Cubbies celebrates the spiritual potential of pre-schoolers (3 to 5-year olds) by helping them develop their respect for God, His Son and His Word.
Pre-schoolers can hardly wait for their next Cubbies club meeting. Whether it’s the fun puppets, the exciting games or all their Cubbie friends, they simply love it. At Story Time each week, pre-schoolers learn about God – the greatness of His love and His Word – and about His Son, Jesus Christ, the promised Saviour. Non-competitive games build excitement and reinforce Story Time lesson themes.
Cubbies helps you lead your child to God early so they will respect and trust Him for life.
To join AWANA Cubbies your child must be 3 by September 1st and be potty trained. Due to high demand we also require at least one parent of each Cubbie to be a volunteer in the club.
Below you will find a quick list of our weekly routine and activity, and a more detailed explanation follows.
- Opening and Game Time – 5:45-6:00pm
- Song Time, Puppet Show and Story Time – 6:00-6:30pm
- Snack Time – 6:30-6:45pm
- Table Time – 6:45-7:20pm
- Going Home/Fun Activity – 7:20-7:30pm
OPENING AND GAME TIME
Cubbies meet for most of the evening in Upper Chapel 2. During the opening we welcome the children, introduce the theme of the evening and give the Cubbies a chance to “get their sillies out” with a game or two. This is also a great time to get to know each other and even recognise birthdays.
During this time we sing choruses and songs. Sometimes we try and sing or teach songs that relate to their lesson that’s going to be taught later in the evening. The children love singing action songs and especially the Cubbie Theme Song.
PUPPET SHOW AND STORY TIME
Every week we have an appearance from our favourite bear Cubbie and often his friends Luvie Lamb and Katie Collie. The puppets share their perspective on what will soon be coming up in the lesson and encourage a great deal of enthusiasm from the Cubbies! The kids love their puppet time.
Next is story time. We recite the key verse and hear a lesson from God’s Word. The Bible story follows the night’s theme and ties the entire night all together. The opportunity to share our love for Jesus, and the Bible, with your child is what Cubbies is all about. That is why we are here. It is great to see small children listening to these stories and see them begin to understand what it means for them! During this time questions and comment are always welcome and we attempt to make it as interactive as possible.
The Cubbies love their snacks which are given out every club night. Even our snacks reinforce the theme. Please make sure you list any allergies/intolerances to food products when you register.
Please remember that snack is not a substitute for their dinner - Cubbies should come to club having had their evening meal and not be hungry.
After the snack time the Cubbies will stay at their designated tables and do crafts. These are often activities that include colouring, glittering, gluing and relate directly to the Bible story which they heard earlier in the evening. Once Cubbies have completed their crafts, one or two at a time will have the opportunity to have one-on-one time with their leader, go over their Handbook Activity Sheet and recite their verse.
GOING HOME/FUN ACTIVITY
The lesson for the week is ended by doing a fun activity that’s connected to the lesson and often briefly going through the main concepts of the lesson again. During this time the leaders pack up Cubbies’ bags and make sure any awards rewards for completing a Handbook section are distributed.
The Cubbies curriculum features two handbooks. Both are written in a fun, storybook style with read-aloud stories and lovable characters that appeal to pre-schoolers.
The AppleSeed and HoneyComb handbooks combine basic Scripture memory with parent-child activities to help Cubbies grasp simple biblical truths. Each Cubbie handbook contains a helpful review CD to use at home. One handbook is completed in each club year. Each handbook contains 26 Bear Hug sections along with four special-day sections.
There are two handbooks that Cubbies work through: AppleSeed and HoneyComb. One year we work altogether on the AppleSeed book and the following year on the HoneyComb Handbook. Everybody is in the same book at the same time and learning the same Bear Hug lesson and verse each week. The only difference between the 3 and the 4 year olds is that the older clubbers are required to recite the scripture reference along with the whole verse. We would also encourage older clubbers to do the ‘Under the Apple Tree’ section each week.
If your child has make-up verses from previous weeks, please attach a note to the handbook so that your child’s leader will know which sections your child is prepared to recite.
Cubbies Uniform and Awards
Pre-schoolers love coming to church in the Cubbies uniform vests. And the opportunity to earn exciting awards helps children stay focused so they can learn God’s Word.
- AppleSeed Trail Emblem
- HoneyComb Trail Emblem
- Red Apple Achievement Emblem
- Green Apple Achievement Emblem
- Awana GO Emblem (we do not use)
Basic emblems and awards for Cubbie clubbers:
APPLESEED AND HONEYCOMB TRAIL EMBLEMS
Cubbies receive the AppleSeed Train emblem for completing the AppleSeed Trail or the HoneyComb Trail emblem for completing the HoneyComb Trail. Trails are at the beginning of each handbook.
GREEN APPLE AND RED APPLE ACHIEVEMENT EMBLEMS
Your Cubbie is rewarded at key levels of achievement in the Apple Acres Entrance Booklet and the AppleSeed Handbook with bright red and green apple emblems. Cubbies earn four green apple emblems and four red apple emblems during the year. Achievement emblems for the AppleSeed handbook complete the letter ‘A’ on the vest and achievement emblems for the HoneyComb handbook complete the letter ‘C’.
You can also refer to the AppleSeed or HoneyComb handbook for the placement of all awards.
Cubbies encourages parental involvement. Your child’s handbook feature parent-child activities for home. You will lead your child through handbook section, called Bear Hugs, to prepare for the next club gathering. Each Bear Hug includes option activities called ‘Under the Apple Tree’ for reviewing bible verses and lessons learned earlier. An audio CD included in your child’s handbook has review material that you can listen to together.
At club, your Cubbies will review the verse you helped teach at home. Working through the handbook with your child develops your spiritual leadership and helps you instil you child with a lifelong biblical worldview.