rainbow craft

We have been hearing the story of Noah at Toddler Group and this week we are finding out about the rainbow and how God keeps his promises. Our craft is quite small as I bought the cloud shapes and the only ones I could find are actually gift tags. The rainbow is made from ribbon.

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ideas for a lego themed Bible club

We sometimes run lego themed Bible clubs – either for an after school special or over a few days for a Holiday Bible Club. Playing with lego is a big hit – with both the children and helpers. This year we also enjoyed making mini figure puppets with paper bags (mini figure printable from here) and lego cakes. For the cakes you need madeira cake cut into slices. Spread on apricot jam and cover with coloured fondant icing. Add smarties using coloured writing icing. It is a straight forward no cook edible craft but children love it – and there are quite a few skills that they practice – spreading, rolling the icing, cutting the cake. And they get to eat it!

For the BibleZone time we use stories that have a build – Noah’s Ark, Tower of Babel, Wise and Foolish builders and more…

Lots of time is spent building with the lego and a couple of lego team challenges are added too.

Noah’s ark

I really enjoyed putting this craft together and the children enjoyed making their own too – which is the main thing!

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There was a bit of prep – cutting an ark shape from a folded paper plate and tearing tissue paper into long strips. the ark ‘floats’ on the tissue paper water. The animal stickers were a perfect size.

‘Reformation ABC’s’ – book review

It can’t have escaped your notice that it’s 500 years since the Reformation. The book ‘Reformation ABC’s’ by Stephen J Nichols and Ned Bustard is intended for children but extremely useful for adults. It fills in all the history of the Reformation; why it happened, where, how and who was involved. Each letter of the alphabet is used to explain a small part of the bigger picture. There is a lot of information! I think the book is a great resource for us adults trying to fit the history of the Reformation together and a useful book for families with older children. A map would be a useful item to have alongside as you learn about the Hugenouts, Geneva, Florence and Zurich.

At the end of the book there is a timeline of events and key people and a section called ‘Reformation in Numbers’

I bought my copy from Amazon. The book is published by Crossway and is also available from 10ofThose who offer discounts based on number of copies bought.

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dinosaur craft

There are lots of versions of this in my house (!) – this is my favourite

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How to make – paper plates cut in half. You can easily cut the dinosaur spikes/plates a few plates at a time. Older children who can safely use scissors can do this part themselves. IMG_2485

Each dinosaur needs a tail and a head – there is a free printable here – Dinosaur Head and Tail (1) Colour these and then attach with glue.

Decorate the dinosaur with tissue paper, crayon, pens – whatever suits you. I like to give children a choice.

Decorate the pegs and attach. The dinosaur should stand up!

a few more summer pics..

We’ve had a great summer of BibleZone clubs and Holiday Bible Clubs. It seems to have flown by. It’s back to school tomorrow for half the family. The other half are catching up on admin and getting their heads around term time toddler groups and after school clubs and school assemblies..