The prodigal son story

So far, this term, at toddler group we have told stories about ravens, bees, frogs and a big fish – last week it was the turn of the pigs.

this little piggie went to toddler group!

this little piggie went to toddler group!

The Bible story was from Luke 15. It is one of the stories that Jesus told about the lost and the found. The younger son wants his money and goes off and spends the lot. He ends up feeding the pigs and comes to his senses. He goes home and is welcomed by his father. The story is a picture of the welcome we recieve when we turn back to God.

To tell the story – use some props including money, party streamers/hats, pretend pigs, new robe/coat/ring/shoes.

The story

Jesus told the people a story

‘There was a man who had two sons (count to two). The younger son wanted his father’s money. So the father decided to share all his things between his two sons. Now they had a lot of money. (jingle the money).

A few days later the younger son got his money and packed his bag and went far away. He loved spending is money! he had lots and lots of parties (show party streamers/hats). One day he looked in his pocket for more money but it had all gone! He had spent every last penny! He was in trouble.

He needed a job. He went to work looking after pigs. What noise do pigs make? oink,oink! He was so hungry that he could have eaten the food that the pigs ate. No one helped him. He was sad.

‘I will go back to my father’ he said. ‘He will give me a better job than sitting here with these pigs.’

So he walked and walked and walked till he could see his old home far away in the distance.

Someone saw him coming. Someone had been looking and hoping that he would come back home. It was his father. His father was so pleased to see his son that he ran down the road to meet him and hugged him.

‘I’m sorry’ said the son

‘I forgive you’ said the father. ‘Now let’s celebrate that you have come back home!’

The father gave his son new clothes to wear, new shoes and a ring.(show these items) He was so happy that he had a party.

‘My son was lost,’ he said,’but now he is found.’

When we come back to God it is like we were lost but are now found.

Craft Idea – paper plate pink pigs.

All you need 

paper plate

pink tissue paper and crepe paper cut into square (roughly)

glue

circles from pink sugar paper for snout (I use a paper punch from hobbycraft.)

ear shapes cut from sugar paper

stickers for nostils and eyes

pink crayons (optional)

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paper plate pigs made by the children

paper plate pigs made by the children

We allow plenty of self expression!

paper plate pigs made by me to give children and parents an idea of what to aim at.

paper plate pigs made by me to give children and parents an idea of what to aim at.

 

 

 

Toddler group

This is our hall all ready for our mums, dads, grandparents and carers and of course under -5’s.

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I absolutely love toddler group 🙂

There are a few things not in the photos – train track, farm, duplo and a painting room. At the moment we don’t have enough people to do the painting room as two helpers are way this term. We’re very fortunate to have a main hall and two side rooms.

My plan is to do a bit more sensory play – we have sensory bottles and playdough but I am thinking of using dried pasta …? I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

frogs in the bed..!

Bible story from Exodus 8. This is part of our series of stories about animals in the Bible.

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Moses was the leader of God’s people. God’s people lived in Egypt. They were very sad (can you look sad). Everyday they had to make bricks. they made bricks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, days a week. It was hot and dusty and horrible.

God told Moses to go and rescue the people. It’s always good to do what God says. ‘Moses, go and tell the King of Egypt to let all of my people go’

So Moses went to see the King of Egypt.

God says you are to let his people go

‘No’ said the king of Egypt ‘i won’t’. It’s always a bad idea to ignore God.

Moses told the king, ‘God will send something to make you change your mind!’

God sent … frogs!

Not just 1 frog, or 2 frogs or even 10 frogs but lots of frogs.

When the people wanted to cook food there were frogs in the oven, when they went to get a wash there were frogs in the water, when they went to bed there were frogs under the covers! frogs everywhere! When the king went to sit on his throne there were frogs already sitting there!

‘Take the frogs away’, said the King.

So Moses asked God to take the frogs away and God did. Now the frogs were back in the river.

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After the story we sang our ‘new’ song.  This went down really well.

 

Springwatch inspired song!

A new song to a well known tune – always a safe combination. The tune is ‘the wheels on the bus’.

The song is about these guys. As you can see, I’ve been watching Springwatch.

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The owl in the garden goes twit, twit, twoo, twit, twit, twoo, twit, twit, twoo

The owl in the garden goes twit, twit, twoo all day long.

The snail in the garden goes slurp, slurp, munch, slurp, slurp, munch, slurp, slurp, munch

The snail in the garden goes slurp, slurp, munch, all day long.

The bee in the garden goes buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz

The bee in the garden goes buzz, buzz, buzz all day long.

The frog in the garden goes hop, hop, splash, hop, hop, splash, hop, hop, splash

The frog in the garden goes hop, hop, splash all day long.

Below are the pictures in PDF. To make the song visuals – print out the coloured PDF, laminate (or print onto card) , attach lolly pop sticks or kebab sticks so you can hold the pictures. The children can do actions or buzz around like the bee, hop and crawl for the different verses.  🙂

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I will be using the b/w printables as a craft activity – we have a lot of collage materials to use up! Feel free to print as many as you like.

Bee     Snail     Frog     Owl

These are the same pictures but in colour

Bee – colour     Frog – colour     Snail – colour     Owl – colour

 

Samson and the bumble bees.

We’ve been doing a few Bible stories at toddler group on the theme of ‘animals in the Bible’. We started with Jonah and have done the ravens feeding Elijah. Then we had a story about camels and today we thought about bees. ( I know they aren’t animals but I think it’s ok to be flexible :))

paper plate bee

paper plate bee

The story was very simple – this was the basic outline (Judges 14:1-20)

1.God’s people were in trouble because they had ignored God

2. God still loved them so he sent someone to help them

3 God sent Samson. (At this point Samson is taken out of the story bag and we all say ‘hello Samson!’)

4 Samson wasn’t very tall, or very small, or very young or very old – he was very strong.  (and we all flex our muscles)

5. One day Samson was walking along (make walking noises by patting hands on knees) when he heard a buzz, buzz, buzz. (everyone make a buzz sound)

6. He had found some bees (take paper plate bee from story bag) inside a dead lion – and they were making honey. ( I did mention that we should leave bees alone and then they won’t bother us)

7God was going to help Samson use what he saw to rescue his people from trouble.

At the end of the story I told the children that they could find this story in Tesco, Asda etc and showed them the Lyles Golden Syrup tin.

The craft was a simple paper plate cut in half. I painted them yellow at home and the children added the stripes, head and wings. I found the idea on Pinterest – it’s from Happy Home Fairy. My bee is slightly different – I tend to steer clear of googly eyes as they are quite easy for an under three to choke on. I didn’t bother with feet either as i like to keep crafts as simple as possible.

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