‘The Biggest Story’- review

Kevin DeYoung  has written an overview of the Bible in ten short chapters. That may sound like an impossibility but actually it’s a very good telling of the story of the whole Bible. He takes us from the garden of Eden to the new Heaven and the new Earth.

There is one small downside – he does use a few expressions that seem a bit clumsy and maybe the style is overly chatty. However, I either got used to this or it was more prominent in the early chapters as I soon no longer noticed. This is a great book. It is not just for children. Adults could easily find it a refreshing read reminding them of God’s love and his plan to bring about redemption.

The book is illustrated by Don Clark. I love the illustrations. They are colourful and striking. Lots of detail to look at and talk about with a child. But they aren’t childish and consequently this is suitable to give to a family to read and enjoy. For someone who is interested in putting the bits and pieces they have heard about Bible stories together, into a meaningful whole, this book would be a great gift.

Kevin DeYoung writes ‘I pray that for some this book may become a treasured ‘member’ of the family’. It is certainly a member of mine and will be read and treasured.

You can buy from amazon

I bought the book from 10ofThose (slightly cheaper). They have a good discount if you order 5 copies. (£7.79 each)

ISBN 978-1-4335-4244-2

Published by Crossway

Palm leaf craft

This is a very easy palm leaf craft. The basic shape is cut from construction paper (5 at a time). Then there are two shades of tissue paper, squares of green construction paper and some shiny cellophane – this was not great to cut up as it clings to you! It’ll look nice and I like to use stuff up – this was wrapping for a bunch of flowers. The wax crayons are shades of green.

Easter is almost here!

It seems like five minutes ago it was Christmas. And here we are and it’s Easter. Sunday will be Palm Sunday. It has come round so fast this year.

We are ready in one way as we bought a book for each child at our toddler group. ‘The Day the Earth Shook’ is a great book by Helen Buckley and Jenny Brake. We also have some books for parents that will be available for anyone who is interested in knowing more. (See picture above – all from 10ofThose) The leaflet/card ‘He is Risen’ comes as a tear off sheet in packs of 35. They tell the Easter Story and have a space for a greeting. They arrive as A4 size and once folded in half make a nice take home story. They are suitable for children up to the age of 11 – or for families. They aren’t tracts but a retelling of the story of Easter.

We may also have a small chocolate egg for the children. We will definitely have hot cross buns for the adults at out last toddler group the Thursday before Good Friday.

Palm Sunday Story idea

Easter Story idea

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Genesis 3 – would you Adam and Eve it?

As part of a series for older children – 4 years plus – we’re taking a look at the beginning of the Bible. Would you ‘Adam and Eve it?’ is rhyming slang for would you ‘believe it?’

The Bible,  God’s Word to us is true. We want to encourage others to believe God’s words.

Genesis 1 tells us that God made everything good. It was a perfect world with everything working in harmony. Clearly that isn’t a picture of our world today. So what happened? Genesis 3 tells us. The people that God had created believed the words of the serpent rather than the words of God.

A craft idea – serpent made from a paper plate.

Other resources

Answers in Genesis Kids

In the beginning..God made people

A pinterest board with a few ideas

 

Genesis 1 – ‘Would you Adam and Eve it?’

Genesis 1 tells us how it all began. It is a chronological telling of how the world began. Once there was just God and then he spoke the world into being. Our beginning matters because if God made us then this is his world and we are accountable to him. So do we Adam and Eve it? (rhyming slang for do you believe it 🙂 )

When we tell the story of creation to children there are a few things that can help us. First the order of everything is significant. Everything was made in the right order for life to be sustained. (You would of course explain that more simply 🙂 ). The food was made before the animals who were going to eat it. The sea before the fish that needed to swim in it. When people were made the world was ready for them.

For older children who will be learning that creation is a myth/fairy story it’s useful for us to be able to point them towards creation apologetics. They need to make their own minds up – we can give them information so that they are informed. Answers in Genesis Kids is a good resource for this.

There are loads of great crafts to help us teach about creation. Here are some ideas from this blog

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paper plate creation – I’ve used this to tell the story of creation.

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Paper plate world

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Fish in the sea

IMG_4091Creation mobile

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Creation Place Mat

And a pinterest board with more ideas

 

Mother’s day card

Sometimes I manage to find something when I need it! Today I managed to locate a bag of petals and flower pots that were left over from a summer themed craft last year. They are now going to be used to make mother’s day cards. One of the helpers at toddler group is a committed car boot enthusiast and found some great card making shapes just last week and some green tinsel. The latter is going to be cut up (it’ll be messy!!). These will also be used in the card making 🙂 Before toddler group I’ll spray the flower shapes with perfume. This makes for a lovely scratch n sniff card.

This year I have bought blank cards with envelopes from hobbycraft – they are pre-folded and colourful and I just fancied having an envelope too. A chance meeting with a friend, who was also in hobbycraft, and she agreed that paying extra for the envelopes was worth it!

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