This is a simple autumn wreath.
What you need:
A card circle with the middle cut out. You can buy these but I drew round a paper plate and a pencil pot. Use a low weight card to make cutting out easier.
Tissue paper, in autumn colours, to cover the wreath and some to scrunch up into ‘berries’
Leaf shapes in autumn colours, plus a few green (this adds a bit of zing to the picture!)
Yellow wool to tie through a hole (use a hole punch)
Display some autumn pictures to give children ideas.
Adam was given a special job to do – he was to care for the animals that God had made. to tell this story we had a picture of adam in the garden of eden. Then we pulled different toy animals from a story bag and named them and made their sounds (if possible!).
The craft concentrated on things beginning with ‘a’. Children were able to stick, colour and add tissue paper decoration.
E is for Eve. Although the bible doesn’t say that Eve ate an apple we used an apple to tell the story from Genesis 3 as it’s a familiar fruit for the children. It worked well having two real apples to choose from held by a person pretending to be a tree. Then an adult playing the part of Eve chose the apples that they had been told they couldn’t eat and gave it to an adult pretending to be Adam.
With older children you could include the role of the serpent.
The craft is very simple.
Paper Plate Apple
red and green tissue paper squares – or crepe paper
sugar/construction paper stalk and leaf (you could stick these on for the children if they are very young – under threes may not place them at the edge of the plate – but that may not matter. It is the process of making that matters rather than an end product that an adult has altered!)
In the Bible alphabet we are up to Dd – Daniel. The story is written for three’s and under. If you use it then you can add counting to three on your fingers and of course use a made up lion paper plate at the right time in the story.
Craft – a paper plate lion head
You will need –
1. Paper plates – turned over and resting on the rim
2. Yellow and orange tissue paper/ crepe paper squares
3. Yellow wool cut into 5cm lengths ( or thereabouts!)
4. Glue sticks
5. Black paper triangles
6. Black crayons (for the children to draw on the lion’s mouth and whiskers – or you may want to do this in advance)
7. Googly eyes – if working with under fives an adult MUST supervise the use of these. Don’t leave them on the table for children to use as they are a chocking hazard. Of course you don’t have to use them at all!
Bible reference Daniel 6
Daniel lived a long time ago. Every day he would talk to God, On Sunday he talked to God and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Every day he went into his room and knelt down and talked to God. He talked to God in the morning, and at lunchtime and at night time. One , two , three times a day he talked to God. God loved to listen to Daniel talk to him. He heard everything that Daniel said.
But some people made trouble for Daniel. They went to the king and they got him to make a new rule that no one should pray to God.
Well, Daniel loved God and so that day he went home and he did what he always did – he knelt down to talk to God.
He was in BIG trouble. He was taken away from his house and put in a big pit in the ground and a stone was put over the top. It was dark. Daniel wasn’t on his own. Inside the pit there were lions! but God had sent an angel to keep the mouths of the lions shut. They could see Daniel and they could smell Daniel but they couldn’t hurt him.
God is very powerful. He is in charge. He kept Daniel safe.
Following on from where Jesus was born – Bethlehem – who took care of him? Mary and Joseph. In this story we concentrated on Joseph and the job he did.
With young children I sometimes like to have some objects in a bag – it keeps them interested and watching what is going on and objects help to explain words and concepts.
In the story bag
A knitted doll – Joseph
A toy saw and hammer
Pieces of wood
B is for Bethlehem where Jesus was born.
Although it isn’t Christmas it seemed a good idea to do the story of Jesus’ birth for B. In our craft we made pictures of Bethlehem and for the story we used visuals from a book called ‘A Saviour for you’. The pictures are fantastic. Available here http://cefresources.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=95_97_101&products_id=423
We kept the story very simple and used a couple of pictures. The main teaching point was that God had sent Jesus to be our saviour.