‘Me Too!’ Bible story books review

The Me Too! series of Bible story books by Marilyn Lashbrook, illustated by Stephanie McFetridge Britt are written for very young children. They are interactive – things to point at in the illustrations, questions to answer, repetitive phrases to join in with.The authors use of onomatopoeia allows you to add lots of expression to the story. The books are great to read aloud and still enjoyable after many repeated readings. They could easily be used in a small group setting – great books to have in a book corner at a toddler group or to use as prizes for the young children in Sunday School or as leavers gifts for children moving on from toddler group.

Some of the versionsof the books are very small and so unsuitable to reading to a group  – so beware if buying online and check the sizes.

The illustrations are clear and often suitably humorous. Sometimes they aren’t quite true to the time in which the stories took place which I think is a shame. But that’s my only niggle. My own children loved these books when they were little.

The books are published by Lion Hudson (Candle Books) and are available from their website www.lionhudson.com also from www.amazon.co.uk and from www.abebooks.co.uk (with free delivery)

 

The man with four friends – duplo storytelling

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One of the homes Jesus visited was the place where the paralysed man was healed. Luke 5:17- 26. If you look very closely you can just see crowds of people in the model of the house. To tell the story to young children you could use lego duplo figures.( Of course avoid the clearly identifiable charcters such as Bob the Builder) The mat is brown paper and material – chosen because it has to be rolled up. It fits really well in the duplo figures hand.

If you didn’t want to use duplo for telling the story you could let a small group play with the figures and model afterwards to retell the story to you.

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Homes Jesus visited

At toddler group this half term each bible story will be about a house that Jesus visited. Today I talked about the homes where we live. The craft was a collage of different types of homes and the collage I had made was my introduction.

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I talked about how Jesus didn’t stay a baby in a manger (I showed a picture of this) but he grew up and became a man. He visited lots of peoples homes but they were quite different to our homes today.

The model of a Bible Times house was hidden in a bag – I explained that we were going to hear lots of stories of the homes Jesus visited – and showed the model. I explained about the flat roof and the steps at the side.

Next week we begin the stories. With older children I would have gone on to tell a story right away.

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To make the house – and I’m sure you could do better – I used a shoe box with a lid and covered it with brown paper. The steps were a bit tricky – I used corrugated card from some packaging and folded it concertina style.

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‘Fold and Do’ a book by Carla Williams

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Do you ever need a quick and easy activity for the children to do that has minimal preparation and no mess? Maybe you need a filler activity to have on hand for children who finish all their craft early or something to do for the children who arrive at your club on time – while you wait for the few who are always a bit late? maybe you would like something for your own children to do during the Sunday sermon?

These two books provide 52 photocopiable sheets of activities that only require a pencil/pen and a bible (NIV version is used here)

‘Little hands Fold and Do’ is for 4-7 year olds and ‘Fold and Do’ is for 7-10 year olds. They are written by Carla Williams, Illustrated by Richard M Heroldt and Becky Radtke and published by Concordia Publishing House.

The ‘fold’ part of the title refers to the fact that each worksheet is two sided and folded in half. The activities include tracing, joining up items, word searches, dot to dot, odd one out and lots of other activities.

Each worksheet focus’ on a different subject – these include Christmas, Easter, talking to God, the parables – 52 in all. Both books cover the same topic but at a different level.

Because the books are from the US they do include something for President’s day, Memorial Day, National Day of Prayer and valentines but they focus on truths from the Bible rather than how these days are kept so still useful if not in the US. The spelling is American too but loads of books use american spelling so I’m happy to overlook it!

I bought one of the books through Amazon – but be careful as they sent me the wrong one at first – they didn’t seem aware that there were two different books so the picture and description didn’t match the sent item. Abebooks did a much better job.

Thank you God book – for toddler group

Over the past term at our Toddler Group we have made a ‘thank you God book’ – this is an overview of what we did

Title page ‘our thank you God book’

Then the following pages  – with pictures added from google images. Each page was A3 and was laminated.

‘I am wonderfully made’ Psalm 139 verse 14

Hands can .. clap, wave, touch, catch

Thank you God for my hands

Tabitha used her hands to help others

Feet can … run, jump, walk, tip toe

Thank you God for my feet

Zacchaeus used his feet to run to see Jesus

Noses can.. rub, smell, breathe

Thank you God for my nose

Mary gave the special perfume to Jesus. It smelt beautiful.

Mouths can … shout, eat and drink, sing, speak

Thank you God for my mouth

Ears can listen to … whispers, shouts, songs

Thank you God for my ears

The children shouted ‘Hosanna’. Everyone heard.

Eyes can.. blink, see colours, close, open

Thank you God for my eyes

Jesus died. Then he came alive again. Lots of people saw him.

For the first 6 weeks we went through the parts of the body – so we just did hands can .. thank you God for my hands etc. The children were able to do the different actions.

Then for the next 5 weeks we reviewed/repeated what we had done but added a short bible story. We combined ears and mouths for a week as they fitted so well with the story of palm sunday. The children were able to shout Hosanna and everyone could hear them!

The pictures are just to give you an idea of what we did – they were more of a visul aid for the adults as we had actions for the children to do. I find it really helpful to have something visual to refer to just in case i forget what I’m meant to say!

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