The mustard tree grew so large that the birds could nest in its branches. This craft idea is to represent our toddler group children and their families and carers being made welcome to come and ‘nest’ in the tree of God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 13:31-32)
To Make the birds you will need
- Bird shapes printed out (I used paper – card would be fine too) and cut out. Click the link to the printable PDF files. Bird 1 Bird 2
- Hearts cut from sugar paper or tissue paper shapes
- Strips of sugar paper (you can curl these if you like by pulling a scissor blade along them)
You also need something to represent the mustard tree. This could be a bought tree like the one in the picture (hobbycraft) or a collection of branches or a made tree from sugar paper or a roll of lining paper. If you have a large group you might want to reduce the size of the birds.
Let the children decorate the birds as they wish. You could add their name to the front of the bird. Add the birds to the tree. Once the birds are added it will be a collection of all the children in your group in the mustard tree. I’ve added my birds by punching a hole and using thread. Blu-tack would work too.
Use the tree to encourage your church to pray for your toddler group. Put it on display on the Sundays during the National Month of Prayer in June.
This idea is one of many to help Toddler Groups get involved with the 1277 National Month of Prayer held each year in June. For further information and lots of ideas visit their facebook page 1277 National Month of Prayer.
The story is from Luke 5:17-26. In the story bag we had a man and his mat.
Then four friends.
And the crowds of people in the house. During the story we did actions – climbing the steps, digging through the roof. At the end of the story the man rolls up his mat and walks!
Our craft was something I’ve done in another group before.
Nehemiah was given the job of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. His enemies made fun of him, ‘if a fox climbs on your wall it will fall down!’ (Nehemiah 4:3) they said. But Nehemiah kept building and with God’s help the wall was finished!
In the story bag – wooden bricks for the wall (not in the photo – I used our toddler group bricks), two men – Nehemiah and Sanballat and a fox.
Craft Idea – fox collage – crayons and crepe paper. Free fox PDF to print – fox
Week three of Bible animal stories was Jonah.
Craft Idea –
Can you spot Jonah? He is hidden away inside the big fish!
Here is a PDF of the fish whale (1)
Jonah was made from cutting up concertina people bought from Amazon.
The sea is crepe paper strips and cellophane strips. You have to be careful with the cellophane – if you think children might put it in their mouths then don’t use it. I was stationed at the craft table all morning as we had extra helpers.
We last did Jonah at toddler group in 2015 (where does the time go!) Here’s a link to the story and our huge big fish!
We are doing stories based on the theme ‘Animals in the Bible’ this half term at Thursday Toddler Group. We started with creation – lots of toy animals in the story bag that we named.
The following week we did Daniel in the Lion’s Den from Daniel 6.
In the story basket there were Daniel, the King, an angel and some lions.
This year we will actually have our Thursday toddler group on February 14th. Valentines Day is often in half term but not this year! So a special ‘keepsake craft’ is in order. Something special for parents and toddlers to make together, write the date on the back and keep.
Baker Ross sell card hearts that are perfect for making a heart wreath. The heart shapes are cut using paper punches – two different sizes. There will be wool and sequins too. The cut out hearts will be colour coordinated – lots of pinks, some green, patterns and bright yellow. The yellow brings the whole thing to life.
We’re doing stories from the life of peter at Tuesday toddler group. last week it was the calling of the first disciples (Mark 1:16-18. Peter is still called Simon at this point. We have used the name peter to save confusion). The craft was paper plate fish.
This week it was the healing of Peter’s mother in law. (Mark 1:29-31)
The craft is a little bit more involved than usual – it is definitely one for an adult to make with their child. But it uses different textures and can be used to tell the story as the woman can get in and out of the bed.
There’s a free PDF of the bed and the woman is from kit that needs minimal prep.
peter’s mother in law (side 1 & 2)
The two sides of the craft – if you can’t do double sided printing/photocopying the side with the quilt pattern can be blank. It will work just as well.
You need pieces of fabric for the pillow and quilt. Mum-in-law has wool for hair and has a happy face one side and a sad face the other. The idea is that she isn’t glued to the craft but can get out of the bed.
I used a set of concertina girl shapes for the woman. They are from amazon. They need to be cut into individual people.
There are lots of opportunities for chat while making this craft. Parents/carers and toddlers can talk about colour and texture and of course talk about the story. We have our story half way through the morning with craft before and after. For those who make it before it can help them know what to listen out for.
Hope you enjoy making!