role play at toddler group – hospital

We are doing a series of bible stories all about ‘People Jesus helped’ from the Go Teach Toddlers Book 4. One of the suggested activities was to make a doll’s hospital so we had a go. It’s quite basic – a doctor’s play set, couple of dressing up clothes, dolls, dolls clothes and bedding, toy phone and a few beds made from show boxes. We moved some of our tables into an L shape and put up a sign. It was great to see lots of play going on with parents/carers chatting to their toddlers in the doll’s hospital. We won’t do this every week – it seems that having a new role play area makes more chat between adults and the children possible.


Rio 2016

Maybe you are going to do something special for the Rio Olympics (5-21 August) and Rio Paralympics (7-18 September)?

For London 2012 we had some silicone wristbands and a tract explaining the good news about Jesus using 5 colours – yellow, grey, red, white and green. The first four colours are on the wristband and in the dark the whole thing glows green.

So why am I telling you this? Well we have sent thousands of these wristbands to churches all over the place and so this year we would like to do the same. If you would like some for your children that’s fine or your church Holiday Bible Club or church group. They are suitable for ages 5 – 12 (they will fit an adults/teens wrist but may be a tight fit!)

We don’t invoice you – if you would like some wristbands and the tract the cost price is 35p each but a donation of any amount is just fine. We do ask that you pay postage costs.

So if you are interested send us an email –


There is a website on the tract too and some space to put a small sticker with your church/group details.


Books of the Bible – an easy way

Learning the books of the Bible can be fun! The peg idea is out there on pinterest and various sites so I thought I would have a go and make my own. I have added some colours to make it easier to work out where the books belong and what type of books they all are. I’ve given a very brief snapshot of each book. It helps children to know a few things about the names – are they names of people or places or descriptions. We often assume that they will automatically know but why should someone realise that Obadiah was a person rather than a place!

Genesis – all about beginnings

Exodus – all about leaving – who, when and where

Leviticus – laws

Numbers – God’s people in the wilderness

Deuteronomy – The law for a second time

These five books are grouped together under the heading – law

Then the history books are grouped together – Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Esther, Nehemiah and Ezra.

Joshua – taking possession of the Promised Land

Judges – Israel’s faithlessness; God’s faithfulness in sending judges to rescue them

Ruth – a story about ordinary people during the time of the Judges (people who are in the family tree of David and Jesus)

1 and 2 Samuel – Israel gets a monarchy

1 and 2 kings – the good kings and bad kings of Israel

1 and 2 Chronicles – a history book written for those who had experienced the exile. the future of God’s people is secure in the dynasty of David.

Ezra – God works to fulfil his purposes. Ezra was a scribe. The exiles return from captivity and rebuild the temple. Ezra teaches the people about God.

Nehemiah – the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.

Esther – God’s people are rescued. God is at work even when his presence isn’t obvious of acknowledged. The Purim festival celebrates this true story.

Then we have the poetry books –

Job – the righteous do suffer even when they are living in a way to please God. Part of Wisdom literature.

Psalms – songs written by various authors and different times.

Proverbs – wise sayings. Part of wisdom literature. A general principle of how to live in a God-ordered world is followed throughout the book. If you live like this – then this will happen and things will go well. (Job is a contrast to this as he suffered even when doing good)

Ecclesiastes – wisdom literature. Compares life without God and life knowing God.

Song of Solomon – a song/poem about love

After the poetry which includes the Wisdom literature we arrive at the Major Prophets

Isaiah – a prophet for more that 40 years (kings at the time were – Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah)

Jeremiah – a prophet and a priest. He prophesied the exile of the Southern Kingdom of Judah and lived to see it. A very sad prophet living at a very sad time for God’s people. (Kings at the time – Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiakin and Zedekiah.

Lamentations – a coming to terms with the loss of Judah. Loss and also hope.

Ezekiel – warnings to God’s people, exile and hope for the future

Daniel – a book of two parts. Stories about Daniel in Babylon followed by visions of the future.

Then the twelve Minor Prophets.

Hosea – prophecy and warnings to the northern kingdom (Israel)

Joel – prophecy often written as poetry

Amos – prophet during reign of Jeroboam 2 (Israel) and Uzziah (Judah). Prophecy mainly against the northern kingdom (Israel). Poetic style.

Obadiah – a prophecy against Edom. (Descendants of Esau)

Jonah – short story about Jonah and God’s sovereignty and mercy

Micah – prophet during reign of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezikiah. Mainly aimed at Judah where the gap between the rich and poor was growing.

Nahum – about the fall of Ninevah (a follow up to Jonah’s story)

Habakkuk – the prophet’s struggles and prayers

Zephaniah – prophet during Josiah’s reign in the southern kingdom of Judah

Haggai – call to repent and rebuild the temple given to the people who had returned from exile.

Zechariah – very similar message to Haggai. They were prophets at the same time.

Malachi – telling God’s people that the story isn’t over yet; there is more to come…someone is coming ‘I will send you Elijah the prophet..’ Malachi 4:5

Then we wait for the New Testament. (That’s another post!)

To make the pegs you need wooden pegs! ball point pen (felt tip will just soak in and not look clear), some stickers or permanent markers to colour code (doesn’t matter that a blob of colour soaks in) Attach the pegs to a wire coat hanger. (You’ll need more than one). I had two types of colour coding – a colour for OT and one for NT at one end of the peg and then different colours for the types of books at the other end of each peg. I make a key too.


To use – play a few games with re ordering the pegs. the idea is for children to get an idea of where things are in the bible. It’s meant to be fun. You could mix up a few of the pegs and get the children to put them back in the right order. play find me a book beginning with (choose a letter). Find me a book about (poems, history or law) The colours will make it easy. If you want to make it more challenging then don’t colour code.






book review

Marty Machowski’s ‘Leading Your Child to Christ’ is one of those books that you can sit and read all in one go (I just did!) and will want to dip back into time and again.

He has put together a book all about sharing the Gospel with your children. It’s mainly for parents but it has a lot of useful things to say to anyone who works with children in church/youth club.

So what’s it all about? Well clearly Marty believes that children need to be saved. But he is clear that this doesn’t mean that adults should try to manipulate them or lead them to ‘right’ answers about what the Bible teaches. Children often want to please us and so will agree to things on a surface level. This is not advocated in the book.

Instead, Marty explains that our conviction should be that God works in a persons life. We tell the gospel but it is God who saves. This book gives practical suggestions as to how we explain the gospel and how we live the gospel in front of our children.

The book begins with giving examples of children’s testimonies and an explanation of where the book is going.

The main part of the book is a breakdown of leading your child to Christ based on A- Admit you are a sinner; B- Believe in your heart the full Gospel of Christ; C – Confess your faith in Jesus and D- Demonstrate the fruit of repentance.

This may sound like a formula but as the headings are explained it becomes clear that this is not the case. I particularly found the section on Belief helpful. It’s such a hard concept to explain as it is more than an acknowledgement of a set of truths. It is a full trusting of all of ourselves to what God has said and done- not always easy to explain.

Marty also gives us the core truths of what the gospel is. What’s great about it is that each statement begins not with something about us but about God.

Now the nitty gritty – the book is not expensive – I bought my copy from Amazon and it took a while to reach me. 10of Those sell it too – £2.60 for one copy. Well worth buying and reading.  An excellent book.




Bible time house to make

To make a small model of a bible time house all you need is an empty cardboard box, double-sided tape, paint, brown crayon, scissors, sugar paper.

Start by taking the box apart to it’s net – so you can turn it inside out – and then remake it using double-sided tape. ait it. Leave it to dry. Add some crayon colour to give it some ‘texture’. Add the steps up to the roof, door and window and some shrubs using sugar paper.  And it’s all done.

Children aged 7 up could easily make their own house (younger children would need some help). You could make a whole village.