q is for question – Bible alphabet

A long time ago we created a Bible Alphabet for toddlers – it’s here and there on the blog. It was a great thing to do and gave us lots of story options. This time it’s the letter ‘q’. Not so many options! I went for q is for question.

The question ‘who is this, that even the winds and waves obey him?’ was asked by the disciples after Jesus stilled the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27).There are  other questions in the story – ‘Teacher do you care that we are perishing?’ and ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?

The first question about who Jesus is is at the heart of the story.

To tell the story to young children:

Have a story bag with a boat and the twelve disciples (you could use duplo figures or cut out pictures. Below are lego mini figures because that is what we have! Don’t look too closely at the characters as they are a strange bunch!)

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Piece of blue cloth to represent the sea.

Cushion or pillow

Or

Introduce actions for the children to do during the story

1. move arms to represent waves

2 blow in to closed hands for the wind

3 pretend to be sleeping

4 ‘shush’ – ‘be still’

You could play some sound effects during the story – thunder and rain recordings are available on MP3 downloads (usually used for relaxation). Make sure you listen to anything you plan to use beforehand.


Great catch of fish – Luke 5:1-11

Wherever Jesus went there were crowds of people wanting to see him. This story comes not long after the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law when people had heard about the healing and had come to the house with their family and friends who wanted to be made well.

In this story Jesus is teaching the people God’s word but there is a crush so he gets into a boat and teaches the people.

To tell the story you could use a toy boat, puppets or knitted dolls to represent the main characters, a net some paper or plastic fish and a blue cloth for the water.

The story –

One day Jesus was talking to lots and lots of people about God. but theer were so many people that it was difficult! There was pushing and shoving and people standing on tip toe and trying to get near the front to see and hear Jesus.

What could he do?

Right by Jesus there was an empty fishing boat. The fishermen were busy washing the fishing nets so Jesus got into the boat and they pushed it just a little way into the water. Then there was no more pushing and shoving and Jesus talked to the people about God.

When jesus had said all he wanted to say he told one of the fishermen to put the boat into the really deep water and throw the fishing net over to catch fish.

Now the fisherman’s name was Simon Peter – he just wasn’t sure that they would catch any fish. They had been working all night and had caught nothing! but because Jesus told him to he got into the boat and rowed out to deep water and threw in the net.

And then something amazing happened!

The boat began to tilt a little bit, the net was so full it was almost breaking! They had caught so many fish that they needed help!

Maybe we would think that Simon Peter would be really excited and be happy. But he wasn’t. He knelt down in front of Jesus and said ‘ You need to go away Jesus because I am a sinful man.’

Jesus didn’t go away he said to Simon Peter ‘Don’t be afraid, from now on you won’t be catching fish but telling people about me.’

Simon Peter bought the boat back to the land and he left it and all the fish and he followed Jesus.

Craft Idea – fish collage using tissue paper and sugar paper

 


The Wise Men visit Jesus

The story of the Wise Men is from Matthew 2:1-15. As this story is being told to toddlers I don’t mention Herod’s plan to kill the baby boys. It is a very dark part of the story and reminds us that Christmas and the birth of Jesus took place in a world where many people had rejected God.

To tell the story you need – some Wise Men, toy camels and a star. You can add some actions too – stars with hands (like in twinkle, twinkle little star), running, looking, kneeling.

The story

Do you remember how we heard about Jesus being born? He was a tiny baby. But then he grew and he was a toddler – just like you! He lived in a house with Mary and Joseph.

Far away from where Jesus lived there were some Wise Men. They read books and knew lots and lots of stuff. They loved to look at the stars in the dark nights sky. One night they saw a new star! They looked at the new star and they looked at each other. ‘Wow! they thought this new star means that a new king has been born in Israel. Let’s go and worship him’.

So they packed their things and set off for the important city of Jerusalem. They traveled for a long time. It took days and days to get there. But when they arrived in Jerusalem they couldn’t find a new baby king anywhere!

There was a king but he was a grown up and he wasn’t happy. He didn’t want a new King! He sent for the Wise Men. He sent for the men from the temple. ‘Where is this new King to be born?’ he asked. The men from the temple knew the answer. ‘In Bethlehem.’

So off the Wise Men went. It wasn’t too far to go now. As they got nearer something very special happened. The star was there again and this time it shone right over the house where Jesus was. The Wise men had found Jesus and they knelt down and worshiped him.

Herod didn’t want to worship Jesus. He wanted to get rid of him. An angel told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus and run away to a different country till it was safe to go back home.

Craft Idea –

Decorate stars – we’ve used wooden stars from amazon and paint. Put the painted star on a white envelope so you can name it. It’s much easier than writing it on the back and then having to turn the stars over at home time.

 

 

 


Man through the roof craft

In our group for Reception – Year Two we are doing a series of Bible Stories that can be found here.  This week we began with the man through the roof story (healing of the paralysed man) from Mark 2:1-12.

We made a craft using a square envelope for the house. This is my version. The picture of the man is from page 79 of the free lesson available from Teachkids.eu.   The lesson is found in the Preschooler section and is called ‘Little kids can know God through his miracles’.

And these are the crafts created by the children


Joseph forgives

Back in November last year we did the story of Joseph in two parts. In week one we told the story of his special coat and how his older brother sold him to people who were on their way to Egypt. It was great to have some soft toy camels to take out of the story bag.

The following week we told how the brothers had no food – they were so hungry! But there was food in Egypt. They made the long journey and there they came face to face with their brother. They didn’t know him but he knew who they were. What would he do? Joseph forgave his brothers. We can forgive people too. God is able to forgive us!

Here’s Joseph dressed like an Egyptian IMG_2728

The story takes up several chapters in Genesis (37, 39-46) We chose to tell only part of the story.


Happy Christmas!

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog and for leaving comments here and in a couple of Christmas cards 🙂 I hope that you have a very Happy Christmas.

‘And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.’ Luke 2:6-7

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Shepherds find the baby in the manger

The baby sent from God was tucked up in the manger. Mary and Joseph were there to look after him. Do you remember his name? He was called Jesus. There they were that night – just the three of them.

Meanwhile, out of the town, in the hills there were shepherds. Shepherds look after sheep. What sound does a sheep make?

It was dark – the shepherds were making sure that all the sheep were safe.

Then suddenly something happened that made the shepherds really scared! There was an angel – and the angel was surrounded by bright light.

‘Don’t be afraid’, the angel said, ‘I bring you good news of great joy that is for everyone, everywhere. Today, a Saviour has been born. You will find him lying in a manger.’

Then lots of angels were there singing. And then they were gone and it was dark again.

The shepherds looked at each other, ‘Let’s go and see this thing that’s happened that God has told us about.’

So off they went – down the hill, through the town, looking here, looking there – until they found Jesus. They found the Saviour.

We can find Jesus too. He is still the Saviour sent from God for everyone, everywhere. We won’t find him in a manger – but we can know him as our Saviour.

 


Christmas unwrapped

Every year we take are able to visit a local school to take a lesson about Christmas and what it means for Christians. This year it was a bit more of a long assembly as we wee able to use the school hall and all the year Two classes were able to be there at the same time. We call this assembly/presentation ‘Christmas Unwrapped’.

The idea is that all the different characters, places and objects that are in the Christmas Story are in gift bags and we allow the children to discover what we have wrapped up. We begin by talking about how the first events of Christmas are found in the Bible. Then as each gift bag is opened a verse from the Bible is read.  All the items are added to a nativity display as we go along. Some people or items need more explanation than others.

When we have all the people, places and objects we tell the story using pictures (Power point)

After telling the story in this way we talk about how Christians celebrate Christmas – the food, decorations, special church events and carols. We sing a carol together. And of course we mention presents! At this point we also make sure that the children know that people who wouldn’t call themselves Christians may also do some or all of these things but that the reason why Christians celebrate is that they are remembering the birth of The Saviour, Jesus.

We always finish by thanking the children for taking part and wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a great holiday.

Here’s some photos – apologies for the quality but it was quite dark!

 



Christmas baubles craft

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All you need to make these decorations  – circles cut out of card (I use a paper punch), an oblong with a hole for string, glue and sequins. I’m going to ask parents to put the child’s name and date on the back so that this becomes a keepsake.

To minimise sequin spillage (!) each child will have a paper plate to catch sequins! (I hope this works)