos about him carrying the cross through your child’s country / your country / other special places–e.g. Antarctica, the Great Wall of China, Siberia… and let them know that a piece of that cross was also launched into space and orbited over the earth. This free printable world map  (answersingenesis) entirely made up of human faces (and from a Biblical perspective) is a reminder that we are all of ‘one blood’ created by God, and would be fabulous to go with it. As a side note, I once heard Arthur Blessitt being interviewed. He said he will keep travelling and telling others about the Gospel for as long as God enables him to. He has had big offers from mega companies to be ‘their poster boy’ for the world’s longest walk ~ they all want that ~ if only he will ditch Jesus! He refused.

Inspire your child with a true story of radical obedience, like this one of a homeless man sleeping on the lawn of the church who turned out to be the new pastor of that church!  :o

Former sponsored children ~ Where are they now?  Inspire your child with many real life stories of kids who have been where they are, and find out what happened to them; encourage them with what they can aspire to.

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GODLY CHARACTER / PURITY

The Prince of the King – FREE article, colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, stationery, paper gifts, and creative ideas. Let’s encourage our princes that if they have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ (and everyone is invited), they are now a very special son of the King of Kings.

PGFE Prince of the King FREE Article for kids; free printable

The Knight’s Code – poster  (counterculturemom) 10 principles for all honourable and courageous knights to live by; on a beautiful scroll background; free printable

The Courageous Resolution  (heartquest101) from the movie, ‘Courageous’. I adapted this slightly for my boys to encourage them to grow to be Godly men. It is all about mentoring with intent. I want to be intentional. “It’s easier to build into boys, than fix men.”

Letters to my Sons ~ a call to following Jesus to a courageous manhood  (mensteppingup) letters that a father wrote to his sons encouraging them to ‘be the man, God’s man’. You may like to use this as a guide for your own personal message to your child.

A Call to Courageous Manhood  (familylife; scroll down to ‘Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhoodand ‘Uncommon Manhood: Secrets to what is means to be a man’) questions for you to discuss with your child and a sample chapter; free printable

Uncommon Manhood: Secrets to What It Means to Be a Man  (familylife; scroll down to ‘Uncommon Manhood: Secrets to What It Means to Be a Man’) sample chapter from the book to discuss with your child.

And in no time at all, this question is bound to come up:  Okay, I’m in love… how do I tell if they’re ‘the one’? This is an article that I made for my kids in anticipation of that moment, to get them to start thinking about it; and there are matching free paper gifts – Bible poster, wallet cards and stationery; free printable

FREE Article for older kids - how to choose a Godly spouse FREE Bible wallet cards with Bible verse Proverbs 4.23

Daily Devotionals encouraging holiness  (everymanministries) encouraging our older boys to seek God’s best, to be all they were created to be

Teen Q&A  (Christiananswers) about current teen issues; share a snippet with your child

Every Young Man’s Battle  (for purchase) this book offers to help you train your eyes and your mind, clean up your thought life, and develop a realistic battle plan for remaining pure in today’s sexually soaked culture. As a result, you’ll experience real hope for being able to live a strong, pure life – God’s way.

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MADE IN HIS IMAGE

God has a plan 4U – FREE article for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) to tell them how special they are to their Creator—Precious. Beautiful. Worthy. One of God’s exquisite designs. And He has a very special plan for each one of their lives—while at the same time striking down one of the enemy’s biggest lies to them… and to us; free printable

God has a Plan 4U

Made in the image of God  (ministry-to-children) a simple lesson from a paper airplane. God is the creator, so being like Him makes us creative, too. Your child will grow up to do bigger things – like build a house; open a business, become a pastor or teacher or pilot, help other people, or write a book … (some great paper airplanes in the ‘Just for Fun’ section of this post, below)

Even before you were born, God knew you!  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) Let your child know that He carefully designed them to be a unique person and has a special plan for their life; add your child’s photo; free printable

Baby in Womb ~ Article for Kids ~ Add your child's photo Baby in Womb Bible verse card for boys; free printable Baby in Womb Certificate of Value2

Cell diagram to label and colour  (pdf) Cells are NOT simple ~ that is a fairytale ~ each individual cell is a fully functional complete miniature city!

Five Senses of the Human Body – poster  (answersingenesis) Biblical perspective; free printable

Human Brain – mad scientist / fun facts poster  (answersingenesis) free printable

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JUST FOR FUN / SPORT

How about a cool paper airplane (paperairplanes)? More here (amazingpaperairplanes), here (canon), here (paperpapers) and here (duckduckgo).

Space Shuttle – origami  (origami-n-stuff4kids) easy – just print and fold – design already pre-printed; more free Space / Universe items here

Architecture / Famous landmarks – 3D standing paper crafts to make  (canon): Eiffel Tower, Paris by night; another Eiffel Tower; Arc de Triomphe, Paris; Sydney Opera House, Australia; Big Ben, London; Tower Bridge, London; free printable

Architecture / Famous Buildings – origami  (popupology; scroll down) detailed pop up cards to make of famous buildings from all over the world; free printable

Vehicles – 3D standing paper crafts to make  (canon) cranes, excavators, trucks, tractors, locomotives, ships, paddlesteamer, cars, aircraft, helicopter; hot air balloons; free printable

Traffic Jam – game  (dr-mikes-maths-game) get the red car out of the traffic jam; boys of all ages will enjoy these logical thinking puzzles using grids and cars with various difficulty levels; free printable

DIY Exploding Box  (thedatingdivas) a little box to make that when the lid is removed, the box sides “explode” out with many sides to cover in creative ways, think pictures, doodles, notes of encouragement, stickers, etc; free printable

Formula One – printables for boys  (fazendoanossafesta) perfect to add a Bible verse and make your own Bible verse cards, Bible wallet cards, or photo frames; free printable

DIY Newspaper Snippet  (fodey) make your own newspaper clipping snippet to announce… (anything you like!); free printable

Sport ~ Links   FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids

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BOOKS / MAGAZINES

Send a few pages at a time; or just chat about a book in your letter as a kind of informal book review or ‘this is what I’ve been reading…’

Manga Comic Book Bible  my kids LOVED these. Even big kids like comic books and this paraphrases the Bible really well into 5 separate books. I sent two of them to my sponsored children – Mutiny and Messiah – in separate postings. The hardest part was carving up the book! A great filler for the boys when sending an article like butterflies; for purchase

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Kingstone Bible Comics  (kingstonecomics) a Bible paraphrase in a graphic comic form specifically designed for boys and to reach people who would otherwise not consider picking up a Bible; each booklet covers a separate Bible story and is roughly 40 pages; for purchase. Booklets are also available to download for free in other languages – e.g. Indonesian, Swahili, Indonesian – and also great if you want to have a closer look at the graphics; free printable. Also available in packs of 10 for multiple students, sets of 18-24 different stories, hardcover, animated for any size screen, and in digital form. They also have apologetic comic books that provide Biblical answers to sticky questions that students may have.

Creation magazine  (creation.com) beautifully illustrated, great photos and articles written by Ph.D. scientists who fully believe the Bible. You can subscribe; have it sent to your place for your family; keep the 5 digital versions; then pass the magazine pages on to your sponsored child. They also sell back issues really cheaply and the information rarely dates. Jam packed with information that brings glory to God. I love these for my boys.

Religion is for Fools  a fabulous apologetics book written by professional comedian, Bill Medley. Lots of fun, small enough to cut up and send over multiple postings, but packed with great facts.

Cyber Quest  (Sigmund Brouwer) A secret committee bands together to find a hero. He is hooked up to a computer and put to sleep, where his character is tested by a series of different swashbuckling adventures through the ages. So far, none of the other candidates have survived and time is running out. Plus there seems to be an assassin. A fabulous novel (also available as 6 smaller books) and probably eerily close to real life and God’s purpose for us than we can possibly imagine. That is, testing our character when it doesn’t seem to matter whether we go God’s way or not. As one of the adventures is aboard a pirate ship, this would be fabulous to go with a Bible Treasure theme.

Pilgrim’s Progress  (John Bunyan) ~ a timeless Christian classic, full of adventure and real life lessons to share with your child.

Action Bible  (theactionBible) in comic form and devotional specifically designed for boys; for purchase; plus freebies (subscribers only)

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COLOURING PAGES FOR OLDER BOYS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

I actually started writing this post because I found what I think must be the motherlode of all colouring pages for older boys, but as I jotted it down, other ideas for boys tumbled over each other. As you can see, the colouring pages ended up a long way down the list! :)

Turn your child’s photo into a colouring page  like I did with this one of Moses; the tutorial even shows you how to add the cool sunnies. Moses (and his friends) loved it. :)

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2 Timothy 4:8 – colouring  (transformcreative) I have finished the course; I have kept the faith; a warrior finishes a race; 2 Corinthians 1:24 – colouring  In your faith you are standing firm; a warrior holds his Bible in one hand and a sword in the other; 1 Timothy 6:12 – colouring  Fight the good fight of faith; a warrior holds his shield in one hand and a sword in the other as he fights off fiery flaming arrows; Revelation 13:10 – colouring a conquering warrior with a Bible in his belt emerges victorious at the top of the cliff; the perseverance and the faith of the saints; Habakkuk 2:4 – colouring the righteous will live by his faith; scroll banners over a mountain reflection; 1 Timothy 1:18 – colouring  Fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience; a young warrior swings a club; Psalm 15:1 – colouring heroes stand for truth; Luke 17:5 – colouring increase our faith; a diver stands ready to high dive into the swimming pool; Bible Hero – colouring pages a selection of Bible heroes from the Old Testament; colouring pages with a rugged, earthy feel for our young men; Bible Hero – bookmarks to colour; Bible Hero – bookmarks to colour; Bible Hero – learn to draw; free printable

Armour of God – colouring pages; free printable

PGFE Armour of God free printables

Long Ago, Even Before He Made The World, God Chose You To Be His Very Own  (max7)  a beautiful colouring page in a frame decorated with gum leaves that will be sure to make your child smile; also available in Spanish, Hindi, Swahili, Tagalog and other languages; free printable

Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose YOU to be His very own

FREE Scripture doodles to colour – Psalms | Old Testament | Gospels | New Testament; Part 6; many to choose from; free printable

FREE Scripture Doodle; Luke 12:4-5; free printable FREE Scripture Doodle John 3:17-19; free printable FREE Bible verse colouring page; Proverbs 4:23 - Guard your heart above all else for everything you do flows from it; free printable FREE Scripture doodle Bible colouring page - Greater is He that is in us - 1 John 4:4 and 2 Kings 6:16; free printable Scripture Doodle colouring page for kids Philippians 2:10-11 free printable FREE Bible Scripture colouring page doodles for kids

We are His workmanship – colouring  (timewarpwife) with Bible verse from Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them; an artist’s palette; free printable

Tons of colouring pages for boys  (yescoloring) the motherlode of colouring pages for boys that inspired this post – cars, trucks, planes, racing, Bible, space, mining equipment, construction, sport, Olympics, motorcycles, dirt bike, farming, boats, ships, drums, guitars, pirates (perfect for a Bible treasure hunt theme), thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, trains, valentine, winter, transformers…

Surfer catching a wave – colouring  (coloringcafe) free printable

Fighter Plane – colouring  (coloringcafe) free printable

Jazz up your colouring pages specifically for your child, using his favourite colours or sporting team colours. Add a border, a title, a Bible verse or some clip art with this easy tutorial.

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PUZZLES FOR OLDER BOYS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

max7  (max7) great Bible puzzles, lessons and ideas for older children; some in other languages; free printable

Bible treasure - Pearl Diver free printable Puzzle  dive through the maze to find the pearl - based on Romans 12:21 (overcome evil with good)  Bible treasure free printable puzzle

Challenging mazes  (krazydad) for older kids; some in different shapes; free printable

Commuter Madness – maze  (Dover sample)

DIY Puzzles  Do a bit of research and design your own puzzles specifically suited to your child’s interests, their family, their country, Bible treasure theme, etc. It’s actually much easier than you think. Just type in the clues and answers, then push a button!

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PHOTO FUN

Photo Fun  photo editing sites for your child’s photo and your family photos, too.

Soccer Sports Trophy – photo box  (canon) add your child’s photo; free printable

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MAKE YOUR OWN

Does your child like sport? Cars? Rocket ships? Stars? Animals? Found a great photo or clip art he will love? Check these out. Or maybe his photo or your family photo. Add a Bible verse and make your own:

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STATIONERY FOR OLDER BOYS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Armour of God – FREE stationery  (Paper Gifts for Estefany); Tiger – FREE stationery; Warrior or Wimp – FREE stationery; Daniel – FREE stationery; Whale – FREE stationery; Dinosaur – FREE stationery; Universe – FREE stationery; Psalm 23 – FREE stationery; Elijah – FREE stationery; Fireworks – FREE stationery; Turtle – FREE stationery; Secret of the Missing Scrolls (including a free sample letter or blank stationery so you can write your own); Bible Treasure Theme (including free sample letter or blank stationery); more FREE stationery; free printable

Bible Treasure Stationery (and sample letter) for kids; free printable The Secret of the Missing Scrolls; fun Bible adventure theme for kids about the Dead Sea Scrolls; stationery and free sample letter; free printable FREE Space / Universe stationery for kids showing how big Earth and the planets are compared to the sun, and a rocket ship blasting off into outer space to explore them; with Bible verse from Psalm 8:3-4; giving glory to God as designer; free printable FREE Dare to be a Daniel stationery for kids (Daniel in the Lions' Den and Daniel's 3 Friends in the Fiery Furnace) with Bible verse from Daniel 1:8; free printable Armour of God free printable stationery for kids  David & Saul stationery A4   FREE Elijah stationery with Bible verses from 1 Kings 18:21, 36-39; free printable  FREE stationery with Bible verse from John 4:13-14; Tropical Beach scene with deep blue skiy and ice cold drinks; lime green background with black border; free printable  Turtle free printable stationery for kids in bright happy colours Dinosaur Free Printable Stationery for Kids A4  FREE stationery with tiger photos and Bible verse from Joshua 1:9 on white background with striped orange/black border; free printable  FREE stationery featuring a magnificent breaching whale on blue background and Bible verse from Nehemiah 9:5; free printable Psalm 23; Shepherd's Psalm; Stationery with Bible verse; free printable  FREE Fireworks Stationery with Bible verse from 2 Corinthians 3:17; blue background; free printable  FREE stationery with Bible verse; I am the True Vine; free printable

Nautical – stationery  (canon) and matching envelope featuring sailing ships, anchor, ship wheel, compass; 3 designs; free printable

FREE stationery  (museprintables) free printable

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Most importantly, when you are writing to your sponsored child, don’t forget…

Tell them about Jesus!

As I think of other ideas, I’ll update this post to keep everything together. Let me know what you come up with, too. What are your best tips for packages for our older boys?

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    • Hi Fiona! Thanks for dropping by and leaving your lovely comment. Many of these ideas I have also used (or adapted) for my girls… except things like coloring pages of cars! For instance, Monica LOVED the Manga Comic book she has received so far. She said that it is her favorite book! I am just finishing up my butterfly packages. Hopefully they will make the mail in time to go today. I don’t always, but this time, I have sent the butterfly article to all my kids. Now that was a headache ~ what to send to the boys! : )

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