Do you remember our HBC scenery? We bought the picture for the scenery from http://www.creativeforkids.com and so we were able to use the picture of a Bible time scene in miniature to make a craft.
The base is a square paper plate. The house is a rectangle block of wood painted with emulsion. Tissue paper makes the grass/sand.
On Saturday we drove to Wembley nice and early to go to a Toddler Group leaders conference. I was leading a couple of workshops about Crafts. It was a really good day. The Keynote speaker, Mary Hawes drew our attention to how toddler groups should be places of generosity, relationships, accessibility, community and encouragement. She encouraged us to be confident about being church based and to share Bible Stories. In the afternoon there was a music workshop that everyone was able to attend.
Very importantly tea and coffee and great pastries kept me so well fed during the breaks that I didn’t really need my packed lunch!
The day was really well organised and I came away enthused about running a Toddler Group and encouraged.
Here’s a picture of the Christmas craft we made
Sunrise – best time of day to drive on the north circular!
If you want children and their parents to make something craft based then providing a welcoming and organised craft space is a must. I try to make our craft table at toddlers as inviting as I can – we use a washable PVC cloth to cover the table and craft supplies are in Ikea shallow bowls that are available in lots of different colours. I never fill these with all the materials for the craft but top them up during the morning. This way there is always something for the toddlers at the end of the morning as well as for those who get to the table first. Also, if someone does tip everything out there isn’t so much mess! If you have a child who loves to tip all the craft supplies onto the floor each week then simply don’t have containers – just group the supplies together – tissue paper in one place, stickers in another etc. Finally, avoid items that are chocking hazards or could be dangerous; for me these include scissors, split pins and glue stick lids. If we use google eyes they are on a high ledge where parents and carers can reach them when they are ready to glue them.
In October half term our church is running a Holiday Bible Club. This scene is part of the decorations for the hall.
It is made using a template bought from www.creativeforkids.com. It’s a download. You need to photocopy the scene onto acetate ready to enlarge. We used an OHP (so glad we kept it!) to enlarge the picture onto material, drew the outline and then painted the picture with poster paint. In between the drawing and painting I hemmed the top to make it possible to slide a curtain rail through so we can attach the whole thing to the wall. There is just one thing to keep in mind if you want to have a go yourself – you need a lot of space and make sure you cover the floor with plastic so that if the paint seeps through it won’t matter! Finally, I am so glad that we finished this 🙂
One of the great things about blogs and facebook groups is the sharing of ideas. My facebook friend Rhoda posted some pictures of her toddler group looking at autumn leaves and it looked so great that I ordered some magnifying glasses and tweezers from amazon and went into the garden to collect fallen leaves and pine cones (and inadvertently quite a few woodlice). Today the children and parents had a great time looking at these autumn finds. Thank you Rhoda!
Our Bible story was based around harvest. We thought about how God sends the sun and the rain (visual aids below) and then we looked at various fruit and veg from a shopping bag. As they are taken out of the bag each fruit or veg is named and then we decide if it grows on a tree or in the ground.
We sang –
‘I love the sun it shines on me. God made the sun and God made me. I love the rain it falls on me. God made the rain and God made me.’
Our craft was paper plate scarecrows. I love the way the children have made their own versions 🙂
There is a really good video clip about this Bible story on The Answers in Genesis site – click here to go straight there.
In one of our toddler groups we’ve been learning about how everything began. We started with creation, then how things went wrong for Adam and Eve when they sinned against God. We’ve learnt about Noah and now we are finding out about how people groups and languages began.
In Genesis 11 we find out that Noah’s descendants were still living in one big group and that they were very capable and able to make bricks. When Noah and his family had come out of the Ark God had told them to ‘fill the earth’ (Genesis 9:1). But they had not spread out but stuck together. So God separates them by confusing their language. Then they really have no choice but to go their separate ways and ‘fill the earth’.
Story for children (during the story if you have someone who can speak a language that you don’t understand ask them to help you – they could give you some building instructions!)
Do you remember how Noah and his family came out of the Ark? They were so happy to be back on dry land again. God told Noah and his family that they should spread out over the whole earth. Do you think they did what God said? No! They wanted to stay altogether.
Time went by. Soon there were lots of people. They all spoke the same language. When someone said ‘hello’ everyone understood. They were clever too. They learnt how to make bricks that were strong. (Have a brick to show)
‘Lets build a huge city with a tall tower that reaches up and up into the sky’ they said. everyone understood.
They started work.
‘Pass the bricks’, ‘Lend me a hammer’, ‘is that wall straight?’ Everyone understood all the instructions.
God looked at what the people were doing. He wasn’t pleased. He had told them to spread out and they hadn’t listened. So God did something that only God could do. He made the people start to speak in different languages.
It was so hard to build the huge city and tall tower now that some people were saying words that other people didn’t understand. (ask your friend to give you a couple of instructions here)
The people gave up. They got together in smaller groups with others who had the same language and they began to spread out over the whole earth.