It isn’t quite time for Christmas – but if you want to get a head start on advent this is a ‘make your own advent calendar’. One symbol for each day with a Bible reference to read as a family.
Print the symbols onto card and cut out. Place each one in an envelope with the number on the outside, add small treats to the envelope too. Put up some string or ribbon and use pegs or paper clips to attach the symbol each day during advent.You can leave the symbols black and white or colour them each day. There are Bible verses to read each day – when our children were small we’d have eaten the chocolate either at breakfast or straight after school and read the Bible verses at bedtime.
Free printable is here Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses) Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses) Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)
This was another of our weather themed stories at toddler group. It’s from Luke 8. It’s a great story to tell – lots of drama and Jesus sleeping!
This craft is the lake on a paper plate – square paper plates with two shades of blue tissue paper. Round plates would be just as good but they need to be a bit sturdy. The boat is cut from card (done beforehand) and has a tab so it can be glued in place but still stand up. The label says ‘Jesus stopped the storm’.
It’s a very effective craft that’s quite easy to make.
There are a couple of ideas for telling this story here and here for toddlers and older children.
We’ve made an Abraham tent craft before – for the story of how Abraham left his home and went to the land that God promised to give him (Genesis 12). Click here to have a look.
The above craft is about the birth of Isaac from Genesis 21. It’s the same idea but with more people! I really like ‘lift the flap’ crafts! I need to think of some more 🙂 We printed lots of labels with ‘God keeps his promises’ and these were added to the craft.
I first made a paper plate stained glass window back in 2015! You can take a look at the blog post and instructions here – click this link
There is quite a bit of prep for this craft but it’s so worth the effort. It looks lovely!
This year I thought I would add some extra characters from the Christmas story.
There are templates – you may want to alter the shepherds head – it looks a little lopsided!! (sorry) The link to download – Christmas Stained Glass Window Template
There is a page of mini arks all ready for downloading and printing here Basic Noah’s Ark (x 8)
We did this craft a couple of weeks ago when we were doing Bible Stories on the theme of weather.
We used tissue paper, crepe paper, cellophane wrap, cotton wool and paper clouds.
This is one of my favourite Holiday Bible Club crafts that I’ve done. It fits with so many stories as it is just a scene of a town. It’s fun to make and 3D.
All you need is
Square paper plate (need to be quite sturdy)
Tissue paper/sugar paper
Background scene printed onto card – same size in width as the centre of the paper plate with about an inch of card that can be folded to make a flap which will be glued so the scene stands on the paper plate
Felt tips for colouring the scene
Square block of wood to make a house – doors and windows and outside steps to be added by the children
To Assemble the children need to –
- Colour the background scene and stick onto paper plate to make a back drop
- Add doors, windows and steps to house and glue onto the plate in the foreground
- Add tissue paper/sugar paper to make paths/grass/sand
We bought the background scene from creativeforkids.com
Noah’s ark – drawn onto wall paper (found in the church storage cupboard!!) The animals are stickers, the water is tissue and sugar paper. Very easy to set up and you can always display it afterwards.