“Fluffy” is an interactive Advent lesson software you can use year after year. It has fun interactive story content, learning activities and lots of life application prompts and points.
Pictured: Fluffy’s Main Menu showing the 6 different learning areas and “Jam” activity.
Open a summary graphic of what’s in each learning area.
God is really excited to explain the entire Christmas story.
And one day he finds poor little Fluffy the sheep to tell it to, –all of it.
Fluffy & God’s Amazing Christmas Adventure CD not only teaches the ENTIRE Advent-Christmas story, but the hope and meaning behind it. Fluffy’s lessons are narrated, animated, interactive, and include reflection and fun activities. There’s even a Christmas song game called “DJ Fluffy Jam.”
Re-usable year after year for ages 5 to 15 in Sunday School, fellowship group, or home. Fluffy is the program you use every year. A typical lesson plan with Fluffy would include just one or two of the six different areas. There’s plenty to stop and discuss.
The Fluffy Storyline…
God invites Fluffy on a journey through the following areas. More details below!
(1) the Old Testament Prophets -teaching the concept of Messiah and the hope
(2) the announcement by Angels, Mary and Elizabeth, Mary’s Song
(3) the trip to Bethlehem and Birth according to Luke 2
(4) the announcement to the Shepherds
(5) the story of Herod and the Magi
(6) DJ Fluffy Jam -a fun Christmas hymn activity
Other than Fluffy, the program’s main “character” is God.
- God appears as an OT-style cloud with lightning bolts who’s bursting with things to say.
- God explains A LOT to Fluffy (in a country accent no less).
- God presents Fluffy with animations and interactive information to choose from.
- God adds pop-up questions, and extra info pop-ups (that often have questions to discuss should you choose).
- God spared no expense! …and has an awesome sense of humor (which Fluffy doesn’t always appreciate).
- God has also added a lot of “Free Will” in this software in the form of extensive navigational choices and menus so you can pick and choose your way through the content. Our guide spells it all out.
Don’t let the name fool you…
Fluffy isn’t “just” for young children! Even young teens will enjoy it, especially because of the wry humor. Several content pieces are particularly designed for the older crowd, and the younger crowd can enjoy them too with a little help.
Click a Tab to Learn More About Each Fluffy Learning Area…
God explains the OT Prophets Announcement and Concept of Messiah.
God tells Fluffy why he first tried kings and how some of them turned out bad. There’s a Kings Matching Game here for your kids to learn about some of the most famous Good and Bad Kings (and what makes for “good” or “bad” kings). See screenshot below.
Then, God explains why he sent the Prophets to announce his coming as the Messiah. What is a Messiah? God explains that too through a series of activities, culminating in an interactive “Fluffimation” reflection activity -which is sort of like an interactive “mad-lib”-like activity you complete and play back. See screenshot below.
The “Fluffimation” activity found in Promises Promises is based on Isaiah 9 (for unto us a child is born…Wonderful Counselor, etc). It has your kids playing with what those strange titles mean to us today.
At the end of Promises, Promises, students can print or complete a Jesse Tree onscreen (Jesus’ Family Tree).
All in all, you could spend between 15 and 35 minutes in Promises, Promises. It depends on whether your kids are being guided, and how much you tell them to look at and complete.
Above: A screenshot of the Isaiah 9 “Fluffimation” which the kids fill-in and then watch and hear their answers get used in a script about the meaning of the Messiah’s coming.
Click TAB 8 to learn more about Fluffimations.
Yo Mary and Joe!
In YO! Mary & Joe, God decides to let Fluffy go on a mission to be the angel announcing the birth. Of course, Matthew and Luke have two different “Annunciation” stories, and God explains that to Fluffy in a humorous way.
Then there are the mini-pop-ups in Fluffy like this “What is an angel’s job?”
…and interactive pop up quizzes about “The meaning of Emmanuel” and “The Meaning of Jesus’ Name”…
Yo! Joe & Mary includes an “Angel Fluffimation” activity in which your students answer a series of questions posed to them, and their answers are inserted into a retelling of the Matthew 1 and Luke 2 stories of the angel appearing to Joseph, and the birth in Bethlehem. Seen below: The question script students complete, prior to Fluffy taking their answers, inserting them in the scripture script and speaking them aloud for all to here. It’s a fun way to hear scripture and think about key concepts.
Also tucked into Yo! is an option to VISIT MARY. This learning area has activities and presentations about Mary’s visit with Elizabeth and help her sing her Luke 1 “Song of Joy” by working with the Mary’s Song of Joy Fluffimation activity.
On the Road to Bethlehem
On the Road to Bethlehem is a short transitional part of the journey which introduces “why Bethlehem?” Fluffy rides a donkey to Bethlehem past several informational billboards.
The Birth of Jesus
When Fluffy gets to Bethlehem for The Birth of Jesus, she can tour “Bethlehem House” to learn about the word “inn” and the setting of Jesus’ birth.
Then she can do the Super Jesus Fluffimation, or visit Luke 2 Theater for “Birth of Jesus -The Movie”, -a fun “film” presentation of Luke 2’s story of Jesus’ birth.
The Super Jesus Fluffimation here in Bethlehem asks your students for words that describe various super-powers, and then turns them into a spoken mad-lib-like reflection on the true powers of Jesus to transform hearts. You can use it to start a discussion about the world’s concept of “power” and God’s concept of power.
After visiting Bethlehem… Fluffy can pop over to the Shepherd’s field and learn about God’s exciting invitation to welcome the Christ child.
Once there, God decides to wake the sleeping shepherds, tell their story, and then QUIZ Fluffy about their story. If Fluffy wants to visit the baby Jesus, she must pass The Shepherds Quiz.
If she gets at least 8 out of 10 questions correct in the Shepherds Quiz, she is invited to go visit the Baby Jesus.
Once inside the stable, the Holy Family, Shepherds, and Fluffy are “pondering” some interesting questions about what it all means. You can see and discuss their “ponderings” by rolling over each character.
Following Yonder Star
The Last Stop on the road is Following Yonder Star –the Magi’s Observatory. The Observatory is another one of those learning areas that’s a complete lesson unto itself. Among other things, it asks and/or answers:
- What is a Magi?
- What did the Magi do?
- Who was Herod?
- What was the star?
- What’s Frankincense and Myrrh and why did the Magi give them to Jesus?
- What gifts does Jesus want?
- How can we be Wisemen?
At the end of the Gifts question is a matching game about gifts which reveals a question about OUR gifts to Jesus. And then there’s a fun game called “Fluffy vs Herod”. When students win the game, they discover several questions to consider.
DJ FLUFFY JAM
DJ Fluffy Jam is a fun Musical Activity.
Students select from one of two different Christmas Hymns: Angels we have heard on high, or O Little town of Bethlehem. They then select from an extensive a pallet of alternate lyric, instrument, and sound effect choices to make their own version for playback.
Playback is a lot of fun, and some of the word choices make for good discussion.
In the screenshot above, the “orange” slots in the first section are words, sound effects, and instruments that a student has already slotted into the hymn from the pallet of options seen on the second section. The “purple” slots are open slots the students haven’t dragged any options into yet.
What is the “Fluffimation”?
They are like “interactive Mad-Libs.”
First, students are asked to fill in a set of answers to onscreen questions. Then, just like in a Mad-Lib, the words your kids entered get put into a script. In our Fluffimations, an animated Fluffy speaks that script out loud, inserting your kids’ words.
The narrated script they are altering with their word inputs are sometimes an explanation of an idea, or a section of scripture. The kids choices become a point of discussion when you play them back. And they can do them over and over.
There are several different onscreen “Fluffimation” activities on this CD, including: Isaiah 9 -the titles of the Messiah, About the meaning of Messiah, About the Magi and following the star today, and about Mary’s Song.
Here’s a screenshot of the first screen the students see in the Isaiah 9 Fluffimation. You can see it is set up like a mad-lib. The students type in their responses. The theme of this particular Fluffimation is having the kids understand the TITLES Isaiah 9 gives to the Messiah (Prince of Peace, etc) and have the kids produce their own translated version of what those titles might mean to us in today’s language.
The screenshot below shows the ‘results’ screen from the MAGI Fluffimation about “looking for Jesus today.” The text is being read aloud by Fluffy with the words the kids inserted into the script. Often, the teacher will have them go back and refine their answers, which makes the activity very reusable indeed.
Here’s a printable graphic overview of Fluffy’s 6 learning areas:
Age Range: K* through young teen. Non-readers love Fluffy! as long as they have an older person going through it with them. Older kids and young teens will appreciate its interactivity and sense of humor, and extra depth.
Minimum: 1.4 ghz, 1.5 mb ram
Windows 8/10 users, see our Windows tweaks.
Be sure you have the latest version of Quicktime for Windows installed.
Usage Tip: Fluffy is great for several years of Sunday School use. It’s also a popular Christmas gift. And it projects well in Children’s Worship or to large groups.
Our worksheets are designed to help guide students through the many content options they will be presented with, and serve as a great basis for your discussion of KEY POINTS after using the software.
A Lesson Plan for Yo! Mary and Joe (includes “Mary Ponders”)
Print a copy of the Fluffy Manger Questions Graphic (a handy reference)
Print a Blank copy of the Fluffy Manger Questions Graphic (so you can make your own handout)
Print a graphic summary of what’s in each section.
I am IMPRESSED! Fluffy is wonderful. The graphics are awesome. The story presentation is wonderful. I love all the extra stuff and I felt the need to write and tell you. ~Reesee Michalochick, Director of Children’s Ministries, Virginia Beach United Methodist Church
Right: Shepherds enjoying Fluffy at St. Andrews UMC in Carrollton Georgia
Fluffy has been such a huge success that I placed another order today for other titles. Thank you for all of your hard work! ~Tina, St. Paul’s, Summerville, SC Fluffy’s Amazing Christmas Adventure really is amazing. Thanks again for another wonderful teaching tool! ~Nancy Tarantino, Watchung Presbyterian, Bloomfield NJ “Fluffy” arrived and it is great. I have had so much fun with it that I can’t wait for our kids to use it. Thanks for continuing to produce such quality products. ~Sue Isbell, Church Street UMC, Knoxville, TN
Below: Kids at the Willow Meadows Church in Houston dressed as shepherds and enjoying Fluffy